Nov. 27, 2012
SAN BRUNO, Calif. --- With the 2012 West Coast Conference season officially complete, six schools will represent the WCC in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, as announced last Sunday by the NCAA on ESPNU. The conference's six bids is tied for the WCC's most ever, tying its previous record set back in 2003.
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With the 2012 WCC season officially complete, six WCC schools will represent the WCC in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, as announced last Sunday by the NCAA on ESPNU. WCC co-champion BYU, Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine, Saint Mary's, WCC co-champion San Diego, and Santa Clara will represent the league in the field of 64. The conference's six bids is tied for the WCC's most ever, tying its previous record set back in 2003.
BYU, the WCC's automatic qualifier and co-champion of the conference, will host New Mexico State on Friday. The Cougars received the league's AQ by virtue of the conference's tiebreaker process, which was the number of sets won in the BYU-San Diego series. BYU received the NCAA's No. 12 seed and the winner of the Cougars-Aggies match will face the winner of Arizona State-Oklahoma.
San Diego, who also tied for the WCC Championship, received an at-large bid and will face Michigan State on Friday in Los Angeles. This is the third year in a row that the Toreros will play in the NCAA Tournament.
Loyola Marymount's match on Friday marks the Lions' first appearance in the field of 64 since 2005. Pepperdine will appear in the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row, while the Gaels last appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 2009. Santa Clara last played in the field of 64 in 2008 when the WCC received five bids to the tournament.
BYU and San Diego finished ranked No. 16 and No. 19, respectively in the AVCA Coaches Poll. Pepperdine and Saint Mary's were receiving votes. The next poll will be released on December 18.
Six WCC teams finished the regular season ranked in the top 50 in the latest NCAA Division I women's volleyball RPI report. The 2012 All-West Coast Conference First Team and All-Freshman team were announced last Monday. Seven of the nine WCC teams were represented on the all-conference squad.
BYU garnered three postseason awards outright in just its second year competing in the WCC. BYU's opposite hitter Jennifer Hamson earned WCC Player of the Year honors, while outside hitter/middle blocker Alexa Gray was named WCC Freshman of the Year. The conference head coaches also selected BYU's Shawn Olmstead as the WCC Coach of the Year.
The 2012 Defensive Player of the Year award was split three ways in BYU's middle blocker Nicole Warner, Loyola Marymount's defensive specialist Betsi Metter, and San Francisco's outside hitter/libero Rebecca Kopilovitch.