Seven Teams Earn NCAA Tournament Bids

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Seven Pac-12 teams earned bids into the 2011 Division I NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship, the NCAA Volleyball Selection Committee announced today. Among the top 16 seeds that were also announced, three are from the Pac-12, including No. 7 USC, No. 9 seed UCLA and No. 11 seed STANFORD. The first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament begin Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 1-3.

In addition to the three seeded Pac-12 teams, ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA, OREGON and WASHINGTON will also be com-peting for the 2011 national championship. It is the 12th-consective year the Conference has had at least six teams earn NCAA Tournament bids. The seven selections are tied for the second-most in the country, behind the Big Ten's eight. It is also the most for the Pac-12 since receiving eight selections in 2008.

The highest-seeded Conference team, the Pac-12 Champion Trojans (25-4) hosts Yale (18-6), the Ivy League Champi-ons, in the first round. USC will also host Tulsa (27-6) versus Oklahoma (21-11) at Galen Center. The winners of both matches move on to the second round. Advancing to the national semifinals last year, the Trojans are making their 21st-consecutive postseason appearance.

UCLA is making its 15th-straight appearance and 30th all-time. Seeded ninth overall, the Bruins (24-6) will also host first- and second-round matches. UCLA takes on the MEAC Champion Maryland-Eastern Shore (24-6) in the opening round. The of that match will play the winner of Long Beach State (23-6) and San Diego (27-4) in the second round.

Earning a bid in all 30 NCAA Tournaments prior to this season, the Cardinal (21-7) are the No. 11 seed and host NEC Champion Sacred Heart (27-7), as well as the Big 12's Baylor (18-14) and the Big Ten's Michigan (20-12) at Maples Pavilion.

Coming off the program's first-ever NCAA runner-up finish last year, the Golden Bears (26-6) make their 10th-straight NCAA Tournament and 15th overall. Cal is headed to Los Angeles to face North Carolina (23-8). The winner of that match will take on the winner of Pepperdine (22-6) and Missouri State (22-8).

Washington's (23-7) bid is the 10th in a row and 16th overall. The Huskies will also travel for their opening round, heading to Minneapolis to play Western Michigan (24-8). In the other first-round matchup in Minneapolis, No. 13-seed and host-Minnesota (18-11) takes on North Dakota State (25-8).

Oregon (21-9) makes a return to the NCAA Tournament after missing out last season. The Ducks' fifth trip to the post-season in six years, they are headed to Honolulu, Hawai'i to take on Colorado State (23-5) in the first round. Hawai'i (29-1) will host with the Rainbow Wahine battling Northern Colorado (22-8) in the first round, as well.

The Wildcats (19-12) also hit the road to open tournament play. Earning a third-consecutive NCAA Tournament bid, Arizona travels to Austin, Texas, to take on Michigan State (21-11). The winner of that match could face the No. 1 overall seed Texas (22-4) in the second round. The Longhorns will have to get past Texas State (27-7) in the first round.

Winners of the second round earn a spot at one of the four regional sites - Lexington, Ky., Minneapolis, Minn., Gaines-ville, Fla., Honolulu, Hawai'i. The Wildcats and Bruins were placed in the Lexington Regional; the Huskies are the lone team in the Minneapolis Regional; Stanford is the only team in the Gainesville Regional; and USC, Oregon and Cal are in the Honolulu Regional. Regional action is slated for Dec. 9 and 10. All the regional semifinal action will be streamed on and the regional finals will be televised on ESPNU on Dec. 10.

The national semifinals and championship matches are being held at the Alamodome in San Antonio on Dec. 15 and 17. All matches from San Antonio will be televised on ESPN2.

2011 Division NCAA Volleyball Championship
Friday & Saturday, December 2 & 3 - First & Second Rounds

#1 Texas (22-4) vs. Texas State (27-7)
Michigan State (21-11) vs. ARIZONA (19-12)
Lexington Regional, at Austin, Texas

#9 UCLA (24-6) vs. UMES (24-6)
Long Beat State (23-6) vs. San Diego (27-4)
Lexington Regional, at Los Angeles

#13 Minnesota (18-11) vs. North Dakota State (25-8)
Western Michigan (24-8) vs. WASHINGTON (23-7)
Minneapolis Regional, at Minneapolis, Minn.

#11 STANFORD (21-7) vs. Sacred Heart (27-7)
Baylor (18-14) vs. Michigan (20-12)
Gainesville, Fla., at Stanford, Calif.

#7 USC (25-4) vs. Yale (18-6)
Tulsa (27-6) vs. Oklahoma (21-11)
Honolulu Regional, at Los Angeles

#10 Hawai'i (29-1) vs. Northern Colorado )22-8)
OREGON (21-9) vs. Colorado State (23-5)
Honolulu Regional, at Honolulu, Hawai'i

Thursday & Friday, December 1 & 2 - First & Second Rounds

#15 Pepperdine (22-6) vs. Missouri State (22-8)
North Carolina vs. CALIFORNIA (26-6)
Honolulu Regional, at Los Angeles

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