FIU's 3-0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-15) sweep Thursday at Louisiana Tech combined with Marshall's loss to Conference USA leader Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee State's loss to North Texas put FIU back into the Conference USA tournament after a year's absence.
FIU likely will be the No. 7 seed, unless Florida Atlantic zombie dances through its match with La Tech and FIU whips Charlotte. In that case, the Panthers would move to the No. 6 seed. The probable first round opponent is Texas-San Antonio, which gave FIU the what for, 3-1 (25-17, 25-27, 25-9, 25-17) at FIU Arena Nov. 1.