Women’s Volleyball: Big West Champs reach NCAA Tournament

Andrew Martinez

Having completed their best season in recent memory, the Big West tri-champion Matadors have reached the NCAA Tournament, their first since 2004.

The Matadors, who finished 41st in the final regular season NCAA rankings, received an at-large bid after tri-champion UC Santa Barbara received the Big West auto-bid by way of tiebreaker.

Coach Jeff Stork’s squad will look to improve on his last appearance, when the Matadors were dropped by Kansas State in straight sets in the first round at USC in 2004.

CSUN will open postseason play on Thursday at USC, where they will take on Colorado State at 5 p.m. at the Galen Center.  The winner will advance to a second round match Friday at 7 p.m. at the Galen Center.