FINAL FOUR TEAMS
1998 Women's Division I Volleyball Championship

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Long Beach State (34-0)
Current National Ranking: #1
Last Year: Lost to Stanford in the Semifinals, 1-3
Conference: Big West
Coach (alma mater, year): Brian Gimmillaro (Long Beach State, 1970)
Career record: 392-93 (14 years)
Record at school: 392-93 (14 years)
1998 Conference record, finish: 16-0, first place
How qualified: Won Big West championship match
No. of NCAA tournament appearances: 13th appearance
1998 tournament results: First round - def. Southern, 3-0 (15-0, 15-0, 15-0); Second round - def. Arizona, 3-0 (15-11, 15-4, 15-6); Regional semifinal - def. Illinois, 3-0 (16-14, 15-4, 15-11); Regional semifinal - def. Texas, 3-0 (15-9, 15-9, 15-2)
Best finish: National champion in 1989 and '93, runner-up in '92
Record vs. teams in tournament: 14-0
Team Statistics: .337% hitting (#2), 3.05 blockspg (#18)
Players to watch (key stats):
#5 Misty May (Sr., S, 5-9), .401%(#12DI)
#11 Benishe Dillard (Sr., MB, 6-1), .414%(#4DI)
#13 Jessica Alvarado (Sr., OH, 5-11)
#4 Veronica Walls (Jr., OH, 5-10), .425%(#2DI)
#8 Anja Grabovac (Jr., OH, 6-0)
#12 Brandy Barratt (Jr., MB, 6-2), .406%(#9DI)

Penn State (33-0)
Current National Ranking: #2
Last Year: Lost to Stanford in the Final, 2-3
Conference: Big Ten
Coach (alma mater, year): Russ Rose (George Williams, 1975)
Career record: 653-119 (20 years)
Record at school: 653-119 (20 years)
1998 conference record, finish: 20-0, first place
How qualified: Won Big Ten regular-season title
No. of NCAA tournament of appearances: 18th appearance
1998 tournament results: First round - def. Bucknell, 3-0 (15-5, 15-1, 15-5); Second round - def. Clemson, 3-0 (15-2, 15-11, 15-5); Regional semifinal - def. Louisville, 3-0 (15-5, 15-8, 15-2)
Best finish: National runner up in 1993, '97
Record vs. teams in tournament: 15-0
Team Statistics: .359% hitting (#1), 3.87 blockspg (#2)
Players to watch (key stats):
#3 Bonnie Bremner (Jr., S), 11.6 apg, .440%, 1.90 dpg
#2 Lauren Cacciamanni (Jr., MB, 6-2), 3.61 kpg, .411%, 1.85 bpg
#8 Lindsay Anderson (Sr., OPP, 6-0)
#11 Christy Cochran (Sr., OH, 5-10)
#1 Emily Stout (Sr., OPP, 6-1)

Nebraska (32-1)
Current National Ranking: #3
Last Year: Lost to Long Beach in the Pacific Regional, 0-3
Conference: Big 12
Head coach (alma mater, year): Terry Pettit (Manchester College, 1968)
Career record: 714-148 (25 years)
Record at school: 666-137 (22 years)
1998 conference record, finish: 19-1, first place
How qualified: Won Big 12 championship
No. of NCAA tournament appearances: 17th appearance
1998 tournament results: First round - def. Morgan State, 3-0 (15-1, 15-2, 15-0); Second round - Nebraska def. Utah, 3-1 (14-16, 15-4, 15-8, 15-9); Regional semifinal - def. Pepperdine, 3-2 (16-14, 10-15, 14-16, 15-1, 15-12); Regional final - def. Wisconsin, 3-2 (12-15, 18-16, 9-15, 15-10, 15-10)
Best finish: National champion in 1995
Record vs. teams in tournament: 11-1
Team Statistics: .300% hitting (#5), 4.01 blockspg (#1)
Players to watch (key stats):
#16 Fiona Nepo (Sr., S, 5-9), 13.67 apg(#19DI)
#7 Nancy Meendering (So., OH, 6-1), 4.59 kpg, 2.40 dpg
#5 Megan Korver (Sr., MB, 6-1), 3.37 kpg(#19DI), 1.78 bpg(#6DI)
#22 Tonia Tauke (Jr., MB, 6-3), 1.65 bpg(#9DI)

Florida (35-2)
Current National Ranking: #4
Last Year: Lost to Penn State in the Semifinals
Conference: Southeastern
Coach (alma mater, year): Mary Wise (Purdue, 1981)
Career record: 352-90 (12 years)
Record at school: 271-27 (8 years)
1998 Conference record, finish: 14-0, first
How qualified: Won SEC tournament
No. of NCAA tournament appearances: 9th appearance
1998 tournament results: First round - def. Chattanooga, 3-0
(15-1, 15-3, 15-5); Second round - def. Ohio State, 3-1 (15-5, 13-15, 16-14, 15-12); Regional semifinal - def. USC, 3-1(15-13, 12-15, 15-9, 15-9); Regional final - def. Hawaii, 3-2 (11-15, 4-15, 15-10, 15-4, 15-7)
Best finish: Advanced to final four in 1992, '93, '96 and '97
Record vs. teams in tournament: 11-2
Team Statistics: .303% hitting (#4)
Players to watch (key stats):
#16 Jenny Manz (Jr., OH, 6-0), 4.6 kpg, 2.8 dpg
#14 Jenni Keene (Sr., OH, 5-11), 3.5 kpg, 3.2 dpg
#13 Heather Wright (So., MB, 6-1), 3.2 kpg, 1.2 bpg
#18 Jennifer Sanchez (jr., S, 5-10)



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