CSU Volleyball Release: PNW Bound: Rams make 24th-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Colorado State volleyball team will make its 24th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament after winning its 15th Mountain West Conference title and earning an automatic bid. The Rams will head to Pullman, Wash., and face Tennessee on Friday, Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. MT (4 p.m. PT | 7 p.m. ET)
Washington State is the No 16 seed in the tournament and will play host to Colorado State, Northern Arizona and Tennessee for the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The winner of each first round match will play to try to advance to the regional semifinals on Saturday at 7 p.m. MT (6 p.m. MT | 9 p.m. ET).
The Rams finished first in the Mountain West with a 23-7 overall record and 15-3 in the conference. Colorado State played five teams this season that also made it into the 2018 NCAA Tournament – Michigan, Florida State, Colorado, Illinois and Cincinnati.
Colorado State and Tennessee have met four times, with the most recent coming in 2012 in Wichita, Kan., during the Shocker Volleyball Classic with a 3-2 loss. The Rams won back-to-back matches in the series in 1990 and 2009, with a loss coming in the series debut in 1983. CSU is 1-2 while playing at a neutral site.
The Rams have competed in the NCAA Tournament every season since 1995, and 30 times overall. Under Hilbert, CSU is 20-21 in the NCAA Tournament, including six ‘Sweet 16’ appearances. The Rams have won 14-of-22 first-round matches during Hilbert’s tenure.
CSU is the lone Mountain West Conference school to be competing in the NCAA Tournament.