The Stanford women's volleyball team (24-5) will begin its quest for the program's seventh NCAA title at home this week, as the squad earned the No. 7 overall seed in the 2013 NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship and was selected to host the first and second rounds.
Stanford will play its first-round match on Thursday (7 p.m.) at Maples Pavilion against Hampton (19-10). The Pirates won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference for the first time to earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.
"It's great that our administration steps up every year to give us the advantage of playing at home," Cardinal coach John Dunning said. "We're grateful for that."
Alabama (24-9) and Oklahoma (23-7) will meet in the other first-round matchup at Maples on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
The Crimson Tide, out of the Southeastern Conference, is making its fourth postseason appearance and first since 2007.
Alabama assistant coach Bryn Kehoe was Stanford's setter between 2004-07, helping lead the Cardinal to three appearances in the championship game and helping to win the national title n 2004.
The Sooners also received an at-large berth out of the Big 12 Conference and are making their fifth-straight tournament appearance.
The winners of the Stanford-Hampton match and the Alabama-Oklahoma match will meet Friday at 7 p.m. Should Stanford advance, the team will travel to Lexington, Ky., for the Lexington Regional on Dec. 13-14. The 2013 Final Four will be held at KeyArena in Seattle, Wash., Dec. 19-21.
Stanford will be making its 32nd straight NCAA Tournament appearance and is one of just two teams to have made it to all 32 tournaments. The Cardinal will be seeking its seventh NCAA title, 19th Final Four trip and 15th appearance in the national title match.
Last season, Stanford fell in the Berkeley Regional final to Michigan. Under 13th-year head coach John Dunning, Stanford has reached six of the past 12 NCAA title matches and won two national championships.
The Cardinal wrapped up the regular season on Friday night with a four-set win over Cal on Senior Night. Stanford finished second in the Pac-12 with a 17-3 conference record. Nine Pac-12 schools earned bids to the NCAA Tournament, the most by any conference in the country.
Tickets for the first and second rounds will be available online at www.GoStanford.com or by calling 1-800-STANFORD.