BYU men’s volleyball secures second seed in NCAA tournament

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The BYU men’s volleyball team (21-8) is the No. 2 seed in the 2014 NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championships, receiving a bye into the Thursday semifinals following an impressive sweep of the MPSF tournament and winning their second consecutive MPSF title.

The BYU men's volleyball team celebrate their second consecutive MPSF title defeating Stanford in three sets on Saturday, April 26, at the Smith Fieldhouse. The Cougars are the No. 2 seed in the 2014 NCAA men's volleyball tournament.
The BYU men’s volleyball team celebrate their second consecutive MPSF title defeating Stanford in three sets on Saturday, April 26, at the Smith Fieldhouse. The Cougars are the No. 2 seed in the 2014 NCAA men’s volleyball tournament. (Photo by Natalie Stoker)

BYU will play the winner of the game between No.3 seed Stanford (22-8) and No.6 seed Erskine (21-6) on Thursday, May 1, at 7 p.m. EDT.

The Cougars defeated Stanford on Saturday, April 26, in three sets for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament title in front of a large, loud BYU home crowd.

Loyola Chicago, which will host the national championships, received the No. 1 seed after going 27-1 this season. BYU lost to Loyola in their first match of the 2014 season at Loyola. The Ramblers will play the winner of No. 4 Lewis (23-7) and No.5 seed Penn State (24-6).

The semifinal matches will stream on NCAA.com. ESPNU broadcasting the final match Saturday, May 3, at 8 p.m. EDT.

The play-in matches will be held Tuesday, April 29, with Stanford and Erskine playing at 7 p.m. EDT and Lewis and Penn State playing at 9 p.m. EDT.

BYU joins Loyola, Penn State and Erskine in receiving automatic bids for winning their respective conference championships. Lewis and Stanford received the two at-large bids after finishing second in their league tournaments.

BYU’s All-American senior outside hitter Taylor Sander looks to continue leading the team to success after scoring 15 kills on Saturday, April 26, against Stanford. Sander was joined by teammates Devin Young and Robbie Sutton on the MPSF all-tournament team.

For more information, visit NCAA.com.

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