FORT COLLINS, Colo. — 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.
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— Women's NIVC (@WomensNIVC) November 26, 2018
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 – 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. John’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.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with the makeup of the teams that will be competing for the 2018 NIVC crown,” said tournament director Jared Rudiger. “It’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 they’d never see otherwise.”
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.
The party's not over just yet! Your Red Wolves head to New Orleans to take on Tulane in the NIVC's first round tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.
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— Arkansas State VB (@AStateVB) November 28, 2018
.@NKUNorseVB HC @_Liz_Hart_ talks about what it means for the team to play in the @WomensNIVC and previews the first round match against Miami (Ohio) set for Thursday at 8 p.m. in Oxford! #NorseUp #TakeNotice pic.twitter.com/yXlp218mIk
— NKU Norse (@NKUNorse) November 28, 2018
UNC is traveling up I-25 to Laramie for the @WomensNIVC! 🐻🚌Come support the Bears as they face Portland on Thursday at 4 pm! 🐻🏐👍 #GoUNCBears #BearPride 👀📰 https://t.co/HYwNAjyndb
— UNC Bears Volleyball (@UNCBearsVB) November 28, 2018
"I think playing in a postseason tournament is huge … we have a great group of girls and they love to play … I am really excited for them."@VBCoachMiller on participating in the @WomensNIVC #ChirpChirp | #WeFly pic.twitter.com/1mJdVRLyPk
— Ball State Volleyball 🏐 (@BallStateWVB) November 28, 2018
Count us in✅
We are headed to the postseason with a return to the NIVC!
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— MeanGreen Volleyball (@MeanGreenVB) November 26, 2018
#cyclONEnation is heading to the @WomensNIVC! Good luck, @CycloneVB. 👊💥 pic.twitter.com/XkT5Zx4mga
— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) November 26, 2018
NIVC BOUND! Tech set to host the first and second rounds of the @WomensNIVC on Thursday and Friday! https://t.co/ikCTuS3vAC pic.twitter.com/aAh8QAbaDb
— GT Volleyball (@GTVolleyball) November 26, 2018
Radford Draws Appalachian State in Opening Round of @WomensNIVC
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— Radford Volleyball (@RadfordVB) November 26, 2018
POSTSEASON BOUND! The Shockers have received an at-large bid to the @WomensNIVC! Wichita State will play Central Arkansas in the 1st round at 4:30 p.m. CT Thursday, Nov. 29, at the North Texas Volleyball Center in Denton, Texas. #watchus pic.twitter.com/RMuT0e1rsZ
— WichitaSt Volleyball (@GoShockersVB) November 26, 2018
Our season is still going! We're one of 32 teams invited to play in the @WomensNIVC and we'll face Miami (Ohio) this Thursday! #NorseUp #TakeNotice
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— Northern Kentucky VB (@NKUNorseVB) November 26, 2018
🚨 For the first time since 2002, we'll get a chance to extend our season into December!!!! @WomensNIVC bound, as we'll be taking on Georgia Tech in Atlanta on Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. 🤘 #HornsUp pic.twitter.com/dRgpok35EY
— USF Volleyball (@usfvolleyball) November 26, 2018
.@BRADLEYvolley will make the 1st post-season appearance in program history, facing Bowling Green in the first round of the @WomensNIVC Thursday in Ames, Iowa.
— Bradley Braves (@BradleyBraves) November 26, 2018
You have not seen the last of these Bears!👏👏 Their season continues on Thursday in the @WomensNIVC! 🐻🏐 #GoUNCBears #BearPride 👀📰 https://t.co/nk1oXPUF1w
— UNC Bears Volleyball (@UNCBearsVB) November 26, 2018
#UNLVvball 🏐 will host the 1st & 2nd round of the @WomensNIVC Thursday & Friday at the @CoxPavilion!
The Rebels will welcome the @BigWestWVB's @UCSB_Volleyball & @UCIwvb, & @MountainWest foe @FresnoStateVB to Las Vegas for the 2-day event!
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— UNLV Volleyball (@UNLVvball) November 26, 2018
#SJUVB is not done yet! After its first trip to the BIG EAST Championships since 2012, the 23-10 Red Storm are heading to the @WomensNIVC! We will play College of Charleston at Georgia Tech on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 4 p.m.
— St. John's VBall (@StJohnsVB) November 26, 2018
🏐| @CBUvolleyball is headed to Tulane to take on Arkansas Little Rock in the first round of the 2018 @WomensNIVC Tournament on Thursday.https://t.co/UMpd9aUWKE#LanceUp
— CBU Lancers (@CBULancers) November 26, 2018