It will be the seventh consecutive year that OR will play in the NCAA Tournament and 15th overall.
"These past two years we've been far from home, so no one's got to come and watch", junior setter Mary Martin said.
They went 15-1 in conference play, and will enter Friday on an 18-game winning streak.
The victor of Friday's match between Kansas (22-7) and Missouri (20-11) faces the victor of Wichita State (28-3) vs. Redford (25-4) in Saturday's 7 p.m. second-round match. Doors will open at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1th and 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15th. Also at that site are the host Longhorns and Fairfield.
Plus, NU's path to the Final Four won't include another Big Ten opponent and won't send Nebraska to Florida or Texas, teams Cook singled out for causing the Huskers matchup problems.
The Pioneers' current RPI (55) is the highest end-of-season RPI in program history, which earned them a No. 3 seed in the region.
"Third set, we're down 24-20, something like that, Maggie (Anderson) goes back to serve and we go on a run and win the game (27-25), and that was one of the most fun moments I've had in Horejsi in my career, for sure", Havili said. "So that's certainly going to be showing on Friday night". In tournament play, the Nittany Lions own a 94-29 all-time record, having made 12 appearances in the final four.
The Utes will host the first two rounds of the tournament starting with two matches on Thursday night.
Baylor garnered the No. 12 overall seed when the NCAA field was revealed on Sunday, and will face Miami of OH in the tournament's first round at 7 p.m. Friday at the Ferrell Center.
Kentucky volleyball got one of the top four seeds in the tournament and will host East Tennessee State at Memorial Coliseum on Friday in their first match.
The final four teams will meet December 14-16 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.
See the entire tournament bracket here. The team who wins will play on Saturday against the victor of the No. 9 seed Creighton and Coastal Carolina match.
As of earlier this week, standing-room only all-session tickets remain for the NCAA first and second rounds in Lincoln.
First-round winners, 7 p.m.
Wisconsin (20-9) vs. Marquette (22-9), 2 p.m. "We've got to continue to build upon what we learned from Saturday's match", McGuyre said.