32 Team NIVC Field Set, Action Begins Thursday

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Courtesy: NIVC

FORT COLLINS, Colo. —ย The field for the 2018 National Invitational Volleyball Championships has been announced, with 32 high-achieving Division-I programs officially bracketed and ready for Round 1 action on Thursday, Nov. 29.

This year marks the second running of the NIVC since its rebirth last year; the original event ran from 1989-1995.

In bracket order, here is the schedule for the first two rounds of the 2018 NIVC โ€“ all matches are hosted by participating schools:

(home team for each match listed first)
Nov. 29 at Iowa State
Bradley (23-8) vs. Bowling Green (19-11), 4 p.m. CT
Iowa State (16-13) vs. Drake (21-14), 6:30 CT
Nov. 30 at Iowa State
Winners, 6:30 p.m. CT

Nov. 29 at North Texas
Wichita State (13-17) vs. Central Arkansas (26-6), 4:30 p.m. CT
North Texas (17-16) vs. Tulsa (19-11), 7 p.m. CT
Nov. 30 at North Texas
Winners, 5:30 p.m. CT

Nov. 29 at UNLV
Fresno State (20-10) vs. UC Santa Barbara, (17-11), 4:30 p.m. PT
UNLV (19-11) vs. UC Irvine (16-12), 7 p.m. PT
Nov. 30 at UNLV
Winners, 7 p.m. PT

Nov. 29 at Wyoming
Portland (18-12) vs. Northern Colorado (15-13), 4 p.m. MT
Wyoming (20-10) vs. Utah Valley (19-13), 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 30 at Wyoming
Winners, 6:30 p.m. MT

Nov. 29 at Tulane
Arkansas-Little Rock (19-12) vs. Cal Baptist (19-10), 5 p.m. CT
Tulane (25-8) vs. Arkansas State (19-13), 7:30 p.m. CT
Nov. 30 at Tulane
Winners, 7 p.m. CT

Nov. 29 at Miami-Ohio
Valparaiso (25-10) vs. Ball State (22-9), 5:30 p.m. ET
Miami-Ohio (22-8) vs. Northern Kentucky, 8 p.m. ET
Nov. 30 at Miami-Ohio
Winners, 7 p.m. ET

Nov. 29 at Georgia Tech
College of Charleston (21-11) vs. St. Johnโ€™s (23-11), 4 p.m. ET
Georgia Tech (17-14) vs. USF (20-11), 7 p.m. ET
Nov. 30 at Georgia Tech
Winners, 7 p.m. ET

Nov. 29 at Clemson
Appalachian State (22-8) vs. Radford (21-6), 4 p.m. ET
Clemson (17-14) vs. Alabama A&M (22-15), 7 p.m. ET
Nov. 30 at Clemson
Winners, 7 p.m. ET

Round 3 will be held Dec. 5-7, the semifinals run Dec. 7-9, and the 2018 NIVC Championship match will be held Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. ET. Ole Miss won the 2017 title over Texas Tech.

โ€œWe couldnโ€™t be more pleased with the makeup of the teams that will be competing for the 2018 NIVC crown,โ€ said tournament director Jared Rudiger. โ€œItโ€™s an ideal blend of well-known Power 5 programs and a group of mid-major teams that have often missed out on the thrills and excitement of postseason play. The geographic mix also gives the tournament a fresh look, as teams will likely face opponents theyโ€™d never see otherwise.โ€

Much like the WNIT and NIT events in college basketball, the NIVC taps into the impressive depth of D-I volleyball and is designed to give more high-performing, highly skilled programs a chance to play for a postseason title. Teams with young rosters get to train and compete with an eye to the future; established rosters get one more chance to play together and memorably cap off their student-athlete experience.

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