NCAA Volleyball Regional Championship Matchups Set
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Dec. 8, 2013
2013 NCAA DI Women’s Volleyball Championship
Regional Semifinals | Friday, Dec. 13
Regional Championship | Saturday, Dec. 14
Semifinal #1 Winner vs. Semifinal #2 Winner | 8:30 p.m.
LOS ANGELES - Matchups for the Los Angeles Regional of the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship have been set. Galen Center and sixth-seeded USC (28-5) will host BYU (24-6) in a semifinal match at 7 p.m. PT on Friday, Dec. 13. The region's top seed No. 3 Washington (28-2) will face 14th-seeded Kansas (25-7) in the other semifinal match at 5 p.m. PT. Winning teams will advance to face each other in the regional championship match set for Saturday, Dec. 14, at 8:30 p.m. PT.
Both semifinals will be broadcast live on ESPN3 and the championship match will be carried live by ESPNU. Sam Gore will serve as the broadcast play-by-play announcer with Holly McPeak as the color analyst.
The winner of the regional championship receives one of four coveted national semifinal spots in Seattle. The University of Washington and the Seattle Sports Commission in conjunction with Key Arena will serve as co-hosts of the 2013 NCAA Championship with semifinals set for Thursday, Dec. 19 (4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. PT), and the championship match set for 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21. All matches at the championship site will be carried live on ESPN2.
USC defeated New Hampshire and Cal State Northridge in a pair of 3-0 sweeps to advance to its 10th regional semifinal match under head coach Mick Haley. The Trojans have made three appearances in the final four in the last six years and have advanced to the NCAA regional championship match nine times since the tournament field was expanded to 64 teams in 1998. USC has served as host to regional championships twice previously (2000, '01).
The Trojans own a 117-34 all-time postseason record (.775) and are 71-27 (.740) in the NCAA tournament. USC has won six national championships including the first-ever NCAA title awarded in 1981. The Trojans also won back-to-back crowns in 2002 and 2003. USC is also the holder of three AIAW titles (1976, '77, '80).
Washington earned a 3-0 win over Alabama State and took out LSU in four sets to advance. The Huskies finished the year undefeated in home matches. Kansas hosted in-state rival Wichita State in its first-round match and took out the Shockers, 3-1, before upending Creighton, 3-1, to advance to the regional semifinals for the first time in program history. BYU took five sets to beat Pac-12 foe Arizona State in Honolulu in a first-round match, but shocked host and 11th-seeded Hawai'i on the islands with a 3-0 sweep and will make its second straight appearance in the regional semifinals.
Since it opened in 2006, the Galen Center has hosted many high-profile sporting events including the 2012 NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship and the 2007 NCAA Women's Basketball First and Second Rounds. The 10,258-seat arena has also hosted the Pac-12 Women's Basketball Tournament, the MPSF Men's Volleyball Championship, and the first and second rounds of the NCAA Women's Volleyball Championships; the latter in each of the last seven years. Outside of sports, the venue is also the site of entertainment events such as the Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards, Microsoft's E3, the League of Legends Championships, and popular reality talent show The X-Factor.
Fans can purchase all-session tickets good for all three matches at the regional championship on GetTrojanTix.com or by calling (213) 740-GOSC. Tickets are $20 for adults, and $15 for children (3 years and up), seniors, and students with a valid ID. All tickets are reserved seating.
Media are invited to apply for credentials at NCAA.com/media and may contact championship media host Jeremy Wu (firstname.lastname@example.org | 213-379-3977) with any questions, concerns, or special requests.