FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Oral Roberts volleyball team received and accepted an automatic berth into the 2017 National Invitational Volleyball Championship as announced by NIVC officials Tuesday.
The season continues for the Golden Eagles, who were one of 15 teams to earn a spot in the postseason event gaining the bid from The Summit League following a second-place finish in both the regular season and conference tournament. It is the first postseason event for ORU since reaching the NCAA Tournament in 2006.
"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 AQ's from several conferences, but we are excited to see the 32-team field getting closer and closer to reality."
The complete 32-team field will be announced on Sunday, Nov. 26 around 10 p.m. ET following NCAA Tournament selections. Eight participating schools will each host four teams 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.
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.
America East Albany
Big Sky Sacramento State
Colonial College of Charleston
C-USA North Texas
MAC Bowling Green
MEAC Maryland Eastern Shore
Mountain West Wyoming
Ohio Valley SIUE
Southland Stephen F. Austin
Summit Oral Roberts
Sun Belt Texas State
SWAC Alabama A&M
West Coast Pacific
For more information on the NIVC visit www.womensnivc.com.
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