NCAA Regional Volleyball Tickets On Sale Now

Oct. 24, 2006

SEATTLE-- The University of Washington is pleased to announce that tickets for the 2006 NCAA Seattle Volleyball Regional are on sale now with a deadline of Nov. 9 slated for priority seating.

Washington, home of the 2005 Women's Volleyball National Champions, is one of four sites selected by the NCAA to host a 2006 regional tournament. The 10,000-seat Bank of America Arena will serve as the venue site for three matches, Dec. 8-9, from which the winner will advance to the Women's Volleyball Championship in Omaha, Neb.

Fans ordering all-session tickets by Nov. 9th will receive free general admission to the November 17th match vs. Arizona State and will have the best choice of seats. ASU tickets will be available at will call on the day of the event.

Season-ticket holders and students must also order by Nov. 9th for priority seating. Students ordering by Nov. 9th will be seated together in Section 1. Season-ticket holders will have first opportunity to purchase their seats.

Reserved tickets are going fast. Tickets must be purchase for both sessions until the day of the event. Group tickets are also available for $4/each for groups of 20 or more.

The Huskies are currently ranked sixth in the nation and boast a 17-3 overall record and 7-2 mark in the Pacific-10 Conference. Washington is in the midst of a 25-match home winning streak at Bank of America Arena and has not lost a home match since the 2004 season.

The Huskies average 2,086 fans per match, which leads the Pac-10 and ranks 11th nationally. Washington has seen a steady increase in attendance since head coach Jim McLaughlin took over the helm in 2001 and UW even set the program's attendance record earlier this season when 6,212 fans were on hand to see the Huskies sweep Washington State on Oct. 13. That attendance mark was also the third-highest in Pac-10 history.

The other three sites chosen to host a regional include Gainesville, Fla. (Stephen C. O'Connel Center), Honolulu, Hawai'i (Stan Sheriff Center) and Austin, Texas (Gregory Gym).

The 2006 selection marks Washington's second time hosting since the NCAA moved to predetermined regional sites in 2003. The Huskies last hosted a regional in 2004, the season Washington advanced to its first-ever Women's Volleyball Championship. That year, Washington averaged 4,392 fans at its regional matches.

'I am very pleased that the NCAA has selected Seattle, Washington as one of its four 2006 regionals,.' said McLaughlin. 'We were able to host a regional in 2004 and the community support was exceptional. I believe Seattle will once again show the NCAA that this area is a great supporter of championship volleyball. Our people did a phenomenal job in hosting the 2004 regional and I know they will do great work again.'

Washington won its first NCAA national championship last season after winning its second-straight Pacific-10 Conference title. The Huskies became the first-ever team to sweep all six of its postseason matches in 3-0 games en route to the national title, including Nebraska in the championship.

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