BYU Women's Volleyball: Lucky 13 again for Cougars in NCAA Tournament

BYU Women's Volleyball: Lucky 13 again for Cougars in NCAA Tournament

Baylor gathers to celebrate taking the second set from Texas on November 25. The America East champs are making their first NCAA tournament appearance after unexpectedly winning of the conference tourney.

Gathered in head coach Ryan McGuyre's living room and surrounded by friends and family, Baylor volleyball received an early Christmas present.

All told, Kentucky has hosted the NCAA Tournament 10 times in program history including the opening rounds five times under Skinner.

The Bears, who finished their regular season 23-6 and second in the Big 12 conference, earned the No. 12 overall seed in the tournament. "It's time to move forward", Havili said.

"This is a good opportunity for us to stay somewhat local", Kansas coach Ray Bechard said. It's always been about the girls, excited for them. "We're just hoping to end on a high". The Irish have a number of notable victories this season, including defeating then-No. Alyssa Cavanaugh and Rachel Anderson average 4.00 and 3.59 kills per set, respectively.


Should Baylor win its first two matches, it would advance to meet the victor of the Lincoln (Neb.) Regional, hosted by fifth-seeded Nebraska.

"I'm just proud of the players and how hard they worked since January to give us the best chance to have success this year", Skinner said.

Dani Busboom Kelly's Louisville team won the ACC championship after a 12-game improvement in her first season. And with the Gophers having been to the Final Four the past two seasons - and 22 tournaments overall - the experience will only help. "It's their party and we got invited to it, so we'll go have fun".

In what has already been a memorable season for Texas Tech volleyball, the Red Raiders will get their first taste of postseason action since 2001 as they were selected to compete in the 2017 National Invitational Volleyball Championship. Cheers rang out when WKU's name popped up on the screen as one of four teams that will play in Lexington this weekend.

The Cougars last participated in the NCAA Tournament in 2013, when they fell to No. 14 Duke. The sport program with the highest percentage of alumni participation will receive an additional $10,000 of support through the generosity of an anonymous donor.

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