Washington To Host 2006 NCAA Regional

March 21, 2006

SEATTLE-- Washington, home of the 2005 Women's Volleyball National Champions, has been selected as one of four sites to host a 2006 regional tournament. The 10,000-seat Bank of America Arena will serve as the venue site for three matches, Dec. 8-9, from which the winner will advance to the Women's Volleyball Championship in Omaha, Neb.

The other three sites chosen to host a regional include Gainesville, Fla. (Stephen C. O'Connel Center), Honolulu, Hawai'i (Stan Sheriff Center) and Austin, Texas (Gregory Gym). The 2006 selection marks Washington's second time hosting since the NCAA moved to predetermined regional sites in 2003. The Huskies last hosted a regional in 2004, the season Washington advanced to its first-ever Women's Volleyball Championship.

'I am very pleased that the NCAA has selected Seattle, Washington as one of its four 2006 regionals,.' said head coach Jim McLaughlin. 'We were able to host a regional in 2004 and the community support was exceptional. I believe Seattle will once again show the NCAA that this area is a great supporter of championship volleyball. Our people did a phenomenal job in hosting the 2004 regional and I know they will do great work again.'

Washington won its first NCAA national championship last season after winning its second-straight Pacific-10 Conference title. The Huskies became the first-ever team to sweep all six of its postseason matches in 3-0 games en route to the national title, including Nebraska in the championship.

Last season, Washington boasted the fifth-highest attendance in the nation and best in the Pac-10 with 2,888 fans per match. In 2004, Washington averaged 4,392 fans at its regional matches.

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