Oklahoma volleyball is back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2014 after being selected for an at-large berth Sunday.
"It's unbelievable," junior Keyton Kinley said. "That was our goal at the beginning of the year and to see all the work we put in really come to life, it's the best feeling. It's really indescribable."
OU (19-8) will face Rice in College Station, Texas on Dec. 5 at 4:30 p.m. The winner will face the Texas A&M-St. John's winner on Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m.
"It's exciting," head coach Lindsey Gray-Walton stated in a release. "Not too many times do you get the surprise of seeing your name go up. It's either a pretty good idea that you're going to be a host or you're out. When you kind of know that you have a chance to be in and it's looking pretty good, the excitement of when it goes up on the screen, that's always awesome. This team has earned it. To sit back and watch that pure reaction come out, I think we all felt it."
It's the OU program's 12th overall NCAA appearance and first under Gray-Walton. The Sooners are 10-11 all-time in the event.
"Tradition has been here before," Gray-Walton said. "It just needed some more love and that's why we came here. We knew it could be done here. We knew with the people that we're already here that it could be done. We could do it with the pieces that we're here and we just needed to add a couple of enhancements that made us the full package. It's really cool to see them buy in and believe in it."
OU leads the series against Rice 4-2 all-time and has only met St. John's once. Texas A&M controlled the series 38-8 with the Sooners when they shared a conference.