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INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Committee announced Sunday the 64-team field for the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship. Thirty-two conferences were awarded automatic qualification, and the remaining 32 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 Penn State; No. 3 Washington; and No. 4 Missouri.
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 Pac-12 Conference led all conferences with nine teams. The Big Ten Conference and Southeastern Conference were next with eight teams in the tournament. Two teams, Penn State and Stanford, have earned bids to all 32 championships. Four teams are making their initial appearances in the tournament: Alabama State, Duquesne, Hampton and IUPUI.
In the 32-year history of the championship, 10 schools have been crowned champion, seven of which are in this year’s bracket, including defending champion Texas.
Past winners making the field are Stanford (1992, 94, 96, 97, 2001, 04), Hawaii (1982, 83, 87), Nebraska (1995, 2000, and 06), Southern California (1981, 2002, 03), Penn State (1999, 2007, 08, 09 and 10), Texas (1988, 2012) 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. 13 and 14. The pre-determined regional sites are Lexington, Ky.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Lincoln, Neb.; and Champaign, Ill. 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 Washington and at KeyArena in Seattle, Wash., on Dec. 19 and 21. Both national semifinal games as well as the championship game will be broadcast by ESPN2.