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(Neb)-Huskers 7th Seed, Host NCAA VB Opening Weekend

By: John Axtell Posted at: 11/25/2018 09:27 PM

LINCOLN, Neb. - The defending national championNebraska volleyball team is the 7th overall seed for the NCAA Tournament and will host the NCAA Tournament first and second rounds at the Bob Devaney Sports Center next weekend.

The Huskers, making their 37th straight NCAA Tournament appearance, will open Friday at 6 p.m. MT in the second match of the day against the Hofstra Pride (25-7), champions of the Colonial Athletic Association.

The opening match at 3:30 will feature the Missouri Tigers (23-7) of the SEC and the Arizona Wildcats (22-10) of the Pac-12. Friday's winners will meet on Saturday at 6 p.m.

There are no tickets available for either Husker match, but any visiting team ticket returns would go on sale Wed at 9 a-m MT through Huskers.com/tickets, by calling 402-472-3111 or in person at the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office.

Stanford, Minnesota, Illinois and BYU received the top four seeds from the NCAA Tournament committee. Should those teams all advance past the first weekend, they would host an NCAA regional the following weekend.

Nebraska is in Minnesota's region along with #10 national seed Kentucky and #15 Oregon. The Huskers would only have an opportunity to host on if Minnesota gets upset.

The Huskers, who have won eight straight matches, finished the regular season 24-6 overall and 15-5 in the Big Ten Conference. They face a familiar NCAA Tournament foe in Hofstra, who visited Lincoln for an NCAA first round match in 2014.

The Pride defeated James Madison 3-2 in the CAA championship match on Nov. 18. Missouri went 23-7 overall and 13-5 in the SEC, finishing fourth in the conference. Arizona finished 22-10 overall and 11-9 in the Pac-12, good for fifth place in the conference standings.  

The 2018 season marks the 34th time that Lincoln has hosted NCAA first and second round competition. Nebraska is 108-31 (.777) in 36 previous NCAA Tournament appearances.

The 2018 Husker squad is looking to become the first Nebraska volleyball team to reach four straight final fours. This year's NCAA Championship is set for December 13-15 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

NCAA First and Second Round Schedule
First Round – Friday, Nov. 30
3:30 p.m. – Missouri vs. Arizona
6 p.m.* – Nebraska vs. Hofstra
*or 30 minutes following the conclusion of the 3:30 p.m. match, but no sooner than 6 p.m.

Second Round – Saturday, Dec. 1
6 p.m. – First Round Winners


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