Volleyball Earns Top Seed For 2003 NCAA Tournament
Nov. 30, 2003
LOS ANGELES -- The top-seeded USC women's volleyball team (29-0) will host the first and second rounds of the 2003 NCAA Tournament this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5-6, at the Lyon Center. The No. 1-ranked Women of Troy will face New Hampshire (23-11) in the opening round on Friday at 7 p.m.
The winner of both matches will advance to the NCAA Regionals to be held in Lincoln, Neb., with the regional champion advancing to the NCAA Final Four in Dallas, Texas.
The defending NCAA champion Trojans, who captured the 2003 Pacific-10 Conference title with a 18-0 record, earned the national No. 1 seed for the second year in a row. Florida, Hawai'i and Pepperdine were the other No. 1 seeds selected.
The winner of the USC-New Hampshire match will face the winner of Friday's 5 p.m. Cal State Northridge (16-12) versus Loyola Marymount (25-6) match in second round action on Saturday at 6 p.m., following the USC-Oregon State football game at the L.A. Coliseum.
USC is making its 21st all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament on the heels of capturing last season's NCAA Championship in New Orleans, La. The Women of Troy have won five national championships (1976, 1977, 1980, 1981, 2002) in program history.
The Women of Troy are led by five 2003 All-Pac-10 first team selections, including Pac-10 Player of the Year and four-time all-conference first teamer April Ross, a senior. USC's other first-team selections include junior middle blocker Emily Adams, sophomore middle blocker Bibiana Candelas, junior outside hitter Keao Burdine and senior setter Toni Anderson. Ross, Adams and senior Katie Olsovsky are all returning All-American selections (Adams in 2002, Ross in 2000 and 2002, Olsovsky in 2001).
2003 NCAA Tournament first/second rounds
Los Angeles, Calif. (Lyon Center)
First Round - Dec. 5
5 p.m. - Cal State Northridge vs. Loyola Marymount
7 p.m. - (1) USC vs. New Hampshire
Second Round - Dec. 6
**6 p.m. - CSUN/LMU vs. USC/New Hampshire
Single Session - $8 for adults, $5 for students/children
All Sessions - $15 for adults, $6 for students/children
**Fans who bring a USC-Oregon State football game ticket to the match on Saturday, Dec. 6, get in free.
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