As announced on ESPNU on Sunday evening, Marquette Volleyball earned an at-large bid to the NCAA volleyball tournament. The Golden Eagles will be traveling just a short jaunt down I-94 to Madison, where they'll square off with Illinois State. #4 national seed Wisconsin will be the host for the pod, and the winner of the MU-ISU game will play the winner of UW and Western Michigan.
It's the fourth straight appearance for the Golden Eagles, and second straight appearance for first year head coach Ryan Theis. His Ohio Bobcats squad advanced to the NCAA tournament in 2013 by way of an Mid-American Conference tournament championship.
Illinois State earned their spot in the tournament by winning the Missouri Valley Conference tournament, defeating Missouri State and Northern Iowa. The Redbirds come into the NCAA tournament with a record of 26-5, including 18-0 in the MVC regular season.
Marquette fell, 3-2, to Seton Hall in the Big East semifinals on Friday night. That gives them a record of 24-8 as they head to Madison. Fun Fact: Outside hitter Lindsey Gosh is now the first player in Marquette volleyball history to play in four NCAA tournaments.
Creighton, the Big East regular season and tournament champions, are headed to Topeka, Kansas, for their first round match up. They'll be taking on Oregon State, with #16 national seed Kansas playing host and potential second round game as well. Big East runners up Seton Hall made the 64 team field for the first time in program history. They'll be taking on BYU in the first round out in Arizona, where the #11 seeded Wildcats are the host.