LSU volleyball earns NCAA tournament bid

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Minnesota (26-5) will play the University of North Dakota (30-7) in its first game of the NCAA tournament, the Division I Women's Volleyball committee announced Sunday.

The Lady Toppers (30-3) will face Notre Dame (22-9) at 4 p.m. CST Friday at Lexington in a first-round NCAA match at Memorial Coliseum. The victor of each match will square off Saturday night at 6:00 p.m.

The Chanticleers earned their fourth consecutive NCAA postseason berth - and seventh overall in program history - by defeating second-seeded Texas State in last Sunday's Sun Belt championship match. Creighton is the No. 9 national seed and owns a 25-6 overall record as the Big EAST regular season and tournament champion. The Gophers beat Louisville in four sets earlier this season.

Notre Dame has advanced to at least the NCAA Championship round of 16 on six occasions. Last year, the Bears played their first two rounds at UCLA, where they upset San Diego in five sets before being swept by UCLA. 24 Ohio State, No. 23 Michigan State and No. 21 Florida State.

The team will take on Missouri State at 5 D.J. Sokol Arena on the Creighton campus to kick off. It lost to Cleveland State in the Horizon League championship.

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"We're excited to be hosting the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament", BYU head coach Heather Olmstead said in a BYU Athletic Department press release.

KU's goal is to finish the NCAA tournament even closer to home than it's starting it. The tournament features 20 automatic qualifiers and 12 at-large teams; Bowling Green is the only Mid-American Conference school in this tournament.

The Red Raiders wrapped up the 2017 regular season at 15-14 and 4-12 in Big 12 play for Tech's first winning regular-season 2001.

The tournament's semifinals and finals will be held December 14 and 16 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Panthers finished the season ranked No. 45 in the RPI, giving the 2017 squad the program's top eight marks off all-time. In this bracket, they have the chance to take on #4 seed Kentucky, who was the wildcard selection for a top-four seed in the tournament.