Yale to Face Top-Ranked USC in NCAA First Round

The Yale volleyball huddle. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity) Buy Now
The Yale volleyball huddle. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Set to Make Third NCAA Appearance

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale will face the top-ranked team in the latest AVCA national poll, USC, in the first round of the NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament. 

The Ivy League champion Bulldogs will play the Trojans, the Pac-12 title winners, on Friday, December 2, at 10 p.m. Eastern time in Los Angeles, Calif.  The other first-round match will begin at 8 p.m. Eastern time and features Tulsa (27-6), the Conference USA champions, and Oklahoma (21-11) of the Big 12 Conference.

"I am so happy to be heading to Southern California for the tournament, especially with this group of girls," Yale team captain and Southern California-native Taylor Cramm said.  "Most of us are from out there, so it will be great to have a group of fans waiting for us and cheering us on as we take on USC.  

"We have worked so hard and had so much fun together this season, and being able to play in the NCAA tournament in front of our friends and family is the cherry on top of an incredible year."

The winners of each match will play the second-round match on Saturday, December 3, at 10 p.m. Eastern time and will advance to the Honolulu Regional.

See the complete NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball bracket.

Friday's match marks Yale's third appearance in the NCAA tournament.  The Bulldogs also qualified in 2004 and 2008.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity