Dec. 1, 2013
The University of Minnesota volleyball team has been selected to host the NCAA First and Second Rounds, Dec. 6-7 at the Sports Pavilion, announced tonight by the NCAA.
Placed in the Lexington regional, No. 10 seed Minnesota (27-6) will face Radford (25-9) on Friday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. Prior to the Gopher/Highlander match will be Iowa State and Colorado, at 4:30 p.m.
The winners of Friday night's matches will meet on Saturday, 7p.m., for the right to advance to the NCAA Regional competition in Lexington, Kentucky, Dec. 13-14. This marks the fifth time in six years the Gophers will host the first and second rounds. The contest marks second time all-time the Gophers will face the Highlanders and the first since 2001.
The Gophers concluded the Big Ten regular season with a 15-5 overall record and third in the Big Ten. In the regular season, the Gophers faced Duke, Louisville, Kentucky and New Hampshire, all of which were named to the 64-field, along with seven additional Big Ten teams. Of the eight that made it from the Big Ten, five were seeded in the top 16. Making it into the NCAA Tournament was No. 2 seed Penn State, No. 8 seed Nebraska, No. 10 seed Gophers, No. 12 seed Wisconsin, No. 13 seed Illinois, Purdue, Michigan and Michigan State.
Radford earned an automatic bid when it defeated Coastal Carolina in the Big South Conference championship. Entering the NCAA tournament with a 25-9 overall record, the Highlanders are making their first NCAA appearance since 2000.
Iowa State is no stranger to the Sports Pavilion as it was last here in 2011 for a regional appearance. In fact, ISU has visited Minneapolis three times in NCAA Tournament since 2008. Entering the NCAA Tournament with an 18-9 overall record, the Cyclones fell to Kansas State in their final Big 12 regular season match.
Colorado enters the NCAA Tournament with a 17-13 overall record and tied for seventh in the Pac-12 at 9-11. CU fell to USC in three sets, Nov. 29 in its last competition. The 17 wins for the Buffaloes were the most wins since 2006.
Tickets for the First and Second Rounds go on sale tomorrow at 9 a.m. through the Gopher ticket office. All-Session reserved tickets will be $20, while all-session general admission is $17 and student/youth/senior general admission is $12. Single session tickets will go on sale, Friday, Dec. 6 at 9 a.m. To purchase tickets, go to mygophersports.com or call the ticket office at 1-800-UGOPHER or 612-624-8080.
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