Volleyball Heads To Fort Collins For NCAA First & Second Rounds

Nov. 27, 2005

SEATTLE- The third-ranked Washington volleyball team (26-1) was selected as the No. 3 seed in the 2005 Division I Women's Volleyball Championships and will travel to Fort Collins, Colo., for the first and second rounds at Moby Arena. The Huskies, who are making their fourth-straight NCAA appearance and 10th overall, will face Siena (20-11, 7-2 MAAC) in the first round on Dec. 2 at 7 pm, while host Colorado State (20-8) will play Colorado (15-12) at 5 pm. The winners of the first round matches will meet in the second round on Dec. 3 at 7 pm.

The Huskies were one of 31 teams to receive automatic berths into the tournament after winning their second-consecutive Pacific-10 Championship. Thirty-three other teams received at-large bids to make up the 64-team field.

'You never really know what the committee is going to decide,' said head coach Jim McLaughlin. 'But we are a three seed, it's a good seed, and now we have to go on the road and take care of business. We've done that so far and we just have to continue to do what we have been doing. We can't control where we are sent so we just have to control the things we can control and we will be fine.'

Siena received an automatic bid after winning the MAAC Tournament Championship. The Saints have won nine matches in a row and are making their second-ever NCAA appearance (1995). Siena, who had been chosen to finish ninth in the conference in the preseason coaches poll, are led by MAAC Rookie of the Year and co-Setter of the Year April London and first team All-MAAC selection Nadiege Honore.

Washington is one of six Pac-10 teams to receive a postseason bid, including No. 4 seed Arizona, No. 5 seed Stanford, No. 12 seed USC, No. 16 seed UCLA and California.

Last season, the Huskies advanced to the program's first-ever Final Four where they dropped to eventual national champions Stanford in four games.

TEXAS A&M REGIONAL

Dec. 2-3 at Colorado State (Ft. Collins, Colo.)
No. 3 seed Washington (26-1) vs. Siena (20-11)
Colorado State (20-8) vs. Colorado (15-12)

Dec. 2-3 at North Carolina (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
North Carolina (23-9) vs. College of Charelston (30-1)
Virginia Commonwealth (22-11) vs. No. 14 seed Purdue (23-8)

Dec. 2-3 at Wisconsin (Madison, Wisc.)
No. 11 seed Wisconsin (23-6) vs. Loyola (Ill.) (13-17)
Valparaiso (27-7) vs. California (18-10)

Dec. 1-2 at Notre Dame (South Bend, Ind.)
Northwestern (19-11) vs. Texas A&M (16-13)
Dayton vs. No. 6 seed Notre Dame (28-3)

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