Nov. 26, 2000
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's women's volleyball team found out tonight it will be making its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament this Friday, Dec. 1, at 5:00 p.m. in Provo, Utah, against the Missouri Tigers out of the Big 12 Conference. Utah State will be one of five school's making their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament, along with Missouri. The other three school's that will be playing in the NCAA's for the first time is Alabama A&M, Texas-San Antonio, and Georgia State.
The Aggies, ranked 21st in the country will face a Missouri team that is 24-6 on the year and is ranked 23rd in the country. The Tigers finished with a 14-6 league record. USU and Missouri will be playing each other for just the second time ever, as the Aggies won the first meeting in three games back in 1989 at the San Diego Invitational by final scores of 15-2, 15-13, 15-9. The other match-up in the region will have Brigham Young University facing Hofstra at 7:00 p.m.
"It's great to be in the NCAA Tournament," commented Utah State head coach Tom Peterson. "It's a little surprising to be put in the same region as Brigham Young, but in a way that is good because there won't be as many distractions."
Utah State won 20 games for the first time in 19 years this season with three of those wins coming against top-15 programs. The Aggies defeated then ranked No. 10 BYU, in Logan on Sept. 12, in three games by scores of 15-13, 15-8, 15-6. USU also defeated then ranked No. 9 UC Santa Barbara in three games at home (15-12, 15-6, 15-0), followed by a three-game win over then ranked No. 15 Utah in four games (8-15, 15-8, 15-12, 15-10) at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Utah State went 4-7 on the season versus teams that will be participating in the 2000 NCAA Tournament, as the Aggies defeated Cal Poly twice, and UC Santa Barbara, Utah, and BYU once. USU's losses against teams in the tournament came against Pacific and Long Beach State twice each, and one loss to UC Santa Barbara, Kansas State, and Washington State.
The Big West Conference had five teams make the 64-team field as Pacific, UC Santa Barbara, Long Beach State, and Cal Poly will join the Aggies in the NCAA Tournament. Only the Big 12, Big 10, and Pac-10 conference had more teams get in, as all three of those league's got six teams into the field of 64.