Nov. 20, 2012
SAN BRUNO, Calif. --- The 2012 West Coast Conference volleyball season ended last weekend with a Co-Championship between BYU and San Diego. With BYU being named the AQ through the conference tiebreaker process, San Diego along with other WCC teams now await their postseason fate. The NCAA Selection Show will be televised on ESPNU on Sunday, November 25 at 1:00 p.m.
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No. 16 BYU and No. 19 San Diego faced off in a final match for the West Coast Conference title last Saturday. San Diego defeated BYU by a score of 3-2 to claim its share of the WCC Championships, leaving the Toreros and the Cougars named Co-Champions this season.
BYU won the WCC tiebreaker for the automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. Because both teams had matching conference records and lost to similar teams (Santa Clara and Saint Mary's), the decision came down to the number of sets won in the BYU-San Diego series. BYU won five sets total and San Diego won four sets total in the two matches played this season, giving BYU the automatic bid.
Saint Mary's defeated Santa Clara, 3-0, to capture sole possession of third place in the WCC. With the win, the Gaels improved to 17-10 (12-4 WCC), while Santa Clara finished fourth with a 20-11 record (9-7 WCC).
Twelve players were selected to the 2012 WCC All-Academic team, which was released on Monday. To be considered, a student-athlete must have maintained at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average, while also being a significant contributor to her team.
Six WCC teams are ranked in the top 50 in the latest NCAA Division I women's volleyball RPI report.
Saint Mary's and Pepperdine are still receiving votes in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll. Both teams will compete in one last non-conference match before the end of the season. (The next poll will be on December 18.)
The Division I Women's Volleyball Committee will conduct selections for the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship on November 24-25. The 64-team field will be announced during a selection show on ESPNU, Sunday, November 25 at 1:00 p.m. PT.
Of the 64-team field, 31 teams will receive automatic qualification with the remaining best 33 teams selected on an at-large basis.
NCAA regionals will be held on December 7-8 at four predetermined sites: Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif., CenturyLink Center Omaha in Omaha, Neb., Gregory Gymnasium in Austin, Texas, and Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind.