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Div. I Women's Volleyball Selections Announced; Arizona To Take On Alabama A&M
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 26, 2000
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  • INDIANAPOLIS --- The Division I Women's Volleyball Committee announced today the 64-team field for the 2000 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 seeds in each region were Nebraska (28-0) in the central, Southern California (25-2) in the pacific, Wisconsin (28-3) in the mideast, and Hawaii (27-1) in the west region.

    The Big Ten, Big Twelve, and Pacific-10 conferences each placed six teams in the field, followed by the Big West Conference with five and Conference USA with four representatives.

    Four teams, Pacific (California), Penn State, Stanford and UC Santa Barbara, have earned bids to all twenty championships. Five teams are making their initial appearance in the field: Alabama A&M, Georgia State, Missouri, Texas-San Antonio and Utah State.

    In the 19-year history of the championship nine schools have been crowned champion, eight of which are in this year's bracket, including the defending champion Penn State.

    Additional past winners making the field are Stanford (1992, 94, 96, 97), Hawaii (1982, 83, 87), Long Beach State (1989, 93, 98), UCLA (1984, 90, 91), Pacific (California) (1985, 86), Nebraska (1995) and Southern California (1981).

    First and second-round matches will be played at 16 campus sites. A list of the first-round match-ups follows.

    December 1-2 at Lincoln, Nebraska

    South Carolina (21-6) vs. George Washington (25-5)
    Princeton (20-8) at Nebraska (28-0)

    December 1-2 at Columbus, Ohio
    Cincinnati (24-9) vs. Notre Dame (25-6)
    Ball State (25-6) at Ohio State (24-6)

    December 1-2 at Provo, Utah
    Utah State (21-9) vs. Missouri (24-6)
    Hofstra (23-10) at Brigham Young (24-6)

    December 1-2 at Tucson, Arizona
    Louisville (26-7) vs. Michigan (18-13)
    Alabama A&M (31-2) at Arizona (25-4)

    November 30-December 1 at Honolulu, Hawaii

    Utah (22-7) vs. Texas Tech (24-8)
    Davidson (24-11) at Hawaii (27-1)

    November 30-December 1 at Santa Clara, California
    San Jose State (22-9) vs. Long Beach State (22-7)
    Cal State Sacramento (21-11) at Santa Clara (26-4)

    November 30-December 1 at Santa Barbara, California
    Loyola Marymount (20-8) vs. Stanford (18-11)
    Texas-San Antonio (24-8) at UC Santa Barbara (23-7)

    November 30-December 1 at Minneapolis, Minnesota
    Duke (21-12) vs. Arizona State (17-11)
    Robert Morris (21-15) at Minnesota (28-3)

    December 1-2 at Los Angeles, California

    Cal Poly (16-11) vs. South Florida (28-5)
    Georgia State (28-9) at Southern California (25-2)

    November 30-December 1 at Gainesville, Florida
    Southeast Missouri State (22-8) vs. North Carolina (26-7)
    Arkansas-Little Rock (23-6) at Florida (27-4)

    December 1-2 at University Park, Pennsylvania
    Tennessee (23-9) vs. Washington State (18-9)
    James Madison (21-9) at Penn State (27-5)

    December 1-2 at Fort Collins, Colorado
    Colorado (16-11) vs. Georgia Tech (25-7)
    Radford (28-6) at Colorado State (30-4)

    December 1-2 at Madison, Wisconsin

    Western Michigan (25-5) vs. Northern Iowa (28-4)
    Bucknell (17-14) at Wisconsin (28-3)

    December 1-2 at Malibu, California
    Loyola (Illinois) (22-8) vs. Kansas State (20-8)
    Fairfield (26-6) at Pepperdine (23-6)

    December 2-3 at Los Angeles, California
    Wisconsin-Milwaukee (23-4) vs. Michigan State (17-12)
    Morgan State (25-15) at UCLA (22-7)

    December 1-2 at Stockton, California
    Houston (21-10) vs. Texas A&M (19-8)
    Oral Roberts (21-11) at Pacific (California) (26-3)

    Teams winning both matches will move on to regional play December 7-10 at four campus locations yet to be determined. The regional winners will advance to the semifinals and final hosted by Virginia Commonwealth in Richmond, Virginia on December 14 and 16.

    TOP 16 SEEDS

    Central Region West Region Mideast Region Pacific Region
    No. 1 Nebraska Hawaii Wisconsin Southern California
    No. 2 Arizona Minnesota Pacific (California) Colorado State
    No. 3 Brigham Young UC Santa Barbara UCLA Penn State
    No. 4 Ohio State Santa Clara Pepperdine Florida

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