In a surprise to absolutely no one, the No. 1 ranked, Big Ten champion and undefeated Wisconsin Badgers (15-0 overall, 15-0 Big Ten) volleyball team earned the No. 1 overall seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. UW will open postseason play on Thursday, April 15 at 6 p.m. CT from CHI Health Center Arena in Omaha, Neb. in the second round.
Wisconsin earned a bye in the first round by being one of the top seeds in the tournament. There are only 48 teams in this year’s tournament (as opposed to the normal 64). Kentucky is the No. 2 seed, Minnesota the No. 3 seed, Texas slots in as the No. 4 overall seed and Nebraska is the No. 5 seed.
UW will take on the winner of Bowling Green (22-1 overall) and Weber State (18-1 overall).
The entire tournament will take place in Omaha this year due to COVID-19 concerns, so the Badgers will be hoping to make themselves comfortable in Nebraska’s backyard. UW has only lost three sets all season and will be one of the favorites to make it back to the NCAA title game, which they lost last season to Stanford.
Led by seniors Dana Rettke and Sydney Hilley, the Badgers have also been infused with new talent this season including freshman MB/RS Devyn Robinson and Wichita State transfer libero/DS Giorgia Civita. We will have much more coverage of the NCAA Tournament and the Wisconsin matchup over the next week.