NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament Tickets & 2022 Match Schedule
The best volleyball teams in the country come together each year to compete in the NCAA Women's Volleyball tournament. The winner of the NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament is awarded the National Championship in volleyball for 2022. The tournament is played over multiple rounds and concludes with the NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship which has the final four teams and is played on a neutral court.
First and Second Rounds
In the first and second rounds, four teams compete at locations hosted on the home court of the top 16 tournament seeds. These early-round games are some of the best bang-for-your-buck options as you'll see two matches each day in the first round. The days are staggered across different locations, some playing on Thursday and Friday, while the rest are Friday and Saturday. Second round games are played the next day at the same location and then winner of that match moves on to the third round where 16 teams remain in the tournament.
Regionals (Third and Fourth Rounds)
The Regionals are held on campus, usually at the home court of the top remaining seeds. Two matches are played during the Regionals round and each of the four Regional Finals winners move on to the National Championship Semifinals. The Regionals are the last chance to see your favorite team on campus, so these tickets are usually the best balance between high-level competition and travel distance.
The NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship is three matches played at a neutral location. The two semifinal matches determine the teams in the National Championship match. The Championship is played two days after the Semifinal matches to allow players to recover, so make sure you have travel arrangements setup to stay for 3 days.
NCAA Women's Volleyball Tourney Field
The best Women's collegiate teams play in the NCAA Tournament at the end of the regular-season. The top 64 teams are invited to the tournament based on their success in the regular-season. There are over 300 NCAA universities eligible to compete in the championship tournament. Only 32 teams receive automatic qualification and the remaining 32 teams are selected for the Division I Women's Volleyball Committee. The Tournament Selection show is usually broadcast on ESPN a week before the tournament begins. It is on this show that 32 teams learn live that they've made the tournament and get to compete against perennial powerhouse teams that qualified automatically. These include many of the best programs in Women's college volleyball: Baylor, Florida, Kentucky, Louisville, Minnesota, Nebraska, Penn State, Stanford, Texas, UCLA and Wisconsin. The current field of teams is among the best recent memory and should create many amazing matches during the tourney.
NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament History
The first NCAA Division I Volleyball Championship was held at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion in 1981, where USC took the title. In the 1980's, west coast teams dominated the championships with Hawaii winning the most of the decade. The sport grew in popularity in the 1990's and schools like Texas, Penn State and Nebraska entered the championship picture. Penn State went on an impressive 4 straight Championship run in the late 2000's but since then there has been a lot of parity in the sport. Traditional powerhouses still make runs at the title, but smaller schools like Santa Clara and new elite teams like Florida, Minnesota, Wisconsin and BYU have become top contenders. Each year there will be favorites, but the elite level competition is so even anyone can take the crown.