Ducks Earn NCAA Tournament Bid
EUGENE, Ore. – For the 18th time in program history, the Oregon volleyball team has advanced to the NCAA Tournament as the 64-team field was announced Sunday evening on ESPN. The Ducks will travel to Omaha, Neb., to face Kansas in the first round Thursday at 2:30 p.m. (PT).
On the heels of its Sweet 16 appearance during the unprecedented spring season, Oregon finished the 2021 regular season with a 22-8 overall record including a 13-7 mark in Pac-12 play. Sunday's selection marks the program's fourth trip to the NCAA Tournament under head coach Matt Ulmer.
"This group has worked really hard," Ulmer said. "We've gone through a lot of stuff this year, as a lot of people have, but I'm proud of our perseverance and resiliency. We're excited to go to Omaha and have a chance to keep playing. It's a really talented quadrant and we're excited to be part of it."
Kansas, Thursday's first-round opponent, enters the postseason with a 16-11 record. The two programs have played three times previously but not since 2008. The other half of the Omaha quadrant features host and No. 14 national seed Creighton (30-3) and Ole Miss (21-8).
Omaha was also the lone site of the NCAA Tournament held in a bubble last spring. The Ducks are 5-3 in the NCAA Tournament under Ulmer including an Elite 8 appearance in 2018 along with last year's trip to the Sweet 16.
Oregon faced nine teams NCAA Tournament teams during the recently completed regular season. The Ducks are one of six teams from the Pac-12 in the tournament field.
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