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Six from SEC earn bids to NCAA Volleyball Tournament

8 days ago
SEC Staff
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Six teams from the Southeastern Conference will represent the conference in the 2019 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship.

This marks the most teams from the SEC to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament since 2013.

SEC Co-Champions Kentucky and Florida earned national seeds, with the Wildcats tabbed as the No. 9 seed and the Gators as the No. 10 seed. Texas A&M secured the No. 13 seed, while Georgia, Missouri and South Carolina also garnered at-large bids to the tournament.

Kentucky, making its program-record 15th-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, will host first- and second-round matches in Lexington starting on Friday, Dec. 6. Northern Kentucky will face Michigan at 5 p.m. ET, followed by Southeast Missouri State against Kentucky at 7:30 p.m. ET. The winners of Friday's matches will play in the second round at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Florida, who earned hosting rights for the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament for the 26th time in program history, will face Alabama State on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. ET, while Florida State and UCF will square off at 4:30 p.m. The winners of each match will face one another on Friday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. ET.

Texas A&M, making its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2016, will host first-round matches on Thursday, Dec. 5. Oklahoma will face Rice at 4:30 p.m. CT, followed by Texas A&M versus St. John's at 6:30 p.m. CT. The winners of those two matches will compete in the second round on Friday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. CT.

Georgia, with its 10th appearance in the NCAA Tournament appearance and first since 2013, will travel to Stanford, Calif. to face Cal Poly in the first round of the tournament on Friday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Denver will play against host No. 3 Stanford for a 10 p.m. ET match. The winners will compete on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 9 p.m. ET in the second round.

Missouri, competing in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth consecutive year and the 16th time in program history, will take on Northern Iowa in the first round on Friday, Dec. 6 at 4:30 p.m. CT. No. 5 Nebraska will host Ball State for a 7 p.m. CT match. The winners will compete on Saturday, Dec. 7 in the second round at 7 p.m. CT in Lincoln, Neb.

South Carolina is making its second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament, the first time going in back-to-back seasons since 2002. The Gamecocks will face the Rams of Colorado State on Friday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. ET in Seattle, Wash. No. 8 Washington will take on Winthrop in the first round at 10:30 p.m. ET. The second-round match is slated for 10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Teams winning both matches will continue to regional play Dec. 13-14. Regionals for the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship will be held at four non-predetermined campus sites, which will be announced on Sunday, Dec. 8. At each site, four teams will compete in single-elimination regional semifinal competition.

The regional winners will advance to the national semifinals and championship final hosted by Duquesne, SPORTSPittsburgh on Dec. 19-21 at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pa. The national semifinal matches will broadcast on ESPN, and the championship match will air on ESPN2.