Missouri volleyball opens NCAA tourney against Northern Iowa

Carrie Guzman
December 4, 2019

UCLA (18-11) takes on Notre Dame (19-9) in the opening first-round match on Friday at 4:30 p.m. before Wisconsin (22-6) faces off against Illinois State (22-11) at 7 p.m. First-round winners advance to the second round of the tournament on Saturday at 6 p.m.in the Field House.

The Nebraska volleyball team was selected as the No. 5 overall seed for the NCAA Tournament on Sunday night and will host the NCAA Tournament first and second rounds at the Bob Devaney Sports Center next weekend.

Six Southeastern Conference teams made the tournament: No. 9 Kentucky, No. 10 Florida, No. 13 Texas A&M, Missouri, Georgia and SC. The Cardinals earned an at-large bid and are the team responsible for Western Kentucky's only loss this season.

Tickets for the matches in Bowling Green can be purchased via WKU's website.

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The Noles and Knights will play each other in Gainesville on Thursday at 4:30 p.m., as No. 10 Florida (25-4) will host Alabama State (17-21) later in the evening at 7:00 p.m.

Television and broadcast information for all three matches will be announced at a later time. Senior Mikayla Shields and junior Mikayla Robinson were also both named All-SEC honorees Sunday. United Kingdom last hosted the first and second rounds in Lexington a season ago. SEMO won the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Championship in a 3-0 sweep against Morehead State.

MI is 20-10 overall and 13-7 in the Big Ten Conference, with its last win coming against in, 3-1. Even with the impressive resume, the committee decided against adding the Coyotes as an at-large bid. Her fellow middle, redshirt sophomore Avery Rhodes, leads ISU with 1.06 blocks per set. This is the third NKU sport to advance to the NCAA Tournament since Northern Kentucky's transition to Division I.

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