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PSU women’s volleyball now only program in nation to reach every NCAA Tournament

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Penn State is the No. 13 seed in the women’s volleyball NCAA Tournament, which begins in a week and a half, and the Nittany Lions also have set a standard unmatched by any program in the country.

Penn State has reached every NCAA Tournament since the field began in 1981, and is now the only program in the country able to boast such a streak.

Stanford also had been in that group of making every NCAA Tournament, but its streak ended this year. The Cardinal went just 2-8. This is from ESPN’s story on the women’s tournament:

Defending champion Stanford, which won three of the past four championships and has an NCAA-best nine titles overall, missed the field for the first time since the NCAA tournament began in 1981. The Cardinal had multiple matches canceled due to COVID-19 issues, and played just 10 all season, going 2-8.

Penn State, which is 9-5 this season, will get a bye in the first round. The Nittany Lions will play Thursday, April 15 at 10:30 p.m. against the winner of the first-round matchup between Rice and North Carolina A&T.

Wisconsin is the No. 1 overall seed in the 48-team field. Here’s a look at the entire bracket, from the NCAA.

All tournament games will be played in a bubble setting in Omaha, Neb.

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Penn State and coach Russ Rose have won seven national titles: 1999, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014

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Cory Giger is a 15-year veteran of the Penn State beat and a journalist with 28 years of experience. He has won more than 100 state and national journalism awards during his career, plus he's a voter for the Heisman Trophy in football and Wooden Award in basketball.

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