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Three WCC Teams To Compete in NCAA Tournament

Nov. 26, 2006

Gainesville, FL Regional

December 1-2 at Knoxville, Tennessee
Tennessee (19-11) vs. Duke (28-3)
Jacksonville St. (24-4) vs. San Diego (24-5)

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The 17th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team will head to Knoxville, Tenn. for the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Toreros drew Jacksonville State University in the first round, which is set to begin at 2 p.m. PST on Friday Dec. 1.

San Diego, the 2006 West Coast Conference Champions, will be making their 11th trip to the NCAA tournament in the past 12 seasons. San Diego finished the season with a 24-5 overall record, a 13-1 record in the WCC and was awarded the No. 16 seed of the field of 64.

The Toreros capped their near perfect conference season by placing three players on the All-WCC first team, including senior Kristen Carlson, who took home the conference's Player of the Year award. Joining Carlson in the yearly awards is San Diego interim Head Coach Brent Hilliard, who garnered WCC Coach of the Year honors. USD's other first-team selections were Christie Dawson and Laurel Abrahamson. Jessica Nyrop was an All-WCC honorable mention and Andrea Csaszi was selected to the All-Freshman team.


Honolulu, HI Regional

December 1-2 at Long Beach, California
Pepperdine (16-11) vs. Long Beach St. (25-5)
Oregon (17-11) vs. Hawaii (26-5)

MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women's volleyball team received an at-large bid to the 2006 NCAA Championship Tournament Sunday afternoon, marking the 18th time in program history the Waves will be playing in the post season.

The Waves (16-11) finished second in the West Coast Conference (WCC) with an 11-3 record and won eight of its last 10 matches to close out the season.

Pepperdine will face, sub-regional host, Long Beach State Fri., Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. PT, while the tournament's No. 12 seed Hawaii will face Oregon in the other match at 5 p.m.


Austin, TX Regional

December 1-2 at Stanford, California
Missouri (17-12) vs. Santa Clara (20-7)
Sacramento St. (30-5) vs. Stanford (25-3)

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - For the ninth straight year, and the 11th time in program history, the Santa Clara volleyball team has earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament. Following a 2006 season which saw them go 20-7, the Broncos, placed in the Austin Regional bracket, will not stray far from home for the first two rounds as it was announced today that they will head to the Stanford campus to take on the Missouri Tigers in an opening round match Friday, Dec. 1.

Friday's first-round match against Missouri is set to begin a 4:30 p.m. at Maples Pavilion, with the winner advancing to Saturday's second-round match at Maples, set for a 7 p.m. start, to face the winner of Friday night's Stanford-Sacramento State first-round contest.

Santa Clara opens the postseason at Stanford for the second year in a row, and is 5-2 all-time in NCAA Tournament matches at Maples Pavilion. This mark includes a perfect 4-0 run last year as the Broncos defeated Sacramento State and the then-defending national champion Cardinal in the first two rounds, before downing Pepperdine and Arizona in regional action on the way to becoming the first West Coast Conference team to ever reach the NCAA Final Four.