For the second time in school history, The University of South Dakota women's volleyball team has been invited to the NCAA Division II playoffs which start on Nov. 15, according to an announcement by the NCAA. The Coyotes are seeded eighth in the North Central Region.
On Thursday, the Coyotes will face the nation's number one team and top-seeded Minnesota-Duluth (27-1) in the opening round of the national tournament at 6:30 p.m., in Duluth, MN.
South Dakota, directed by fifth-year head coach Brian Lamppa, has compiled a school record 23-8 mark in 2006. USD opened the season with a 14-0 start and became the first team in school history to win 20 matches. USD's other appearance in the national playoffs was 2004, when the Coyotes, also coached by Lamppa, had a 1-1 mark at the regional.
The NCAA Division II women's volleyball ccommittee announced the field of 64 teams for the 2007 NCAA Division II Women's Volleyball Championship. The committee selected eight teams from each of the following regions to participate in the championship: Atlantic, Great Lakes, North Central, Northeast, Pacific, South, South Central and Southwest. The regional matches are held on-campus sites in single elimination, best three-of-five matches. The regional champion will advance to the finals, Nov. 29-Dec. 1.