USD volleyball draws Houston in first round of NCAA tournament

The Coyotes are 29-3, taking on a No. 5 seed in Houston that went 28-3

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VERMILLION — The University of South Dakota volleyball team found out its destination for the opening round of the NCAA volleyball tournament during Sunday's selection show.

The Coyotes, the Summit League tournament champions for the third-straight year and fourth time in five seasons, are headed to the Creighton (Omaha) region where they will face Houston in a first-round match at 3:30 p.m. Friday at D.J. Sokol Arena.

USD head coach Leanne Williamson is in her ninth season as head coach of the Coyotes, and won the Summit League Coach of the Year for the third time in her career this year.

South Dakota, coming off a three-set sweep over Omaha in the Summit League title match, will take a 29-3 record into the opening-round contest. Houston, a No. 5 seed, has an overall record of 28-3 and went 19-1 in the American Athletic Conference. The Cougars tied with Central Florida atop the AAC standings.

This will be the first meeting between South Dakota and Houston. Joining South Dakota and Houston in the regional bracker is the No. 4 seed and host Creighton (27-4) and Auburn (21-8).

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