WAC Announces Brackets for Volleyball Tournament

The Western Athletic Conference Announced Monday the pairings for the upcoming Volleyball Tournament this week in Reno, Nevada.

DENVER - The Western Athletic Conference announced Monday the pairings for the upcoming WAC Women's Volleyball Tournament to be held Nov. 22-24 in Reno, Nevada.

Hawaii is the number one seed followed by Fresno State, Nevada, San Jose State and Rice. The top 8 teams qualify for the single-elimination tournament.

KKEA 1420 AM will cover all matches with Scott Robbs handling the play-by-play.

WHAT: Women's Volleyball Championship

WHERE: Virginia Street Gym - Reno, Nevada
Located on the campus of the University of Nevada

DATE: Friday-Sunday, November 22-24, 2002

Friday, November 22
Session 1
Match 1 - (1)Hawai'i vs. (8)Louisiana Tech, 12:00 p.m. PST
Match 2 - (4)San Jose State vs. (5)Rice, 2:00 p.m. PST

Session 2
Match 3 - (2)Fresno State vs. (7)SMU, 5:30 p.m. PST
Match 4 - (3)Nevada vs. (6)UTEP, 7:30 p.m. PST

Saturday, November 23
Match 5 - Winner Match 1 vs. Winner Match 2, 5:00 p.m. PST
Match 6 - Winner Match 3 vs. Winner Match 4, 7:00 p.m. PST

Sunday, November 24
Match 5 - 1:00 p.m. PST

All Times Pacifc
*Match times are subject to change, as the host team will play in the late session.

Starting this season, eight of the 10 WAC teams will compete in the tournament.

Tickets for the 2002 WAC Volleyball Tournament went on sale to the public Aug. 1. Ticket prices will be $30 for adults and $15 for children and students for an all-session pass (7 matches). All seats are general admission and prices apply to all age groups. For tickets, call the Nevada ticket office at (775) 348-PACK (7225).

At last season's WAC Championship, in San Jose, Calif., Hawai'i earned its second WAC Tournament title, defeating San Jose State, 30-22, 30-27, 30-22. The WAC landed three teams in the 2001 NCAA Tournament, Hawai'i, Nevada and San Jose State. Nevada and San Jose State both fell to eventual national champion Stanford, while Hawai'i lost to UCLA in the national regional semifinals.

All 10 volleyball teams started the 2002 season on Friday, Aug. 30 with tournament play. Hawai‘i and San Jose State earned honors in Volleyball Magazine's 2002 preseason poll, Hawai‘i was ranked second in the nation behind Stanford. San Jose State also received votes in the poll.

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