The NCAA volleyball tournament has reached the national semifinals after playing four regional finals matches on Saturday, Dec. 8.
Earlier, on Friday in the regional semifinals, No. 15 Oregon upset No. 2 Minnesota in four sets.
Stanford will play BYU and Nebraska will play Illinois in Minneapolis on Dec. 13 in the national semifinals.
The big upsets of the first round was Florida Gulf Coast winning its first game in its first-ever NCAA tournament against the 13th-seeded Knights, which were missing its leading setter. San Diego then upset Big West champ Cal Poly, which was without the conference player of the year.
Here is the full bracket, schedule of the regional final games with viewing information, a region-by-region look at where things stand in the 2018 NCAA Division I women’s volleyball tournament bracket and scores from the first and second rounds.
NCAA volleyball tournament regional schedule
|No. 1 Stanford vs. No. 4 BYU||Minneapolis, Minn.||Thursday, Dec. 13||7 p.m.||ESPN|
|No. 3 Illinois vs. No. 7 Nebraska||Minneapolis, Minn.||Thursday, Dec. 13||9 p.m.||ESPN|
|No. 3 Illinois 3, No. 6 Wisconsin 1||Illinois||Saturday, Dec. 8||4 p.m.||ESPNU|
|No. 7 Nebraska 3, No. 15 Oregon 0||Minnesota||Saturday, Dec. 8||6 p.m.||ESPNU|
|No. 4 BYU 3, No. 5 Texas 0||BYU||Saturday, Dec. 8||8 p.m.||ESPNU|
|No. 1 Stanford 3, No. 8 Penn State 0||Stanford||Saturday, Dec. 8||10 p.m.||ESPNU|
|No. 3 Illinois 3, No. 14 Marquette 0||Illinois||Friday, Dec. 7||12 p.m.||ESPNU|
|No. 7 Nebraska 3, No. 10 Kentucky 0||Minnesota||Friday, Dec. 7||2 p.m.||ESPNU|
|No. 6 Wisconsin 3, San Diego 0||Illinois||Friday, Dec. 7||2:30 p.m.||ESPN3|
|No. 5 Texas 3, Michigan 1||BYU||Friday, Dec. 7||4 p.m.||ESPNU|
|No. 15 Oregon 3, No. 2 Minnesota 1||Minnesota||Friday, Dec. 7||4:30 p.m.||ESPN3|
|No. 8 Penn State 3, Washington 0||Stanford||Friday, Dec. 7||6 p.m.||ESPNU|
|No. 4 BYU 3, Florida 1||BYU||Friday, Dec. 7||6:30 p.m.||ESPN3|
|No. 1 Stanford 3, No. 16 Washington State 1||Stanford||Friday, Dec. 7||8:30 p.m.||ESPN3|
Here’s a guide to where things stand in the bracket and what sticks out to us ahead of the the regional semifinals.
Region-by-region look at 2018 regionals
Starting in the Stanford regional, as expected, the No. 1 Cardinal rolled in its first two games and now will play conference opponent No. 16 Washington State, which it beat twice in the regular season. In the other game, we have our first Big Ten-Pac-12 matchup that should be a doozy between two pretty similar teams. No. 8 Penn State and unseeded Washington each have veteran leadership but a corps of freshmen are big-time contributors.
Advancing to the regional finals, it would be a surprise not to see the Cardinal against the Nittany Lions. Their the only two teams that have made every single NCAA tournament since the first one in 1981. This will be the must-watch game of the second weekend (if it happens) between two historic programs.
Now in Provo, Utah, things could get weird. Michigan and Florida advanced to regionals as unseeded teams, but the drop off in talent between those two and their respective opponents, No. 5 Texas and No. 4 BYU, is not that sharp.
The Cougars against the Gators will be one of the best matchups in the round of 16. Each team was very impressive in the first two rounds. Michigan is probably the underdog in this region, but away from Austin, a neutral environment could play to the Wolverines advantage against the Longhorns. To be completely honest, this region is up for grabs and should be absolutely thrilling. If it ends up being Texas vs. BYU for a spot in Minneapolis, you will see some exciting freshmen for the Longhorns and one of the best senior classes for the Cougars.
As good as the Provo region might be, the Minneapolis regional could be mistaken for a national semifinal group if someone was just given which teams are playing. The matchup that jumps out is No. 7 Nebraska vs. No. 10 Kentucky. This is a rematch of last year’s regional final that the Huskers won in Lexington. You can bet the Wildcats have been waiting for this moment.
Minnesota will be the favorite in this region but Oregon should give the Gophers a test. The Ducks are arguably the second-best team remaining in the tournament from the Pac-12. The winner out of this regional will not be overlooked as a title contender.
In Champaign, Illinois, the Illini are hoping to reach the national semifinals for the first time since 2011. To do that, they’ll have to beat a No. 14 Marquette team that cruised in its first two games and get through a potential rematch with No. 6 Wisconsin in the regional final. To get there, the Badgers first have to handle a red-hot San Diego team that swept No. 11 USC in Los Angeles. If this region goes chalk, you won’t find a better matchup of middle blockers in the country than Illinois’ Ali Bastianelli vs. Wisconsin’s Dana Rettke.
This tournament has already been incredibly exciting. Just wait for the rest of it. The 2018 NCAA tournament could shape out to be one of the best yet.
Here are the scores from the first and second rounds of the 2018 NCAA volleyball tournament.
|Florida 3, FGCU 0||UCF||Friday, Nov. 30||7 p.m.||Knights.TV|
|No. 6 Wisconsin 3, Pepperdine 1||Wisconsin||Friday, Nov. 30||8 p.m.||BTN2Go|
|No. 5 Texas 3, Texas State 0||Texas||Friday, Nov. 30||9 p.m.||Longhorn Network|
|No. 15 Oregon 3, Baylor 2||Oregon||Friday, Nov. 30||10 p.m.||Pac-12 Network|
|No. 8 Penn State 3, Syracuse 0||Penn State||Saturday, Dec. 1||7 p.m.||BTN2Go|
|No. 10 Kentucky 3, Purdue 0||Kentucky||Saturday, Dec. 1||7 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Michigan 3, No. 12 Pittsburgh 2||Pittsburgh||Saturday, Dec. 1||7 p.m.||ESPN3|
|No. 3 Illinois 3, Louisville 1||Illinois||Saturday, Dec. 1||8 p.m.||BTN2Go|
|No. 7 Nebraska 3, Missouri 0||Nebraska||Saturday, Dec. 1||8 p.m.||Huskers Live Stream|
|Washington 3, No. 9 Creighton 0||Creighton||Saturday, Dec. 1||8 p.m.||Fox Sports Go|
|No. 14 Marquette 3, Cincinnati 0||Marquette||Saturday, Dec. 1||8 p.m.||Marquette Live Stream|
|No. 1 Stanford 3, Loyola Marymount 0||Stanford||Saturday, Dec. 1||9 p.m.||Pac-12 Network|
|No. 2 Minnesota 3, South Carolina 0||Minnesota||Saturday, Dec. 1||9 p.m.||Big Ten Network|
|No. 4 BYU 3, Utah 0||BYU||Saturday, Dec. 1||9 p.m.||BYU.tv|
|No. 16 Washington St. 3, Tennessee 1||Washington St.||Saturday, Dec. 1||9 p.m.||Pac-12 Network|
|San Diego 3, No. 11 Southern Cal 0||Southern Cal||Saturday, Dec. 1||10 p.m.||Pac-12 Network|
|Florida 3, Florida State 0||UCF||Thursday, Nov. 29||4:30 p.m.||Knights.TV|
|Texas State 3, Rice 1||Texas||Thursday, Nov. 29||5 p.m.||Longhorn Network|
|Pepperdine 3, Northern Iowa 2||Wisconsin||Thursday, Nov. 29||6 p.m.||BTN2Go|
|Florida Gulf Coast 3, No. 13 UCF 2||UCF||Thursday, Nov. 29||7 p.m.||Knights.TV|
|Baylor 3, Hawaii 2||Oregon||Thursday, Nov. 29||7:30 p.m.||BigWest.tv|
|No. 5 Texas 3, Stephen F. Austin 0||Texas||Thursday, Nov. 29||8 p.m.||Longhorn Network|
|No. 6 Wisconsin 3, Green Bay 0||Wisconsin||Thursday, Nov. 29||8:30 p.m.||BTN2Go|
|No. 15 Oregon 3, New Mexico State 1||Oregon||Thursday, Nov. 29||10 p.m.||Pac-12 Network|
|Michigan 3, Navy 0||Pittsburgh||Friday, Nov. 30||4 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Washington 3, Saint Mary's (CA) 1||Creighton||Friday, Nov. 30||4:30 p.m.||FOX Sports Go|
|Purdue 3, East Tennessee State 0||Kentucky||Friday, Nov. 30||5 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Syracuse 3, Yale 0||Penn State||Friday, Nov. 30||5 p.m.||BTN2Go|
|Missouri 3, Arizona 0||Nebraska||Friday, Nov. 30||5:30 p.m.||Huskers Live Stream|
|Cincinnati 3, Illinois State 0||Marquette||Friday, Nov. 30||5:30 p.m.||Marquette Live Stream|
|South Carolina 3, Colorado 2||Minnesota||Friday, Nov. 30||5:30 p.m.||BTN2Go|
|Louisville 3, Dayton 0||Illinois||Friday, Nov. 30||5:30 p.m.||Illini Stream|
|Utah 3, Denver 0||BYU||Friday, Nov. 30||6 p.m.||TheW.tv|
|No. 9 Creighton 3, South Dakota 0||Creighton||Friday, Nov. 30||7 p.m.||FOX Sports Go|
|No. 12 Pittsburgh 3, Iona 0||Pittsburgh||Friday, Nov. 30||7 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Tennessee 3, Colorado State 2||Washington St.||Friday, Nov. 30||7 p.m.||Pac-12 Plus|
|No. 8 Penn State 3, Howard 0||Penn State||Friday, Nov. 30||7:30 p.m.||BTN2Go|
|No. 10 Kentucky 3, Murray State 0||Kentucky||Friday, Nov. 30||7:30 p.m.||SEC Network|
|Loyola Marymount 3, Duke 0||Stanford||Friday, Nov. 30||7:30 p.m.||Pac-12 Plus|
|No. 2 Minnesota 3, Bryant 0||Minnesota||Friday, Nov. 30||8 p.m.||BTN2Go|
|No. 3 Illinois 3, Eastern Michigan 0||Illinois||Friday, Nov. 30||8 p.m.||BTN2Go|
|No. 7 Nebraska 3, Hofstra 0||Nebraska||Friday, Nov. 30||8 p.m.||BTN2Go|
|No. 14 Marquette 3, High Point 0||Marquette||Friday, Nov. 30||8 p.m.||Marquette Live Stream|
|No. 4 BYU 3, Stony Brook 0||BYU||Friday, Nov. 30||9 p.m.||BYUtv|
|San Diego 3, Cal Poly 1||Southern Cal||Friday, Nov. 30||9 p.m.||Pac-12 Plus|
|No. 1 Stanford 3, Alabama State 0||Stanford||Friday, Nov. 30||10 p.m.||Pac-12 Plus|
|No. 16 Washington St. 3, N. Arizona 1||Washington St.||Friday, Nov. 30||10 p.m.||Pac-12 Plus|
|No. 11 Southern Cal 3, Samford 0||Southern Cal||Friday, Nov. 30||11 p.m.||Pac-12 Plus|
Below are the top 16 seeds in the NCAA Division I women’s volleyball tournament which host the first two rounds on campus sites. We will update the information on how to watch these games when those details become available.
8. Penn State
11. Southern California
16. Washington State
|2017||Nebraska (32-4)||John Cook||3-1||Florida||Kansas City|
|2016||Stanford (26-7)||John Dunning||3-1||Texas||Columbus|
|2015||Nebraska (32-4)||John Cook||3-0||Texas||Omaha|
|2014||Penn State (36-3)||Russ Rose||3-0||BYU||Oklahoma City|
|2013||Penn State (34-2)||Russ Rose||3-1||Wisconsin||Seattle|
|2012||Texas (29-4)||Jerritt Elliott||3-0||Oregon||Louisville|
|2011||UCLA (29-6)||Michael Sealy||3-1||Illinois||San Antonio, Texas|
|2010||Penn State (32-5)||Russ Rose||3-0||California||UMKC|
|2009||Penn State (38-0)||Russ Rose||3-2||Texas||South Florida|
|2008||Penn State (38-0)||Russ Rose||3-0||Stanford||Nebraska|
|2007||Penn State (34-2)||Russ Rose||3-2||Stanford||Sacramento State|
|2006||Nebraska (33-1)||John Cook||3-1||Stanford||Nebraska|
|2005||Washington (32-1)||Jim McLaughlin||3-0||Nebraska||UTSA|
|2004||Stanford (30-6)||John Dunning||3-0||Minnesota||Long Beach State|
|2003||Southern California (35-0)||Mick Haley||3-1||Florida||Dallas|
|2002||Southern California (31-1)||Mick Haley||3-1||Stanford||New Orleans|
|2001||Stanford (33-2)||John Dunning||3-0||Long Beach State||San Diego State|
|2000||Nebraska (34-0)||John Cook||3-2||Wisconsin||VCU|
|1999||Penn State (36-1)||Russ Rose||3-0||Stanford||Hawaii|
|1998||Long Beach State (36-0)||Brian Gimmillaro||3-2||Penn State||Wisconsin|
|1997||Stanford (33-2)||Don Shaw||3-2||Penn State||Washington State|
|1996||Stanford (31-2)||Don Shaw||3-0||Hawaii||Cleveland State|
|1995||Nebraska (32-1)||Terry Pettit||3-1||Texas||Massachusetts|
|1994||Stanford (31-2)||Don Shaw||3-1||UCLA||Texas|
|1993||Long Beach State (32-2)||Brian Gimmillaro||3-1||Penn State||Wisconsin|
|1992||Stanford (31-2)||Don Shaw||3-1||UCLA||New Mexico|
|1991||UCLA (31-5)||Andy Banachowski||3-2||Long Beach State||UCLA|
|1990||UCLA (36-1)||Andy Banachowski||3-0||Pacific||Maryland|
|1989||Long Beach State (32-5)||Brian Gimmillaro||3-0||Nebraska||Hawaii|
|1988||Texas (34-5)||Mick Haley||3-0||Hawaii||Minnesota|
|1987||Hawaii (37-2)||Dave Shoji||3-1||Stanford||Indianapolis|
|1986||Pacific (39-3)||John Dunning||3-0||Nebraska||Pacific|
|1985||Pacific (36-3)||John Dunning||3-1||Stanford||Western Michigan|
|1984||UCLA (33-6)||Andy Banachowski||3-2||Stanford||UCLA|
|1983||Hawaii (34-2)||Dave Shoji||3-0||UCLA||Kentucky|
|1982||Hawaii (33-1)||Dave Shoji||3-2||Southern California||Pacific|
|1981||Southern California (27-10)||Chuck Erbe||3-2||UCLA||UCLA|