Arizona (22-10) vs. Missouri (23-7)

Missouri is in the tournament for the fourth straight year, and the Tigers won two matches in the tournament last season. Arizona’s most recent NCAA Tournament match was also played in Lincoln, in a Sweet 16 match against Washington in 2016. Arizona has had several players miss matches with injuries this season and has a 3-7 record against ranked opponents.


Alyssa Munlyn, a 6-foot-2 middle blocker for the Tigers, is the program’s all-time leader in blocks with 632.

A lot of the Arizona offense goes through outside hitter Kendra Dahlke, who ranks fifth nationally in kills per set with 4.82.

Hofstra (25-7) at Nebraska (24-6)

When Nebraska has it rolling, they’re right there with the best teams in the country. The question is if Nebraska — and especially a few of its up-and-down attackers — can consistently be good now when it’s win or you’re done. Nine of the 15 players on the Hofstra roster are international students, including players from Italy, Serbia and Croatia. Hofstra also played Nebraska in the first round of the 2014 tournament and played the Huskers really close during the first two sets before getting swept.


Italian outside hitter Laura Masciullo had 25 kills for Hofstra in a five-set win against James Madison in the conference championship match and earned first-team all-conference honors.

Sophomore middle blocker Lauren Stivrins has a chance to be just the fifth Husker to hit .400 in a season.

— Brent C. Wagner

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