Nov. 26, 2000
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The 14th-ranked Santa Clara volleyball team will host the first and second rounds of the 2000 NCAA Championships, marking the third straight postseason appearance for the Bronco program. State schools from Long Beach, San Jose and Sacramento will travel to the Bronco regional.
San Jose State and Long Beach State will play on Thursday, Nov. 30 at 5 p.m., while Sacramento State and the Broncos will play after the conclusion of the first match, around 7 p.m. On Friday, Dec. 1, the winners of both Thursday contests will face each other at 7 p.m. Due to reconstruction of SCU's Leavey Event Center, all three matches will take place at San Jose State University's Event Center. Ticket information will be released soon.
The Broncos, 26-4 overall, earned one of 31 automatic bids by winning the West Coast Conference Championship. Santa Clara, 1-4 all-time in the NCAA Championships, will be making the program's fifth appearance in the postseason. The Broncos advanced to the second round last season before falling to 1999 finalist Stanford in four games.
"I'm very proud of our team," head coach Jon Wallace said. "We put together a good schedule, competed against the top teams around the country and earned our way to host the first two rounds."
Sacramento State is 21-11 on the season and earned an automatic bid after winning the Big Sky Conference. The Hornets hosted SCU earlier in the season, falling to the Broncos in four games. In fact, Santa Clara has faced 11 of the 64 teams selected by the NCAA and went 9-4 in those matches, outscoring the opposition 30 games to 21.
Of the 64 teams selected, 12 are from the West Coast with Santa Clara, Stanford and San Jose State as the three Bay Area teams selected. Additionally, West Coast Conference opponents Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount were placed in the draw. The top 16 teams were seeded nationally and placed within four regions. The squads tabbed as the top seeds in each region were undefeated Nebraska in the Central, USC in the Pacific, Wisconsin in the Mideast, and Hawaii in the West.
The winner of the Bronco regional will advance to the regional final to face one of four teams, with date, location and time to be determined: Hawaii (27-1), Davidson (24-11), Texas Tech (24-8) or Utah (22-7). The semifinals and Championship matches will be contested at Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond, Va., Thursday and Saturday, Dec. 14 and 16.