Wednesday, 21 February 2024

NCAA Womens Volleyball

#5 Seed Volleyball Set For NCAA Tournament

#5 Seed Volleyball Set For NCAA Tournament

TEMPE – No. 18 Sun Devil Volleyball’s postseason journey begins this weekend in Provo, Utah, as No. 5 seed Arizona State faces Georgia on Friday in the first round.

Arizona State’s postseason journey will start in Provo, Utah, playing Georgia in the first round on Friday at 4:30 p.m. MST. With a win, Arizona State would play the winner of the host team No. 4 BYU and Weber State on Saturday. This is the fourth time that ASU has been to Provo for the NCAA Tournament. The last time was in 2012.

ASU is back in the tournament for the first time since 2015, which was the bookend of four-straight postseason appearances for the Sun Devils. This is the 20th tournament appearance in the 50th season of the program. The last time ASU won an NCAA Tournament game was in 2014 when the team made it to the second round. 

Teams winning both matches this weekend will move on to regional play on December 7 and 9. The regional winners will advance to the national semifinals on December 14 for a chance to play in the national championship on 17 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida, with the championship match being broadcast on ABC.

How to Follow

All matches this weekend in Provo will be on ESPN+. Live scoring will also be available. Fans can follow along on social media for updates throughout the week on X (@SunDevilVB) and Instagram (@sundevilvolleyball). 

Sun Devil Outlook

No. 5 Seed Arizona State (26-6, 14-6 Pac-12)

  • The Sun Devils finished their final season in the Pac-12 with a 14-6 record, the highest number of conference wins in a single season in program history. The team finished in a tie for third, which is the best conference finish since tying for second in 1993. ASU ended the regular season with a sweep over in-state rival Arizona in Tucson.
  • Arizona State had 26 wins in the regular season, which is the third-highest total in program history. It is one away from the second-place total of 27. This is the 11th 20-win season in ASU history, first since 2014. The 14-0 start to the season was the third-best start to a season in program history. 
  • First-year head coach JJ Van Niel is the 2023 Pac-12 Coach of the Year. He is the fourth coach of the year in Arizona State history, the first since Patti Snyder-Park in 1992. He is the fourth coach in Sun Devil Athletics to be named coach of the year in their first…

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