Minnesota (25-4, 17-3) finished second in the Big Ten and was ranked 2nd or 3rd in the AVCA polls most of the season helping them earn the No. 2 seed in this year’s Tournament. Being in the top four puts Minnesota on a path to the Final Four that runs straight through the Sports Pavilion as they will host all their matches up until the Final Four. The Gophers will be looking to make back-to-back trips to the Final Four.
Minnesota will host their sub-regional. In the first round they’ll face North Dakota. The other matchup at the Pav will be USC vs Hawaii. Both matches will be Friday. Minnesota will play at 7:00 CT. The USC-Hawaii matchup will be at 4:30 CT. Earlier this season Minnesota beat North Dakota in four sets.
The Gophers were 9-4 this season against teams in this week’s AVCA Top 25 and 13-4 against teams in this week’s RPI Top 50. Minnesota was fourth in this week’s RPI standings and the Gophers played the fourth toughest schedule this season.
Fellow Big Ten teams that made the tournament Nebraska, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Michigan, Penn State, Ohio State, and Purdue.
Top 16 Seeds
- North Carolina
- Michigan State
- Kansas State
- Penn State
Later in the week a full tournament preview will be posted.