The NCAA men’s volleyball committee selected the seven teams that will participate on the 2018 National Collegiate Men’s Championships hosted by UCLA May 3 and 5th.
Five teams will participate in the play-in rounds April 26 hosted by Ohio State and May 1 at UCLA.
Five teams received automatic selections by winning their conference: Long Beach of the Big West (No. 1 RPI ranking), BYU of the MPSF (No. 2 RPI ranking), Ohio State of the MIVA (No. 7 RPI ranking), Harvard of the EIVA (No. 22 RPI ranking), and King of the Conference Carolinas (No. 13 RPI ranking).
The two at-large bids went to MPSF runner-up UCLA and Big West semifinalist UC Irvine.
In the first round, Ohio State (23-5) will host King University (23-5) at 7 p.m. ET.
The winner will face UC Irvine (21-9) in a quarterfinal at 5 p.m. PT at UCLA May 1. The second quarterfinal will pit UCLA against Harvard at 7:30 p.m. PT.
The national semifinals will feature top seeded Long Beach State (26-1) against the UC Irvine vs Ohio State/King winner, scheduled for 5 p.m PT. Second seeded BYU (22-6) will meet the winner of UCLA vs Harvard at 7:30 p.m. PT May 3.
The national finals will be held at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion at 7:00 p.m. PT.
The committee passed over Hawai’i, who defeated UC Irvine 25-16, 25-23, 20-25, 25-18 Thursday in the Big West semifinals. Hawai’i is ranked fifth in last week’s RPI.