1997 Women's Division I Volleyball Championship

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CHAMPIONSHIP STRUCTURE

The 1997 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship provides for a field of 56 teams. Sixteen first- and second-round matches will be played December 4-7. Winners will advance to four regional tournaments (December 11- 14), also to be played on the campuses of participating institutions. The four regional winners will meet for the championship December 18 and 20. Competition will be single-elimination, best three-of-five-game matches.

The national semifinals and final will be played December 18 and 20 at the Spokane Arena in Spokane, Washington. Washington State University is the host institution.


SELECTION PROCESS

Twenty-six conferences were granted automatic qualification for the 1997 championship and four conferences competed in play-in competition to fill the remaining two conference berths. The remaining 28 teams were selected at large.

AUTOMATIC QUALIFIERS (26)

                                                Previous Appearances    Last
Conference      Team                    Record  Yrs.    Won     Lost    Appear.

America East    Hofstra                 23-13   2       0       2       1996    
Atlantic Coast  Clemson                 26-7    2       1       2       1994
Atlantic 10     Temple                  29-4    FIRST APPEARANCE        
Big East        Notre Dame              23-8    6       6       6       1996
Big Sky         Cal State Sacramento    21-8    FIRST APPEARANCE                
Big South       Liberty                 26-8    FIRST APPEARANCE        
Big Ten         Penn State              30-1    16      18      16      1996    
Big 12          Texas                   23-6    15      32      14      1996
Big West        Long Beach State        30-1    11      24      9       1996    
Colonial        American                30-3    FIRST APPEARANCE
Conference USA  Houston                 22-9    7       3       7       1996
Ivy             Princeton               22-5    1       0       1       1994
Metro Atlantic  Fairfield               25-9    FIRST APPEARANCE        
Mid-American    Northern Illinois       26-3    2       1       2       1996
Mid-Continent   Oral Roberts            28-9    2       3       2       1996    
Midwestern Col. Butler                  27-6    FIRST APPEARANCE
Missouri Valley Illinois State          24-8    9       2       9       1996
Ohio Valley     Tennessee Tech          23-9    FIRST APPEARANCE        
Pacific-10      Stanford                28-2    16      44      14      1996    
Southeastern    Arkansas                29-5    1       1       1       1996
Southern        Chattanooga             26-9    FIRST APPEARANCE        
Southland       Stephen F. Austin       23-12   1       0       1       1994
Sun Belt        Arkansas-Little Rock    16-12   1       0       1       1996    
Trans America   Central Florida         27-3    3       0       3       1996
West Coast      San Diego               25-3    2       0       2       1996
Western Ath.    Brigham Young           27-5    15      17      15      1996
PLAY-IN QUALIFIERS (2)

Mid-Eastern At. Morgan State            25-9    FIRST APPEARANCE
Patriot         Lehigh                  18-12   FIRST APPEARANCE

AT-LARGE SELECTIONS (28)
                                                Previous Appearances    Last
Team                    Conference      Record  Yrs.    Won     Lost    Appear.

Western Ath.    Brigham Young           27-5    15      17      15      1996

Arizona                 Pacific-10      20-6    12      9       12
Colorado                Big 12          20-8    7       3       7
Colorado State          Western Ath.    26-5    8       5       8       1996
Florida                 Southeastern    31-3    7       15      7       1996
Florida State           Atlantic Coast  25-8    8       1       8       1993
Hawaii                  Western Ath.    25-7    15      35      12      1996
Kansas State            Big 12          20-12   1       1       1       1996
Loyola Marymount        West Coast      21-6    4       2       4       1996
Maryland                Atlantic Coast  26-1    3       1       3       1996
Miami (Ohio)            Mid-American    23-7    4       0       4       1996
Michigan                Big Ten         20-11   FIRST APPEARANCE
Michigan State          Big Ten         22-11   3       5       3       1996
Minnesota               Big Ten         22-9    3       4       3       1996
Nebraska                Big 12          25-6    15      33      14      1996
Ohio State              Big Ten         22-10   8       10      8       1996
Oklahoma                Big 12          19-12   2       2       2       1988
Pacific                 Big West        22-8    16      33      16      1996
Pepperdine              West Coast      23-5    9       0       9       1991
South Carolina          Southeastern    20-7    2       1       2       1995
South Florida           Conference USA  25-8    3       0       3       1996
Southern California     Pacific-10      21-5    14      21      13      1996
Texas A&M               Big 12          24-7    8       6       8       1996
UC Santa Barbara        Big West        29-4    16      8       16      1996
UCLA                    Pacific-10      16-12   15      43      13      1995
Villanova               Big East        20-8    FIRST APPEARANCE
Washington              Pacific-10      18-9    5       4       5       1996
Washington State        Pacific-10      24-6    5       3       5       1996
Wisconsin               Big Ten         28-2    5       5       5       1996

OVERALL SEEDING

1. Penn State (East)
2. Long Beach State (Pacific)
3. Stanford (Mountain)
4. Wisconsin (Central)
5. Florida (Central)
6. U.C. Santa Barbara (Mountain)
7. Nebraska (Pacific)
8. Brigham Young (East)

CONFERENCE SEEDING

EAST

 1. Penn State (30-1)
 2. BYU (27-5)
 3. Texas A&M (24-7)
 4. Maryland (26-1)
 5. Ohio State (22-10)
 6. Michigan (20-11)
 7. Minnesota (22-9)
 8. Nothern Illinois (26-3)
 9. Villanova (20-8)
10. Miami (Ohio) (23-7)
11. Temple (29-4)
12. Fairfield (25-9)
13. Princeton (22-5)
14. Hofstra (23-13)

