Pac-12 volleyball heads to NCAA Tournament
Pac-12 volleyball made history as 10 teams earned berths to the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship, setting a new league and NCAA record. Five league teams were seeded in the top 16 and will be hosting the first and second rounds on their home courts. The 10 teams kick off first-round action this Thursday, Dec. 4 and Friday, Dec. 5 ... STANFORD picked up the No. 1 overall seed, and WASHINGTON was tabbed as the No. 3 seed. OREGON, ARIZONA and UCLA all earned the 10th, 11th and 12th seeds, respectively. Unseeded teams that will travel to neutral sites for their first-round matches are ARIZONA STATE, COLORADO, OREGON STATE, USC and UTAH ... The Pac-12 has won 14 of 33 NCAA titles awarded, including 12 of the last 23. It is the 14th-consecutive year the Conference has had at least six teams compete in the NCAA Tournament ... Pac-12 volleyball teams are 339-153 overall in postseason play ... STANFORD won its 16th Pac-12 title this past Friday, finishing the regular season with the best win-loss percentage in the nation despite WASHINGTON handing the Cardinal a loss on Wednesday ... This past weekend, Pac-12 teams posted an astonishing six upsets, including UW’s win over previously unbeaten Stanford ... The final weekly honors of the season went to Washington’s Krista Vansant for Offensive Player of the Week, USC’s Taylor Whittingham for Defensive Player of the Week and Oregon State’s Mary-Kate Marshall for Freshman of the Week.
UPCOMING PAC-12 VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE
Thursday, Dec. 4 - Friday, Dec. 5
ARIZONA STATE (19-13) vs. Texas A&M (21-8), 4:30 p.m. CT
#2 Texas (23-2) vs. Northwestern State (16-16), 7 p.m. CT
Minneapolis Regional, at Austin, Texas
#11 ARIZONA (23-9) vs. Yale (18-7), 6:30 p.m. MT
BYU (25-4) vs. Seton Hall (28-7), 4 p.m. MT
Seattle Regional, at Tucson, Ariz.
#10 OREGON (21-9) vs. Santa Clara (22-9), 7 p.m. PT
Oklahoma (20-10) vs. LSU (19-8), 4:30 p.m. PT
Minneapolis Regional, at Eugene, Ore.
Friday, Dec. 5 - Saturday, Dec. 6
USC (15-15) vs. Coastal Carolina (25-6), 4:30 p.m. ET
#7 North Carolina (26-2) vs. Hampton (21-10), 6:30 p.m. ET
Minneapolis Regional, at Chapel Hill, N.C.
OREGON STATE (19-12) vs. Creighton (25-8), 4 p.m. CT
#16 Kansas (22-8) vs. UALR (29-4), 6:30 p.m. CT
Ames Regional, at Topeka, Kan.
UTAH (19-12) vs. Kansas State (22-8), 4:30 p.m. CT
#14 Nebraska (20-9) vs. Hofstra (28-5), 7 p.m. CT
Seattle Regional, at Lincoln, Neb.
COLORADO (19-13) vs. Northern Colorado (22-10), 4:30 p.m. MT
#15 Colorado State (29-2) vs. Denver (27-6), 6:30 p.m. MT
Minneapolis Regional, at Fort Collins, Colo.
#1 STANFORD (29-1) vs. CSU Bakersfield (16-14), 7 p.m. PT
Loyola Marymount (23-7) vs. Michigan State (18-13), 4:30 p.m. PT
Ames Regional, at Stanford, Calif.
#3 WASHINGTON (29-2) vs. New Hampshire (20-11), 7 p.m. PT
Hawaii (21-6) vs. Duke (22-7), 5 p.m. PT
Seattle Regional, at Seattle, Wash.
#12 UCLA (20-11) vs. LIU Brooklyn (25-6), 8 p.m. PT
Long Beach State (26-4) vs. San Diego (19-11), 5:30 p.m. PT
Louisville Regional, at Los Angeles, Calif.