No. 11 Cougar Volleyball Grabs NCAA No. 12th-Seed

Dec. 1, 2002

PULLMAN, Wash. -- The Washington State University women's volleyball team was selected Sunday to participate in its ninth NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship Tournament in the past 12 years. The Cougars were selected as the No. 12 seed of the 16 seeded teams into the 64-team tournament.

This is the third consecutive year in the championship tournament for WSU, a senior-dominated team which finished tied for third in the Pac-10 Conference (11-7) and upset No. 1 Stanford just two weeks ago.

Washington State is the only seeded team not hosting the first and second round matches, instead traveling to Manhattan, Kansas, where Kansas State (20-8) will play host to Michigan (16-14), Oral Roberts (22-10) and Washington State (21-7).

'I'm disappointed we're not hosting,' Cougar Head Coach Cindy Fredrick said. 'Without a doubt we're the 12th seed and usually the top 16 seeds host. A little confusion there. On the other hand, looking at the bracket, it is a good bracket and I'm thankful we don't have to play another Pac-10 school. The bottom line is, we're happy to be here and happy to be in the NCAA. We're dancing.'

Three-time All-Pac-10 first team selection, senior LaToya Harris said, 'Going to the tournament three years in a row, I'm excited. I have a good feeling about this even though we're not hosting, which is upsetting, I have a great feeling about it.'

The first round matches are set for Friday, Dec. 6, with the Cougars-Golden Eagles match starting at 5:30 p.m. CT (3:30 p.m. PT) and the Kansas State-Michigan match set to begin 30 minutes after the completion of the first match. The winners will meet Saturday night at 7 p.m. with the chance to advance to the Sweet 16 the following weekend.

Top seeds in the East Region are No. 4 Northern Iowa (32-2), and No. 5 Florida (30-2). Northern Iowa defeated Florida in Gainsville, Saturday night, 3-2.

Eight Pacific-10 Conference teams made the 2002 NCAA Championship Tournament, with league champs, USC, the top seed and defending national champions Stanford, the No. 2 seed.

EAST REGIONNCAA FIRST ROUND, FRIDAY, DEC. 6Ahearn Field House, Manhattan, Kansas5:30 p.m. CT (3:30 p.m. PT) Washington State (21-7) vs. Oral Roberts (22-10)approximately 8 p.m. CT Kansas State (20-8) vs. Michigan (16-14)

NCAA SECOND ROUND, SATURDAY, DEC. 77 p.m. First round winners meet

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