After a handful of upsets early, USC was one of a group of teams that narrowly avoided the same fate later in the evening.
The Texas Longhorns rolled through NC State to make it to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament that is set to begin next weekend.
In first round matches, there were 20 sweeps in the 32 matches, but also three five-setters, which included two history making or ending efforts.
TCU rallied from down 2-1 to best North Texas in five sets on the road Friday night to move into the NIVC Third Round.
Texas Tech hit at a .306 clip and outdid Texas State 5-1 in aces and 7-2 in blocks in a sweep to garner two postseason wins for the first time in program history and move on to the NIVC round of eight.
Only 13 brackets accurately predicted that Missouri would beat Kansas in the first round of the tournament, which represents about 10% of brackets entered.
Baylor and Colorado will meet in round two of the NCAA Tournament Saturday night.
Missouri upended Kansas in five sets to win the Border War while host #16 Wichita State swept through Radford; Wichita Pod – NCAA Tournament (Round 1).
NC State earned its first-ever NCAA Tournament victory with a dramatic comeback in the fifth set while
Wisconsin is the most popular first/second round pod bracket buster while Penn State is the people’s National Champion; Examining the VolleyMob Bracket Challenge.