Five Big Ten Volleyball Teams Advance to NCAA Championship
Nov. 30, 2008
Park Ridge, Ill. – Five Big Ten volleyball teams advanced to the 2008 NCAA Division I Volleyball Championship, the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Committee announced on Sunday. Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Penn State and Purdue are all among the field of 64 set to vie for the national title.
Leading the Big Ten contingent is Penn State, the No. 1 overall seed, who finished the season with a perfect 32-0 overall record, becoming the first team in NCAA Division I, II or III history to complete the regular season without dropping a single set.
The Nittany Lions will host Long Island (19-11) to open NCAA play, and with a win would play the winner of the Yale (20-5) vs. Ohio (24-7) match. Defending national champion Penn State is one of just two programs to earn a bid to all 28 NCAA volleyball championships.
Seeded sixth overall, Minnesota (26-6) earns the right to host first- and second-round action and will open play against North Dakota State (24-3). With a win, the Golden Gophers would advance to play UNI (25-8) or Iowa State (19-12).
Illinois (24-7) claimed the No. 9 overall seed and will play host to UW-Milwaukee in opening-round action. A win would pit the Fighting Illini against either Cincinnati (26-6) or Western Kentucky (26-9).
Purdue (24-8) was awarded with the No. 10 seed and will host Louisville (19-10) in West Lafayette in the first round. An opening-round win would face the Boilermakers off against Middle Tennessee State (26-7) or Miami (Ohio) (21-11).
Michigan (24-8) will open its postseason at Kentucky (26-5) in Lexington and could advance to take on either No. 13-seed St. Louis (28-4) or Alabama A&M (14-16).
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