Stanford to represent Pac-12 volleyball in NCAA semifinals

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• STANFORD is off to Oklahoma City and will represent Pac-12 volleyball in the semifinals of the NCAA Division I Volleyball Championship. The Cardinal faces off against fifth-seeded Penn State on Thursday, Dec. 18 at 8:30 p.m. CT. If they win, Stanford will play the winner of the Texas-BYU match in the national championship on Saturday, Dec. 20. 

• Pac-12 volleyball made history as 10 teams earned berths to the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship, setting a new league and NCAA record. Five league teams were seeded in the top 16. 

• Over the last 14 years, Pac-12 teams are 93-21 (.816) in the first round. The 10-0 record in the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament marked the most first-round wins in Conference history. Previously, Pac-12 teams went undefeated seven times in the opening round: 8-0 in 2000; 7-0 in 2008; 6-0 in 2007, 1998, 1996 and 1982; and 2-0 in 1990. 

• The Pac-12 has won 14 of 33 NCAA titles awarded, including 12 of the last 23. It is the 15th-consecutive year the Conference has had at least six teams compete in the NCAA Tournament.

• Pac-12 volleyball teams are 416-221 (.653) overall in postseason play, including the 22 previous matches where two Pac-12 teams have played against each other. Toss out the 22 postseason matches between two Pac-12 teams and the league is 354-161 (.687) against non-conference foes in the postseason. 

• Stanford won its 16th Pac-12 title, finishing the regular season with the best win-loss percentage in the nation despite Washington handing the Cardinal a loss in the final week of the regular season 

• In the final week of the regular season, Pac-12 teams posted an astonishing six upsets, including UW’s win over previously unbeaten Stanford. For a full list of the 29 upsets by Pac-12 teams this season,  see page five. 

• A whopping 22 players were named to the AVCA All-Region teams, with 14 on the All-Pacific North Region squad and eight on the All-Pacific South team. The 22 student-athletes on teams bests the league’s previous record of 16 All-Region honorees, which was set last year when the All-Pacific team split into North and South divisions. 

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