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Three WCC Teams To Compete In NCAA Tournament

Nov. 26, 2007

Three West Coast Conference volleyball teams were selected to compete in the NCAA Tournament, announced the NCAA selection committee on Sunday. The WCC will be represented by Pepperdine, San Diego, and Santa Clara.

The Pepperdine women's volleyball team received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and will play host USC in the first round on Friday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Trojan's Galen Center in Los Angeles. The Toreros also earned an at-large bid and will square off against Iowa State in the first round on Friday at 5 p.m. Santa Clara, the WCC's automatic qualifier, will take on Bay Area rival Stanford in the first round on Friday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m.

The Waves, who finished the regular season at 18-10, will make the short drive to Los Angeles to face the Trojans in a rematch of the Sept. 5 match earlier this season that the Trojans claimed, 3-0. The winner will face the victor of the UNLV (24-5) vs. Long Beach State (25-6) match on Saturday night at 7 p.m. The Trojans will webcast each match for free on usctrojans.com .

"Now we're at 0-0," Pepperdine Coach Nina Matthies said. "Now is the time to see if we can put everything together. That's our goal."

In the match earlier this season with the Trojans, Lecca Roberts (Kula, Hawaii/Seabury HS) had 12 kills and hit .750 for the match, while Rachel Lumsden (Brea, Calif./Brea Olinda HS) notched a double-double with 12 kills and 10 digs. The Trojans' Asia Kaczor recorded 20 kills and nine digs to lead the Trojans, as they posted the 3-0 sweep.

"I think that we're going to look at things from that match, and do some things different on our end to make ourselves successful," Matthies said. "It's about playing to our strenghths."

For more information on the NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament, visit www.ncaasports.com .

The 16th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team has learned that they will travel to Madison, Wisconsin for the first round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament to begin on Nov. 30. The Toreros will square off against Iowa State University in the first round on Friday at 5 p.m. and should the Toreros win, they will play the winner of the Wisconsin and Northern Iowa match on Saturday Dec. 1.

Iowa State enters the match with an overall record of 17-13. Offensively, the Cyclones are led by Erin Boeve, who has 409 kills and hits at a .215 clip. Kaylee Hanns is the floor leader for ISU as she has a team-best 1,273 assists in helping direct the team to a .213 attack percentage. The Toreros are 1-0 all-time against the Cyclones.

Northern Iowa enters the Tournament with an overall record of 22-10 and are the champions of the Missouri Valley Conference. The offensive leader for the Panthers is Ashten Stelken, who has a team-leading 399 kills and had a .352 attack percentage. The floor leader for UNI is Kristen Belzung, who has a team-leading 1,404 assists to help direct the team to a .269 attack percentage. USD had split two matches with UNI in the history of the program.

Wisconsin enters the tournament with an overall record of 25-4 and are ranked No. 9 in the latest CSTV/AVCA top-25 poll. Brittany Dolgner leads the offensive charge for the Badgers, who has a team-best 461 kills and is hitting at a .272 clip. The floor leader for Wisconsin is Jackie Simpson, who has a team-leading 1,264 assists in helping direct the team to a .272 attack percentage. USD had met Wisconsin on three prior occasions, and is 0-3 in those meetings.

The Santa Clara volleyball team will make its 11th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance on Friday as the Broncos face the No. 1 seeded Cardinal of Stanford in the first round, it was announced Sunday. SCU and Stanford will battle each other at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30 at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto, Calif.

Prior to the Broncos match, Sacramento State and Minnesota will play at 5:30 p.m. The two winners will then face each other in the second round on Saturday, Dec. 1.

The Broncos finished the 2007 regular season with a 19-11 overall record and an 11-3 West Coast Conference mark. Santa Clara shared the WCC Championship with San Diego, but received the Conference's automatic bid because the Broncos swept the Toreros 2-0 in regular season play. Leading the way for the Broncos are WCC Player of the Year Crystal Matich, Co-Freshman of the Year Krista Kelley and All-WCC selections Brittany Lowe, Lindsy Evans and Caroline Walters.

The Broncos enter Friday's game off a 3-2 decision over Pepperdine in their WCC season finale. Kelley notched her fifth double-double of the season with a match-high 32 kills and 10 digs, while posting four total blocks. Lowe led the squad with three aces, while earning her 14th double-double of the year with 27 kills and 10 digs. Senior libero Walters led the match with a season-best 25 digs, while setter Matich collected 14 digs and dished out 57 assists.

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