It’s no surprise a lot of us have been stir-crazy during the COVID-19 quarantine. While most volleyball competition is at a halt, we thought this could be the perfect time to relive some of the best NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championships over the recent years! In the coming weeks we’ll be rolling out a compilation of each year’s regional finals (if available), semifinals, and championship match, starting from 2015. Get your popcorn ready and let the volleyball binge-watch party begin!
The 2015 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Tournament started on December 4, 2015. Regional semifinals and finals were held at predetermined sites: the University of Texas at Austin, University of Northern Iowa, University of Kentucky, and University of San Diego. The Final Four was held at the CHI Health Center, in Omaha, Nebraska and concluded on December 19th with the Cornhuskers sweeping the Longhorns 3-0 to win their fourth national championship. View the 2015 NCAA DI Women's Volleyball Official Bracket here.
The University of Kansas Jayhawks pulled off one of the biggest upsets in NCAA Volleyball history by taking down the #1 USC Trojans (Samantha Bricio’s senior year) to secure their spot in the Final Four. Many believed this paved an easier path for Nebraska to advance to the Championship match as the Jayhawks would fall to the Cornhuskers 3-1 (25-20, 25-21, 20-25, and 25-16, respectively).
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The semifinal match between #3 Texas and #2 Minnesota was a hard fought battle with neither team gaining more than a 4 point lead throughout all 4 sets. The Longhorns take the win over the Gophers 3-1 (26-24, 27-25, 23-25, 25-21) to move on to the NCAA Title match.
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Despite Nebraska losing five prior matches in a row to Texas that year, the "Go Big Red" energy couldn’t be ignored in Lincoln on Saturday, December 19th, 2015. Nearly 18,000 spectators were in attendance, most wearing red, to watch the Cornhuskers sweep the Longhorns 25-23, 25-23, 25-21 for the title.
Most Outstanding Player: Mikaela Foecke (Nebraska)
Final Four All-Tournament Team: