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Cougars and Toreros Earn NCAA Tournament Berths

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2016 NCAA TOURNAMENT BRACKET 

SAN BRUNO, Calif. – Two West Coast Conference volleyball programs earned berths in the 2016 NCAA Volleyball Championships as announced Sunday on ESPNU. 

No. 10 BYU, the three-time defending WCC Champion captured a No. 13 national seed and will host the first two rounds. The Cougars will open against Princeton Friday, December 2, while instate rival Utah and UNLV complete the field in Provo. 

No. 11 San Diego, a 2015 NCAA Regional host, will travel to Los Angeles to compete in the first round at UCLA. The Toreros will open against Baylor Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion. Murray State will tackle No. 10 national seed UCLA in the nightcap.

BYU (27-3, 16-2 WCC) | COMPLETE BYU RELEASE
PROVO, Utah – No. 13 seed BYU women’s volleyball will participate in the 2016 NCAA Tournament, hosting Princeton Friday night at the Smith Fieldhouse in the first round. 

The Cougars (27-3, 16-2 West Coast Conference) will play against Princeton in the first round and the winner will compete against the winner of the match between Utah and UNLV. BYU and Princeton will play Friday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. MST with Utah and UNLV facing off right before at 5 p.m. MST on Elaine Michaelis Court. The winners of each match will play Saturday at 7 p.m. MST in the second round.

BYU, Princeton, Utah and UNLV are part of the Texas Region. Saturday’s winner will advance to the regional semifinals on Dec. 9 at the University of Texas at Austin. 

The Cougars are the No. 13 seed in the tournament for the second-straight season.

The last time BYU played in the NCAA tournament was in 2015, when they advanced to the regional semifinals for the fourth-straight season.

First and second round opponents

Princeton

  • Princeton is 19-4 on the season and finished 13-1 in the Ivy League Conference.
  • BYU is a perfect 3-0 against the Tigers all-time, last winning in a neutral-site sweep in 2012.
  • Princeton last participated in the NCAA tournament in 2007. This is the program’s sixth time making the tournament.
  • The Tigers are led by 3.76 kills per set from Cara Mattaliano, Jessie Harris’ 10.52 assist average, 3.71 digs per set from Kelly Matthews and Brittany Ptak’s 0.79 blocks per set.

SAN DIEGO (24-5, 15-3 WCC) | COMPLETE USD RELEASE
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The 11th-ranked University of San Diego women’s volleyball team has learned they will take on Baylor University in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday at 5:30 p.m. up at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion. The winner of this match, will take on the winner of the No. 10 overall seeded UCLA Bruins, and Murray State on Saturday at 7 p.m.

San Diego is making its 20th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and seventh consecutive trip. USD posted an overall record of 24-5 and they had a second place finish in the West Coast Conference with a 15-3 league record. The Toreros began the season unranked, then catapulted into the top-10 of the AVCA top-25 polls for nine consecutive weeks.

The Toreros offense is paced by senior opposite Lisa Kramer, who had a team-best 362 kills (4.21 kps), while hitting .301. The Toreros also have three other players with 200 or more kills in Lauren Schad (262 kills), Kaity Edwards (227 kills) and Lauren Fuller (221 kills). The USD defense is anchored down by senior libero Hunter Jennings, who has 411 digs (4.03 dps), and has moved into second all-time at USD in career digs. USD runs a two-setter system with Kristen Gengenbacher (792 assists) and Anna Newsome (462 assists). The Toreros are under the direction of 18th-year head coach Jenifer Petrie.

The Baylor Bears enter the NCAA Tournament with a 21-11 overall record, after dropping their final match of the season to No. 4 Kansas. The Bears are under the direction of second-year head coach Ryan McGuyre. San Diego is 1-0 all-time vs. Baylor, with the lone meeting coming on September 8, 1988, a 3-2 USD win in San Diego.