Women's volleyball to participate in NCAA Tournament
PROVO, Utah – The BYU women’s volleyball team will participate in the 2014 NCAA Tournament, heading to Arizona to face off against Seton Hall Thursday.
"This is about what I expected," BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. "Once I saw a few things shake out I assumed that we would be heading to UCLA or Arizona. We're excited about it. The girls are excited and ready to go."
The Cougars (25-4, 16-2 West Coast Conference) will play against the Pirates in the first round and the winner will compete against the winner of the match between No. 11 seed Arizona and Yale. BYU and Seton Hall will play Thursday at 4 p.m. MST with Arizona and Yale playing Thursday at 6:30 p.m. MST. The winners will play Friday at 5:30 p.m. MST in the second round.
BYU, Seton Hall, Arizona and Yale are part of the Seattle Region. Saturday's winner will advance to the regional semifinals on Dec. 12 at Washington.
The last time the Cougars played in the NCAA tournament was in 2013, when they made it to the regional semifinals against No. 6 USC. BYU has made it to the regional semifinals in each of the past two seasons.
First and second round opponents
Seton Hall is 28-7 on the season and 15-3 in the Big East Conference. The Pirates finished second in the Big East, behind automatic-qualifier Creighton.
Arizona ended the regular season 23-9 overall and 12-8 in Pac-12 play. In the Wildcats’ last match, they swept in-state rival Arizona State on the road. They finished third in their league.
Yale is 18-7 overall and 12-2 in the Ivy League after knocking off Harvard to end its regular season. They finished first in their conference and received the automatic bid.
Four teams from the WCC earned spots in the NCAA tournament. BYU received the automatic bid and Loyola Marymount, San Diego and Santa Clara earned at-large bids.
Six of BYU’s opponents this season made it into the NCAA tournament. Besides conference opponents, Washington, Colorado State and Utah have all earned spots in the tournament. BYU is 5-4 against teams that will play in the tournament this year.
All-session tickets are now available on the University of Arizona ticket page. Adult tickets $16 and youth/student tickets are $10. Single-session tickets will go on sale Tuesday. All seats are general admission. The Arizona ticket office opens tomorrow at 9 a.m. MST.
Visit the Tournament Central page for more info.
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