Western Michigan and Ball State Going To NCAA Volleyball Championship

Updated 11/26/2000
  • Official NCAA Site

    For the fourth time in six years and the first since 1998, two Mid-American Conference schools will be representing the league in the NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship. Mid-American Conference Tournament Champion Western Michigan earned the automatic bid and runner-up Ball State grabbed an at-large selection during Sunday's selection show.

    The Broncos, who have won 19 straight matches and sport a 25-5 overall record, are in the Mideast Region and will face Northern Iowa (28-4) on Friday at 5 p.m. (CST) in Madison, Wis., with the victor facing the winner of the Wisconsin-Bucknell contest Saturday at 7 p.m. WMU is making its ninth appearance in the NCAA Tournament and its first since 1989. The Broncos are 5-8 in NCAA Tournament matches.

    WMU's opponent, the Panthers, won the Missouri Valley Conference title and will face a MAC school for the second straight year. Last year, Ball State lost in five games to UNI, which advanced to the Sweet 16.

    Ball State (25-6), which is making its first-ever appearance as an at-large team will travel to Columbus, Ohio, to face Ohio State at 7 p.m. on Friday. The winner will play the winner of the Notre Dame-Cincinnati match Saturday at 7 p.m. The Cardinals will be appearing in their sixth NCAA Tournament and have a 2-5 mark.

    Mideast Region
    Friday, December 1
    Northern Iowa (28-4) vs. Western Michigan (25-5), 5 p.m. (CST)
    Wisconsin (28-3) vs. Bucknell (17-14), 7 p.m.

    Saturday, December 2
    Northern Iowa-Western Michigan winner vs. Wisconsin-Bucknell winner, 7 p.m. (CST)

    Central Region
    Friday, December 1
    Notre Dame (25-6) vs. Cincinnati (24-9), 5 p.m.
    Ohio State (24-6) vs. Ball State (25-6), 7 p.m.

    Saturday, December 2
    Notre Dame-Cincinnati winner vs. Ohio State-Ball State winner, 7 p.m.
    Pictured: Ball State's Megan Hammons