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Women's Volleyball

Cal Poly, Hawai'i Headed To NCAAs

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NCAA Championship Bracket

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2017 NCAA Women's Volleyball Information


Big West Women's Volleyball Release - Week 15

Cal Poly, the 2017 Big West Conference Champion, and the University of Hawai’i are headed to the postseason as announced by the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Committee.  The Mustangs are making their first NCAA DI Women’s Volleyball Championship since 2007, and 15th overall, after earning the league’s automatic bid after posting a perfect 16-0 conference mark to claim its fourth title. The University of Hawai’i is headed to its 36th overall and 25th straight NCAA DI Women’s Volleyball Championship after receiving an at-large berth. 

Cal Poly and Hawai'i will represent the #BigWest in the NCAA Tournament.

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 top 16 teams were seeded nationally and placed within four regions. Pennsylvania State University, earned the top seed followed by No. 2 University of Florida, the defending national champion Stanford University earned the third seed, while the University of Kentucky rounded out the top four.

The Mustangs (26-2), riding a 21-match winning streak, have a short trip to Los Angeles for first and  second round action, along with host 15th-seeded UCLA (19-10), Austin Peay (30-5) and Denver (23-5).  For their first round matchup, the Mustangs drew the Denver Pioneers, who represent the Summit League as both the regular season and tournament champion. The two teams take to the court Friday, December 1  at 5:30 p.m. (Pacific) with the winner advancing to the second round to face the victor of the UCLA-Austin Peay matchup.

Cal Poly is 3-10 all-time against the three teams that are headed to Los Angeles.  The Mustangs won both previous contests against the Pioneers while trailing the series against the Bruins, 1-10. Cal Poly and Austin Peay have never met on the volleyball court. The team to make it out of this weekend’s event unscathed faces the winner from the Florida qualifier for regional action.

The Rainbow Wahine (20-7) are set to travel to Seattle, Wash., for both the first the second rounds, along with host and No. 8-seeded Washington (24-7), Illinois (21-10) and LIU Brooklyn (30-9).  The Rainbow Wahine face the Fighting Illini, who are an at-large team from the Big 10, in a first round showdown.  First serve is slated for Friday, December 1 at 5:00 p.m. (Pacific) with the winner advancing to the second round to face either the PAC-12 at-large selection Huskies or the Northeast regular season and tournament champion Blackbirds on Saturday night.

Hawai’i is 17-6 all-time against the Seattle qualifier field.  The Rainbow Wahine hold an 8-1 advantage over Illinois and a 9-5 lead against Washington. The Rainbow Wahine have never faced LIU Brooklyn.  The team to make it out of Seattle undefeated is slated to battle the winner from the Creighton qualifier for regional action.

First- and second-round matches will be played November 30 through December 2 at 16 campus sites. Teams winning both matches will move on to regional play December 8 and 9. Regionals for the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship will be held at four non-predetermined campus sites, which will be announced after play concludes, on December 2. At each site, four teams will compete in single-elimination regional semifinal competition.

The regional winners will advance to the national semifinals and championship final co-hosted by the University of Missouri Kansas City, University of Kansas and Kansas City Sports Commission on December 14 and 16 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. The national semifinal matches will broadcast on ESPN/ESPN2 and the championship match will broadcast on ESPN2.