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UC Volleyball Earns Second Consecutive NCAA Invite
CINCINNATI, Ohio - The University of Cincinnati volleyball team
will make its second consecutive and third overall NCAA Tournament
appearance when it faces Notre Dame at St. John's Arena in Columbus, Ohio
in the first round on Friday at 5 p.m.
Cincinnati finished the 2000 regular season with a 24-9 overall
record and a 14-2 mark in Conference USA play to earn the American Division
title. The Bearcats cemented a bid with a weekend split at the Conference
USA-SEC Challenge where it dropped a hard-fought 3-1 decision to No. 9
Florida and came back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Tennessee, 3-2.
"This is a great opportunity for our program," said head coach Reed
Sunahara. "Notre Dame is a solid program with a great coach and it will be
a heck of a challenge. Receiving an at-large bid really shows how the
program has grown."
With a win, Cincinnati would face the winner of the Ball State-Ohio
State match on Saturday at 7 p.m.
The at-large selection for Cincinnati was its first in program
history after earning its conference's automatic bids in 1981 (winning the
Metro Conference Tournament) and 1999 (Conference USA Tournament
championship). The Bearcats will be looking for their first postseason
victory. UC dropped its first round match in 1999 to Santa Clara, 3-1, in
Palo Alto, Calif. and a 3-0 decision at Penn State in 1981. The 18-year
span between tournament appearances is the longest in NCAA history.
Notre Dame finished the regular season 25-6 and a perfect 11-0 in
Big East play, capturing the league's automatic bid in the process.
UC was one of four teams from the conference to earn bids to the
championship, joining Louisville (league's automatic bid), Houston and
South Florida (at-large bids).
showing in a 3-1 loss to No. 9 Florida. The Bearcats were one of four