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The 2020-21 NCAA volleyball bracket, predicted
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9:29 pm, April 13, 2021

High impact freshmen to watch in the 2020-21 NCAA volleyball tournament

The 2020-21 DI women's volleyball tournament starts TOMORROW. Less than 24 hours until it all begins.

Before it starts, let's take a look at some high-impact freshmen that we will see in the tournament. These are not only the ones that consistently play or start, but instead, freshmen that are capable of taking over a game. Here they are, in no particular order: 

1. Emily Londot — Ohio State
2. Taylor Landfair — Minnesota
3. Devyn Robinson — Wisconsin
4. Meg Brown — Pepperdine
5. Hattie Monson — Notre Dame
6. Anna DeBeer — Louisville
7. Madi Skinner — Kentucky
8. Elli McKissock — Florida
9. Iman Ndiaye — UCLA
10. Madi Endsley — Washington

For more on those impact freshman, click here. 

8:18 pm, April 13, 2021

8 predictions for the NCAA volleyball tournament, from likely to off-the-wall

The tournament starts TOMORROW. We are oh so close to an NCAA volleyball tournament. It has been about a year and four months of waiting, but we are here. 

As we patiently wait for the first serve, here are eight predictions, including some likely award winners for the tournament. These range from likely, to incredibly random or off-the-wall. Let's do it. 

1. Wisconsin's Dana Rettke is most likely to win tournament MVP

If the Badgers make it back to the national semifinals, and even more impressively, the national title match, I don't think there will be anything stopping her from winning MVP. Her presence on the court is always known. It really doesn't matter the occasion, she is going to be making an impact. So now, imagine her in the national championship match for the second consecutive season after a 3-0 loss to Stanford. She will win MVP, win or lose that game. 

2. Most likely to single handedly take over a game: Stephanie Samedy (Minnesota)

I think there will be at least one game that Samedy absolutely goes off on in the tournament: 20-plus kills, a total domination. 

3. There will be 2-3 top 16 seeds that lose in the second round

Without nonconference play this season, there are going to be some unseeded teams that might be better than we think they are. There could be two to three top-16 seeds upset in their first game of the tournament, 

4. Most likely to dive into the stands chasing a loose ball: Gabby Curry (Kentucky)

Curry already has a 23-dig match this season. In 2019, Curry had a career-high 33 digs against USC.

5. Most likely to pull off a Cinderella story: Western Kentucky

WKU gets Jackson State in the first round. A win there would mean a meeting with No. 15 Washington State. If WKU keeps it going, No. 2 Kentucky could be down the road.

6. The tournament record for digs by an individual player in a match will be broken. 

A random one. The record is 53 digs, set in 2005. That will be a tough one to break, but it's possible. 

7. A top-4 seed will get pushed to five sets in the second round. 

Texas got pushed to five by UCSB in 2019 in the second round. Kentucky, a No. 4 in 2017, got pushed to five by WKU in the second round.

8. Kentucky will make it the national semifinals for the first time in history. 

The Wildcats have reached the regional finals before. Now it's time to take that next step.

9:56 pm, April 10, 2021

The 2020-21 DI women's college volleyball bracket, predicted

The DI women's volleyball tournament is days away. So the time has come to fill out my entire bracket for the NCAA women’s volleyball tournament — all the way down the national champion.

This season is certainly more difficult than most to make predictions. We are talking in-conference schedules and loads of cancellations — not a ton to go off on. But, why not do it anyways? 

Here is NCAA.com's Michella Chester's full bracket prediction

The 2020-21 NCAA volleyball bracket, predicted
10:04 pm, April 8, 2021

5 unseeded teams to watch out for in the women's volleyball tournament

Many of you might be getting ready to fill out your NCAA DI women's volleyball brackets ahead of the tournament. BUT, before you do ... let us put a few teams on your radar. Here are five unseeded volleyball teams that we will see in the first round of the tournament that you should know about. 

1. UCLA
2. Rice
3. Western Kentucky
4. Pittsburgh
5. Pepperdine

5 unseeded volleyball teams to watch in the NCAA tournament
9:51 pm, April 7, 2021

10 of the best duos to watch in the 2020-21 women's volleyball tournament

We are now exactly ONE week away from the start of the 2020-21 DI women's volleyball tournament.  Here is a look at 10 of the best duos to watch out for in the tournament this season. These are within the top 10 seeds in the bracket. 

