NCAA Division I women's volleyball tournament

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NCAA Division I women's volleyball tournament
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2023 NCAA Division I women's volleyball tournament
SportVolleyball
Founded1981
No. of teams64
Country United States
Most recent
champion(s)
Texas (4)
Most titlesStanford (9)
TV partner(s)ABC
Official websiteNCAA.com

The NCAA Division I women's volleyball tournament is an annual event that leads to the championship in women's volleyball from teams in Division I contested by the NCAA each winter since 1981. Texas won the most recent tournament, defeating Nebraska 3–0 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.

History[edit]

From 1970 through 1980, before the NCAA governed women's collegiate athletics, the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women conducted the women's collegiate volleyball championships.

Volleyball was one of twelve women's sports added to the NCAA championship program for the 1981–82 school year, as the NCAA engaged in battle with the AIAW for sole governance of women's collegiate sports. The AIAW continued to conduct its established championship program in the same twelve (and other) sports; however, after a year of dual women's championships, the NCAA won the fight and assumed the AIAW's authority and membership.

The first NCAA championship tournament was held in 1981, with 20 schools competing for the title. The tournament expanded gradually, moving to 28 teams in 1982, 32 in 1986, 48 in 1993, 56 in 1997, and finally to its current size of 64 in 1998.[1]

There is also an NCAA Men's National Collegiate Volleyball Championship, which until 2012 was open to members of all three NCAA divisions,, as there are far fewer men's programs than women's. However, starting in the 2011–12 school year (2011 women's season, 2012 men's season), a Division III championship was established. The National Collegiate championship now involves only Division I and II members; under NCAA rules, D-II schools can compete under D-I rules in any sport that does not have a dedicated D-II national championship.

Champions[edit]

  • The following is a list of Division I champions and runners-up with the champion's overall record, city, site and other national semifinal participants.

See Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women championships for the Division I volleyball champions from 1970 to 1981. NOTE: In 1981 there were both NCAA and AIAW champions.

NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship[2]
Year Host City
(University)
Host Arena Final Third Place Final / Semifinalists
Winner Score Runner-up Third Place Score Fourth Place
1981 Los Angeles
(UCLA)
Pauley Pavilion USC (27–10) 3–2 UCLA San Diego State 3–0 Pacific
1982 Stockton, California
(Pacific)
Alex G. Spanos Center Hawaiʻi (33–1) 3–2 USC San Diego State 3–2 Stanford
1983 Lexington, Kentucky
(Kentucky)
Memorial Coliseum Hawaiʻi (2) (34–2) 3–0 UCLA Stanford 3–1 Pacific
1984 Los Angeles
(UCLA)
Pauley Pavilion UCLA (33–6) 3–2 Stanford Pacific 3–1 San Jose State
1985 Kalamazoo, Michigan
(Western Michigan)
Read Fieldhouse Pacific (36–3) 3–1 Stanford USC 3–2 UCLA
1986 Stockton, California
(Pacific)
Alex G. Spanos Center Pacific (2) (39–3) 3–0 Nebraska Texas, Stanford
1987 Indianapolis Market Square Arena Hawaiʻi (3) (37–2) 3–1 Stanford Illinois, Texas
1988 Minneapolis
(Minnesota)
Williams Arena Texas (34–5) 3–0 Hawaiʻi Illinois, UCLA
1989 Honolulu, Hawaii
(Hawaiʻi)
Blaisdell Arena Long Beach State (32–5) 3–0 Nebraska UT Arlington, UCLA
1990 College Park, Maryland
(Maryland)
Cole Field House UCLA (2) (36–1) 3–0 Pacific LSU, Nebraska
1991 Los Angeles
(UCLA)
Pauley Pavilion UCLA (3) (31–5) 3–2 Long Beach State LSU, Ohio State
1992 Albuquerque, New Mexico
(New Mexico)
University Arena Stanford (31–2) 3–1 UCLA Long Beach State, Florida
1993 Madison, Wisconsin
(Wisconsin)
UW Field House Long Beach State (2) (32–2) 3–1 Penn State BYU, Florida
1994 Austin, Texas
(Texas)
Frank Erwin Center Stanford (2) (32–1) 3–1 UCLA Penn State, Ohio State
1995 Amherst, Massachusetts
(Massachusetts)
Mullins Center Nebraska (32–1) 3–1 Texas Stanford, Michigan State
1996 Cleveland, Ohio
(Cleveland State)
CSU Convocation Center Stanford (3) (31–2) 3–0 Hawaiʻi Nebraska, Florida
1997 Spokane, Washington
(Washington State)
Spokane Arena Stanford (4) (33–2) 3–2 Penn State Long Beach State, Florida
1998 Madison, Wisconsin
(Wisconsin)
Kohl Center Long Beach State (3) (36–0) 3–2 Penn State Nebraska, Florida
1999 Honolulu, Hawaii
(Hawaiʻi)
Stan Sheriff Center Penn State (36–1) 3–0 Stanford Long Beach State, Pacific
2000 Richmond, Virginia
(VCU)
Richmond Coliseum Nebraska (2) (34–0) 3–2 Wisconsin Hawaiʻi, USC
2001 San Diego
(San Diego State)
Cox Arena Stanford (5) (33–2) 3–0 Long Beach State Arizona, Nebraska
2002 New Orleans
(New Orleans)
New Orleans Arena USC (2) (31–1) 3–1 Stanford Hawaiʻi, Florida
2003 Dallas Reunion Arena USC (3) (35–0) 3–1 Florida Hawaiʻi, Minnesota
2004 Long Beach, California
(Long Beach State)
Long Beach Arena Stanford (6) (30–6) 3–0 Minnesota USC, Washington
2005 San Antonio
(UTSA)
Alamodome Washington (32–1) 3–0 Nebraska Santa Clara, Tennessee
2006 Omaha, Nebraska
(Nebraska)
Qwest Center Nebraska (3) (33–1) 3–1 Stanford UCLA, Washington
2007 Sacramento, California
(Sacramento State)
ARCO Arena Penn State (2) (34–2) 3–2 Stanford California, USC
2008 Omaha, Nebraska
(Nebraska)
Qwest Center Penn State (3) (38–0) 3–0 Stanford Nebraska, Texas
2009 Tampa, Florida
(South Florida)
St. Pete Times Forum Penn State (4) (38–0) 3–2 Texas Hawaiʻi, Minnesota
2010 Kansas City, Missouri
(UMKC)
Sprint Center Penn State (5) (32–5) 3–0 California Texas, USC
2011 San Antonio
(UTSA)
Alamodome UCLA (4) (30–6) 3–1 Illinois Florida State, USC
2012 Louisville, Kentucky
(Louisville)
KFC Yum! Center Texas (2) (29–4) 3–0 Oregon Michigan, Penn State
2013 Seattle, Washington
(Washington)
KeyArena Penn State (6) (34–2) 3–1 Wisconsin Texas, Washington
2014 Oklahoma City
(Oklahoma)
Chesapeake Energy Arena Penn State (7) (36–3) 3–0 BYU Stanford, Texas
2015 Omaha, Nebraska
(Nebraska)
CenturyLink Center Omaha Nebraska (4) (32–4) 3–0 Texas Kansas, Minnesota
2016 Columbus, Ohio
(Ohio State)
Nationwide Arena Stanford (7) (27–7) 3–1 Texas Minnesota, Nebraska
2017 Kansas City, Missouri
(UMKC & Kansas)
Sprint Center Nebraska (5) (33–4) 3–1 Florida Penn State, Stanford
2018 Minneapolis, Minnesota
(Minnesota)
Target Center Stanford (8) (34–1) 3–2 Nebraska BYU, Illinois
2019 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
(Duquesne)
PPG Paints Arena Stanford (9) (30–4) 3–0 Wisconsin Baylor, Minnesota
2020[a] Omaha, Nebraska
(Nebraska)
CHI Health Center Omaha Kentucky (24–1) 3–1 Texas Washington, Wisconsin
2021 Columbus, Ohio
(Ohio State)
Nationwide Arena Wisconsin (31–3) 3–2 Nebraska Louisville, Pittsburgh
2022 Omaha, Nebraska
(Nebraska)
CHI Health Center Omaha Texas (3) (28–1) 3–0 Louisville Pittsburgh, San Diego
2023 Tampa, Florida
(South Florida)
Amalie Arena Texas (4) (28–4) 3–0 Nebraska Pittsburgh, Wisconsin
2024 Louisville, Kentucky
(Louisville)
KFC Yum! Center
2025 Kansas City, Missouri
(Kansas)
T-Mobile Center
  1. ^ Due to COVID-19, the NCAA moved its 2020–21 championship events in fall sports from fall 2020 to spring 2021. The NCAA is labeling the tournament as the "2020" edition, but the season as "2020–21".

