MEAC champion Howard and SWAC titleist Jackson State have learned their opponents in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament. The NCAA announced the field Sunday evening during its Tournament Selection Show on ESPNU.
Howard will face No. 7 seed and two-time defending champion Penn State University while JSU will head to Minneapolis to take on No. 2 seed and fourth ranked Minnesota.
The Bison (18-13) earned their way to the NCAA Tournament after winning the program's eighth MEAC Championship in straight sets over Bethune-Cookman on November 22. The title was also Howard's first in volleyball since 1994 - the first year the MEAC champion accepted an automatic bid to the Tournament.
Howard and Penn State will face off on Friday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m. at PSU's Rec Hall in University Park, PA. Penn State will be a host site for the First & Second Rounds of the Tournament; Atlantic 10 champion Dayton (26-5) will take on Big East conference winner Villanova (25-8) Friday at 5 p.m. in Rec Hall. The winners of each match will meet in the NCAA Second Round on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Rec Hall.
Entering its third NCAA tournament with a 15-21 overall record, Jackson State earned an automatic bid when it defeated Alabama State in the SWAC Tournament Championship.
The Tigers will face the Golden Gophers Friday, December 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Sports Pavilion