The NCAA Tournament bracket for volleyball was revealed Sunday night and Nebraska earned the No. 5 overall seed.
This may come as a surprise to some, because just a few weeks ago, the Cornhuskers were the No. 2 overall seed according to the NCAA Selection Committee. Since then, the team hasn’t lost, yet, have dropped three spots — missing out on an important top 4 seed.
Earlier on Sunday, the team clinched its co-Big Ten title with Penn State.
Despite a No. 2 ranking from the NCAA Selection Committee on Nov. 1, and an undefeated record and #B1G championship since then, the #Huskers will not be a Top 4 seed. Official bracket will be unveiled at 8 p.m. on @ESPNU. https://t.co/YG40wxshMh
— Husker Volleyball (@Huskervball) November 27, 2017
Related: The entire bracket can be seen here.
With Nebraska missing out on a top 4 seed, if both the Cornhuskers and No. 4-seeded Kentucky — who is in Nebraska’s region — win their respective matches in the first two rounds, then the Cornhuskers would have to travel to Kentucky, where the Wildcats would theoretically host the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 rounds.
For the Cornhuskers, NCAA Tournament play begins at 8 p.m. ET on Friday at home against Stony Brook. This will be Stony Brook’s first time in the NCAA tournament.
If the Cornhuskers make it past the first round, the team would then play the winner of Florida State-Washington State at 8 p.m. on Saturday. The next highest ranked team Nebraska could face before No. 4 overall-seeded Kentucky would be No. 12-seeded Baylor in the Sweet 16.
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