Madison Lilley and Alli Stumler - Kentucky
Lauren Stivrins and Lexi Sun - Nebraska
Sydney Hilley and Dana Rettke - Wisconsin
Logan Eggleston and Skylar Fields – Texas
Stephanie Samedy and Regan Pittman - Minnesota
Thayer Hall and T'Ara Ceaser - Florida
Ella May Powell and Samantha Drechsel - Washington
Caitlyn Newton and Grace Cleveland - Purdue
Brooke Nuneviller and Gloria Mutiri — Oregon
Emily Londot and Mac Podraza -Ohio State
 

10 of the best college volleyball duos to watch in the 2020-21 tournament
8:59 pm, April 6, 2021

The top storylines of the 2020-21 college volleyball post-season

We have been waiting since 2019 for another DI women's volleyball tournament, and it is finally happening. The bracket is ready to go, and the postseason is coming soon. 

Let's get ready for the tournament. Here are some of the biggest storylines and unanswered questions for this season. 

1. Can Wisconsin make it back to the title game?
2. Can Kentucky make history this season?
3. Can Nebraska pull off a home-state fairytale?
4. Will Texas get vengeance from its upset in the 2019 tournament?
5. Who will be the big surprise this year? 

For more on those, click here

Wisconsin volleyball 2020-21 volleyball tournament
3:57 pm, April 6, 2021

NCAA women's volleyball first round TV schedule

First Round volleyball TV schedule
First round games

 

9:16 pm, April 4, 2021

See the 2020-21 DI women's volleyball 48-team bracket

The 48-team bracket for this year's NCAA volleyball tournament has been unveiled. There were 30 automatic qualifiers, and 18 at-large bids, compared to the usual 32 at-large bids. Here it is:

Full NCAA volleyball bracket

👉🏼 Click or tap here to open the bracket image in a new window or tab.
🖨 Click or tap here for the bracket in PDF form, suitable for printing
💻 Click or tap here to see the interactive bracket on NCAA.com

You can read the official press release from the NCAA selection committee here.

DI women's volleyball committee chair TJ Meagher sat down with Michella Chester following the selection show to break down the bracket and explain how the committee made important decisions on the 18 at-large bids and top-16 seeding.

DI women's volleyball committee chair TJ Meagher explains how they made the bracket

Tournament play begins April 14 and all games will be in Omaha, Nebraska. The Big Ten received the most bids by conference with six, followed by the Pac-12 with five, the ACC with four, the SEC with three and the WCC with three as well. 

8:19 pm, April 4, 2021

Top 16 seeds revealed

The top 16 seeds in the 2020-21 DI women's volleyball tournament have been unveiled. These top 16 seeds will receive a first round bye in the NCAA tournament. 

The full bracket is currently being revealed on the ESPNU selection show. View the complete bracket here as the matchups are announced. 

Seed team
1.  Wisconsin
2.  Kentucky
3.  Minnesota
4. Texas
5.  Nebraska
6.  Washington
7. Purdue
8.  Florida
9. Ohio State
10.  Oregon
11.  Louisville
12. Baylor
13.  Penn State
14.  Utah
15.  Washington State
16.  BYU

 

8:11 pm, April 4, 2021

Don't worry, the volleyball selection show is coming soon

If you are currently tuned into ESPNU for the 2020-21 women's volleyball selection show, and you are watching softball instead ... don't fret. We are patiently on standby as well and the selection show will begin on ESPNU at the conclusion of this game. 

Stay tuned here for updates as the top 16 seeds are revealed as well as the 48-team bracket for this year's NCAA tournament. 🏆

1:38 pm, April 4, 2021

The 2020-21 selection show is set for today at 4 p.m. ET

The 2020-21 DI women's volleyball selection  Show is today on ESPNU at 4 p.m. ET. That's when we'll know the complete field of 48 teams who will be announced for this season's championship.

Of the 48 teams named to the championship field, 30 were awarded automatic qualification via a conference championship. The remaining 18 participants will be selected as an at-large. You can see the full list of automatic qualifiers here

NCAA.com's Michella Chester breaks down everything you need to know ahead of today's selection show below: 

The 2020-21 college volleyball selection show, previewed

The first round is Wednesday, April 14 , and the second round will be April 15. Regional semifinals are Sunday, April 18, and the regional finals April 19. The national semifinals are Thursday, April 22, with the 2020-21 national championship on April 24. The tournament will be held at the Chi Health Center Arena in Omaha, Nebraska. 

Here is the television schedule for the tournament, subject to change.

ROUND DAY DATE TIME (EASTERN) NETWORK
Selection Show Sunday April 4 4 p.m. ESPNU
First round Wednesday April 14 Coverage starts at noon ESPN3
Second round Thursday April 15 Coverage starts at noon ESPN3
Regional semifinals Sunday April 18 TBD ESPNU
Regional finals Monday April 19 TBD ESPNU
National semifinals Thursday April 22 7 p.m., 9 p.m.  ESPN2
National Championship Saturday April 24 8 p.m.  ESPN2

 

3:22 am, April 4, 2021
30 Automatic Qualifiers for DI Women's Volleyball Tournaments
9:00 pm, April 3, 2021

Here is how to watch the selections and the TV schedule for the tournament

The 2020-21 DI Women's Volleyball Selection Selection Show is on ESPNU at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 4. That's when the field of 48 teams will be announced for this season's championship.

