Golden Bears Reach NCAA Tournament for Sixth-Straight Year
Nov. 25, 2007
The California volleyball team was awarded a No. 10 seed in the opening round of the 2007 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship today. The Golden Bears finished the season with a 22-7 overall record (12-6 in the Pac-10 for fourth place) and will face Big South Conference champion Liberty (27-8, 11-1 Big South) Friday, Nov. 30 in a 7 p.m. match at Cameron Indoor Stadium on the campus of Duke University in Durham, N.C. Host Duke (24-6, 19-3 ACC) will take on Patriot League champion American (26-7, 13-1 Patriot League) in a 5 p.m. match. The winners of the two opening matches will face off in a second-round match scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.
The NCAA tournament is a single-elimination format with the winner of the second round match advancing to the round of 16 regional hosted by Wisconsin in Madison, Wis. Five other Pac-10 teams were selected to this years tournament field including top-seeded Stanford. Joining the Cardinal in the Stanford regional are eighth-seeded UCLA and Oregon. Fifth-seeded USC will host first and second round matches and sixth seeded Washington will play in the Penn State regional.
The Bears' selection is the sixth in a row for the No. 7 California volleyball team and eleventh in program history. Under head coach Rich Feller, the Bears have won every first-round match they have played and have advanced to the round of 16 twice; once each in 2003 and 2006. Last year, Cal defeated LSU in four games in the opening round before taking out host Cal Poly, also in four to advance to the Austin regional. Facing Pac-10 Champion Stanford, the Bears were eliminated in a 3-0 sweep.
For more information on the 2007 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Tournament, visit www.ncaasports.com