Study Up Before Tonight’s First-Round Matches

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The first night of the NCAA women’s volleyball tournament is in the books, but action picks back up tonight starting with Creighton versus Coastal Carolina and Kentucky vs. American at 4:30 p.m. ET.

Prep for tonight’s matchups with these stories from local and national media outlets:

Speaking of Coastal Carolina, learn about the Chanticleers head coach Jozsef Forman who served as the Hungarian National Team’s head coach before coming to the U.S. to coach at the college level in this article from Myrtle Beach Online.

Dont know much about the Southern Illinois Salukis? This article from The Southern Illinoisan will get you up to speed in advance of the at-large selection’s first-ever NCAA women’s volleyball tournament appearance.
The Salukis take on Illinois at 5 p.m. ET.

Another team making its NCAA debut tonight is UNC-Wilmington. This article from Star News Online highlights the contributions of the Seahawks talented freshman class.
UNCW will challenge UNC at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Penn State’s Megan Courtney first played at Rec Hall while attending volleyball camp when she was 15. Now a senior and reigning tournament Most Outstanding Player, Courtney hopes to lead the Nittany Lions to their third straight title. The Centre Daily Times profiles the Dayton, Ohio, native.
Penn State plays Howard at 7:30 p.m. ET.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune‘s Jim Souhan chronicles Minnesota’s rise to prominence after failing to make the postseason only a year agothe first time the Gophers hadnt played in the NCAA tournament since 1998.
No. 2-seeded Minnesota faces Jackson State at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Texas A&M’s senior middle blocker Shelby Sullivan has been a leader since she joined the Aggie roster in 2012, and her impact on this year’s team as a co-captain and starter has helped propelled the squad to great success and an SEC title, as explained in this article from the Bryan, Texas, newspaper The Eagle.
Texas A&M plays Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 7:30 p.m. ET.

The Lincoln Journal Star highlights the rise of Nebraska’s Amber Rolfzen since moving from opposite to middle blocker this year.
Nebraska plays Harvard at 8 p.m. ET.

The Bobcats of Ohio University earned the automatic bid into the tournament by winning the Mid-American Conference title. This article from Destination Volleyball highlights the contributions of setter Abby Gilleland and libero Meredith Ashy.
Ohio drew BYU in the first round and the two teams play at 9 p.m. ET.

The Seattle Times talks with Washington’s group of seniors about going after the final piece of an almost-complete resume.
Washington takes on Denver at 10:30 p.m. ET.

Six second-round matches will also be played tonight, starting with Texas vs. Purdue and Florida vs. Florida State, both at 7 p.m. ET.

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