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No. 14 Ohio State women’s volleyball earns bid to NCAA Tournament

Daniel Chi / Asst. photo editor

For the fourth-straight year, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team will have the chance to compete for a national championship.

The NCAA announced Sunday that the No. 14-ranked Buckeyes had been selected to play in the 2012 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Tournament field.

After losing to Michigan, 3-1, on Friday at St. John Arena OSU (22-10) is set to face Notre Dame (20-9) Friday at 5:30 p.m. in Lexington, Ky., for the first round of play.

The Buckeyes, arguably, don’t lack experience in the postseason.

OSU made the field the past four years and went as far as the Sweet 16 in the past two years.

In NCAA tournament play, OSU is 28-18 overall and has made it to the Final Four twice (1991 and 1994).

The Buckeyes have never won a national championship in volleyball.

Despite their setback to the Wolverines, OSU still finished fourth in the Big Ten with a 13-7 conference record.

In addition to the Buckeyes, the Big Ten, which is arguably the best volleyball conference in the country, will send seven teams to the tournament’s field of 64.

Besides OSU, No. 1 Penn State, No. 10 Nebraska, No. 11 Minnesota, Purdue, Michigan State and Michigan will be playing in the NCAA Tournament.

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