Nov. 30, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz.- The No. 21-ranked Arizona volleyball team was included in the postseason field of 64, the NCAA announced on Sunday. The extension to the season marks Arizona's eighth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament.
The Wildcats (17-14 overall, 10-8/t5th Pac-10) will take on Big Ten power Wisconsin in the first round of the postseason in College Station, Texas. Nichols State and 16th-seeded Texas A&M are the two other schools at the site. The matches will be played Friday and Saturday at a time to be determined.
Arizona, which will be making its 19th all-time appearance in the NCAAs, has advanced to the Sweet 16 in each of the last four seasons and to the Elite Eight in the last three straight. In 2001 Arizona appeared in its first-ever Final Four.
Led by sophomore All-America candidate Kim Glass, the Wildcats had a rollercoaster regular season in which they enjoyed a five-match winning streak and suffered through an equally long losing streak. Despite a setback to No. 22-ranked UCSB on Saturday, Arizona's play has improved as of late, allowing it to go 11-5 over its final 16 matches.
Arizona's competitive schedule featured 15 of the 31 matches in the regular played against teams in the top 25, including 10 against schools ranked ninth or better. In all, UA faced 12 teams that were extended an invitation to the tournament.