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College volleyball: UMD earns No. 3 seed in Central Regional

Bulldogs back in NCAA Division II tournament after ‘down’ year in 2021.

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DULUTH — The Minnesota Duluth volleyball team earned a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Division II volleyball tournament, announced Sunday night via the NCAA Division II Volleyball Selection Show.

The Bulldogs (26-4) will open regional play Friday at noon against sixth-seeded Washburn (24-7) — winners Saturday night of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association tournament — in Wayne, Nebraska.

Wayne State (29-2), which like UMD is a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, earned a No. 1 seed and will host the regional. UMD’s rival, Concordia-St. Paul, along with fellow NSIC institution St. Cloud State, the conference tournament champion Sunday, will also be part of the bracket.

“Excited to be back in the NCAA tournament — a lot of hard work over the last year went into getting back to this point,” said UMD coach Jim Boos. “We know how challenging the Central Region Tournament will be, so we are focused on preparing for Washburn and fine-tuning things on our side of the net before we head to Wayne, Nebraska.”

UMD has bounced back nicely from a 2021 season in which they dealt with injuries and inexperience, going 18-11. The Bulldogs have only missed the NCAA tournament one other time in coach Boos’ 20 seasons, in 2015, despite going 23-8.

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This story was updated at 10:45 p.m., Nov. 14, to correct UMD's tourney information. It was originally published 10:48 a.m., Nov. 14. The News Tribune regrets the error.

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