No. 8 Golden Bears Set for Rematch with No. 1 Penn State
Dec. 12, 2008
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The No. 8-ranked California volleyball team (26-6, 13-5 Pac-10) will take on top-seeded and undefeated No. 1 Penn State (35-0, 20-0 Big Ten) in the University Park Regional final of the 2008 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship in a 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT) match on Saturday, Dec. 13. The match will be broadcast live by ESPNU with Beth Mowins calling the play-by-play action and Karch Kiraly providing the color commentary. Live statistics will be available through Gametracker links at CalBears.com and GoPSUSports.com.
The Golden Bears defeated No. 14-ranked Illinois, 3-0, to advance to the regional final earlier today and secured the best record in Cal history with the victory. The Bears went 25-7 (.781) in 2003 and advanced to the round of 16 for the first time in program history. The Nittany Lions won their NCAA-record 106th consecutive set with a 3-0 win over Western Michigan to advance to the regional final. The winner of the regional final will advance to the national semifinal to be played on Thursday, Dec. 18 (7 p.m. ET/9 p.m. ET) at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb.
Last season, Cal advanced past the round of 16 for the first time in school history by defeating Iowa State in the Wisconsin Regional semifinal. The Bears then took out defending NCAA champion Nebraska in three sets to earn a spot in the national semifinal match in Sacramento, Calif. In the only previous meeting of the two schools, Cal fell in three sets to eventual champion Penn State. The Bears seek to even the all-time series at a match apiece when the two teams take the court in State College, Pa.
In addition to being the defending NCAA champions, the Lions won their 12th Big Ten title in 18 years earlier this season by notching a 20-0 conference record and made their 28th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance. Penn State placed six players on the AVCA All-Mideast Region team last week; sophomore opposite hitter Blair Brown, senior outside hitter Nicole Fawcett, junior setter Alisha Glass, senior middle blocker Christa Harmotto, junior outside hitter Megan Hodge and sophomore middle blocker Arielle Wilson.