Field of 64 released for 2012 tourney
Big Ten, Pac-12 conferences lead way with seven teams each
INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Committee announced Sunday the 64-team field for the 2012 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 Penn State, No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 Texas and No. 4 Nebraska.
Per the established bracketing principles the top 16 seeds were provided the opportunity to host. In addition, first- and second-round conference matchups were avoided and team pairings were determined by geographical proximity.
The Big Ten and Pac-12 led all conferences with seven teams each. The West Coast Conference was next with six teams in the tournament. Two teams, Penn State and Stanford, have earned bids to all 32 championships. Two teams are making their initial appearances in the tournament: Central Arkansas and East Tennessee State.
In the 31-year history of the championship, 10 schools have been crowned champion, eight of which are in this year’s bracket, including defending champion UCLA.
Past winners making the field are Stanford (1992, 94, 96, 97, 2001, 04), Hawaii (1982, 83, 87), UCLA (1984, 90, 91, 2011), Nebraska (1995, 2000, and 06), USC (1981, 2002, 03), Penn State (1999, 2007, 08, 09 and 10), Texas (1988) and Washington (2005).
First- and second-round matches will be played at 16 campus sites.
|WEST LAFAYETTE, IND. REGIONAL||AUSTIN, TEXAS REGIONAL|
|Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at University Park, Pa,||Nov. 29-30 at Austin, Texas|
|No. 1 Penn State vs. Binghamton||No. 3 Texas vs. Colgate|
|Yale vs. Bowling Green||North Carolina State vs. Texas A&M|
|Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at Lexington, Ky.||Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at Gainesville, Fla.|
|Ohio State vs. Notre Dame||Miami (Fla.) vs. College of Charleston|
|East Tennessee State vs. No. 16 Kentucky||Tulsa vs. No. 14 Florida|
|Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at Tallahassee, Fla.||Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at Lawrence, Kan.|
|No. 9 Florida State vs. Hofstra||No. 11 Kansas vs. Cleveland State|
|Colorado State vs. Purdue||Wichita State vs. Arkansas|
|Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at Minneapolis, Minn.||Nov. 29-30 at Los Angeles, Calif.|
|Creighton vs. Marquette||St. Mary’s (Calif.) vs. San Diego State|
|Liberty vs. No. 8 Minnesota||Fairfield vs. No. 6 Southern California|
|OMAHA, NEB. REGIONAL||BERKELEY, CALIF. REGIONAL|
|Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at Eugene, Ore.||Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at Los Angeles, Calif.|
|No. 5 Oregon vs. Northern Colorado||No. 7 UCLA vs. LIU Brooklyn|
|Pepperdine vs. Dayton||Michigan State vs. San Diego|
|Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at Provo, Utah||Nov. 29-30 at Louisville, Ky.|
|Oklahoma vs. Arizona State||Tennessee vs. Michigan|
|New Mexico State vs. No. 12 BYU||Belmont vs. No. 10 Louisville|
|Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at Seattle, Wash.||Nov. 29-30 at Ames, Iowa|
|No. 13 Washington vs. Central Arkansas||No. 15 Iowa State vs. IPFW|
|Santa Clara vs. Hawaii||California vs. North Carolina|
|Nov. 29-30 at Lincoln, Neb.||Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at Stanford, Calif.|
|Kansas State vs. UNI||Western Kentucky vs. Loyola Marymount|
|UMES vs. No. 4 Nebraska||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.