Three Pac-12 teams remain in the NCAA Tournament
All three seeded Pac-12 teams are still playing for a national title in the NCAA Tournament. Third-seeded WASHINGTON, sixth-seeded USC and seventh-seeded STANFORD handled their first- and second-round opponents fairly easily but the road to Seattle has become even tougher ... The Trojans play host to the Los Angeles Regional, which includes the Huskies. USC faces a tough BYU squad that upset 11th-seeded Hawai’i in Honolulu, historically one of the toughest venues to play in. UW faces 14th-seeded Kansas ... in the Lexington Regional, the Cardinal takes on 10th-seeded Minnesota, with second-seeded Penn State and Michigan State headlining the other regional semifinal. Stanford and the Nittany Lions are two of the most storied women’s volleyball programs in NCAA history and are the only two programs in the country to have appeared in every NCAA Tournament ... Pac-12 teams went an astounding 8-1 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, winning in dominating fashion. League teams won 26 of 31 sets played in the first round. Collectively, the Conference has posted an 11-6 record so far in the tournament ... At least one Pac-12 team has advanced to the regional finals in every year of the NCAA Tournament.
The regional semfinals will be streamed live on ESPN3.com and the regional finals will be televised on ESPN2. Direct links can be found on pac-12.com and ncaa.com.
A league-record nine Pac-12 volleyball teams earned NCAA Tournament bids, the most of any conference in the nation ... WASHINGTON was the top-seeded team in the Pac-12, earning a No. 3 seeding. Also seeded are No. 6 USC and No. 7 STANFORD ... ARIZONA STATE, CALIFORNIA and OREGON all make consecutive tournament appearances, while ARIZONA, COLORADO and UTAH return to the NCAAs for the first time since 2011, 2006 and 2008, respectively ... The national semifinals and championship matches will be held at KeyArena in Seattle, Dec. 19 and 21 ... Pac-12 Conference teams have won 14 NCAA titles in women’s volleyball, the most of any conference in the country.
League coaches voted UW’s Krista Vansant the Pac-12 Player of the Year and Pac-12 Freshman of the Year of honors went to USC’s Ebony Nwanebu. Stanford’s Madi Bugg was tabbed the Pac-12 Setter of the Year, while USC’s Natalie Hagglund was voted the Pac-12 Libero of the Year for the third-straight year. UW’s Jim McLaughlin was voted the Pac-12 Coach of the Year.
Friday-Saturday, December 13-14
#14 Kansas vs. #3 WASHINGTON, ESPN3, 5 p.m. PT [Live Stream]
BYU at #6 USC, ESPN3, 7 p.m. PT [Live Stream]
Winners - Regional Finals, ESPN2, 8:30 p.m. PT [Live Stream]
Los Angeles Regional, Los Angeles, Calif. (Galen Center)
Michigan State vs. #2 Penn State, ESPN3, 2 p.m. PT [Live Stream]
#7 STANFORD vs. #10 Minnesota, ESPN3, 4 p.m. PT [Live Stream]
Winners - Regional Finals, ESPN2, 1 p.m. PT [Live Stream]
Lexington Regional, Lexington, Ky. (Memorial Coliseum)