UTEP Volleyball will play in the 2023 National Invitational Volleyball Championship Tournament for the second time in the last three years. Will Play Dec 1 against North Texas

Officials announce selections for 2023 NIVC
32-team field has eight regional hosts; action begins Nov. 29


FORT COLLINS, CO. – After another season of remarkable play throughout the nation’s D-I volleyball schedule, postseason excitement gets another boost with the announcement of the field for the 2023 National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC), produced for the sixth time by Triple Crown Sports.

The bracket launches with eight host schools, with action set to begin on Wednesday, Nov. 29. The championship match is slated for Dec. 10, 11 or 12 – all matches are held on campus locations. A total of six programs won or had a share of their regular season conference championship, and 17 teams in the 32-team field won at least 20 matches this season.

“The competitive mix for the 2023 NIVC is a clear indicator that the event is truly a viable answer for teams looking to conclude their seasons with the most valuable experience possible,” said NIVC director Jared Rudiger. “A significant number of teams have played with us before and feel very strongly about how the NIVC can fortify their programs, while several new teams tell us the word is spreading and that a postseason run in the NIVC is something that inspires and intrigues.”

The event previously ran from 1989-95; champions of the current NIVC era include Boston College (2022), UNLV (2021), Georgia Tech (2019), Iowa State (2018) and Ole Miss (2017).

Here is the 32-team field for the 2023 NIVC:

Automatic qualifiers (*- won or had share of regular season conference title):
Buffalo (23-8) – Mid-American*
Citadel (27-3) – Southern*
Drake (22-10) – Missouri Valley
Howard (17-14) – Mid-Eastern Athletic
Sacramento State (21-11) – Big Sky*
St. John’s (23-10) – Big East
​South Florida (19-11) – American*
UMKC (22-8) – Summit*
Wichita State (21-8) – American
Winthrop (14-13) – Big South

At-Large Selections:
Arkansas State (16-14) – Sun Belt
Ball State (16-14) – Mid-American
Chicago State (13-8) – Independent
Clemson (17-13) – Atlantic Coast
DePaul (17-14) – Big East
East Carolina (20-10) – American
Eastern Kentucky (21-8) – Atlantic Sun
Florida Atlantic (20-12) – American
Georgia Southern (21-8) – Sun Belt
Middle Tennessee (20-9) – Conference USA
Montana State (21-8) – Big Sky
North Texas (17-15) – American
Northern Colorado (17-11) – Big Sky
Pacific (18-10) – West Coast
South Dakota (18-10) – Summit*
Southern Illinois (20-11) – Missouri Valley
Tulsa (17-14) – American
UNLV (19-12) – Mountain West
UT Arlington (20-10) – Western Athletic
UTEP (21-9) – Conference USA
Valparaiso (18-14) – Missouri Valley
Wyoming (20-9) – Mountain West

In bracket order, here are the matchups, locations and match times for Rounds 1 and 2 (all times ET; designated home team listed second):

Round 1 at Wichita State, Nov. 30
Tulsa vs. UMKC, 4:30 p.m.
Arkansas State vs. Wichita State, 7 p.m.
Round 2, Dec. 1
Winners, 2:30 p.m.

Round 1 at Drake, Nov. 29
DePaul vs. Southern Illinois, 4 p.m.
Chicago State vs. Drake, 7 p.m.
Round 2, Nov. 30
Winners, 7 p.m.

Round 1 at Sacramento State, Nov. 30
Pacific vs. Montana State, 7 p.m.
UNLV vs. Sacramento State, 10 p.m.
Round 2, Dec. 1
Winners, 10 p.m.

at Northern Colorado, Nov. 30
Wyoming vs. South Dakota, 5 p.m.
Valparaiso vs. Northern Colorado, 8 p.m.
Round 2, Dec. 1
Winners, 8 p.m.

at St. John’s, Dec. 1
South Florida vs. Buffalo, 4 p.m.
Howard vs. St. John’s, 7 p.m.
Round 2, Dec. 2
Winners, 7 p.m.

Round 1 at East Carolina, Dec. 1
Georgia Southern vs. Winthrop, 2 p.m.
The Citadel vs. East Carolina, 6 p.m.
Round 2, Dec. 2
Winners, 6 p.m.

Round 1 at UTEP, Dec. 1
UT Arlington vs. Florida Atlantic, 7 p.m.
North Texas vs. UTEP, 9:30 p.m.
Round 2, Dec. 2
Winners, 4 p.m.

at Middle Tennessee, Nov. 30
Clemson vs. Eastern Kentucky, 4 p.m.
Ball State vs. Middle Tennessee, 7 p.m.
Round 2, Dec. 1
Winners, 7 p.m.

Follow the action at www.womensnivc.com

AboutTriple Crown Sports
Based in Fort Collins, CO., Triple Crown Sports has been producing youth, high school and college events for 40 years. TCS runs both the preseason and postseason WNIT basketball events and produces the men’s and women’s DI Cancun Challenge tournaments in November. Triple Crown is also powering “WNIT” concept events in D-I softball (NISC) and volleyball (NIVC), with those two events debuting in 2017. Triple Crown’s PV College Challenge features two sessions of top-level DI college softball teams in the country each year in Puerto Vallarta, MX, helping to kick off the season in February.

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