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Omaha Regional

The Gregory Gazelles open play tomorrow afternoon in the Omaha Regional (aka the Big 12 Conference Tournament) at 4:30 pm against the Aggies. 

Link to Video

Clicking on the game pod should get you a video link to the regional semis. 


I can't even begin to describe how annoyed I am with the placement of the Big 12 teams in this year's tournament.  What is happening in the NCAA volleyball is the equivalent of the men's basketball committee sending Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma and the Aggies to a regional in Oklahoma City.   The committee chair has defended the seedings and positioning by saying the RPI helps determine the seeds and the teams are placed in nearby regions to avoid extensive travel.  He went on to say there is no unwritten rule to avoid conference #1 and #2 playing in a regional.  After the seeding fiasco, the Big 12 went out and got 5 teams in the Sweet 16 - the Omaha Regional and Baylor.  Too bad, it's a foregone conclusion the most Big 12 teams that can make the final four is 2.  With Baylor in Penn State's region, it really is 1.  Shame on you, NCAA seeding committee.

I expect Texas to easily dispatch the Aggies.  The ags may actually win their first set off Texas this year as I expect the Nebraska fans to be cheering strongly for A&M.  I predict a 3-1 victory for the good guys.

In the other semi, Nebraska takes on Iowa State.  Both teams won on the other team's home court during the regular season.  If Iowa State can stay composed and get a decent showing of a couple thousand fans, I expect this to be a barn burner of a match.  I expect NU to pull it out 3-2 with the homecourt advantage being the difference.  I'd love to see ISU pull out the win.

The regional final on Saturday at 8pm will be televised live on ESPNU.  Winner to Tampa, Florida.

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