Each year the NCAA tournament selections are cause for interesting discussion and this year is no different. Join us for a few observations as tournament play kicks off later today in Gainesville, Fla., with Arizona State tilt with Florida State and take the first steps on the road to Omaha.
USC Takes the No. 1 Seed
It has been twelve (12) seasons since the Women of Troy were last tabbed as the No. 1 seed for the NCAA Tournament. The good news for their fans is that USC does well as the leader of the pack.
In both 2002 and 2003, the Women of Troy were top-seeded and went on to win the national title.
Newcomers Always Welcome
While the NCAA Division I Tournament history shows that twenty-one (21) teams have made twenty (20) or more appearances, it is always good to see new faces.
Six teams—Harvard, Howard, Southern Illinois, Southern Methodist, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, and UNC-Wilmington—are first time selections and push the all-time number of institutions that have participated in the national championship tournament to 234.
A New Face of the SEC Champion
The Florida Gators have dominated the Southeastern Conference volleyball scene for years, so it is good to see that Texas A&M was able to capture the SEC title this season. The Aggies also picked up the No. 10 overall national seed in the tournament. It is the highest national seeding for Texas A&M in its 23 NCAA Division I tournament appearances.