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UCLA Receives NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament Bid
By: UCLA Athletics

November 29, 1998

Los Angeles - The UCLA women's volleyball team will face the University of Virginia in the first round of the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship to be played at UC Santa Barbara's Thunderdome this Saturday, Dec. 5.

The Bruins finished the regular season ranked No. 15 in the AVCA/USA Today poll with a 15-11 overall record after starting the year with a six-match losing streak and finishing with victories in 12 of its final 14 matches. All 11 of UCLA's losses came against teams who made the NCAA bracket, while the Bruins also posted wins over three teams in the field.

UCLA is making its 17th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, missing the post- season just once (1996). The Bruins have won six national championships in their 31 years of post-season action, including three titles since NCAA play began in 1981. UCLA owns a 120-23 record in all post-season action and is 44-14 in NCAA Tournament matches.

Virginia is 26-7 overall, reaching the ACC Tournament semifinals over the weekend and also winning 12 of their last 14 matches. The Cavaliers are one of 10 teams making their first NCAA appearance due in part to the expansion of the tournament bracket from 56 to 64 teams this year.

The winner of the UCLA/Virginia match will play on Sunday against the winner of Saturday's other first round match at UCSB between the Gauchos and Santa Clara. Match times are yet to be determined.

Last year UCLA also traveled to UCSB for NCAA Tournament action, defeating Pepperdine 3-1 in the first round and falling just short in five games with UCSB in the second.

Saturday's match with Virginia will be the first meeting between the schools. The Bruins played both Santa Clara and UCSB earlier this season. UCLA fell to Santa Clara 1-3 on Sept. 16, then defeated UCSB 3-2 in a match which served as a turning point in the season on Oct. 14. UCLA's all-time record against Santa Clara is 1-1, while its series record with UCSB is 60-8, 4-2 in post-season action.

UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski, named the Pac-10 Conference Coach of the Year just last week, commented. "Honestly, we are disappointed not to get back into the top-16 the way we have been playing lately. Understandably, our poor start to the season influenced our final positioning. We are pleased to be in the draw given where we were a couple of months ago. We are happy we don't have to travel too far and have the whole week to prepare."

"It will be fun to see a new team in Virginia. That's what the tournament is about, getting match-ups from across the country. The expansion to 64 teams is good. Recognizing new programs emerging is great for the sport," Banachowski concluded.

EVENT INFORMATION
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Saturday, Aug 29
vs. Virginia
Los Angeles, CA
(25-19, 25-21, 25-16)
Sunday, Aug 30
vs. Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
(15-25, 23-25, 27-29)
Friday, Sep 04 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. American University
Honolulu, HI
Saturday, Sep 05 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. Iowa
Honolulu, HI
Sunday, Sep 06 - 8:00 PM PST
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
Friday, Sep 11 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. San Diego
Santa Barbara, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. SMU
Santa Barbara, CA
Sunday, Sep 13 - 2:00 PM PST
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
Friday, Sep 18 - 10:00 AM PST
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
Friday, Sep 18 - 7:30 PM PST
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
Wednesday, Sep 23 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Sep 27 - 12:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Friday, Oct 02 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 04 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 09 - 5:00 PM PST
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Sunday, Oct 11 - 11:00 AM PST
at Colorado
Boulder, CO
Friday, Oct 16 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 18 - 1:30 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 23 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Sunday, Oct 25 - 12:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Friday, Oct 30 - 7:00 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 11:00 AM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Wednesday, Nov 04 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Nov 12 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 15 - TBA PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 20 - TBA PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Sunday, Nov 22 - 11:00 AM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Wednesday, Nov 25 - TBA PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 27 - TBA PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
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