Volleyball To Host NCAA First & Second Rounds

Nov. 28, 2004

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SEATTLE--The third-ranked Washington volleyball team (24-2) was selected as the No. 7 seed in the 2004 Division I Women's Volleyball Championships and will host the first and second rounds Dec. 3-4 at the Bank of America Arena. The Huskies, who are making their third-straight NCAA appearance and ninth overall, will face Idaho (17-12) in the first round on Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m., while Santa Clara (18-8) will play Kansas (18-11) at 7 p.m. The winners of the first round matches will meet in the second round on Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.

The Huskies were one of 31 teams to receive automatic berths after winning the Pacific-10 Championship outright last night. Thirty-three other teams received at-large bids to make up the 64-team field.

'Getting to host first and second rounds is big for us,' said head coach Jim McLaughlin. 'We are a good team and we can win anywhere but it is always best to be at home. We get to stay in our routines and do what we do. No. 7 is a good seed. I don't know much about Idaho but we will meet tonight and start gathering information and not miss a beat.'

Idaho received an at-large bid after posting a 9-9 mark in the Big West Conference. The Vandals have five players from Washington state, including Stacy Sode from Kent, Wash. Sode, a sophomore defensive specialist, played high school volleyball with Washington setter Courtney Thompson and the two were teammates for the Kent Juniors club team.

Other Washington natives on Idaho's roster include Amy Chamberlain (Pullman/ Pullman HS), Andrea Fox (Garfield/ Garfield/Palouse HS), Lauren Mathis (Kennewick/ Kamiakin HS) and first team All-Big West selection Kati Tikker (Nine Mile Falls/ Lakeside).

Washington is one of six Pacific-10 teams to receive a postseason bid, including No. 8 seed Southern California, No. 11 seed Stanford, No. 15 seed UCLA, California and Arizona.

Last season, the Huskies matched the program's best-ever finish when they advanced to the Elite Eight (1988).

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December 3-4 at Washington
No. 7 seed Washington (24-2) vs. Idaho (17-12)
Kansas (18-11) vs. Santa Clara (18-8)

December 2-3 at California
California (16-11) vs. Pacific (19-9)
Sacramento State (24-7) vs. No. 10 seed St. Mary's (Cal.) (23-3)

December 3-4 at UCLA
No. 15 seed UCLA (18-10) vs. Loyola Marymount (17-11)Utah (24-6) vs. Long Beach State (23-6)

December 3-4 at Penn St.
Maryland (17-14) vs. Towson (25-8)No. 2 seed Penn State (27-2) vs. American (24-6)

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