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Courtesy: Sun Devil Athletics
Volleyball Gets NCAA Bid, Faces BYU In Hawaii On Friday
Courtesy: Sun Devil Athletics
Release: 12/01/2013
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Tickets will go on sale on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 9 a.m. HT/Noon MT on Hawaii’s website,

Ticket Prices
Packages (2-day): Adults (Lower or Upper)- $30
Upper Sr. Cit - $20
Upper Student - $13

Single game prices: Adults (Lower or Upper)- $18
Upper Sr. Cit - $12
Upper Student - $8

All matches will be streamed live through

Live stats will be available on the Hawaii volleyball schedule page.

The Arizona State volleyball team (19-13) has received its second-consecutive bid to the NCAA Tournament, and will face BYU (22-6) on Friday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. MT at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Also in the pod are site host and No. 11 seed Hawaii (24-4), who will face Idaho State (23-11) on Saturday, Dec. 7 as part of first round action.

Winners of the first round matchups will play on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 10 p.m. MT.

“We’re very excited,” head coach Jason Watson said. “We felt that the body of work we were able to accomplish this season was worthy of consideration, and when our name was called, it was a wonderful feeling. We’re excited to represent both the Pac-12 and ASU, and for me, I’m excited to continue to coach this wonderful team.”

This is ASU’s 17th trip to the NCAA Tournament in program history, and the first time the Sun Devils have picked up back-to-back bids since the 1999-2000 seasons.

ASU and BYU last met on Oct. 25, 1999, with the Cougars coming out with the 3-1 win in Tempe. The Sun Devils last defeated BYU on Oct. 3, 1988, 3-1, in Provo, Utah.

“BYU is of course, one of the perennial nationally competitive teams in the country,” Watson said. “They’re a remarkable school with deep and rich history and success in the NCAA Tournament, and it will be a challenge, a unique opportunity for us. Will prepare and do what we do and go compete and see what happens.”

Watson is one of five Sun Devil head coaches to make it to the NCAA postseason. He joins Brad Saindon, Patti Snyder-Park, Debbie Brown and Dale Flickinger since the inception of the NCAA.

This marks Watson’s fifth appearance in the NCAA postseason, and he has a 4-4 record. ASU’s last win in the NCAA Tournament was in 2006 when the Sun Devils topped College of Charleston, 3-1.

ASU is one of nine schools from the Pac-12 Conference to get a bid to the tournament, which leads the nation and is also a league record.

The top-16 teams were seeded nationally and placed within four regions. The teams tabbed as the top four seeds were No. 1 Texas; No. 2 Penn State; No. 3 Washington; and No. 4 Missouri.

First- and second-round matches will be played at 16 campus sites. Teams winning both matches will move on to regional play Dec. 13 and 14. The pre-determined regional sites are Lexington, Ky.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Lincoln, Neb.; and Champaign, Ill. All regional semifinal games will be shown on ESPN3. Regional final games will air on ESPNU.

The regional winners will advance to the semifinals and final hosted by Washington and at KeyArena in Seattle, Wash., on Dec. 19 and 21. Both national semifinal games as well as the championship game will be broadcast by ESPN2. 

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