Volleyball Heads To Boulder for NCAA First & Second Rounds
Nov. 26, 2006
SEATTLE-- The second-ranked Washington volleyball team (25-4, 15-3 Pac-10) was selected as the No. 6 seed in the 2006 Division I Women's Volleyball Championships and will travel to Boulder, Colo., for the first and second rounds. The Huskies, the defending national champions, are making their fifth-straight NCAA appearance and 11th overall, and will face Colorado State in the first round on Nov. 30. Colorado will play New Mexico State in the other first round match. The winners of the first round matches will meet in the second round on Dec. 1. Match times have not been announced.
The Huskies were one of 33 teams to receive an at-large bid into the tournament after tying for second place in the Pacific-10 Conference. Thirty-one other teams received automatic berths by winning their conference championships to make-up the 64-team field.
'I'm a little surprised we are traveling again,' said head coach Jim McLaughlin. 'We've had to travel before and now we have to do it again but that's the way we will approach it.'
Colorado State (20-9) received an automatic bid after winning the MWC Tournament Championships. The Rams are making their 12th consecutive NCAA appearance and have posted 20-win seasons each of the last 12 years. Colorado (16-11) is an at-large selection after tying with Idaho State for fourth in the Big 12. The Buffalos are making their 16th NCAA appearance in 22 years. New Mexico State (33-3) is also an at-large selection after falling to Hawaii in the WAC championship match. The Aggies are making their third NCAA appearance in four seasons.
Washington is one of seven Pac-10 teams to receive a postseason bid, tying the Southeastern Conference and the Big Ten for the conferences with the most selections. Joining Washington in the tournament are fellow Pac-10 teams: No. 2 seed Stanford, No. 4 seed UCLA, No. 5 seed USC, Arizona State, California and Oregon.
Last season, the Huskies won their first-ever NCAA Championship, winning all six of their postseason matches on the road. Washington won all six matches in straight sets, becoming the first team in NCAA history to sweeps its way to the title without dropping a game in the 64-team format.
Seattle has already been pre-selected to host one of four regionals, Dec. 8-9, with the winner advancing to the Women's Volleyball Championship in Omaha, Neb., Dec. 16 and 18. Austin, Texas, Gainesville, Fla., and Honolulu, Hawaii are the other regional sites.
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON REGIONAL
December 1-2 at State College, PennsylvaniaPenn St. (29-2) vs. Long Island (25-10)Cornell (18-8) vs. Hofstra (23-6)
November 30- December 1 at West Lafayette, IndianaKentucky (18-11) vs. Ohio (28-4)St. Louis (22-8) vs. Purdue (21-10)
December 1-2 at Louisville, KentuckyOhio St. (23-7) vs. Belmont (24-6)Middle Tenn. (26-7) vs. Louisville (25-6)
November 30- December 1 at Boulder, ColoradoColorado (16-11) vs. New Mexico St. (33-3)Colorado S. (20-9) vs. Washington (25-4