Nov. 28, 2010

NCAA Release

INDIANAPOLIS --- The NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Committee announced today the 64-team field for the 2010 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship. Thirty-one conferences were awarded automatic qualification, and the remaining 33 slots were filled with at-large selections to complete the bracket.

The top 16 teams were seeded nationally and placed within four regions. The teams tabbed as the top four seeds were No. 1 University of Florida; No. 2 University of Nebraska, Lincoln; No. 3 Stanford University; and No. 4 Pennsylvania State University.

The established bracketing principles of non-conference first- and second-round matchups were followed and team pairings were determined by geographical proximity.

The Big Ten Conference led all conferences with eight teams selected. The Southeastern Conference and the Pacific-10 Conference each have six teams in the tournament. Two teams, Penn State and Stanford have earned bids to all 30 championships. Eight teams are making their initial appearances in the tournament: Auburn University, Austin Peay State University, California State University, Fullerton, Creighton University, High Point University, Sacred Heart University, South Carolina State University and Virginia Polytechnic Instituite and State University.

In the 29-year history of the championship, 10 schools have been crowned champion, nine of which are in this year's bracket, including three-time defending champion Penn State. Additional past winners making the field are Stanford (1992, 94, 96, 97, 2001, 04), University of Hawaii, Manoa (1982, 83, 87), Long Beach State University (1989, 93, 98), University of California, Los Angeles (1984, 90, 91), University of Nebraska, Lincoln (1995, 2000, and 06), University of Southern California (1981, 2002, 03), Penn State (1999, 2007, 08, 09), University of Texas at Austin (1988) and University of Washington (2005). First- and second-round matches will be played at 16 campus sites. A list of the first-round match-ups follows.

AUSTIN, TEXAS REGIONAL

December 3-4 at Gainesville, Florida

No. 1 Florida (27-1) vs. South Carolina St. (17-22)

Ga. Southern (27-8) vs. Florida St. (21-10)

December 3-4 at West Lafayette, Indiana

Middle Tenn. (29-5) vs. Louisville (22-7)

Kentucky (17-13) vs. No. 16 Purdue (21-10)

December 3-4 at Austin, Texas

No. 9 Texas (23-5) vs. UTSA (22-11)

American (29-2) vs. UCLA (21-8)

December 3-4 at Champaign, Illinois

Cincinnati (29-5) vs. Western Ky. (27-8)

Austin Peay (26-7) vs. No. 8 Illinois (22-8)

UNIVERSITY PARK, PENNSYLVANIA REGIONAL

December 3-4 at Cedar Falls, Iowa

No. 5 UNI (30-2) vs. Missouri (20-10)

Arizona (20-11) vs. Northwestern (19-12)

December 3-4 at Durham, North Carolina

Ohio (21-12) vs. Penn (17-10)

High Point (22-12) vs. No. 12 Duke (24-6)

December 3-4 at Norman, Oklahoma

No. 13 LSU (25-4) vs. Tulsa (30-2)

Wichita St. (21-7) vs. Oklahoma (21-10)

December 3-4 at University Park, Pennsylvania

Virginia Tech (19-11) vs. Delaware (26-5)

Niagara (25-8) vs. No. 4 Penn St. (26-5)

DAYTON, OHIO REGIONAL

December 3-4 at Stanford, California

No. 3 Stanford (24-3) vs. Albany (NY) (22-8)

Cal St. Fullerton (26-5) vs. Colorado St. (25-4)

December 3-4 at Dayton, Ohio

Ohio St. (22-11) vs. Lipscomb (24-6)

Butler (21-9) vs. No. 14 Dayton (27-3)

December 3-4 at Bloomington, Indiana

No. 11 Tennessee (24-6) vs. Alabama A&M (16-10)

Miami (FL) (23-8) vs. Indiana (21-11)

December 3-4 at Los Angeles, California

San Diego (23-5) vs. Long Beach St. (25-7)

New Mexico (20-9) vs. No. 6 Southern California (25-4)

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON REGIONAL

December 3-4 at Berkeley, California

No. 7 California (25-3) vs. Utah St. (24-8)

Mississippi (19-10) vs. North Carolina (24-9)

December 3-4 at Minneapolis, Minnesota

Iowa St. (20-8) vs. Creighton (20-11)

North Dakota St. (20-10) vs. No. 10 Minnesota (24-8)

December 2-3 at Seattle, Washington

No. 15 Hawaii (28-2) vs. Portland St. (21-8)

Washington (21-8) vs. Michigan (23-9)

December 2-3 at Lincoln, Nebraska

Auburn (20-12) vs. Missouri St. (21-9)

Sacred Heart (29-6) vs. No. 2 Nebraska (27-2)

Teams winning both matches will move on to regional play December 10 and 11. The pre-determined regional sites are Austin, Texas; University Park, Pennsylvania; Dayton, Ohio; and Seattle, Washington. The regional winners will advance to the semifinals and final hosted by the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and Kansas City Sports Commission at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, on December 16 and 18.