CENTRAL

 1. Wisconsin (28-2)
 2. Florida (31-3)
 3. Washington State (24-6)
 4. Arkansas (29-5)
 5. Colorado State (26-5)
 6. Notre Dame (23-8)
 7. Florida State (25-8)
 8. Central Florida (27-3)
 9. Clemson (26-7)
10. South Florida (25-8)
11. Liberty (26-8)
12. American (30-3)
13. Arkansas-Little Rock (16-12)
14. Lehigh (18-12)

PACIFIC

 1. Long Beach State (30-1)
 2. Nebraska (25-6)
 3. Southern Cal (21-5)
 4. Washington (18-9)
 5. Pacific (22-8)
 6. San Diego (25-3)
 7. Michigan State (22-11)
 8. Hawaii (25-7)
 9. Loyola Marymount (21-6)
10. Butler (27-6)
11. Kansas State (20-12)
12. Cal State Sacramento (21-8)
13. Chattanooga (26-9)
14. Morgan State (25-9)

MOUNTAIN

 1. Stanford (28-2)
 2. UC Santa Barbara (29-4)
 3. Texas (23-6)
 4. Colorado (20-8)
 5. Arizona (20-6)
 6. South Carolina (20-7)
 7. UCLA (16-12)
 8. Oklahoma (19-12)
 9. Houston (22-9)
10. Pepperdine (23-5)
11. Illinois State (24-8)
12. Oral Roberts (28-9)
13. Tennessee Tech (23-9)
14. Stephen F. Austin (23-12)

CONFERENCE QUALIFIERS

        
6 Teams: Big Ten, Big 12, Pacific-10    
3 Teams: Atlantic Coast, Big West, Southeastern, West Coast, Western Athletic
2 Teams: Big East, Conference USA, Mid-American
1 Team: America East, Atlantic 10, Big Sky, Big South, Colonial, Ivy, Metro 
Atlantic, Mid-Continent, Mid-Eastern Athletic, Midwestern Collegiate, 
Missouri Valley, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, Sun Belt, 
Trans America   

NUMBER OF APPEARANCES BY TEAMS

17th APPEARANCE (every year since 1981) (4 teams)
Pacific
Penn State
Stanford
UC Santa Barbara

16th APPEARANCE (5 teams)
Brigham Young (1981-82-83-84-85-86-87-88-90-91-92-93-94-95-96-97)
Hawaii (1981-82-83-84-85-86-87-88-89-90-91-93-94-95-96-97)
Nebraska (1982-83-84-85-86-87-88-89-90-91-92-93-94-95-96-97)
Texas (1982-83-84-85-86-87-88-89-90-91-92-93-94-95-96-97)
UCLA (1981-82-83-84-85-86-87-88-89-90-91-92-93-94-95-97)

15th APPEARANCE (1 team)
Southern Cal (1981-82-83-84-85-87-88-89-91-92-93-94-95-96-97)

14th APPEARANCE (0 teams)

13th APPEARANCE (1 team)
Arizona (1981-82-83-84-85-86-87-88-89-93-94-96-97)

12th APPEARANCE (1 team)
Long Beach State (1985-87-88-89-90-91-92-93-94-95-96-97)

11th APPEARANCE (0 teams)

10th APPEARANCE (2 teams)
Illinois State (1982-83-84-85-88-89-92-93-96-97) 
Pepperdine (1981-82-84-86-87-88-89-90-91-97)

9th APPEARANCE (4 teams)
Colorado State (1983-84-85-86-87-88-95-96-97)
Florida State (1983-85-87-88-89-90-92-93-97)
Ohio State (1989-90-91-92-93-94-95-96-97)
Texas A&M (1981-82-85-86-93-94-95-96-97)

8th APPEARANCE (3 teams)
Colorado (1989-91-92-93-94-95-96-97)
Florida (1987-91-92-93-94-95-96-97)
Houston (1989-91-92-93-94-95-96-97)
 
7th APPEARANCE (1 team)
Notre Dame (1988-92-93-94-95-96-97) 

6th APPEARANCE (3 teams)
Washington (1986-88-7-89-94-96-97) 
Washington State (1991-93-94-95-96-97)
Wisconsin (1990-91-93-94-96-97)

5th APPEARANCE (2 teams)
Loyola Marymount (1986-94-95-96-97)
Miami (Ohio) (1981-90-95-96-97) 

4th APPEARANCE (5 teams)
Central Florida (1994-95-96-97) 
Maryland (1990-95-96-97)
Michigan State (1994-95-96-97)
Minnesota (1989-93-96-97)
South Florida (1993-95-96-97)

3rd APPEARANCE (7 teams) 
Clemson (1993-94-97)
Hofstra (1995-96-97) 
Northern Illinois (1993-96-97)
Oklahoma (1987-88-97)
Oral Roberts (1995-96-97)
San Diego (1993-96-97)
South Carolina (1984-95-97)

2nd APPEARANCE (5 teams)
Arkansas (1996-97)
Arkansas-Little Rock (1996-97)
Kansas State (1996-97)
Princeton (1994-97)
Stephen F. Austin (1994-97)

1st APPEARANCE (12 teams)
American
Butler
Cal State Sacramento
Chattanooga
Fairfield
Lehigh
Liberty
Michigan
Morgan State
Temple 
Tennessee Tech
Villanova



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