Pac-12 represented in third straight national championship game

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OREGON represented the Pac-12 in the national championship game, the third straight year a league squad has played in the final match. The Ducks were the fifth-seeded team in the tournament, the program's highest-ever seeding, and made its first-ever NCAA semifinal appearance. The Ducks advanced to the title match with a four-set upset of top-seeded Penn State. UO's Alaina Bergsma was named the AVCA National Player of the Year, the third-straight year a Pac-12 player has earned the distinction.

The Pac-12 boasts the most storied history at the NCAA Championships, seven different Pac-12 teams have advanced to the national semifinals since 2001. At least one league team has advanced to the semifinal round for the 29th time all-time and to the title match for the 24th time. The Pac-12 has won 14 NCAA titles in women's volleyball, the most of any conference in the country.

Seven Pac-12 teams earned NCAA Tournament bids, tied for the most of any conference in the country. STANFORD received the league's automatic berth after claiming the Pac-12 crown, the program's 15th all-time league title and the sixth in the last seven years ... Five of the Conference's seven tournament teams were among the top-16 seeded teams. Stanford was the No. 2 seed, Oregon was the fifth seed. USC was the No. 6 seed, UCLA was the No. 7 seed and WASHINGTON was the No. 13 seed ... Also earning bids were ARIZONA STATE and CALIFORNIA. It was the Sun Devils' first tournament appearance since 2006 ... The Bruins were the defending NCAA Champions ... The Conference has sent at least six teams to the NCAA Tournament for 13-consecutive years. It sent four teams to the regional semifinals for the ninth time in the history of the tournament, with three squads advancing to the regional finals ... There were 20 upsets by Pac-12 teams this season.

NCAA TOURNAMENT RESULTS

NCAA First Round Results
Arizona State vs. Oklahoma OU, 3-2 (20-25,25-19,25-18,19-25,15-13)
California vs. North Carolina UNC, 3-1 (26-24,25-23,18-25,25-16)
#5 Oregon vs. Northern Colorado ORE, 3-0 (25-14,25-19,25-18)
#2 Stanford vs. Jackson State STAN, 3-0 (25-10,25-17,25-10)
#7 UCLA vs. LIU-Brooklyn UCLA, 3-0 (25-13,25-15,25-12)
#6 USC vs. Fairfield  USC, 3-0 (25-8,25-11,25-10)
#13 Washington vs. Central Arkansas WASH, 3-0 (25-13,25-17,25-18)

NCAA Second Round Results
#5 Oregon vs. Dayton ORE, 3-0 (25-15,25-20,25-21)
#2 Stanford vs. Western Kentucky STAN, 3-0 (25-15,25-23,25-15)
#7 UCLA vs. Michigan State MSU, 3-1 (25-17,29-27,18-25,25-22)
#6 USC vs. Saint Mary's (Calif.) USC, 3-0 (28-26,25-16,25-19)
#13 Washington vs. Hawai'i WASH, 3-2 (20-25,25-20,19-25,27-25,15-11)

NCAA Regional Semifinal Results
#2 Stanford vs. #15 Iowa State STAN, 3-0 (25-16,25-19,25-17)
#5 Oregon vs. BYU ORE, 3-1 (25-23,25-21,22-25,25-12)
#13 Washington at #4 Nebraska NEB, 3-0 (25-14,25-21,25-23)
#6 USC vs. Wichita State USC, 3-0 (25-20,25-19,25-17)

NCAA Regional Final Results
#2 Stanford vs. Michigan MICH, 3-1 (20-25,25-20,25-20,25-20)
#5 Oregon at #4 Nebraska ORE, 3-1 (15-25,25-22,25-18,25-17)
#6 USC at #3 Texas UT, 3-0 (25-19,25-22,25-14)

NCAA Semifinals
#1 Penn State vs. #5 Oregon ORE, 3-1 (21-25,30-28,25-22,25-19)

NCAA Championship Match
#2 Texas vs. #5 Oregon  UT, 3-0 (25-11,26-24,25-19)

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