Bearkat volleyball earns bid to national invitational tournament

Courtesy of Southland ConferenceSam Houston State junior Ashley Lewis celebrates with teammates after a point during the Bearkats Southland Conference Tournament loss to Stephen F. Austin last week. The Bearkats will face Houston in the opening round of the National Invitational Volleyball Championship on Thursday at 5 p.m. in Arlington. 

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The 2019 season is not over just yet for the Sam Houston State Bearkat volleyball team as head coach Brenda Gray’s squad learned their draw for the National Invitational Volleyball Championship.

The Kats will travel to Arlington to battle Houston in the opening round of the NIVC at the College Park Center on the campus of UT Arlington. First serve is set for Thursday night at 5 p.m. and a win would advance the Kats to take on the winner of the UTSA/UT Arlington match later on Thursday night.

Sam Houston earned the automatic bid to the NIVC by finishing second in the Southland Conference this season, eventually advancing to the finals of the SLC Tournament last week before falling to top-seeded Stephen F. Austin.

Powered by Triple Crown Sports, this is the third year of the reborn NIVC event, which originally ran from 1989-95.

All matches in the NIVC are hosted by participating schools. Should the Kats advance out of the Arlington pod, Round 3 would take place December 9-12 while the semifinals will be held December 13-15. The NIVC championship match will be held either December 16, 17 or 18.