Coyotes Snubbed From NCAA Volleyball Tournament Field, Will Host In NIVC
USD To Host Opening Rounds Of National Invitational Volleyball Championship
VERMILLION, S.D. — After a 27-1 regular season in which the Coyote volleyball team seemed destined for a second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament, a loss in the Summit League Tournament Semifinals left their hopes in the hands of a selection committee tonight.
And their worst fears were realized as that committee left them on the outside looking in at the 64-team NCAA Tournament field as one of the first four teams out.
Despite a 27-2 record and RPI of 42, which was almost identical to the Denver team that got an at-large bid last year, the Coyotes only played one team that finished with an RPI inside the top 50, something which the selection committee seemed to put a premium on.
South Dakota’s season will instead continue in the 32-team National Invitational Volleyball Championship which is the equivalent of basketball’s NIT.
USD will host the first two rounds on beginning on Thursday when they take on Central Michigan at 7 PM. UNLV and UMKC will square off in the early match at 4:30. The winner of those two matches will meet on Friday at 2 PM.
The championship of the tournament will be on either December 16th, 17th or 18th. For more on that event you can read USD’s press release on it below.
USD RELEASE ON NIVC
VERMILLION, S.D. – South Dakota’s volleyball team is headed to the postseason for the second straight season.
The Coyotes, regular season champions of the Summit League, received an automatic berth into the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC). Despite a 27-2 overall record and an RPI of 38, South Dakota was left out of the NCAA Tournament.
The Coyotes were selected as one of eight hosts for the first two rounds of the 32-team NIVC. Coming to the Sanford Coyote Sports Center are Central Michigan, UNLV and Kansas City.
South Dakota will take its 14-match home-court win streak into Thursday’s 7 p.m. contest against Central Michigan, who is 21-8 overall, and finished second in the West Division of the Mid-American Conference.
It will be the first-ever meeting between the Coyotes and the Chippewas.
The other first round match-up at 4:30 p.m. is between UNLV (19-10) and Kansas City (17-11).
The Thursday winners will meet in Friday’s second round at 2 p.m. inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.