Stanford Volleyball Hosts First & Second Rounds

Nov. 26, 2006

Indianapolis, Ind. - Second-seeded Stanford Women's Volleyball has earned a 26th-straight bid to the 2006 NCAA Tournament and will host the first and second rounds this weekend in Maples Pavilion. Missouri, Santa Clara and Sacramento State will travel to Stanford, with one team advancing to the Austin, TX regional.

'The home court advantage has been so big across the country all year,' said head coach John Dunning. 'Getting a chance to host is wonderful. You never can predict the sites, so we feel lucky to host. We thank our administration for stepping up and making a good bid.'

The NCAA Tournament kicks off on Friday, December 1 in Palo Alto, with Missouri and Santa Clara matching up at 4:30 pm in Maples Pavilion. Stanford will then take on Sacramento State at 7:00 pm on Friday. The winner of games one and two will face off at 7:00 pm on Saturday, December 2, with the champion advancing to the Austin, TX regional on December 8-9.

The predetermined sites for the December 8-9 regionals are Gainesville, FL, Honolulu, HI, Seattle, WA and Austin, TX. The regional winners will advance to the semifinals and finals, hosted by the University of Nebraska at the Qwest Center in Omaha, NE on December 14 and 16.

Tickets for the NCAA first and second rounds at Stanford will go on sale Monday, November 27 at 9:00 am. Two-day passes can be purchased at the Stanford Ticket Office, online at gostanford.com or by calling 1-800-STANFORD. Single day passes will be available beginning Friday, December 1. Ticket prices are as follows:

$20 - Adult reserved (2-day pass)
$14 - Adult general admission (2-day pass)
$10 - Student/Child/Senior general admission (2-day pass)
$12 - Adult reserved (single day)
$8 - Adult general admission (single day)
$6 - Student/Child/Senior general admission (single day)

The NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Committee announced on Sunday the 64-team field for the 2005 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship. Thirty-one conferences were awarded automatic qualification, and the remaining 33 slots were filled with at-large selections to complete the bracket.

The top 16 teams were seeded nationally and placed within four regions. The teams tabbed as the top four seeds were Nebraska, Penn State, Washington and Arizona. Stanford is seeded fifth.

Team pairings were determined by geographical proximity, with the exception that teams from the same conference were not paired during the first and second rounds.

The Pacific-10 Conference, the Southeastern Conference, and the Big Ten Conference led all conferences with seven teams selected. The Big 12 Conference landed six teams and four conferences have three teams represented in the bracket -- the West Coast Conference, Big West Conference, Mountain West Conference and Big East Conference. Three teams, Penn State, Stanford and the University of California, Santa Barbara, have earned bids to all 26 championships. Five teams are making their initial appearances in the tournament: Saint Louis University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, St. John's University (New York), University of Mississippi, and Belmont University.

In the 26-year history of the championship, ten schools have been crowned champion, nine of which are in this year's bracket, including the defending champion University of Washington.

Additional past winners making the field are Stanford (1992, 94, 96, 97, 2001, 04), University of Hawaii, Manoa (1982, 83, 87), Long Beach State University (1989, 93, 98), UCLA (1984, 90, 91), Nebraska (1995 and 2000), University of Southern California (1981, 2002, 03), Penn State (1999), University of Texas at Austin (1988) and Washington (2005).

First and second-round matches will be played at 16 campus sites. A list of the first-round match-ups follows.

GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA REGIONAL

December 1-2 at Omaha, Nebraska
Nebraska (27-1) vs. American (25-6)
Winthrop (34-2) vs. UNI (27-7)

December 1-2 at Knoxville, Tennessee
Tennessee (19-11) vs. Duke (28-3)
Jacksonville St. (24-4) vs. San Diego (24-5)

November 30- December 1 at Gainesville, Florida
Florida (28-2) vs. Florida A&M (21-6)
Col. of Charleston (27-7) vs. Arizona St. (15-14)

November 30- December 1 at Albany, New York
St. John's (N.Y.) (30-4) vs. Albany (N.Y.) (19-12)
Siena (22-12) vs. Minnesota (23-7)

HONOLULU, HAWAII REGIONAL

November 30- December 1 at Los Angeles, California
Southern California (25-4) vs. Mississippi (19-12)
UC Santa Barb. (19-11) vs. Brigham Young (24-5)

December 1-2 at Long Beach, California
Pepperdine (16-11) vs. Long Beach St. (25-5)
Oregon (17-11) vs. Hawaii (26-5)

December 1-2 at Fayetteville, Arkansas
Oklahoma (26-5) vs. Oral Roberts (26-8)
Missouri St. (26-8) vs. Arkansas (16-12)

December 1-2 at Los Angeles, California
Utah (27-3) vs. Michigan St. (19-11)
UAB (27-9) vs. UCLA (29-3)

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON REGIONAL

December 1-2 at State College, Pennsylvania
Penn St. (29-2) vs. Long Island (25-10)
Cornell (18-8) vs. Hofstra (23-6)

November 30- December 1 at West Lafayette, Indiana
Kentucky (18-11) vs. Ohio (28-4)
St. Louis (22-8) vs. Purdue (21-10)

December 1-2 at Louisville, Kentucky
Ohio St. (23-7) vs. Belmont (24-6)
Middle Tenn. (26-7) vs. Louisville (25-6)

November 30- December 1 at Boulder, Colorado
Colorado (16-11) vs. New Mexico St. (33-3)
Colorado S. (20-9) vs. Washington (25-4)

AUSTIN, TEXAS REGIONAL

December 1-2 at Austin, Texas
Texas (21-6) vs. Prairie View (23-10)
Stephen F. Austin (30-3) vs. Alabama (17-12)

December 1-2 at Madison, Wisconsin
Iowa St. (20-10) vs. Wis.-Milwaukee (24-5)
Notre Dame (18-13) vs. Wisconsin (24-6)

December 1-2 at San Luis Obispo, California
Cal Poly (22-5) vs. Michigan (21-12)
California (20-9) vs. LSU (26-5)

December 1-2 at Stanford, California
Missouri (17-12) vs. Santa Clara (20-7)
Sacramento St. (30-5) vs. Stanford (25-3)

Courtesy NCAA

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