The 2021 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Regional teams are set. The final 16 includes a few upsets (but no surprises) because, like we’ve said before, there’s tremendous parity across Division I. Here are the Regional matchups:
- #1 Louisville vs #16 Florida
- #2 Texas vs #15 Washington
- #3 Pittsburgh vs Kansas
- #4 Wisconsin vs #13 UCLA
- #5 Baylor vs #12 Minnesota
- #6 Purdue vs #11 BYU
- Illinois vs #10 Nebraska
- #8 Georgia Tech vs #9 Ohio State
Road to the Regionals
Louisville, Florida, Georgia Tech, Baylor, Nebraska, Minnesota, Washington, Texas and Wisconsin stormed through the first two rounds. None of these teams even dropped a set in their first two matches. The rest cruised in easily, except for UCLA and Purdue. It took 5 sets for Purdue to edge out Dayton in the second round and UCLA didn’t find their rhythm until the 4th set to defeat UCF after going down 2 sets to 1 early in their second round match. All of the first round teams who won in five sets were eliminated in the second round.
Check out our review of the first and section round action from the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Tournament.
Regionals Conference Breakdown
The Big 10 were the winners in the first and second rounds with 6 Big 10 teams securing a spot in the final 16. Wisconsin, Purdue, Ohio State, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Illinois are representing the conference, with Penn State and Michigan losing in the early rounds.
The ACC and Big 12 are next each with 3 teams representing the conference. Kansas with a surprising win scored the third spot for the Big 12. The ACC owns two of the top 3 tournament seeds and the Big 12 two of the top 5. The Pac-12 have two in the Regionals and the SEC and WCC each have one team. Kentucky was knocked out by Illinois, keeping the SEC from securing a second team. When Texas moves to the SEC, a perennial Regionals team will shift from Big 12.
2021 Regional Volleyball Tickets
Tickets are not yet available for the Regionals matches on December 9th-11th, but we’ll let you know as soon as they are.