EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE volleyball will be among the 32-team field for the National Invitational Volleyball Championships.
The NIVC announced 15 schools that have received automatic berths to the NIVC. The complete 32-team field will be announced Sunday, Nov. 26 around 9 p.m. CT following NCAA Tournament selections.
"We're very excited for the opportunity," said SIUE Head Coach Kendall Paulus. "To be able to be a part of the rebirth of this tournament, it's awesome for the sport. To represent SIUE on a national level is exciting."
Alabama A&M (SWAC)
Albany (America East)
Bowling Green (MAC)
College of Charleston (Colonial)
Maryland Eastern Shore (MEAC)
North Texas (Conference USA)
Oral Roberts (Summit)
Pacific (West Coast)
Sacramento State (Big Sky)
SIUE (Ohio Valley)
Stephen F. Austin (Southland)
Texas State (Sun Belt)
Wyoming (Mountain West)
"After a nearly 22-year hiatus, we are excited to announce the first 15 schools that have received and accepted an automatic berth into the 2017 event," said NIVC director Sean Hardy. "We are still waiting on a few other AQs from several conferences, but we are excited to see the 32-team field getting closer and closer to reality."
The 2017 tournament will consist of 32 teams with participating schools hosting all matches. A team is offered an automatic berth by the NIVC when it's the highest-finishing team in its conference regular-season standings and is not selected for the NCAA Tournament. Should a conference's automatic qualifier team decline the NIVC invitation, then the conference forfeits its AQ spot and that berth goes into the at-large pool.
Eight participating schools will each host four schools in Rounds 1 and 2 slated for Nov. 28-30. Round 3 will take place Dec. 1-3, Semifinals (Dec. 4-9), and Championship on Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. ET, to be streamed live on ESPN3.
For more information on the NIVC visit www.womensnivc.com.