History & Fun Facts
• 2012 will mark the second time the DI Women’s Volleyball Championship will be held in the state of Kentucky. In 1982, the University of Kentucky hosted the finals at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington. Hawaii defeated UCLA 3-0 to earn its second consecutive national championship.
• The record for highest attendance at a championship match is 17,209, set in 2006 when Nebraska defeated Stanford 3-1. The championships were held in Omaha, Neb., at the Qwest Center that year.
• In 31 years of the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship, only 10 teams have won the national title. Texas and Washington have each won the crown once, while the remaining eight teams (Stanford, Penn State, UCLA, Hawaii, Long Beach State, Nebraska, Southern California and Pacific) have each won at least two titles.
• Penn State and Stanford are the only two teams that have made the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball tournament all 31 years. The squads have a combined 11 (Stanford-6, Penn State-5) national titles between them.
• Three NCAA women’s volleyball players have earned back-to-back Most Outstanding Player accolades, with Penn State’s Megan Hodge (2007 and 2008) being the most recent. Southern California’s Keao Burdine (2002 and 2003) and Penn State’s Lauren Cacciamani (1998 and 1999) also earned the honor.
• Current Washington head coach Jim McLaughlin is the only coach to win both a men’s (Southern California, 1990) and women’s (Washington, 2005) volleyball national title as head coach.
• Tennessee holds the record for most service aces in a match with 20. The Lady Vols accomplished this feat in 1982 when playing Northwestern in the first round of the tournament.
• UCLA defeated Illinois for the 2011 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship title in San Antonio. It was the Bruins’ fourth title and first since 1991.