Fifth-Ranked Husky Volleyball To Host NCAA First and Second Rounds
Nov. 30, 2008
SEATTLE - The fifth-ranked Husky volleyball team got an extra bonus Sunday night. Washington was awarded the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament, ensuring the Huskies will play at home potentially through the first four rounds.
'It's a good deal to be home playing,' said head coach Jim McLaughlin. 'Now we've just got to take it. It's a one-game season and we approach it that way. It's the same way we've approached it every day, every week thus far. We have to have a good week in training and we go.'
The 24-4 Huskies will host regional rival Portland State (20-8), Santa Clara (17-9) and McLaughlin's former school, Kansas State (24-7). Matches are slated for this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5-6 at the Bank of America Arena. Santa Clara will face Kansas State at 2pm Friday and Washington will play Portland State at 4pm. Both winners will advance to the second round match to be held Saturday at 2pm.
Also in Washington's bracket are Tennessee (22-9), Clemson (22-9), Furman (21-13), No. 12 Utah (24-5), No. 13 Saint Louis (28-4), Michigan (24-8), UAB (26-7), Missouri State (23-12), Liberty (25-8) and No. 4 Nebraska (27-2), setting up a possible rematch of the 2005 title game.
This will be Washington's 12th NCAA tournament appearance and its seventh straight. The Huskies, who finished second in the Pac-10 this season, are 24-11 in the NCAA tournament and won the national title in 2005.
The Huskies faced Portland State back on Sept. 5, downing the Vikings in three (25-21, 25-18, 25-13). Since 1976, the two teams have met 30 times with Washington holding the all-time series edge, 16-13-1. The Huskies have been victorious the last five meetings, with Portland State last winning on Oct 23, 1984, 3-0 (11-15, 6-15, 6-15). The two teams last met in the postseason in 1978, with Portland State winning in four sets (13-15, 15-13, 12-15, 9-15). The Vikings are the 2008 Big Sky Champions and will be making their first NCAA Tournament appearance.
Washington has met Santa Clara only three times in program history, all between 1982 and 1984. The Huskies have won two of the three, but fell during the last meeting, 3-2, on Oct. 6 1984 (15-9, 15-13, 11-15, 2-15, 8-15). The Broncos will be making their 13th appearance in the tournament and their 10th straight.
Kansas State and Washington have met only once, back in 1983. The Wildcats won the meeting, 3-1 (14-16, 15-12, 8-15, 10-15). McLaughlin served as the head coach of Kansas State from 1997-2000, where he amassed a 82-43 record and took the Wildcats to the tournament all four seasons. K-State has advanced to the tournament each of the last eight years, except 2006.
Tickets for the first and second round games are available through the Husky ticket office. All-session reserved tickets will be available for $18. All-session adult general admission tickets are $10 and youth/senior general admission all-session tickets are $10. Single session tickets are also available for $6-10. For further ticket information, log on to GoHuskies.com.