Chants headed to Omaha for NCAA tourney opener

The Coastal Carolina (20-7) volleyball team will face ninth-seeded Creighton (25-6) in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship, it was announced Sunday night during the NCAA Selection Show.

It will be the first meeting between the Chanticleers and Bluejays since the schools faced each other in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament. Creighton won that match in four sets.

The first round match is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. (ET) in Omaha, Neb. Creighton will serve as the host institution. Also participating in the region is Missouri State (28-5) and Michigan State (21-8), who play before the Chants at 5 p.m. (ET) on Friday.

The Chanticleers earned their fourth consecutive NCAA postseason berth – and seventh overall in program history – by defeating second-seeded Texas State in last Sunday’s Sun Belt championship match. Coastal recorded its first NCAA Tournament victory last season when it defeated James Madison in five sets in the first round.

Creighton is making its sixth straight NCAA Tournament appearance following its fourth consecutive BIG EAST championship. The Blujays earned the conference’s title with a come-from-behind, 3-2 win over Marquette in the league championship. Creighton’s No. 9 seed this season marks the second time in program history that the Bluejays have been seeded. The first time was in 2015, when they faced Coastal as the No. 16 seed.

– Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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