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Gophers selected as No. 8 overall seed in NCAA volleyball tournament

Minnesota is set to play Southeastern Louisiana in the first round of the tournament on Friday.
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The Minnesota Volleyball Team celebrates a point in the team’s victory against Wisconsin, Sept. 25.

During Sunday’s annual NCAA volleyball tournament selection show, the Gophers received an at-large bid to this year’s tournament to participate in the NCAA volleyball tournament. They earned the No. 2 seed in the Texas region and No. 8 overall

“It’s every girl’s dream to compete in the NCAA Tournament and have a shot at a national championship,” senior CC McGraw said. “We’re really excited to have a chance to play at home for two more games in front of our fans. We’re trying to peak in December and keep our momentum going into the tournament.”

The 2022 season will be the 27th year Minnesota has advanced to the national tournament. It marks the eighth straight season and tenth out of the last 11 seasons that they have advanced to postseason play under head coach Hugh McCutcheon.

Maturi Pavilion will serve as the host venue for the first two rounds of games of the Gophers’ pod.

Florida State will compete against Northern Iowa in the first match on Friday, followed by the Gophers facing Southeastern Louisiana at 7:00 p.m. The winner of each match will advance to the second round, which is set for Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

“I think certainly our body of work in the home stretch is something we’re really proud of,” McCutcheon said. “One thing with the NCAA Tournament, we have to take it one game at a time. There’s a lot of noise around it, but we’re trying to take it one point at a time.”

If the Gophers advance out of the second round, they will travel to Austin, Texas, for the NCAA Regionals, which will take place from Dec. 8-10.

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