Volleyball Advances To NCAA Tournament For 13th Time In School History

Nov. 26, 2000

TEMPE, Ariz. -- For the 13th time in school history, the Arizona State Sun Devil volleyball program has advanced to the NCAA Tournament. The 17-11 Sun Devils will travel to Minneapolis, Minn., to take on Duke University (21-12) in first round action. The University of Minnesota (28-3) play Robert Morris (21-15) in the other first round match-up to be played at the Sports Pavilion on the U of M campus Dec. 1-2.

While the team speculated how Loyola Marymount, Stanford and UC Santa Barbara (three talented West Coast schools) could all be in the same bracket, the three letters the team had been waiting for 'ASU' flashed on the TV screen during the NCAA Selection Show and the team screamed in excitement.

Arizona State finished the 2000 season with a 17-11 record and tied for fifth in the Pac-10 with a 9-9 record. The Arizona State volleyball program has now recorded a winning seasons in 21 of 28 season. Six teams from the Pac-10 Conference advanced to the NCAA tournament (ASU, Arizona, USC, UCLA, Stanford, Washington State). The Big Ten and Big 12 also had six representatives from their respective conferences.

'We are very excited with our seed and have a great feeling going into the Tournament,' said ASU head coach Patti Snyder-Park. 'There is always a lot of excitement when your school's name gets flashed up there and you know your season is not over. We had a good year and our girls deserve to go to the NCAA's. The competition is going to be tough, but we have a good team and feel like we can play with anyone in the country.

Arizona State will face the Blue Devils in the opening match at 6 p.m. (CST) on Thursday, Dec. 1. Duke finished with an 8-8 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference and advanced to the ACC Tournament Championship. If the Devils beat the Duke, ASU will most likely match up with the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Minnesota finished the year with a 28-3 record and are ranked seventh in the most recent AVCA poll.

'We have a good feeling going into this tournament and really feel confident,' said ASU's senior standout Amanda Burbridge. 'Last year it was a new experience for us and were in awe of the whole production. This year we are more comfortable and are just going to go and take care of business.'

The Sun Devils will be making their 14th appearance in postseason play and their 13th in the NCAA Tournament. This year marks the first time since 1994-95 that the Devils have made back-to-back appearances in the Tournament. The program has played 21 matches in postseason play all-time, chalking up a 7-14 record. This year marks the sixth appearance in the NCAA tournament under head coach Patti Snyder-Park.

Last year the Sun Devils advanced to the NCAA Tournament after a three-year absence. With a 14-13 record overall and a 10-8 mark in Pac-10 play, the Sun Devils advanced to the NCAA Regional hosted in Provo, Utah, falling in three games to Wisconsin.

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