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Schedule for spring NCAA volleyball tournament gets final approval
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Schedule for spring NCAA volleyball tournament gets final approval

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Wisconsin vs. Nebraska, 12.14

Nebraska assistant coach Jaylen Reyes (left) talks with players while standing next to Lauren Stivrins during Nebraska's final match of the 2019 season.

The plan for the NCAA Tournament for college women’s volleyball moving to the spring for this season got final approval from the NCAA Board of Directors on Tuesday.

The board approved the plans that were recommend by the NCAA Division I Council last week.

The volleyball regular season will begin Jan. 22, with the NCAA Tournament selection show on April 4.

The NCAA Final Four will take place on April 23-25. The Final Four was scheduled to be in Omaha in December, and the city may still be the host in the spring.

The tournament field would be reduced from 64 teams to 48, with 32 automatic qualifiers and 16 at-large selections.

Last month the Big Ten Conference postponed the volleyball season due to COVID-19 in a move that many league volleyball coaches support, including Nebraska’s John Cook.

While some conferences — including the Big 12 and SEC — will play a split season with matches in both the fall and spring in order to be able to play in the rescheduled NCAA Tournament, the Big Ten schools will only play matches during the spring semester.

In other format changes for the NCAA Tournament, the Board of Governors has directed that all sites of each championship be predetermined and that the number of sites for preliminary rounds be reduced to support health, safety and operational management of the championships for this season.

For the Nebraska soccer team, the regular season can begin on Feb. 3, with the 48-team NCAA tournament to follow. The championship match is scheduled for May 17.

For cross country the championship meet is scheduled for March 15.

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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