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Season Continues for ORU Volleyball with NIVC Invite

Season Continues for ORU Volleyball with NIVC Invite

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Oral Roberts volleyball team received and accepted an automatic berth into the 2017 National Invitational Volleyball Championship as announced by NIVC officials Tuesday.


The season continues for the Golden Eagles, who were one of 15 teams to earn a spot in the postseason event gaining the bid from The Summit League following a second-place finish in both the regular season and conference tournament. It is the first postseason event for ORU since reaching the NCAA Tournament in 2006.


"After a nearly 22-year hiatus, we are excited to announce the first 15 schools that have received and accepted an automatic berth into the 2017 event," said NIVC director Sean Hardy. "We are still waiting on a few other AQ's from several conferences, but we are excited to see the 32-team field getting closer and closer to reality."


The complete 32-team field will be announced on Sunday, Nov. 26 around 10 p.m. ET following NCAA Tournament selections. Eight participating schools will each host four teams in Rounds 1 and 2, slated for Nov. 28-30. Round 3 will take place Dec. 1-3, Semifinals (Dec. 4-9), and Championship on Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. ET, to be streamed live on ESPN3.


The 2017 tournament will consist of 32 teams with participating schools hosting all matches. A team is offered an automatic berth by the NIVC when it's the highest-finishing team in its conference regular-season standings, and is not selected for the NCAA Tournament.


Conference                School

America East                Albany  

American                     SMU

Big Sky                       Sacramento State

Colonial                       College of Charleston

C-USA                         North Texas

MAC                            Bowling Green

MEAC                          Maryland Eastern Shore

Mountain West             Wyoming

Northeast                    Bryant

Ohio Valley                  SIUE

Southland                   Stephen F. Austin

Summit                      Oral Roberts

Sun Belt                      Texas State  

SWAC                         Alabama A&M

West Coast                  Pacific  


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