Six Pac-10 Teams Begin NCAA Tournament Play This week
Six Pac-10 teams earned NCAA Tournament bids, the second-most of any conference in the country. Among the Conference squads selected, three earned top-16 seedings, including third-seeded STANFORD, sixth-seeded USC and seventh-seeded CALIFORNIA ... Also making appearances postseason play are ARIZONA, UCLA and WASHINGTON ... It is the 11th-consecutive year the Pac-10 has had at least six teams earn NCAA Tournament bids ... The Golden Bears enter the tournament after having capture a share of the Pac-10 crown, the program's first ever in the sport of volleyball. They share the title with the Cardinal, who captured its fifth straight and 114th overall ... Six teams are ranked in this week's AVCA National Coaches poll. Three Pac-10 teams are in the top five in the country, led by No. 2 Stanford and followed by No. 4 California and No. 5 USC. UCLA is rated No. 9, Washington is No. 11 and Arizona is No. 20.
Cal, Stanford Share Pac-10 Crown
CALIFORNIA and STANFORD each captured a share of the 25th Pac-10 Conference title, with the Golden Bears earning the Conference's NCAA Tournament automatic bid by way of tie-breaker rules. It is the first time since 2000 Pac-10 teams have shared the crown.
With the champion being decided on the final weekend of the second-straight year, the Bears and Cardinal each boasted identical 15-3 marks to claim the top spot in the Pac-10 standings. Cal wins the volleyball crown for the first time in school history. It is Stanford's 14th title all-time and fifth straight.
USC was in contention for the conference title up until the final weekend, but finished in third with a 14-4 mark, its most Conference wins since 2007. UCLA's fourth-place showing was its best since placing second in 2006 and its 11 wins were the most since that same year.
The rest of the regular-season standings fell in the following order: WASHINGTON (10-8) in fifth; ARIZONA (9-9) in sixth; tied for seventh were OREGON and ARIZONA STATE (7-11); OREGON STATE (2-16) placed ninth; while WASHINGTON STATE (0-18) was 10th.
California becomes the sixth-different squad to win a Pac-10 crown in volleyball.
|Thursday, December 2|
|Washington vs. Michigan||Seattle, Wash.||7:30 p.m.|
|Friday, December 3|
|No. 3 Stanford vs. Albany||Stanford, Calif.||7:00 p.m.|
|No. 6 USC vs. New Mexico||Los Angeles, Calif.||7:00 p.m.|
|No. 7 California vs. Utah State||Berkeley, Calif.||7:00 p.m.|
|UCLA vs. American||Austin, Texas||2:30 p.m.|
|Arizona vs. Northwestern||Cedar Falls, Iowa||TBA|