Wildcats Head To Baton Rouge
Nov. 29, 2009
INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 19 Arizona Volleyball team qualified for its 22nd trip to the NCAA Tournament today where it will meet Texas A&M in Baton Rouge, La. in first round action.
LSU, the host site, and Tulane make up the four-team pod in Baton Rouge. The Wildcats and Aggies will play at 5 p.m. CT Friday, Dec. 4. If Arizona should advance on to play Saturday, that match will begin at 7:30 p.m. CT.
The Wildcats, earning an at-large bid to the tournament, its first since 2005, finished the regular season with a 19-10 overall mark and 8-10 conference record.
The Pac-10 Conference had eight teams advance into the tournament. Stanford received the automatic berth awarded to the conference, while UCLA, Washington, Cal, USC, Oregon, Arizona and Washington State all received at-large bids.
Historically the Wildcats have performed well in the NCAA Tournament under head coach Dave Rubio, posting a record of 22-12 in his teams’ twelve previous trips to the postseason.
The top four seeds in the tournament are No. 1 Penn State, No. 2 Texas, No. 3 Florida State and No. 4 Stanford.
Arizona is led by outside hitter Tiffany Owens who recorded a 3.74 kill per set ratio, Paige Weber, the team’s setter, dishing out 10.74 assists per set and opposite hitter Whitney Dosty, connecting on 2.95 kills per set.
Last weekend Arizona fell to No. 9 UCLA, 3-0, and No. 16 USC, 3-1, in Los Angeles.