No. 8 Cal Volleyball Hosts NCAA First and Second Round Matches

Dec. 3, 2008

BERKELEY, Calif. - Fresh off clinching a school-record 13 victories in Pac-10 play, the No. 8-ranked California volleyball team will host the first and second rounds of the 2008 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship. The Golden Bears finished 23-6 and took third place in the conference with a 13-5 record to make their school-record seventh consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament. One of 16 teams in the University Park Region, Cal holds the eighth overall seed and welcomes three teams to Haas Pavilion where it has dropped just two matches this season, both to teams ranked in the top five. The Bears will face eight-time Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference champion Siena College (20-12, 15-3 MAAC) in the first round. New Mexico State (25-8, 15-1 WAC) takes on St. Mary's College (20-7, 10-4 WCC) in the other first round match. The winners will square off in the second round for the right to advance to the regional championship held on the campus of defending NCAA champion, No. 1-ranked Penn State (32-0, 20-0 Big Ten). Last year, the Bears reached new program heights as they advance to the NCAA semifinal where they fell, 3-0, to the Nittany Lions.

THE FACTS: No. 8 Cal (23-6, 13-5 Pac-10) hosts the first and second rounds of the 2008 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif. this weekend. The eight-seeded Golden Bears will take on Siena College (20-12, 15-3 MAAC) in a first round match scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5. Earlier in the evening, New Mexico State (25-8, 15-1 WAC) faces St. Mary's College (20-7, 10-4 WCC) at 6 p.m. in the other first-round match. The winners of each match will play again on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 8 p.m. for the right to move on to the round of 16. All three matches will be webcast live via links at CalBears.com and NCAA.com and feature live statistics provided via GameTracker.

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