UMD Back in NCAA Volleyball Tournament
Bulldogs to Face NSIC Foe Winona State in 1st Round
A year ago the University of Minnesota Duluth Volleyball team was disappointed on Selection Monday as the Bulldogs were left out of the Div. II NCAA Tournament for the first time under coach Jim Boos. That’s not the case this year though, as UMD made the field of 64.
The Bulldogs were seeded fourth in the central region and take on five seed Winona State on December 1st at Concordia-St. Paul’s Ganglehoff Center. The Golden Bears are hosting the regional as the top seed.
The Bulldogs, Warriors and Bears make up half of the six teams representing the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, twice the amount that made last year’s tournament.
UMD faced and beat Winona State twice during the regular season, which should help the Bulldogs prepare. But on Monday, it was time to celebrate UMD getting a chance at a national title.
“It’s good to know our hard work paid off throughout the year,” said senior Sydnie Mauch. “We put ourselves in a good spot, although we din’t finish strong in the conference tournament, we still put ourselves in a good enough spot to make the tournament. It was really nice to see our name come up there this year.”
Boos was confident his team would be invited, despite a first round loss to Wayne State in the NSIC Tournament.
“I felt like we put together a strong enough resume this year to be in pretty good shape,” said Boos. “But until you see your name up there, especially after last year, you’re gun–shy and maybe a little nervous about. We’re excited.”