Nov. 30, 2012

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DAYTON, Ohio - The 13th-ranked University of Dayton women’s volleyball team will take on Pepperdine for the second time this season in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Division I Championships.  The match will take place at 8:30 p.m. ET in Eugene, Oregon at the Matthew Knight Arena.  The Flyers enter the match 26-4 and on an 18-match winning streak while the Waves are 20-11 on the year and winners of their last two.  The winner of the match will advance to second round for a meeting with either host Oregon or Northern Colorado.  The second round match will take place Saturday, Dec. 1 at 11 p.m. ET.

For the 12th week in a row, the Flyers earned a national ranking, coming in at No. 13 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top 25 Poll. Dayton fell one spot despite winning both matches last week. The previous high ranking came when UD was ranked No. 10 earlier this season. This is the 60th consecutive week the Flyers have either been ranked or received votes in the AVCA poll. UD’s streak of receiving votes dates back to Nov. 23, 2009.

The Waves are 20-11 on the season and 6-0 on neutral courts. Under the direction of 30th-year head coach Nina Matthies, Pepperdine is hitting for a .258 percentage and holding opponents to a .216 mark.  The Waves are averaging 14.6 kills, 13.7 assists, and 15.5 digs per set, all of which are higher than their opponents’ averages.  Jazmine Orozco and Kellie Woolever are first team All-West Coast Conference performers while Victoria Adelhelm and Taylor Racich were recognized with conference awards as well.  Earlier this season, Orozco and Adelhelm combined for 26 kills and 22 digs against the Flyers.  Woolever also recorded 44 assists.

The Ducks of Oregon are the host team and No. 6 in the nation according to the AVCA. At 23-4 on the year, Oregon has spent some time at No. 1 this season.  Alaina Bergsma leads the way with 4.91 kills per set, which ranks fifth in the nation.  As a team, the Ducks lead Division I in that category.

Northern Colorado went 24-10 this season en route to a Big Sky Championship.  The Bears are undefeated on neutral courts (3-0) and winners of their last five matches.  During that span UNC lost only one set, and is playing some of its best volleyball of the season.

The Flyers have the following all-time record against these potential opponents.
Pepperdine:1-2 | Oregon/Northern Colorado: 0-0

Dayton defeated Pepperdine earlier this season with a 3-1 win at home in the Flyer Classic.  The Flyers took the first set 25-19, before falling in the second, 25-18.  They then went on to take the last two 26-24, 25-18.  It was only Dayton’s second match of the year.

Dayton will make its sixth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championship. In 2011, Dayton fell to the Kentucky Wildcats in heartbreaking fashion 20-25, 25-16, 25-22, 15-25, 14-16. The appearance in the Big Dance will be UD’s ninth in the last 10 seasons. Dayton won the Atlantic 10’s automatic bid for the fourth straight year as regular season and tournament champions. The Flyers hold a 4-8 all-time record in the tournament and have advanced to the second round in two of the previous three seasons.