In 2018, Bryant, Eastern Michigan, Florida Gulf Coast, Navy, South Dakota and Syracuse all earned their first-ever bid to the NCAA volleyball tournament. Some teams, however, are still longing for that first selection.
Since the first NCAA Division I volleyball tournament in 1981, there have been 1,963 total selections ranging from every conference. But there are 86 teams that have not made an NCAA tournament appearance as a Division I program.
Before volleyball became an NCAA sport in 1981, California-Riverside won a AIAW national championship in Division II and then won two Division II titles at the NCAA level (1982, 1986), but it hasn’t made a tournament appearance in the NCAA era in Division I. On the other side of spectrum, Kennesaw State made its first-ever national tournament appearance last season as a Division I program by winning the A-Sun tournament and finishing the year 21-4.
North Alabama is included on the list, however the Lions haven’t had a chance to shine on the national scene yet given they’re in their first year as a Division I team.
Only three conferences — the Big East, Big Ten and Pac-12 — have had every member-school in the NCAA tournament.
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Here is the list of the 86 teams that have never made the NCAA tournament.
|Air Force||Mountain West|
|Arkansas Pine Bluff||SWAC|
|Central Connecticut State||Northeast|
|Charleston Southern||Big South|
|Indiana State||Missouri Valley|
|Mississippi Valley State||SWAC|
|Montana State||Big Sky|
|North Carolina A&T||MEAC|
|North Carolina Central||MEAC|
|Saint Francis (PA)||Northeast|
|SIU Edwardsville||Ohio Valley|
|South Alabama||Sun Belt|
|South Carolina Upstate||Big South|
|Southern Utah||Big Sky|
|St. Francis Brooklyn||Northeast|
|UC Davis||Big West|
|UC Riverside||Big West|
|UMass Lowell||America East|
|UNC Asheville||Big South|
|West Virginia||Big 12|
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