Stanford Nabs No. 2 Seed; Begins 2008 NCAA Tournament At Maples

Nov. 30, 2008

Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford women's volleyball team (26-3) will begin its quest for the program's seventh NCAA title at home this week, as the squad earned the No. 2 overall seed in the 2008 NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship and was selected to host the first and second rounds. The Cardinal will meet Albany (23-8) at Maples to begin the postseason on Friday night at 7 p.m.

Stanford will be making its 28th-straight NCAA Tournament appearance and is one of just two teams to have made it to all 28 NCAA Women's Volleyball Championships. The Cardinal will be seeking its seventh NCAA title, 18th Final Four trip and 14th appearance in the national title match.

Last season, Stanford advanced to the championship match for the second straight year, but dropped a five-set thriller to Penn State. Under eighth-year head coach John Dunning, Stanford has reached five of the last seven NCAA title matches and won two national championships.

Should Stanford advance, the team will head to the Fort Collins Regional hosted by Colorado State. The 2008 Final Four will be held at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb., Dec. 18-20.

The Cardinal wrapped up the regular season on Friday night with a 26-3 overall record. Stanford sealed its unprecedented 12th Pac-10 Championship last Wednesday to earn the league's automatic berth to the 64-team tournament.

Stanford will play its first round match at 7 p.m. on Friday at Maples Pavilion against Albany. The Great Danes won the America East Conference this season and earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.

Pepperdine (20-7) and Long Beach State (25-5) will meet in the other first round matchup at Maples Pavilion on Friday at 4:30 p.m. The Waves earned an at-large bid after finishing tied for fourth in the West Coast Conference, while Long Beach State was the automatic qualifier from the Big West. The winners of the Stanford-Albany match and the Pepperdine-Long Beach State match will meet Saturday at 7 p.m. at Maples Pavilion.

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