Fresno State

Bulldogs earn first volleyball postseason appearance since 2002

Fresno State is headed to the postseason for the first time since 2002.
Fresno State is headed to the postseason for the first time since 2002. Fresno State Athletics

The Fresno State volleyball team has earned its first postseason appearance since 2002, the school announced Monday ahead of the Bulldogs’ final regular-season match.

Fresno State is one of seven automatic qualifiers for the National Invitational Volleyball Championship run by Triple Crown Sports.

The program’s last postseason appearance came in the 2002 NCAAs, a first-round loss to UC Santa Barbara.

The Bulldogs played in the NIVC in 1992, ‘94 and ‘95, which was the last year the event was held until Triple Crown restarted it last year.

The NIVC fills in its bracket (expected to be 32 teams this year) after the NCAA fills its 64-team bracket. The seven teams announced Monday (besides Fresno State: Alabama A&M, Appalachian State, Bowling Green, Central Arkansas, Radford and Tulane) all had strong seasons but missed gaining their conference’s automatic NCAA bid.

The NCAA field will be announced Sunday but Fresno State’s hopes of receiving one of 32 invitations is slimmed based on its No. 97 RPI.

The Bulldogs (21-10, 13-5 Mountain West) finished second in conference. They closed out the regular season Monday night in a 3-0 loss to visiting Air Force.

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