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No. 6 Washburn Volleyball named 5-seed in NCAA Tournament

“To be one of the 64 teams that advances on, it’s just a true blessing and we’re happy to be here.”
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Published: Nov. 22, 2021 at 7:14 PM CST
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Washburn’s volleyball team is going dancing for the 16th time in program history.

The No. 6 Ichabods (26-5) were named a 5-seed in the NCAA DII Volleyball Tournament Monday. They will face No. 10 Winona State (28-4), the 4-seed, in the first round Thursday, Dec 2. in Warrensburg.

”We are so elated to be in this tournament,” Kelsey Gordon, Washburn senior middle hitter, said. “As we can see from at least the Central Region, not everyone gets in. To be one of the 64 teams that advance on, it’s just a true blessing and we’re happy to be here.”

“It felt great, because I have a great affection for these kids,” head coach Chris Herron said. “I’m happy for them, I’m proud of them, proud for them, and I’m excited about playing somebody we’ve never played.”

MIAA foe Central Missouri earned a 1-seed in the Central Region and will host. Northwest Missouri and Nebraska-Kearney were named the 3 and 6-seeds, respectively.

The Ichabods went 1-1 in last week’s MIAA Tournament with a sweep over Pittsburg State before falling in the semifinal match to No. 4 Northwest Missouri.

Winona State came in ranked tenth in the latest AVCA poll. Chris Herron’s squad is 5-5 against top-20 opponents this season.

NCAA TOURNAMENT CENTRAL REGION SEEDS
  1. Central Missouri
  2. St. Cloud State
  3. Northwest Missouri
  4. Winona State
  5. Washburn
  6. Nebraska-Kearney
  7. Concordia-St. Paul
  8. Arkansas Tech

The championships will held at the Bob Martinez Athletics Center in Tampa, Fla. Dec. 9-11. Tickets are available here.

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