Wichita State will host the first- and second-rounds of the NCAA Tournament starting Friday at Koch Arena.
This will be the Shockers' 11th NCAA appearance, but it is the first time they have gotten to host an NCAA tournament match.
The spontaneous celebration would have given anyone not watching the TV a pretty good guess as to the opponent: Missouri. The answer was that Iowa State is indeed one of the top 16 seeds, No. 14 to be exact, and will host a portion of the first and second round matches at Hilton Coliseum on Friday and Saturday. United Kingdom last hosted the first and second rounds in Lexington in 2015. The team plays along with MVC Player of the Year Lily Johnson, Libero of the Year Emily Butters, with Coach of the Year Melissa Stokes at the helm. And with the Gophers having been to the Final Four the past two seasons - and 22 tournaments overall - the experience will only help.
The seniors said playing at home will be a huge advantage. "I remember Mizzou had a lot of fans". "That probably was one of my favorite college matches ever".
Senior setter Ainise Havili echoed those sentiments. 9, the seventh best winning percentage across Division I (.909) and the distinction as one of just four D-I programs with 30 or more wins. Junior outside hitter Roni Jones-Perry (4.72 kills per set, .280 hitting percentage) is a leading candidate for the West Coast Conference Player of the Year and BYU closed the season with seven straight wins.
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"Great seed, good reflection of what we've done all year".
Host Wichita State will face Radford on Friday evening following the Kansas-Missouri match. The Eagles have earned an invite to five consecutive NCAA Tournaments, advancing to the Sweet 16 in 2013. This year's Final Four is at Sprint Center, where Havili and Payne watched Kansas and Missouri play an exhibition basketball game.
"We are very excited". We've got so many parents that came to town for Thanksgiving, and they're just going to stick around for a week.
Baylor garnered the No. 12 overall seed when the NCAA field was revealed on Sunday, and will face Miami of OH in the tournament's first round at 7 p.m. Friday at the Ferrell Center.
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