Nov. 29, 2006
MALIBU, Calif. -
Pepperdine is making its 18th appearance in the NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship Friday when it travels to Long Beach, Calif. for a scheduled 7 p.m. PT first serve against Long Beach State at The Walter Pyramid.
Pepperdine (16-11) picked up an at-large bid to this year's tournament after finishing second in the West Coast Conference. Long Beach State (25-5) also received an at-large bid after finishing second in the Big West Conference.
Hawaii (26-5) will face Oregon (17-11) at 5 p.m. in the first of two matches. The two advancing teams will meet at 7 p.m. on Saturday for the right to travel to the regional semi-finals in Honolulu, Hawaii the following weekend.
Pepperdine has advanced to the NCAA tournament in nine of last 10 years and has won its last seven first-round matches dating back to the 1998 season. During the Waves' current streak, the team has reached the regional semi-finals on six occasions, including each of its last four trips.