The Chanticleers earned their fourth consecutive NCAA postseason berth - and seventh overall in program history - by defeating second-seeded Texas State in last Sunday's Sun Belt championship match.
Gathered in head coach Ryan McGuyre's living room and surrounded by friends and family, Baylor volleyball received an early Christmas present.
On Friday, the volleyball team will travel to Omaha, Nebraska to take on Missouri State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Huskers finished the regular season 26-4 overall and 19-1 in the Big Ten Conference to earn their second straight Big Ten Championship, which they shared with Penn State.
"Great seed, good reflection of what we've done all year". "We get to play, and a lot of teams don't get that opportunity".
"It's right down the road and that's what we've been working toward all season", Payne said of the Final Four. "It's a good first round for us". Along with the seven from the B1G (Penn State, Nebraska, Michigan State, Purdue, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan), the Gophers also faced Texas, Louisville, Oregon State and Denver.
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The team will take on Missouri State at 5 p.m.at D.J. Sokol Arena on the Creighton campus to kick off. "I was heartbroken for them when we lost in the conference finals because they are deserving of continuing their season".
"I had a feeling we were going to end up in Lexington this year", WKU coach Travis Hudson said.
If the Cougars ground the Eagles, they'll either face the Ducks (17-11, 8th in PAC-12) or Owls (21-4, A-Sun Champions).
Looking at each team's schedule this year, the Cyclones and the Tigers do share a common opponent in the Iowa Hawkeyes.
"I think it definitely makes us more experienced", Staiger said. "(Last year) we were talking about, 'Man, I hope we get in, ' and this year we're like, 'Man, we really hope we get to host.' It was much more relaxing, for me personally". The current seniors are the only Tigers who have played in the postseason before. Regionals for the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship will be held at four non-predetermined campus sites, which will be announced after play concludes, on December 2.