The first round is Wednesday, April 14 , and the second round will be April 15. Regional semifinals are Sunday, April 18, and the regional finals April 19. The national semifinals are Thursday, April 22, with the 2020-21 national championship on April 24. The tournament will be held at the Chi Health Center Arena in Omaha, Nebraska. 

Here is the television schedule for the tournament, subject to change.

ROUND DAY DATE TIME (EASTERN) NETWORK
Selection Show Sunday April 4 4 p.m. ESPNU
First round Wednesday April 14 Coverage starts at noon ESPN3
Second round Thursday April 15 Coverage starts at noon ESPN3
Regional semifinals Sunday April 18 TBD ESPNU
Regional finals Monday April 19 TBD ESPNU
National semifinals Thursday April 22 7 p.m., 9 p.m.  ESPN2
National Championship Saturday April 24 8 p.m.  ESPN2

 

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Championship history

YEAR CHAMPION (RECORD) COACH SCORE RUNNER-UP SITE
2019 Stanford (30-4) Kevin Hambly 3-0 Wisconsin Pittsburgh
2018 Stanford (34-1) Kevin Hambly 3-2 Nebraska Minneapolis
2017 Nebraska (32-4) John Cook 3-1 Florida Kansas City
2016 Stanford (26-7) John Dunning 3-1 Texas Columbus
2015 Nebraska (32-4) John Cook 3-0 Texas Omaha
2014 Penn State (36-3) Russ Rose 3-0 BYU Oklahoma City
2013 Penn State (34-2) Russ Rose 3-1 Wisconsin Seattle
2012 Texas (29-4) Jerritt Elliott 3-0 Oregon Louisville
2011 UCLA (29-6) Michael Sealy 3-1 Illinois San Antonio, Texas
2010 Penn State (32-5) Russ Rose 3-0 California UMKC
2009 Penn State (38-0) Russ Rose 3-2 Texas South Florida
2008 Penn State (38-0) Russ Rose 3-0 Stanford Nebraska
2007 Penn State (34-2) Russ Rose 3-2 Stanford Sacramento State
2006 Nebraska (33-1) John Cook 3-1 Stanford Nebraska
2005 Washington (32-1) Jim McLaughlin 3-0 Nebraska UTSA
2004 Stanford (30-6) John Dunning 3-0 Minnesota Long Beach State
2003 Southern California (35-0) Mick Haley 3-1 Florida Dallas
2002 Southern California (31-1) Mick Haley 3-1 Stanford New Orleans
2001 Stanford (33-2) John Dunning 3-0 Long Beach State San Diego State
2000 Nebraska (34-0) John Cook 3-2 Wisconsin VCU
1999 Penn State (36-1) Russ Rose 3-0 Stanford Hawaii
1998 Long Beach State (36-0) Brian Gimmillaro 3-2 Penn State Wisconsin
1997 Stanford (33-2) Don Shaw 3-2 Penn State Washington State
1996 Stanford (31-2) Don Shaw 3-0 Hawaii Cleveland State
1995 Nebraska (32-1) Terry Pettit 3-1 Texas Massachusetts
1994 Stanford (31-2) Don Shaw 3-1 UCLA Texas
1993 Long Beach State (32-2) Brian Gimmillaro 3-1 Penn State Wisconsin
1992 Stanford (31-2) Don Shaw 3-1 UCLA New Mexico
1991 UCLA (31-5) Andy Banachowski 3-2 Long Beach State UCLA
1990 UCLA (36-1) Andy Banachowski 3-0 Pacific Maryland
1989 Long Beach State (32-5) Brian Gimmillaro 3-0 Nebraska Hawaii
1988 Texas (34-5) Mick Haley 3-0 Hawaii Minnesota
1987 Hawaii (37-2) Dave Shoji 3-1 Stanford Indianapolis
1986 Pacific (39-3) John Dunning 3-0 Nebraska Pacific
1985 Pacific (36-3) John Dunning 3-1 Stanford Western Michigan
1984 UCLA (33-6) Andy Banachowski 3-2 Stanford UCLA
1983 Hawaii (34-2) Dave Shoji 3-0 UCLA Kentucky
1982 Hawaii (33-1) Dave Shoji 3-2 Southern California Pacific
1981 Southern California (27-10) Chuck Erbe 3-2 UCLA UCLA