Troy volleyball earns third straight postseason bid

Published 8:12 pm Sunday, November 27, 2022

On Nov. 27, the Troy Trojans were selected as one of the host schools for the first round of the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC) Tournament, which begins this week.

This is the third consecutive year that the Trojans earned a spot in the NIVC, also hosting last season. The NIVC is an annual volleyball tournament sponsored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA)that allows for teams that missed out on the NCAA Tournament a chance to compete in postseason action.

The NIVC began in 1989 and continued through 1995 before taking a hiatus and returning in 2017. All tournament matches are held on-campus at schools competing in the tournament. Among the teams, eight schools are selected to host first and second round matches, with quarterfinals, semifinals and the championship game also being held on-campus of competing schools.

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Troy will host its region of the bracket, with first round matches beginning on Dec. 1. At Troy, Alabama State will play Southern Miss at 3 p.m. with Troy and UT-Martin following. The second round match will also be held at Trojan Arena at 5 p.m. on Dec. 2.

Other teams that have also been selected to compete in the NIVC include Portland State, Santa Clara, Omaha, Pacific, Wichita State, Grand Canyon, Drake, Weber State, UTRGV, Houston Christian, South Dakota State, Louisiana, Wake Forest, Coppin State, North Dakota State, Davidson, Boston College, Buffalo, St. John’s, Binghamton, Ohio, Vaiparaiso, Central Michigan, Xavier, Liberty, Western Carolina, Toledo and Clemson.

Troy is coming off a historic 2022 regular season as the Trojans went 18-12 and won a school-record 11 Sun Belt Conference games, including a school-record nine straight wins. Ultimately, Troy fell to James Madison in the semifinals of the Sun Belt Tournament. Senior Amara Anderson set the school record for career assists and junior Julia Brooks set the career blocks record along with cracking 1,000-career kills. Anderson, Brooks and sophomore Tori Hester all earned All-Sun Belt honors, as well.