Tourney Time: Irish Earn First NCAA Championships Berth Since 2012

Jerome Frank
November 28, 2017

The No. 17-ranked Utah Utes and No. 7-ranked BYU Cougars will both host the first two rounds of the NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament, the selection committee announced Sunday night.

Northern Iowa and Louisville will compete in the first match of the evening, set for 4:30 p.m., followed by the Gophers facing North Dakota at 7 p.m.

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Austin Peay (30-5), the Ohio Valley Conference regular-season and tournament champion, received the OVC's automatic bid into the 2017 tournament. Creighton won that match in four sets.

The UNI Panthers have posted 14 victories all-time in their previous 20 NCAA Tournament appearances. The winners of those games will meet for a Sweet 16 berth at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Denver has made the tournament the last four years, previously facing Stanford, Washington and Colorado State in the first round.

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The Utes will host the first two rounds of the tournament starting with two matches on Thursday night. UNI has advanced to at least the second round 11 times. The Blujays earned the conference's title with a come-from-behind, 3-2 win over Marquette in the league championship.

This marks the first postseason competition for the Red Raiders since making the NCAA Tournament back-to-back seasons from 2000-01 and first appearance in the NIVC.

KU swept Mizzou, 3-0, two years ago at home in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The tournament's semifinals and finals will be held December 14 and 16 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

Creighton reached its first elite eight last season - and it hopes to extend an NCAA run even further this time around.

Per the established bracketing principles, the top 16 seeds were provided the opportunity to host.

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