Ohio State women's volleyball enters NCAA Tournament as No. 9 seed

Lori Schmidt
The Columbus Dispatch
The Covelli Center will play host to women's volleyball NCAA Tournament games Friday and Saturday. Ohio State will open against Howard at approximately 7 p.m. Friday.

The Ohio State women’s volleyball team (25-5) earned the No. 9 seed in the NCAA Tournament and will face Howard (18-12) on Friday.

The Covelli Center will play host to first- and second-round matches. North Carolina and Tennessee play at 5 p.m. Friday, with the meeting between OSU and Howard to follow at approximately 7 p.m. 

The winners will advance to play at 6 p.m. Saturday. 

Tickets for the NCAA Tournament first and second rounds will be available through Ticketmaster.com

Ohio State has won seven straight, and Mac Podraza leads the nation in assists per set with 11.97. 

The Buckeyes were 15-5 in Big Ten matches this season, finishing in a tie for third behind No. 4 seed Wisconsin and No. 6 Purdue. Eight Big Ten teams made the tournament. 

The NCAA's Final Four will be held in Columbus at Nationwide Arena Dec. 16-18.