UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – For the 28th consecutive season, the Penn State women’s volleyball team (29-1) will serve as one of the 16 sites for the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament, this time as the No. 1 overall seed in the 2017 NCAA women’s volleyball tournament.
The NCAA tournament will start in University Park on Dec. 1 on with a 5 p.m. match at Pittsburgh (25-6) and VCU (30-2) and the second match of the night at 7:30 p.m. will feature the host Nittany Lions and Howard (16-15).
Penn State has a 3-0 record all-time against Howard, with the last meeting coming in September 2016, where the Nittany Lions swept the Bison.
With the No. 1 overall seed, Penn State will host the regional on Dec. 8 and 9 as well.
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From Big Ten Conference Site
ROSEMONT, Ill. – Eight Big Ten volleyball teams were selected to the 2017 NCAA Volleyball Tournament, with first and second round matches held Nov. 30- Dec. 2. The eight bids mark the 25th time in as many years that at least six Big Ten volleyball teams have been selected for the tournament.
Big Ten co-Champion Penn State enters the tournament as the No. 1 overall seed, while No. 5 Nebraska and No. 7 Minnesota also earned top-16 seeds. Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue and Wisconsin also received at-large bids to the tournament. The Huskers, Gophers, and Nittany Lions will host first and second round contests.
After winning its 17th Big Ten title and its first since 2013, top seed Penn State takes on Howard on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET in the first round. With a win, the Nittany Lions would face the winner of the VCU-Pittsburgh match. Penn State will make its 37th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.
The fifth-seeded Cornhuskers make their 36th consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament and will host Stony Brook at 8 p.m. ET on Friday. If Nebraska advances it would meet Florida State or Washington State in the second round.
Seventh-seeded Minnesota will entertain North Dakota at 8 p.m. ET on Friday. With a first-round win, the Gophers would face UNI or Louisville in the second round of the tournament. Minnesota is making its 22nd appearance in the tournament.
Illinois enters its 24th NCAA Tournament and will face Hawaii on Friday at 8 p.m. ET. The winner of the match will advance to take on LIU Brooklyn or Washington.
Michigan, making its 17th trip to the NCAA Tournament, will take on Colorado State in the first round on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET. If Michigan advances it would face the winner of the Stanford vs. CSU Bakersfield match.
Michigan State enters its 20th NCAA Tournament and will meet Missouri State on Friday at 5 p.m. ET. The winner of the match will take on Creighton or Coastal Carolina.
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