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Stanford women earn No. 3 seed for NCAA volleyball


The Stanford women's volleyball team (24-4) begins its quest for the program's ninth NCAA title at home this week, as the Cardinal earned the No. 3 overall seed for the NCAA fournament.

Stanford is scheduled to play its first round match at 7 p.m. on Friday at Maples Pavilion against Denver (23-8). The Pioneers won their fifth Summit League title to earn the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA championship.

Cal Poly (20-8) and Georgia (20-9) will meet in the other first-round matchup at Maples Pavilion on Friday at 4:30 p.m. The Mustangs finished second in the Big West Conference, while the Bulldogs took fifth in the SEC. Both received at-large berths into the tournament.

The winners of the Stanford-Denver match and the Cal Poly-Georgia match will meet in the second round on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Should the Cardinal advance past the first weekend of play, it will also host the regional rounds on Dec. 13-14 at Maples Pavilion. The seeded teams in Stanford's region are No. 6 Pittsburgh, No. 11 Penn State and No. 14 BYU. The Final Four will be held at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Dec. 19-21.

Stanford is making its 39th-straight NCAA Tournament appearance and is one of just two teams, with Penn State, to have made it to all 39 tournaments.

The Cardinal will be seeking a second straight national title and third in four years, its 23rd Final Four trip and 17th appearance in the national title match.

The Cardinal is 10-4 against the field, including wins over No. 2 Texas and No. 5 Nebraska.

Stanford wrapped up the regular season on Friday with a four-set win over Bay Area rival California. Claiming its 19th league title, Stanford went 18-2 in Pac-12 Conference play. Six Pac-12 schools earned bids to the NCAA Tournament.

— Staff report

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