A capsule preview of the teams in Minneapolis for the NCAA volleyball tournament.
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Conference: Missouri Valley
Records: 28-3, 17-1 (first place) league
Coach: Kirsten Bernthal Booth (10th season)
NCAA appearance: second
Big hitters: Leah McNary (3.00 kills per set), Kelli Browning (2.81), Melanie Jereb (2.49)
Top blockers: Browning (1.67 blocks per set), Heather Thorson (1.05), Megan Bober (0.99)
Top diggers: Kate Elman (5.08 digs per set), Bober (3.00), Jereb (2.74)
Setter: Bober (9.62 assists per set)
Honor roll: Bober was picked as the MVC's best player and Browning as the top defensive player. Booth was named the MVC coach of the year. Jereb was named first-team all-conference and to the all-freshman team with Elman. McNary was picked for the second team.
Fast fact: The Bluejays have won a school-record 16 straight matches as well as the program's first MVC regular-season and tournament titles.
Conference: Big East
Records: 27-6, 13-2 (tied for second) league
Coach: Bond Shymansky (fourth season)
NCAA appearance: second
Big hitters: Holly Mertens (3.33 kills per set), Danielle Carlson (2.95), Lindsey Gosh (2.79)
Top blockers: Kelsey Mattai (1.06 blocks per set), Carlson (1.00), Mertens (0.77)
Top diggers: Julie Jeziorowski (4.80 digs per set), Rachel Stier (2.56), Gosh (2.10)
Setter: Elizabeth Koberstein (11.59 assists per set)
Honor roll: Carlson, Mertens and Koberstein were named first-team All-Big East. Carlson, a senior, landed her 1,000th kill on Senior Day against Notre Dame. Jeziorowski is the career record holder with 1,631 digs.
Fast fact: Marquette's 27 victories set a program record in Division I play and its 13 league wins also were the program's best.
Conference: Big Ten
Records: 24-7, 15-5 (tied for second) league
Coach: Hugh McCutcheon (first season)
NCAA appearance: 18th
Big hitters: Katherine Harms (4.13 kills per set), Tori Dixon (3.09), Ashley Wittman (2.80)
Top blockers: Dixon (1.03 blocks per set), Dana Knudsen (0.87 bps), Harms (0.74)
Top diggers: Wittman (2.80 digs per set), Harms (2.48), Lindsey Lawmaster (2.52)
Setter: Alexandra Palmer (9.85 assists per set)
Honor roll: Harms and Dixon were unanimous first-team All-Big Ten. Wittman was honorable mention. Daly Santana (2.47 digs per set) was a unanimous selection on the freshman All-Big Ten team.
Fast fact: It's the fourth time in five years the eighth-seeded and 11th-ranked Gophers will host first- and second-round matches. Minnesota is 16-1 in the first round.
Conference: Big South
Records: 25-7, 12-2 (first) league
Coach: Shane Pinder (ninth season)
NCAA appearance: seventh
Big hitters: Caroline Douglas (3.68 kills per set), Loren Thomas (2.24), Lillie Happel (2.18)
Top blockers: Kendle Rollins (1.00 blocks per set), Thomas (1.00), Jade Craycraft (0.73)
Top diggers: Gabrielle Shipe (4.16 digs per set), Happel (2.44 dps), Craycraft (2.16 dps)
Setter: Craycraft (9.65 assists per set)
Honor roll: Douglas was named Big South player of the year and freshman of the year. Douglas, Craycraft and Thomas were first team All-Big South. Happel was on the second team.
Fast fact: The Lady Flames are riding a 10-match win streak and have won 13 of their past 14 matches. They recorded 15 blocks in their Big South final against Coastal Carolina, the most by Liberty in a Big South tournament match in the rally-scoring era.