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Final Four for volleyball staying in Omaha for this season

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Texas vs. Nebraska, 12.19.2015

The Huskers celebrate their NCAA volleyball national championship in 2015 at CenturyLink Center Omaha. The Final Four will be in Omaha again in April 2021 and December 2022.

As expected, the rescheduled NCAA Tournament Final Four for college volleyball will still be played in Omaha this spring.

An NCAA spokesperson confirmed to the Journal Star on Monday that the Final Four will be held at the CHI Health Center Omaha in April. The semifinal matches will be on April 22, and the championship on April 24.

The Final Four had been scheduled to be in Omaha in December before the college volleyball championship was postponed to the spring due to the pandemic. The new dates for the championship were announced in September, but at the time the NCAA did not confirm that the Final Four site would remain the same.

Changes for the NCAA Tournament will include the tournament field being reduced from 64 teams to 48, with 32 automatic qualifiers and 16 at-large selections, and a reduced number of host sites for the early rounds of the tournament.

This will be the fourth time that Omaha has been the site of the Final Four (also 2006, ’08 and ’15). Nebraska has reached the NCAA semifinals each time the event has been held in Omaha and has won two of the program’s five national championships there.

The Huskers are expected to have a good chance to reach the Final Four again this season, with Nebraska returning each of its starters from a team that finished last season ranked No. 5.

It was also announced last month that Omaha has been chosen to host the volleyball Final Four in 2022, so the city will host the Final Four twice in a stretch of three seasons.

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Photos: Nebraska defeats Kansas in the Final Four in Omaha in 2015

Reach the writer at 402-473-7435 or bwagner@journalstar.com. On Twitter @LJSSportsWagner.

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Husker volleyball/women's basketball reporter

Brent has worked at the Journal Star for 14 years. His beats include Nebraska volleyball, women's basketball and high school soccer and cross country.

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