Arizona Volleyball

Arizona to host opening rounds of National Invitational Volleyball Championship

Arizona’s volleyball team was selected to the National Invitational Volleyball Championship on Sunday night marking the Wildcats’ 30th postseason appearance and the first time David Rubio’s program has participated in the NIVC since its conception in 2017.

The Wildcats (16-15) will face Texas-Rio Grande Valley on Friday at 5 p.m. at McKale Center following the New Mexico State-UNLV match that starts at 2 p.m. The winners of each match will face each other on Saturday in a second-round match at 3 p.m. at McKale.

The tournament is a single-elimination event with all games played at sites of host schools.

Arizona is led by Jaelyn Hodge, who recorded 338 kills and is averaging 3.19 kills/set this season. The defense is led by Kamaile Hiapo with 3.66 digs/set and Zyonna Fellows who is averaging 1.02 blocks/set.

Here are the first- and second-round matchups, in bracket order:

(Home team listed second)

Friday at Stephen F. Austin
Arkansas (bye)
Jackson State vs. Stephen F. Austin, 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: Arkansas vs. TBD, 4:30 p.m.

Friday at Arizona
New Mexico State vs. UNLV, 2 p.m.
UTRGV vs. Arizona, 5 p.m.
Saturday: Winners, 3 p.m.

Friday at Weber State
Pacific vs. Portland State, 2 p.m.
CSU Bakersfield vs. Weber State, 5 p.m.
Saturday: Winners, 1 p.m.

Thursday at Colorado State
Tulsa vs. UTEP, 4 p.m.
Houston Baptist vs. Colorado State, 6:30 p.m.
Friday: Winners, 6 p.m.

Thursday at Chicago State
Evansville vs. Sam Houston, 3 p.m.
Bradley vs. Chicago State, 5:30 p.m.
Friday: Winners, 5 p.m.

Thursday at Valparaiso
Toledo vs. Indiana State, 2 p.m.
Butler vs. Valparaiso, 5 p.m.
Friday: Winners, 4 p.m.

Friday at Troy
UNC Greensboro vs. North Florida, 2 p.m.
Middle Tennessee vs. Troy, 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: Winners, 11 a.m.

Saturday at Boston College
Delaware State vs. Boston College, 1 p.m.
North Carolina A&T vs. UConn, 4 p.m.
Sunday: Winners, 4 p.m.

2021 Dates 

Round 1 & 2 – Dec. 2-5

Round 3 – Dec. 6-8

Semifinals – Dec. 8-11

Championship – Dec. 13 or 14

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