The University of Wyoming volleyball team on Tuesday accepted an automatic berth to the 2017 National Volleyball Invitational Championship. It marks the first time since 1984 the Cowgirls will compete in postseason play.

Wyoming (17-13, 12-6 Mountain West) finished second in league play behind Colorado State.

UW was one of 15 teams to accept an automatic berth into the NIVC, with the rest of the 32-team field being announced Sunday.

Junior Reed Copeland leads the Cowgirls' attack as she is currently No. 7 in blocks per set (1.20) and No. 6 in hitting percentage (.311) in the MW.

Freshman setter Marissa Harmon, redshirt-freshman Jackie McBride and sophomore Madi Fields also are among the Cowgirls listed in the Top 10 in the MW in various categories.

Wyoming is 2-4 all-time in the NCAA tournament.

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Jack Nowlin returned to the Star-Tribune in 2007 after eight years covering Michigan State University athletics. A Wyoming native, and a graduate of Jeffrey City High School and the University of Wyoming, Jack serves as the Star-Tribune’s sports editor.

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