Texas leads championship field
Longhorns, Nebraska, Illinois, Iowa State take top seeds
INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Committee announced the 64-team field for the 2011 NCAA Division I 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 Texas, No. 2 Nebraska, No. 3 Illinois and No. 4 Iowa State.
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 led all conferences with eight teams selected. The Big 12 and Pac-12 each have seven teams in the tournament. Two teams, Penn State and Stanford, have now earned bids to all 31 championships. Five teams are making their initial appearances in the tournament: Central Michigan, Jackson State, Marquette, Maryland-Eastern Shore and Samford.
In the 30-year history of the championship, 10 schools have been crowned champion, nine of which are in this year’s bracket, including four-time defending champion Penn State.
Additional past winners making the field are Stanford (1992, '94, '96, '97, 2001, '04), Hawaii (1982, '83, '87), Long Beach State (1989, '93, '98), UCLA (1984, '90, '91), Nebraska (1995, 2000, '06), Southern California (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. Teams winning both matches will move on to regional play Dec. 9 and 10. The pre-determined regional sites will be in Gainesville, Fla.; Honolulu, Hawaii; Lexington, Ky.; and Minneapolis, Minn.. All regional semifinal games will be shown on ESPN3.com while regional final games will air on ESPNU.
The regional winners will advance to the semifinals and final hosted by UT-San Antonio and San Antonio Sports at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, on Dec. 15 and 17. Both national semifinal games as well as the championship game will be telecast by ESPN2.
|LEXINGTON REGIONAL||MINNEAPOLIS REGIONAL|
|Dec. 2-3||at Austin, Texas||Dec. 2-3||at West Lafayette, Ind.|
|No. 1 Texas (22-4) vs. Texas State (27-7)||No. 5 Purdue (27-4) vs. Morehead State (26-7)|
|Michigan State (21-11) vs. Arizona (19-12)||Ball State (25-7) vs. Louisville (23-8)|
|Dec. 1-2||at College Station, Texas||Dec. 2-3||at Tallahassee, Fla.|
|Kentucky (26-5) vs. Dayton (25-6)||Cincinnati (26-9) vs. Samford (29-4)|
|Lipscomb (20-10) vs. No. 16 Texas A&M (22-7)||Albany (N.Y.) (21-8) vs. No. 12 Florida State (24-6)|
|Dec. 2-3||at Los Angeles, Calif.||Dec. 2-3||at Minneapolis, Minn.|
|No. 9 UCLA (24-6) vs. Md.-Eastern Shore (24-6)||No. 13 Minnesota (18-11) vs. North Dakota State (25-8)|
|Long Beach State (23-6) vs. San Diego (27-4)||Western Michigan (24-8) vs. Washington (23-7)|
|Dec. 2-3||at University Park, Pa.||Dec. 2-3||at Ames, Iowa|
|Delaware (20-12) vs. American (23-10)||Northern Illinois (28-6) vs. Miami (Fla.) (25-4)|
|Liberty (20-12) vs. No. 8 Penn State (23-7)||Milwaukee (25-4) vs. No. 4 Iowa State (22-5)|
|GAINESVILLE REGIONAL||HONOLULU REGIONAL|
|Dec. 2-3||at Champaign, Ill.||Dec. 2-3||at Los Angeles, Calif.|
|No. 3 Illinois (27-4) vs. Central Mich. (19-13)||No. 7 Southern California (25-4) vs. Yale (18-6)|
|Marquette (23-10) vs. Western Ky. (31-3)||Tulsa (27-6) vs. Oklahoma (21-11)|
|Dec. 1-2||at Knoxville, Tenn.||Dec. 1-2||at Honolulu, Hawaii|
|Ohio State (19-14) vs. Middle Tenn. (21-11)||Oregon (21-9) vs. Colorado State (23-5)|
|Duke (21-8) vs. No. 14 Tennessee (27-3)||Northern Colorado (22-8) vs. No. 10 Hawaii (29-1)|
|Dec. 2-3||at Stanford, Calif.||Dec. 1-2||at Malibu, Calif.|
|No. 11 Stanford (21-7) vs. Sacred Heart (27-7)||No. 15 Pepperdine (22-6) vs. Missouri State (22-8)|
|Baylor (18-14) vs. Michigan (20-12)||North Carolina (23-8) vs. California (26-6)|
|Dec. 2-3||at Cedar Falls, Iowa||Dec. 1-2||at Lincoln, Neb.|
|Florida (24-5) vs. Missouri (21-12)||Kansas State (20-10) vs. Wichita State (20-10)|
|Niagara (25-8) vs. No. 6 UNI (32-1)||Jackson St. (26-9) vs. No. 2 Nebraska (24-4)|