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EUGENE - Coming off its greatest regular season ever, the #5-seeded University of Oregon volleyball team (25-4, 16-4) was rewarded as a host for the NCAA Tournament First and Second Rounds for the third time in school history (and first time since 1986).
Receiving their highest NCAA tourney seed in school history, the Ducks will make their sixth NCAA Tournament trip the last seven years, and open the postseason on Friday (Nov. 30) at 8 p.m. against Big Sky champion Northern Colorado (24-10, 14-6).All NCAA first and second round matches in Eugene will be held at Matthew Knight Arena. The West Coast Conference's Pepperdine (20-11, 8-8) will play Atlantic-10 champion Dayton (26-4, 14-0) at 5:30 p.m. in the other first round match in Eugene.
The winners of those two matches
will return to Matthew Knight Arena for the second round on Saturday (Dec. 1) at 8 p.m.
If the Ducks win both of this weekend's matches, they will advance the NCAA Regionals (Omaha, Neb., Dec. 7-8) for the first time since 2008. That 2008 Oregon team dropped a five-set decision to Iowa State in the Austin Regional.
A week later the NCAA Semifinals are set for Louisville, Ky., on Thursday, December 13, and the national championship match follows on Saturday, December 15.
Oregon's 25-4 overall season record and second-place Pac-12 finish (16-4) marked UO's fourth upper-division finish under head coach Jim Moore, and seventh all-time after it placed fourth in '86, '87 and '89. Last year, the Ducks wrapped up their season at 21-10 followed a first-round loss to Colorado State in the NCAA Tournament.
Northern Colorado is heading to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four years after winning the Big Sky title a week ago. Under the guidance of head coach Lyndsey Oates, the Bears tied a school record for single-season wins (24) in 2012.
Postseason-wise under Moore, UO staked four straight NCAA trips from 2006-09, including a pair of Regional 'Sweet 16' trips for the first time in 2007 and '08. In his tenure, the Ducks sport a 4-4 overall postseason, compared with a 1-4 mark prior to his arrival in its trips in 1984, '86, '87 and '89 (when the tourney wasn't 64 teams).
UO has hosted NCAA First Rounds twice at McArthur Court before in 24- and 32-team NCAA tourney fields in 1984 (a 3-2 win over Hawai'i) and 1986 (a 3-1 loss to Stanford).
#5 seed Oregon was one of seven Pac-12 teams selected for the 64-team field. Five were top-16 seeds - #2 Stanford, #6 USC, #7 UCLA and #13 Washington - and were joined by Arizona State and California.
WEST LAFAYETTE, IND. REGIONAL
Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at University Park, Pa.
No. 1 Penn State vs. Binghamton
Yale vs. Bowling Green
Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at Lexington, Ky.
Ohio State vs. Notre Dame
East Tennessee State vs. No. 16 Kentucky
Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at Tallahassee, Fla.
No. 9 Florida State vs. Hofstra
Colorado State vs. Purdue
Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at Minneapolis, Minn.
Creighton vs. Marquette
Liberty vs. No. 8 Minnesota
AUSTIN, TEXAS REGIONAL
Nov. 29-30 at Austin, Texas
No. 3 Texas vs. Colgate
North Carolina State vs. Texas A&M
Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at Gainesville, Fla.
Miami (Fla.) vs. College of Charleston
Tulsa vs. No. 14 Florida
Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at Lawrence, Kan.
No. 11 Kansas vs. Cleveland State
Wichita State vs. Arkansas
Nov. 29-30 at Los Angeles, Calif.
St. Mary’s (Calif.) vs. San Diego State
Fairfield vs. No. 6 Southern California
OMAHA, NEB. REGIONAL
Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at Eugene, Ore.
No. 5 Oregon vs. Northern Colorado
Pepperdine vs. Dayton
Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at Provo, Utah
Oklahoma vs. Arizona State
New Mexico State vs. No. 12 BYU
Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at Seattle, Wash.
No. 13 Washington vs. Central Arkansas
Santa Clara vs. Hawaii
Nov. 29-30 at Lincoln, Neb.
Kansas State vs. UNI
UMES vs. No. 4 Nebraska
BERKELEY, CALIF. REGIONAL
Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at Los Angeles, Calif.
No. 7 UCLA vs. LIU Brooklyn
Michigan State vs. San Diego
Nov. 29-30 at Louisville, Ky.
Tennessee vs. Michigan
Belmont vs. No. 10 Louisville
Nov. 29-30 at Ames, Iowa
No. 15 Iowa State vs. IPFW
California vs. North Carolina
Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at Stanford, Calif.
Western Kentucky vs. Loyola Marymount
Jackson State vs. No. 2 Stanford
Teams winning both matches will move on to regional play Dec. 7 and 8. The pre-determined regional sites are Berkeley, Calif.; West Lafayette, Ind.; Omaha, Neb.; and Austin, Texas. All regional semifinal games will be shown on ESPN3. Regional final games will air on ESPNU.
The regional winners will advance to the semifinals and final hosted by Louisville and the Louisville Sports Commission at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky., on Dec. 13 and 15. Both national semifinal games as well as the championship game will be broadcast by ESPN2.