C-USA Volleyball Notebook & Stats
Nov. 27, 2011
TULSA, Okla. -
Tulsa will play Oklahoma at 7 p.m. CT on Friday, Dec. 2, in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship at USC's Galen Center in Los Angeles.
The Conference USA Champion Golden Hurricane (27-6, 18-2 C-USA) will meet the Sooners (21-11, 8-8 Big 12) for the second-straight season in the NCAA Tournament. OU eliminated TU in the second round last season in five sets in Norman.
Top-ranked and No. 7 national seed USC (25-4, 20-2 Pac 12) is the host school, and will face Ivy League Champion Yale (18-6, 12-2 Ivy League) in the opening round. The winners of the opening round matches will meet on Dec. 3 for the right to advance to the Honolulu Regional.
Tulsa won the Conference USA championship for the second-straight year and is making its second NCAA Tournament appearance in a row. TU is led by C-USA Player of the Year Tyler Henderson and C-USA Libero of the Year Jessica Adams, as well as all-conference performers Diana Silva and Kellie Culberson. The Hurricane has won 21 of its last 23 matches heading into the postseason.
Seven of Tulsa's 2011 opponents are among the 64-team field, including No. 3-seed Illinois and No. 12-seed Florida State. The Golden Hurricane has a 4-3 record against teams in the NCAA postseason, with wins over Albany, Middle Tennessee State, North Carolina and North Dakota State. Kentucky rounds out TU's regular season opponents in the field.
2011 NCAA Volleyball Bracket
2011 NCAA DI VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
December 2-3 at Los Angeles, California
No. 7 Southern California (25-4) vs. Yale (18-6)
Tulsa (27-6) vs. Oklahoma (21-11)
December 1-2 at Honolulu, Hawaii
Oregon (21-9) vs. Colorado St. (23-5)
Northern Colo. (22-8) vs. No. 10 Hawaii (29-1)