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Arizona Volleyball: Next Stop--Austin
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 27, 2011
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Nov. 27, 2011

TUCSON, Ariz. -

Head coach David Rubio and the Arizona Volleyball team were selected to the NCAA Tournament for the third-consecutive year and the 24th time since 1981.

The Wildcats will travel to Austin, Texas to take on Michigan State (21-11) on Friday, Dec. 3 at 3:30 p.m. MST. If they advance past the first and second rounds, they will travel to Lexington, Ky.

The NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Committee selected 64 teams for the 2011 field. Thirty-one conferences were awarded automatic qualification and the remaining 33 slots were filled with at-large selections. The Big Ten Conference led all conferences with eight teams selected. The Big 12 and Pac-12 Conference both have seven teams in the tournament.

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.

The Wildcats, a young team that has started four freshmen throughout the year, have had a successful season, going 19-12 overall and 11-11 in conference play. On Oct. 8, Arizona defeated No. 2 UCLA at McKale Center for its first win over a top-two team since 1993. A little more than a month later, the Wildcats went on the road and defeated the Bruins again in Los Angeles.

“In a year where we weren’t quite sure where we were going to finish this year, this is great news,” Rubio said. “We certainly have an opportunity to go out and do some good things.”

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