The Minnesota volleyball team will travel to New Haven, Conn. for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament. Minnesota will take on Long Island (32-6) in the first round on Thursday, Dec. 2 at 4:30 p.m. (CT). The second match will feature host Yale (17-7) against Albany at 6:30 p.m. (CT). The winners of the two matches will play on Friday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. (CT). The Golden Gophers bring a 28-4 overall record into the tournament. Long Island, who is out of the Northeast Conference, leads the nation in wins with 32 coming into the tournament. Yale is 17-7 out of the Ivy League, while Albany is 27-6 out of the America East.
Minnesota received its highest seed in the NCAA Tournament in school history, as it was named the No. 4 national seed in the 2004 NCAA Tournament. It marked the first time in school history that the Golden Gophers were named a No. 1 regional seed. Last year, Minnesota was the No. 13 seed overall and the No. 4 seed in the region. The Golden Gophers were also the No. 7 seed in 2002, and the No. 2 seed in the regional. The University of Minnesota will play host the regionals on Dec. 10-11 at the Sports Pavilion. Minnesota is the only No. 1 regional seed that will have the opportunity to host a regional this year. Ohio State is the No. 2 seed in the region, Tennessee is No. 3 and UC Santa Barbara is No. 4.
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