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KU and Mizzou meet in NCAA volleyball tournament

28 November 2017, 01:19 | Myrtle Vega

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The victor will face Missouri (20-11) or 2015 Final Four participant Kansas (22-7) at 8 p.m. Saturday in a second-record match at Wichita State. The victor of each match will square off Saturday night at 6:00 p.m.

Half an hour before the selection show, the NCAA announced the tournament's top four seeds, with Penn State, Florida, defending national champion Stanford, and Kentucky nabbing the first few coveted spots of the bracket.

Nebraska was one of eight Big Ten teams in the field of 64, second only to the Pac-12, which got nine in. High Point was undefeated in the Big South, earning the regular season crown, but was upset by Radford 3-1 in its conference tournament. The Gophers beat Louisville in four sets earlier this season.

After capturing its first Southeastern Conference championship under 13th-year head coach Craig Skinner, the Wildcats run in the postseason will start in Lexington beginning on Friday. In last year's NCAA Tournament, Missouri State fell in a first round matchup against Ohio State in Manhattan, Kansas.

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"It's nearly to a point where, in any kind of tournament play, the committee looks at you've got a KU team qualified and a Missouri team qualified, what could be better than let's just have them play each other?" The Utes will face Cleveland State (22-7) of the Horizon League on Thursday at 7 p.m.at the Huntsman Center.

Western Kentucky earned its league's automatic bid after winning the Conference USA Tournament for the fourth-consecutive season.

Bowling Green State University's volleyball team will play Green Bay in the first round of the National Invitational Volleyball Championship. The Chanticleers recorded their first NCAA Tournament victory last season when it defeated James Madison in five sets in the first round. Fighting through this portion of the tournament, Nebraska will be just three-four hours from the Final Four location in Kansas City, Missouri - making it a likely Nebraska-based crowd if they make it that far in the tournament.

Despite being in the Top-10 the entire season, No. 7 BYU women's volleyball (28-2) received the 13th overall seed for a third straight year. Creighton's No. 9 seed this season marks the second time in program history that the Bluejays have been seeded.

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