This Week in Pac-10 Women's Volleyball

Dec. 11, 2006

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PAC-10 PUTS THREE IN FINAL FOUR IN SEARCH OF SIXTH STRAIGHT TITLE

For the second time in three years, and third time overall, three Pac-10 teams have advanced to the NCAA Women's Volleyball Final Four. Pac-10 Champion STANFORD advances after knocking off host Texas in the Austin Regional, UCLA advances after defeating host Hawaii in the Honolulu Regional, and defending national champion WASHINGTON makes its third consecutive appearance at the Final Four after defeating No. 3 seed Penn State in the Seattle Regional ... The 2006 postseason marks the seventh consecutive season that the Pac-10 has sent at least six teams into the NCAA Tournament. It's the second time in Pac-10 history that five teams advanced to regional action ... This week's AVCA rankings show five Pac-10 teams among the top 25 with No. 2 Washington, No. 3 Stanford, No. 4 USC, No. 6 UCLA, and No. 15 California ... The Pac-10 has posted a 97-16 (.858) record against non-conference foes this season.

NCAA FINAL FOUR SCHEDULE

December 14 & 16 at Omaha, Neb.
UCLA (33-3) vs. Nebraska (31-1), 6 p.m.
WASHINGTON (29-4) vs. STANFORD (29-3), 8:30 p.m.
Winners meet Sat., Dec. 16, 8 p.m.
Matches televised by ESPN2 and ESPNU

NCAA TOURNAMENT REGIONAL RESULTS

December 8-9 at Seattle, Wash.
WASHINGTON def. Ohio State, 3-0
WASHINGTON def. Penn State, 3-1

December 8-9 at Austin, Texas
STANFORD def. CALIFORNIA, 3-0
STANFORD def. Texas, 3-1

December 8-9 at Honolulu, Hawaii
UCLA def. Oklahoma, 3-0
Hawai'i def. USC, 3-0
UCLA def. Hawai'i, 3-1

PAC-10 IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

The Pac-10 has won the last five NCAA titles with defending champion Washington in 2005, Stanford winning titles in 2001 and 2004, while USC captured titles in 2002 and 2003. Over the last six years of the NCAA Tournament, the Pac-10 has compiled an impressive 103-31 (.769) record. Toss out the eight postseason matches in which Pac-10 teams faced each other and the league's NCAA Tournament record against non-conference foes stands at 95-23 (.805) ... Overall, the Pac-10 has won 13 NCAA titles - that's over half of the 25 titles presented by the NCAA. The league's overall record against non-conference opponents in NCAA Tournament play is 232-88 (.725) ... Over the last five years, the Pac-10 is 31-2 (.939) in the first round, and 83-12 (.874) in opening round matches since 1990.

HOW THEY REACHED OMAHA...

STANFORD
def. Sacramento State, 3-0
def. Missouri, 3-2
def. No. 13 California, 3-0
def. No. 8 Texas, 3-1

UCLA
def. UAB, 3-0
def. No. 11 Utah, 3-0
def. No. 12 Oklahoma, 3-0
def. No. 11 Hawai'i, 3-0

WASHINGTON
def. Colorado State, 3-1
def. Colorado, 3-1
def. No. 16 Ohio State, 3-0
def. No. 5 Penn State, 3-1

PAC-10 NOTES

  • STANFORD - After sweeping No. 13 California, the Cardinal combined for 71 kills and a season-high 18.5 team blocks to defeat the No. 8 Texas Longhorns, 3-1, on their home court ... Sophomore outside hitter Cynthia Barboza led the Cardinal with 18 kills, seven blocks and four aces, while senior outside hitter Kristin Richards followed with 17 kills and a team-high 23 digs ... Sophomore middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo also tallied 16 kills and three blocks. ... Akinradewo and Richards were named to the All-Region Tournament Team, while Barboza was honored as the Most Outstanding Player ... Stanford now travels to Omaha to take on the defending national champs, Washington, in the Cardinal's 15th Final Four appearance ... The Cardinal are 1-1 this season, 40-8 all-time, against the Huskies.

  • UCLA - UCLA advanced to the National Semifinals with a three-game sweep of Hawai'i ... The Bruins make their 11th appearance in the Final Four, marking UCLA's first appearance since 1994 ... Three Bruins, Nellie Spicer , Katie Carter and Tournament MVP Nana Meriwether , were named to the All-Tournament Team ... The Bruins are the only team remaining in the tournament who have not lost a game in postseason play, and were the only team to win their Regional Final in a three-game sweep ... Thursday's matchup between No. 1 Nebraska and UCLA is a rematch of last season's NCAA Regional Semifinal, a 3-0 Huskers win last December at Qwest Center in Omaha.

  • WASHINGTON - The No. 6-seed Washington Huskies clinched their third-straight trip to the NCAA National Championship weekend by beating No. 3-seed Penn State, 3-1 ... With a weekend sweep over Ohio State and Penn State, the Huskies become the eighth team to advance to the NCAA National Championship round in three or more consecutive years, with USC being the last (2002-04) ... The Huskies own a winning percentage of .712 in NCAA tournament play, .666 in the Final Four, and .833 against Pac-10 opponents this season ... Washington, which is making its third Final Four appearance in school history, will face Pac-10 foe Stanford.

    UCLA'S ANDY BANACHOWSKI NAMED TACHIKARA/AVCA DIVISION I PACIFIC REGION COACH OF THE YEAR

    UCLA's Andy Banachowski selected as the Pacific Region 2006 Tachikara/AVCA Division I Region Coach of the Year. UCLA has been one of the top women's volleyball programs in the country since its beginning in 1965, and Andy Banachowski has lead the Bruins for all but two of those seasons. UCLA finished tied for second in the Pac-10 this season, the best conference finish for the team since 1999. Winning their first 20 matches this season, UCLA has been in the top ten in every CSTV/AVCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll produced, and currently holds a No. 4 ranking. Banachowski has now won 1,037 matches in his 40 seasons at UCLA, and wins his first Tachikara/AVCA Division I Pacific Region Coach of the Year award. He was named Tachikara/AVCA Division I District Coach of the Year four times (1989, '92, '93 and '98).

    The awards will be officially presented at the 2006 Tachikara/AVCA Coach of the Year and Victory Club Awards banquet in Omaha, Neb., on Thursday, Dec. 14, at the 2006 American Volleyball Coaches Association Annual Convention.

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