UC Volleyball Earns Second Consecutive NCAA Invite

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UC Volleyball Earns Second Consecutive NCAA Invite

11/26/2000

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

 


 

 

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