Seven Big Ten Volleyball Teams Selected to NCAA Championship
November 26, 2012Richmond High School
PARK RIDGE, Ill. - The Big Ten will be well-represented at the 2012 NCAA Volleyball
Championship, as seven conference teams have been selected to the tournament's field
of 64. The seven chosen squads is tied for first among all conferences and marks the
third time in the last four years that the Big Ten has sent seven or more teams to
the national tournament.
Big Ten Champion Penn State enters the tournament as the No. 1 overall seed, while
No. 4 Nebraska and No. 8 Minnesota have earned top-16 seeds. Michigan, Michigan
State, Ohio State and Purdue also received bids to round out the Big Ten contingent
in the tournament.
After winning its ninth Big Ten title in the last 10 years and receiving the
conference's automatic berth, Penn State will host first- and second round matches
and will take on Binghamton in Friday's first round of the West Lafayette Regional.
The Nittany Lions would take on either Bowling Green or Yale in the second round
with a first-round win. The selection marks Penn State's 32nd tournament appearance.
Nebraska earns its 31st consecutive trip to the NCAA Championship and will host
Maryland-Eastern Shore in the Omaha Regional on Thursday. With a win, the Huskers
would meet Kansas State or Northern Iowa in the second round.
Minnesota enters the tournament as an opening-round site, welcoming Liberty to
Minneapolis for the first round on Friday. The Golden Gophers earn a berth to the
tournament for the 14th consecutive season and 18th overall and would take on either
Creighton or Marquette in Round 2 of the West Lafayette Regional.
Michigan travels to Louisville, Ky., for its first-round match in the Berkeley
Regional against Tennessee on Thursday. The NCAA bid marks the Wolverines' seventh
in a row and 13th all-time. Michigan would advance to play No. 10 Louisville or
Belmont with a first-round win.
Michigan State earns its second consecutive postseason berth and 15th in program
history and will take on San Diego in Los Angeles in Friday's first round of the
Berkeley Regional. The Spartans would meet either No. 7 UCLA or LIU Brooklyn in
Round 2 with a win.
Ohio State makes its 19th all-time appearance in the NCAA Championship and fourth in
a row, taking on Notre Dame on Friday in Lexington, Ky., as part of the West
Lafayette Regional. The winner of the match will advance to take on No. 16 Kentucky
or East Tennessee State.
Purdue enters the field of 64 for the eighth straight season and 15th overall and
will take on Colorado State in Tallahassee, Fla., in the opening round of the
tournament on Friday. The Boilermakers would take on either No. 9 Florida State or
Hofstra in the second round of the West Lafayette Regional with a first-round win.
First- and second-round matches will take place on campus sites on Thursday, Friday
and Saturday, while regionals will be played at one of four sites on Dec. 7 and 8.
Regional winners will advance to compete in Louisville, Ky., in the national
semifinals on Dec. 13, with the national championship set for Dec. 15. All regional
semifinal matches will be streamed on ESPN3.com, while regional finals will be
broadcast on ESPNU. The national semifinals and final can be seen on ESPN2.