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Gophers to host NCAA volleyball regional Friday and Saturday

Gophers to host NCAA volleyball regional Friday and Saturday

The victor of each match will advance to the Second Round, slated for 6 p.m. on Saturday. They're well coached, well trained, and there's no gimmies anymore in the NCAA Tournament.

No. 10 Michigan State has earned an at-large bid to the 2016 NCAA Division I Volleyball Tournament and will take on nO. 25 Missouri State in the first round in Omaha, Nebraska on Friday.

"They'll know a little bit about us, and we'll know a little bit about them, and we know they're good". I think this team has gotten better.

The Cougars (28-2) clinched an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament by virtue of winning the West Coast Conference Championship, an accomplishment they've managed for four straight seasons.

Minnesota is one of eight Big Ten teams to make it into the NCAA Tournament and the Gophers have faced 11 teams within the field of 64.

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Gophers to host NCAA volleyball regional Friday and Saturday

Creighton is making its sixth straight NCAA Tournament appearance following its fourth consecutive BIG EAST championship. MSU made it to the second round in 2011, 2014, and 2015, and advanced to the Sweet 16 both 2012 and 2013. In addition, MSU, Nebraska, and Penn State are the only teams to finish.500 or better in Big Ten play in each of the last seven seasons (2011-17).

Key wins for BYU on the year included a five-set thriller over Utah, which was ranked No. 16 on September 14, and a four-set win over then No. 21-ranked Ohio State on August 26.

The University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks volleyball team is headed for Minneapolis, Minn., for the second straight season to battle the No. 7 overall seed Minnesota Golden Gophers for the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. The Chanticleers recorded their first NCAA Tournament victory last season when it defeated James Madison in five sets in the first round.

The Cougars will open play Friday in a match versus American, which was champion of the Patriot Conference.

The top five teams in the rankings are Penn State, Texas, Florida, Stanford and Nebraska.

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