Initial look at NCAA Tournament semifinals matches

After four months of regular season matches and conference tournaments, the men’s volleyball NCAA Tournament is here.

The NCAA announced the four-team tournament field and semifinals pairings Sunday afternoon. Here is an initial look and historical information you need to know heading into the NCAA Tournament semifinals on Thursday at USC.
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Deeper look at men’s volleyball NCAA Tournament selection criteria

Three of the four tickets to the NCAA Tournament have been punched but the one at-large spot remains increasingly tight heading into Selection Sunday.

With Selection Sunday here, Penn State, Lewis and UC Irvine received the three automatic bids. However, a closer look at the criteria used by the selection committee shows that BYU, Stanford and USC all still have case for the lone at-large bid.
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UC Irvine makes another comeback, clinches spot in NCAA Tourney

The Anteaters for the second time in the last three days overcame a two-game deficit and have now secured a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

UC Irvine rallied to defeat Stanford 20-25, 25-27, 25-21, 25-21, 15-12 in the MPSF Tournament championship match on Saturday in Los Angeles to earn the conference’s automatic bid to the Final Four.
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Lewis’ blocking upends Ohio State to clinch NCAA Tourney berth

Lewis big blocks lifted the program from the NCAA death bed and back to the NCAA Tournament.

Lewis had a season-high 20 blocks as it rallied to defeat Ohio State 20-25, 25-17, 22-25, 27-25, 15-10 in the MIVA Tournament championship match on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. The victory clinches the Flyers first appearance in the Final Four since the program received the men’s volleyball version of the NCAA death penalty less than 10 years ago.
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Conference tournament men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

Three spots in the four-team NCAA Tournament will be set by the end of the night.

It’s Championship Saturday in college men’s volleyball as EIVA, MIVA and MPSF Tournament championship matches will be played tonight — and each match-up could get more intriguing as the night progresses.

Check out the conference tournament matches to follow tonight from around the nation.
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Deeper look at men’s volleyball NCAA Tournament selection criteria

The conference tournament championship matches are set and Final Four picture is slowly starting to become clearer – but not by much.

With Selection Sunday looming, UC Irvine and Stanford’s victories in the MPSF Tournaments have given them a leg-up in the race to get a spot in the NCAA Tournament. However, a closer look at the criteria used by the selection committee shows nothing in the field is decided going into championship Saturday.
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