Big West Women's Volleyball Release - Week 15
The Big West Conference is sending a pair of teams to the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship as the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Committee announced the 64-team field. Long Beach State, who earned the conference’s automatic bid to the postseason after posting a perfect 16-0 mark to claim its 13th title, is joined by Hawai’i, who is an at-large selection.
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 Stanford; No. 2 Texas; No. 3 Washington; and No. 4 Wisconsin.
The 49ers (26-4), making their 27th appearance in the NCAA Tournament after capturing their first Big West crown in three years, have a short trip to Los Angeles for the first & second rounds as part of the Louisville Regional. Joining the 49ers at Pauley Pavilion are host and 12th-seed UCLA (25-6), West Coast Conference at-large selection San Diego (19-11) and Northeast Conference champion LIU Brooklyn (20-11). For the thrid consecutive NCAA appearance, Long Beach State opens the tournament against the Toreros Friday, December 5 at 5:30 p.m. LBSU dropped the two recent postseason matchups agianst USD in both 2010 and 2011 at Pauley Pavilion. The winner takes on the victor of the UCLA-LIU Brooklyn showdown Saturday, December 6 at 7:00 p.m. for a chance to battle the advancing team out of the Penn State qualifier. The Beach own a 22-13 (.629) record in first & second round matchups.
Making their 33rd appearance in the postseason are the Rainbow Wahine of Hawai’i (21-6), who are headed to Seattle, Wash., for first & second round action, along with host and No. 3-seeded Washington (29-2), Duke (22-7) and New Hampshire (20-11). For their first round matchup, the Rainbow Wahine drew the Blue Devils, who are an at-large team from the Atlantic Coast Conference. The two teams take to the court Friday, Dec. 5 at 5:00 p.m. (Pacific) with the winner advancing to the second round to face the victor of the Pac-12 at-large pick Huskies and the America East Champion Wildcats. The team to make it out of this weekend’s event unscathed will remain in Seattle for Regional action the following week.
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 Pacific-12 Conference led all conferences with 10 teams. The Big Ten Conference and was next with six teams in the tournament, while the Big 12 and Southeastern Conferences each had five. Two teams, Penn State and Stanford have earned bids to all 33 championships. Five teams are making their first appearances in the tournament: Cal State Bakersfield, Denver, Northwestern State, Oakland and Seton Hall.
First and second-round matches will be played at 16 campus sites. Teams winning both matches will move on to regional play December 12 and 13. The pre-determined regional sites are Ames, Iowa, Louisville, Kentucky, Minneapolis, Minnesota and Seattle. 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 the Big 12 Conference and the Oklahoma City All Sports Association at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City on December 18 and 20. Both national semifinal games as well as the championship game will be broadcast by ESPN2. All regional and championship site game times can be found on the attached championship bracket or online at www.ncaa.com/wvb.
LONG BEACH STATE
27th consecutive NCAA Tournament Appearance
Three National Championships (1989, 1993, 1998)
National Champion Runner-Up (1991, 2001)
Eight Final Four Appearances
Overall NCAA Record - 74-29 (.718)
NCAA Home Record - 36-6 (.875)
NCAA Away Record - 9-9 (.500)
NCAA Neutral Record - 29-14 (.674)
Against 2014 NCAA Field This Season - 4-4
All-time record versus San Diego (1st rd opponent) - 10-9
All-time record versus UCLA (2nd rd opponent) - 24-59
All-time record versus LIU Brooklyn (2nd rd opponent) - 0-0
33rd NCAA Tournament Appearance - 21st consecutive
Three National Championships (1982, 1983, 1987)
National Champion Runner-Up (1988, 1996)
Nine Final Four Appearances
Overall NCAA Record - 48-23 (.676)
NCAA Home Record - 28-2 (.933)
NCAA Away Record - 3-9 (.250)
NCAA Neutral Record - 17-12 (.586)
Against 2014 NCAA Field This Season - 0-5
All-time record versus Duke (1st rd opponent) - 0-0
All-time record versus Washington (2nd rd opponent) - 9-4
All-time record versus New Hampshire (2nd rd opponent) - 0-0