TUCSON, Ariz. - The No. 21 Arizona volleyball team (18-10) will face UC Irvine (18-10) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the University of San Diego at 6 p.m. (PDT) this Friday, Dec. 3. It will be the ninth-straight appearance in the single-elimination tournament for the Wildcats.
"This is a very good draw for us," Head Coach David Rubio said.
The Anteaters, which finished tied for fourth in the Big West Conference with an 11-7 mark, boast Big West Player of the Year Kelly Wing and three other All-Big West players.
Last season, UC Irvine made its first NCAA Tournament berth in 15 years, collecting its first-ever postseason victory with a 3-2 win over Missouri before falling to UCLA in straight sets.
The winner of the Arizona/UC Irvine match will face the winner of the No. 15 San Diego (22-4)/New Mexico State (30-2) match in the second round of the tournament, which will be played at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4.
Arizona, which has won six of its last eight matches, is 5-10 this year against NCAA Tournament teams. The Cats are 2-2 all-time vs. the Anteaters.