Cal Volleyball Set to Host NCAA First and Second Rounds

Nov. 30, 2008

BERKELEY - The California volleyball team received its school-record seventh consecutive bid to the NCAA Tournament today and will host three teams in the first and second rounds of the Penn State regional. The No. 7-ranked Golden Bears (23-6, 13-5 Pac-10) will play Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament champion Siena College (20-12, 15-3 MAAC) in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship on Friday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. In the other first round match, New Mexico State (25-8, 15-1 Western Athletic Conference) will take on St. Mary's College (20-7, 10-4 West Coast Conference) at 6 p.m. The winners of each match will advance to face each other in an 8 p.m. match on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. for the right to advance to the round of 16. All three matches will be played on Pete Newell Court at Haas Pavilion.

Tickets go on sale at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow (Dec. 1) and are only available through the Cal athletic ticket office website. Adult two-day packages that include admission to all three matches can be purchased for $18; $14 for seniors (65+), youth and students with valid identification.

Cal finished the regular season with a 23-6 overall record and won a program-best 13 matches in Pac-10 play. The Bears also set school records by winning 29 consecutive sets from Sept. 14 through Oct. 19. Cal's 8-0 Pac-10 start and 18-1 overall start were also program records.

Last year, the Bears advanced to the semifinal match of the NCAA Championship where they fell to eventual champion Penn State, 3-0. Cal advanced past the round of 16 for the first time in school history and won the Wisconsin regional by taking out defending NCAA champion Nebraska. Junior outside hitter Hana Cutura was named the Most Valuable Player of the Wisconsin regional as she led the Bears.

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