PROVO, Utah – The American University volleyball team heads west for its fifth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, playing at 13th-seeded Brigham Young on Friday at 9 p.m. EST in a first-round matchup.
Oregon plays Kennesaw State in the other first-round match, to be played at 6:30 p.m. EST. Friday's winners will meet in the second round on Saturday at 9 p.m. EST.
American is 26-7 overall and is riding an 18-match winning streak. The Eagles' last loss came on Sept. 26 in a four-set defeat at Navy in the second Patriot League match of the season.
Since then, AU has been stretched to five sets twice and four sets three times, sweeping both matches in the PL Tournament with Lehigh and Navy to capture its 15th tournament title in the 17 years American has been a member of the league.
AU's winning streak is tied for the seventh-longest currently active in NCAA Division I. VCU has won 27 straight.
Junior outside Aleksandra Kazala won her second straight Patriot League Player of the Year honor, becoming the seventh AU student-athlete to win the award and the fourth to win multiple times.
Sophomore Kristen Largay was the Patriot League Libero of the Year in balloting by the league's head coaches.
Kazala was American's lone selection on the All-Patriot League first team, while junior setter Kennedy Etheridge, sophomore middle Vela McBride and freshman outside Helena Elbaek made the second team.
BYU SCOUTING REPORT
The Cougars, ranked seventh in the most recent American Volleyball Coaches Association poll, are 28-2 overall, having won seven straight and 20 of their last 21 matches. BYU shared the championship in the West Coast Conference with the University of San Diego, which also is in the NCAA Tournament.
Senior opposite Cosy Burnett, junior outside Veronica Jones-Perry and sophomore libero Mary Lake were first team All-WCC selections. Jones-Perry, like Kazala, is among the leaders in NCAA Division I nationally in points and kills per set.
The Eagles are 0-3 all-time against BYU, but have never faced the Cougars in an NCAA Tournament.
HOW TO WATCH
American's first-round match with BYU will be broadcast live on BYUtv. Check BYUtv.org for the correct channel for your cable or home system.
The match will also be streamed live on the Internet at BYUtv.org and on ESPN3.com.
BYUtv also offers on-demand programming via its digital platform, which includes apps for iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, and Windows Mobile.