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Ducks Headed to Hawaii to Face Rams in NCAA Opener
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Release Date: 11/27/2011
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EUGENE - The No. 13 University of Oregon volleyball team (21-9, 14-8) was rewarded with its fifth NCAA Tournament invitation the last six years, and will open the postseason against Mountain West Conference champion Colorado State (22-5, 12-2) this Thursday, December 1.

The Ducks’ NCAA first-round match is set for the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu and will start at 7 p.m. Pacific Time (5 p.m. local time). Immediately after, Western Athletic Conference champion and #10 seed Hawai’i (29-1) will host Big Sky Conference champion Northern Colorado (22-8) at 9 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. local.

The winners of those two matches will return to the University of Hawai’ Manoa facility to play Friday at 9 p.m. PT (7 p.m. local).
 
"We’re back in the tourney," Oregon head coach Jim Moore said, "so everybody on our team is excited. That said, the Rams are a good team – they beat Nebraska, dominated their conference, and have higher hitting and blocking marks than us. I’ve known their coach a long time, and he has always done a great job with their team. We have to go in and take care of our side of the net, and take it one play at a time to give ourselves a chance to win."

If the Ducks win both of this weekend’s matches they will advance the NCAA Regional that will also be hosted by Hawai’i on Friday-Saturday, December 9-10. The other two-day regionals will be hosted simultaneously by Florida, Kentucky and Minnesota, and each match will be televised by ESPN-U and ESPN3.com.

A week later the NCAA Semifinals are set for San Antonio, on Thursday, December 15, and the national championship match follows on Saturday, December 17.

More tournament information is available at the www.NCAAsports.com and www.HawaiiAthletics.com websites.

Oregon’s 21-9 overall season record and sixth-place Pac-12 finish (14-8) marked UO’s third upper-division finish under Moore and sixth ever, after it placed fourth in ’86, ’87 and ’89.

Colorado State, under the direction of 15th-year head coach Tom Hilbert, is making its 17th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and 23rd overall.  CSU is 21-22 in NCAA tournament matches, thanks to first-round wins each of the last four years, and has advanced to the ‘Sweet 16’ five times.

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 4-3 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).

In Sunday’s announcement, the Ducks were one of seven conference teams selected.

Pac-12 champion USC received the league’s highest NCAA tourney seeding – seventh – after it ranked first nationally the last two weeks and stood top five nationally since the start of October.

Two other league teams received top-16 seedings - #9 UCLA and #11 Stanford. Other Pac-12 teams selected included last year’s NCAA runner-up California, fellow Elite 8 advancer Washington, and Arizona.

Overall, Texas received the #1 seed although its highest AVCA national ranking of the year – fifth – came last week.

Other top-six seeds went to Nebraska (2), Illinois (3), Iowa State (4), Purdue (5) and Northern Iowa (6), which ranked second, third, 14th, seventh and 12th last week, respectively, in the AVCA Coaches Poll.

For comparison’s sake in last week’s national poll, UCLA ranked fourth nationally just behind No. 3 Hawai’i, and other Pac-12 sightings included No. 6 Stanford, No. 10 California and No. 11 Washington.

All-time in the Duck-Ram series, UO owns a 1-0 advantage based on its sweep in their NCAA tourney meeting in 1984.

Among potential second-round foes, UO has played Hawai’i eight times before, and most recently in Jim Moore’s second season in Eugene in 2006. That  3-0 Duck loss was in the NCAA First Round vs.  the #12-seeded Wahine in Long Beach, Calif.

Oregon has also played Northern Colorado once before, and won 3-1, in the Portland State Tournament the second week of the 2004 campaign.

Last Friday, UO ended the regular season with a 3-0 decision over Oregon State in Eugene – its 10th win in the last 12 Civil War series meetings (and fifth via sweep in the stretch). The Ducks limited the Beavers to a .090 hitting mark - the lowest by a conference opponent in 2011 - and not far off the team opposing season low of .045 by Liberty.

Earlier this season, Oregon posted its first-ever upsets of top-ranked foes - at Penn State in late August and vs. UCLA. In late October, it also logged its first sweep of then-No. 7 Washington since 1995, then beat both then-No. 3 Cal and then-No. 5 Stanford in five sets in mid-November on the road for the second time ever in school history.

Overall, UO has played 11 teams that were selected Sunday for the 31st annual NCAA tournament, and owns a 10-7 record. Other wins came via sweeps against American, Delaware and Liberty in its early September East Coast trip.

Going back to the first NCAA tournament in 1981, the Pac-10/12 has deservedly earned the reputation as the ‘Conference of Champions’ with its 13 national titles (and five of the last 10) courtesy of Stanford (6 - 1992, '94, '96, '97, 2001, '04), UCLA (3 - 1984, '90, '91), USC (3 - 1981, '2002, '03) and Washington (1 - 2005).

The Pac-12 has advanced at least one team every year to the national semifinals except twice, including 12 tourneys with two teams and thee years with three of the four teams.


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2011 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship 1st/2nd Round Matches

 

HONOLULU, HAWAII REGIONAL

All times are local (* Hawai'i Time is 2 hours earlier than Pacific Time)
**Denotes home team

December 1-2 at Honolulu, Hawaii
**Oregon (21-9) vs. Colorado St. (23-5) at 5 p.m.
Northern Colo. (22-8) vs. **No. 10 Hawaii (29-1) at 7 p.m.

December 2-3 at Los Angeles, California
**No. 7 Southern California (25-4) vs. Yale (18-6) at 7 p.m.
Tulsa (27-6) vs. **Oklahoma (21-11) at 5 p.m.

December 1-2 at Malibu, California
**No. 15 Pepperdine (22-6) vs. Missouri St. (22-8) at 7:30 p.m.
North Carolina (23-8) vs. **California (26-6) at 5 p.m.

Dec. 1-2 at Lincoln, Nebraska
**Kansas St. (20-10) vs. Wichita St. (20-10) at 4:30 p.m.
Jackson St. (26-9) vs. **No. 2 Nebraska (24-4) at 7 p.m.

 

LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY REGIONAL
 
All times are local
**Denotes home team

December 2-3 at Austin, Texas
**No. 1 Texas (22-4) vs. Texas St. (27-7) at 7 p.m.
Michigan St. (21-11) vs. **Arizona (19-12) at 4:30 p.m.

December 1-2 at College Station, Texas
**Kentucky (26-5) vs. Dayton (25-6) at 4:30 p.m.
Lipscomb (20-10) vs. **No. 16 Texas A&M (22-7) at 7 p.m.

December 2-3 at Los Angeles, California
**No. 9 UCLA (24-6) vs. Md.-East. Shore (24-6) at 8 p.m.
Long Beach St. (23-6) vs. **San Diego (27-4) at 5:30 p.m.

December 2-3 at University Park, Pennsylvania
**Delaware (20-12) vs. American (23-10) at 5 p.m.
Liberty (20-12) vs. **No. 8 Penn St. (23-7) at 7:30 p.m.


MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA REGIONAL

All times are local
**Denotes home team

December 2-3 at West Lafayette, Indiana
**No. 5 Purdue (27-4) vs. Morehead St. (26-7) at 7:30 p.m.
Ball St. (25-7) vs. **Louisville (23-8) at 5 p.m.

December 2-3 at Tallahassee, Florida
**Cincinnati (26-9) vs. Samford (29-4) at 4:30 p.m.
Albany (NY) (21-8) vs. **No. 12 Florida St. (24-6) at 7 p.m.

December 2-3 at Minneapolis, Minnesota
**No. 13 Minnesota (18-11) vs. North Dakota St. (25-8) at 7:30 p.m.
Western Mich. (24-8) vs. **Washington (23-7) at 4:30 p.m.

December 2-3 at Ames, Iowa
**Northern Ill. (28-6) vs. Miami (FL) (25-4) at 5 p.m.
Milwaukee (25-4) vs. **No. 4 Iowa St. (22-5) at 7:30 p.m.



GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA REGIONAL

All times are local
**Denotes home team

December 2-3 at Champaign, Illinois
**No. 3 Illinois (27-4) vs. Central Mich. (19-13) at 7 p.m.
Marquette (23-10) vs. **Western Ky. (31-3) at 4:30 p.m.

December 1-2 at Knoxville, Tennessee
**Ohio St. (19-14) vs. Middle Tenn. (21-11) at 4:30 p.m.
Duke (21-8) vs. **No. 14 Tennessee (27-3) at 7 p.m.

December 2-3 at Stanford, California
**No. 11 Stanford (21-7) vs. Sacred Heart (27-7) at 7 p.m.
Baylor (18-14) vs. **Michigan (20-12) at 4:30 p.m.

December 2-3 at Cedar Falls, Iowa
**Florida (24-5) vs. Missouri (21-12) at 5 p.m.
Niagara (25-8) vs. **No. 6 UNI (32-1) at 7:30 p.m.

 

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THE PAC-12 CONFERENCE’S NCAA TOURNAMENT LEGACY
Courtesy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NCAA_Women%27s_Volleyball_Championship

National Champions (13) - USC, 1981; UCLA, 1984; UCLA, 1990; UCLA, 1991; Stanford, 1992; Stanford, 1994; Stanford, 1996; Stanford, 1997; Stanford, 2001; USC, 2002; USC, 2003; Stanford, 2004; Washington, 2005National Runners-up (14); UCLA, 1981; USC, 1982; UCLA, 1983; Stanford, 1984; Stanford, 1985; Stanford, 1987; UCLA, 1992; UCLA, 1994; Stanford, 1999; Stanford, 2002; Stanford, 2006; Stanford, 2007; Stanford, 2008; California 2010

Other NCAA Tourney Semifinalists (16) - Stanford, 1982; Stanford, 1983; UCLA, 1985; USC, 1985; Stanford, 1986; UCLA, 1988; UCLA, 1989; Stanford, 1995; USC, 2000; Arizona, 2001; USC, 2004; Washington 2004; UCLA, 2006; Washington, 2006; California, 2007; USC, 2007; USC, 2010

Top Two Teams in Final (5) - 1981, 84, 92, 94, 2002

One Team in Final (17) – 1982, 83, 85, 87, 90, 91, 96, 97, 99, 2001, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 10

Multiple Teams in Top Four (13) - 1981 (2), 82 (2), 83 (2), 84 (2), 85 (3), 92 (2), 94 (2), 2001 (2), 02 (2), 04 (3), 06 (3), 07 (3), 10 (2)

One Team In Top Four (15) - 1986, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 2000, 03, 05, 08

None in Top Four (2) - 1993, 2009

 

 

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