Gophers grab second overall seed in NCAA Tournament

The seed is the highest NCAA tournament placement for Minnesota in program history.

The Minnesota volleyball team reacts to scoring a point against UC Irvine at the Sports Pavilion on Friday September 11. In late August, Minnesota Volleyball released a video entitled

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The Minnesota volleyball team reacts to scoring a point against UC Irvine at the Sports Pavilion on Friday September 11. In late August, Minnesota Volleyball released a video entitled “Female Warrior”, produced by teammates Daly Santana, Hannah Tapp, and Paige Tapp, which has garnered over 500,000 views on Facebook.

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Minnesota found its spot in the NCAA Tournament Sunday night, and it’s a memorable one.

The Gophers grabbed the second overall seed in the NCAA Tournament out of 64 teams, the highest seeding in team history. The team will host the opening two rounds at home, and Minnesota will take on North Dakota first.

The Gophers faced the Fighting Hawks in the Diet Coke Classic earlier in the year and won 3-1.

The Sports Pavilion will also host USC and Hawaii, and the winners of the two matches will play each other in the second round of the tournament.

As a 1-seed, Minnesota has the chance to host through the regional portion of the tournament.

Coming off a loss in the Final Four last year, the Gophers are looking to build on that, and go for it all this year.

“Championship teams are defined by adversity,” said head coach Hugh McCutcheon. “It’s easy to be good when it’s easy to be good, but what are you going to do when it gets to be tough? To continue to find ways to win, to continue to find ways to connect will be invaluable to us going through the tournament.”

Minnesota will play North Dakota on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Sports Pavilion.