UNH Volleyball Draws Nebraska in NCAA Championship
For the fourth consecutive year, the University of New Hampshire volleyball team will compete in the NCAA Tournament after receiving the conference automatic bid by winning the 2016 America East title. The seven-time America East champions visit No. 1 Nebraska on Friday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. The match will be available on ESPN3.
America East teams are 1-18 all-time in the NCAA tournament, with the lone victory coming in 2007 when Albany beat Cleveland State in straight sets. The conference won back-to-back CCA/NCAA play-in game in 1996 and 1997.
UNH (21-10 overall, 10-2 America East) earned an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament by virtue of winning the 2016 America East Championship with back-to-back straight-set victories against Binghamton University in the semifinals and the University at Albany in the Nov. 19 final.
This will be the Wildcats' fourth consecutive appearance in the NCAAs and seventh in program history under the direction of 21st-year head coach Jill Hirschinger. In addition to this current run, the 'Cats advanced to the NCAA tourney in 1998, 2002 and 2003.
Friday's NCAA tournament matchup will be the first between the UNH and Nebraska volleyball programs. The winner of that match will play the winner of Wichita State University and Texas Christian University at Devaney Center on Dec. 3 (8 p.m. Eastern).
New Hampshire is led by two-time America East Player of the Year Demi Muses and two-time Setter of the Year Keelin Severtson, who was also named the America East Championship Most Outstanding Player.
That senior duo was joined on the All-Conference First Team by freshman Emily Tanski . Sophomore Gabri Olhava was a Second Team honoree while Tanski and Kennedi Smith were selected to the All-Rookie Team.
Nebraska, the defending national champion, enters the tournament as the Big 10 champion with an overall record of 27-2 that includes 18-2 in conference play.