UC Irvine Earns NCAA At-Large Berth

UC Irvine will defend its national title beginning on Thursday

TOURNAMENT CENTRAL

IRVINE, Calif. --- UC Irvine received the at-large berth for the NCAA National Men's Volleyball Championship that will be played at Pauley Pavilion Thursday and Saturday (May 2 and 4).

First-year head coach David Kniffin's Anteaters, 23-7 overall, are seeded second and will face No. 3 seed Loyola Chicago (22-9) in the first semifinal at 6:00 p.m. Thursday. The match will be streammed live on NCAA.com.

BYU (25-4) is the top seed and will meet fourth-seeded Penn State (22-7) in the other semifinal at approximately 8:00 p.m.

The championship match is scheduled for Saturday at 6:00 p.m. and will be televised on ESPNU.

This is UCI's fifth appearance in the NCAA Championship.  The Anteaters are 6-1 in previous tournament play, winning national titles in 2007, 2009 and last year.

The other three teams in this year's NCAA Championship won their respective conference tournament titles:  BYU (Mountain Pacific Sports Federation), Loyola Chicago (Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) and Penn State (Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association).

Loyola-Chicago leads the series with UCI 3-2 all-time with the Anteaters winning the last two meetings.

Ticket Information

2013 NCAA National Men's Volleyball Championship
May 2 & 4, 2013
Pauley Pavilion – Los Angeles, Calif.


Thursday, May 2 (Semifinals) -- Pacific Times Listed

6:00 p.m. -- #2 UC Irvine (23-7) vs. #3 Loyola Chicago (22-9) --- NCAA.com
8:00 p.m. -- #1 BYU (25-4) vs. #4 Penn State (22-7) --- NCAA.com


Saturday, May 4 (Championship)

6:00 p.m. -- Semifinal Winners --- ESPNU


UC Irvine's Previous NCAA Tournament Results (6-1):

2006 (Host – Penn State)
Semifinals:  Penn State def. UC Irvine, 3-2 (32-30, 30-23, 31-33, 27-30, 15-13)

2007 (Host – Ohio State)
Semifinals:  UC Irvine def. Penn State, 3-1 (30-25, 30-22, 26-30, 30-23)
Championship:  UC Irvine def. IPFW, 3-1 (30-20, 24-30, 30-23, 30-28)

2009 (Host – BYU)
Semifinals:  UC Irvine def. Ohio State, 3-0 (30-25, 20-25, 20-26)
Championship:  UC Irvine def. USC, 3-2 (26-30, 30-23, 26-30, 30-17, 15-12)

2012 (Host – USC)
Semifinals:  UC Irvine def. Penn State, 3-1 (18-25, 25-18, 25-15, 25-19)
Championship:  UC Irvine def. USC, 3-0 (25-22, 34-32, 26-24)

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