FORT COLLINS, Colo. (WSU) -- The Wichita State University volleyball team has received an at-large bid to the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC), it was announced late Sunday evening, Nov. 25. The Shockers are one of 32 teams that make up the tournament field.
Wichita State (13-17) will take on Central Arkansas (26-6) in the opening round of the tournament on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 4:30 p.m. at the North Texas Volleyball Center in Denton, Texas. The Shockers and Sugar Bears have never met on the volleyball court.
The North Texas Mean Green, who were selected as a host for the first and second rounds, will take on Tulsa in the other first round match at 7 p.m. Thursday.
The winners of each opening round contest will advance to the second round, which will be played at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in Denton.
Round three will be held Dec. 5-7, the semifinals run Dec. 7-9, and the 2018 NIVC Championship match will be held Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. ET. All matches after the first and second rounds will occur at to be determined sites.
This year marks the second running of the NIVC since its rebirth last year; the original event ran from 1989-1995. Ole Miss won last year's NIVC title over Texas Tech.
Much like the WNIT and NIT events in college basketball, the NIVC taps into the impressive depth of D-I volleyball and is designed to give more high-performing, highly skilled programs a chance to play for a postseason title. Teams with young rosters get to train and compete with an eye to the future; established rosters get one more chance to play together and memorably cap off their student-athlete experience.
First and Second Rounds -- Nov. 29-30
Third Round -- Dec. 5-7
Semifinals -- Dec. 7-9
Championship -- Dec. 11