Stanford To Compete At Runza/AVCA Showcase

May 29, 2008

Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford women's volleyball team has been selected to compete at the 2008 Runza/AVCA Showcase, announced the American Volleyball Coaches Association today. The Cardinal will join the USC Trojans, the Texas Longhorns and the Nebraska Cornhuskers at the prestigious event held Aug. 29-31 at the Qwest Center in Omaha.

Stanford competed at the first Showcase held at the Qwest Center in 2005, and went 1-1 with a win over Penn State and a loss to Nebraska. The venue has played host to the five highest-attended NCAA women's volleyball matches in the sport's history, and, last year, the Showcase attracted more than 11,000 fans.

In 2008, for the first time in its history, the Showcase will be played in a Conference Challenge format. The Conference Challenge will feature four of the elite teams in the country, in a showdown of schools from two of the top conferences in the NCAA, the Big 12 and the Pac-10. Under the Conference Challenge format, each school will play the two teams from the other conference, and not play the other school from its own league.

Representing the Big 12 are Nebraska and Texas, combined winners of 11 of the last 12 conference championships. With four national championships and a combined .728 winning percentage in the NCAA Tournament, these two schools are regularly among the elite volleyball programs in the nation.

Along with Stanford, USC will also represent the Pac-10. Pac-10 schools have won 13 of 27 national championships since the NCAA began sanctioning women's volleyball in 1981 and Stanford and USC own nine of those 13, or exactly one-third of all NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championships. Those same two schools have either tied for or won 11 of the last 12 Pac-10 championships.

All four teams finished ranked in the top 10 in last season's final CBS College Sports Network/AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll. Nine returning AVCA All-Americans with a total of 13 All-America honors highlight the team rosters. USC and Stanford both return from 2007 Final Four appearances.

The 2008 Runza/AVCA College Volleyball Showcase will begin on Friday, Aug. 29 with Nebraska going up against Stanford at 7 p.m. (CT), and Texas squaring off against USC at 9:30 p.m. (CT). On Sunday, Aug. 31, USC will tangle with Nebraska at 12:30 p.m. (CT), and Texas will face off with Stanford at 3 pm. (CT). All four matches will be shown live on CBS College Sports Network.

Tickets to the event will go on sale to the general public this Saturday, May 31 at 10 a.m. (PT), exclusively through Qwest Center Omaha and Ticketmaster. All-session ticket prices are $39 and $32. Contact Qwest Center Omaha by telephone at (402) 341-1500, or on the Web at www.qwestcenteromaha.com. To order tickets through Ticketmaster, go to www.ticketmaster.com.

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