DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's volleyball team will face No. 9 ranked University of Minnesota in the Pacific region in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday, Dec. 5 in Minneapolis, Minn. The announcement was made Sunday night by the NCAA volleyball selection committee on ESPNEWS.
Minnesota, which earned the No. 7 seed in the tournament, enters the match with a 30-5 record and won the Big Ten regular season title with a 17-3 conference mark. The winner of the New Hampshire/Minnesota match will face the winner of the Georgia Tech (32-5)/Florida A&M match (23-6) on Saturday, Dec. 7.
The Wildcats will play the Golden Gophers 30 minutes following the Florida A&M/Georgia Tech match at 5 p.m. C.S.T. New Hampshire's match will start at approximately 7 p.m. C.S.T.
The UNH volleyball team earned one of 31 automatic NCAA Tournament berths by winning its second America East tournament title in school history on Sunday, Nov. 24 with a 3-1 win over Stony Brook University in the America East Championship game in Durham, N.H.
The Wildcats enter the tournament with a 13 match win streak, which in one short of tying the school record of 14 set in 1998.
UNH currently owns a 23-10 record on the year and will face Minnesota for the first time in school history. The Wildcats' only other NCAA appearance was Dec. 3,1998 in a 3-0 loss to host University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas.