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Jacob Myers | NCAA.com | December 10, 2018

2018 NCAA volleyball tournament: Bracket, scores, schedule and how to watch the DI championship

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.

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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.

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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

NATIONAL SEMIFINALS        
Game Site Date Time (ET) Network
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
Regional Finals        
Game Site Date Time (ET) Network
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
Regional Semifinals        
Game Site Date Time (ET) Network
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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Here are the scores from the first and second rounds of the 2018 NCAA volleyball tournament.

Second Round        
Game Site Date Time (ET) Network
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
 
First Round        
Game Site Date Time (ET) 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.

1. Stanford
2. Minnesota
3. Illinois
4. BYU
5. Texas
6. Wisconsin
7. Nebraska
8. Penn State
9. Creighton
10. Kentucky
11. Southern California
12. Pittsburgh
13. UCF
14. Marquette
15. Oregon
16. Washington State

Championship History

YEAR CHAMPION (RECORD) COACH SCORE RUNNER-UP SITE
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