Statistics[edit]

Team titles[edit]

NCAA Division I women's volleyball tournament is located in the United States
Penn State
Penn
State
Stanford
Stanford
UCLA
UCLA
Nebraska
Nebraska
⇙ Hawaiʻi
⇙ Hawaiʻi
Long Beach State
Long
Beach
State
USC
USC
Texas
Texas
Pacific
Pacific
Kentucky
Kentucky
Washington
Washington
Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Schools with national championships
— 9 championships, – 7 championships, – 5 championships, – 4 championships, – 3 championships
– 2 championships, – 1 championship
Team Number Year won
Stanford 9 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2004, 2016, 2018, 2019
Penn State 7 1999, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014
Nebraska 5 1995, 2000, 2006, 2015, 2017
Texas 4 1988, 2012, 2022, 2023
UCLA 4 1984, 1990, 1991, 2011
Hawaiʻi 3 1982, 1983, 1987
Long Beach State 3 1989, 1993, 1998
USC 3 1981, 2002, 2003
Pacific 2 1985, 1986
Kentucky 1 2020
Washington 1 2005
Wisconsin 1 2021

Champions by decade[edit]

Winners of two or more consecutive championships[edit]

Wins Team Years
4 Penn State 2007–2010
2 Hawaiʻi 1982, 1983
Pacific 1985, 1986
UCLA 1990, 1991
Stanford 1996, 1997, 2018, 2019
USC 2002, 2003
Penn State 2013, 2014
Texas 2022, 2023

Common Matchups in Championship Final[edit]

# of Times Matchup Record Years Played
4 Penn State vs Stanford Penn State 3–1 1997, 1999, 2007, 2008
3 Nebraska vs Texas Nebraska 2–1 1995, 2015, 2023
Stanford vs UCLA Stanford 2–1 1984, 1992, 1994
2 Hawaiʻi vs Stanford Tied 1–1 1987, 1996
Long Beach State vs Penn State Long Beach State 2–0 1993, 1998
Nebraska vs Stanford Tied 1–1 2006, 2018
Nebraska vs Wisconsin Tied 1–1 2000, 2021

Champions by state[edit]

Champions by state
State Wins Years won
California 21 1981, 1984–1986, 1989–1994, 1996–1998, 2001–2004, 2011, 2016, 2018, 2019
Pennsylvania 7 1999, 2007–2010, 2013, 2014
Nebraska 5 1995, 2000, 2006, 2015, 2017
Texas 4 1988, 2012, 2022, 2023
Hawaii 3 1982, 1983, 1987
Kentucky 1 2020
Washington 1 2005
Wisconsin 1 2021

Final 4 Appearances[edit]

Team Number Champion Runner-up Semifinalist
Stanford 23 9 8 6
UCLA 12 4 4 4
USC 10 3 1 6
Washington 5 1 0 4
Cal 2 0 1 1
Arizona 1 0 0 1
Oregon 1 0 1 0
Nebraska 16 5 6 5
Penn State 13 7 3 3
Minnesota 6 0 1 5
Wisconsin 6 1 3 2
Illinois 4 0 1 3
Ohio State 2 0 0 2
Michigan State 1 0 0 1
Michigan 1 0 0 1
Florida 8 0 2 6
LSU 2 0 0 2
Kentucky 1 1 0 0
Tennessee 1 0 0 1
Texas 14 4 5 5
BYU 3 0 1 2
Baylor 1 0 0 1
Kansas 1 0 0 1
Pittsburgh 3 0 0 3
Louisville 2 0 1 1
Florida State 1 0 0 1
Pacific 7 2 1 4
Santa Clara 1 0 0 1
San Diego 1 0 0 1
Hawaiʻi 9 3 2 4
Long Beach State 8 3 2 3
San Diego State 2 0 0 2
San Jose State 1 0 0 1
UT Arlington 1 0 0 1

Current Conference Key[edit]

Pac 12
Big Ten
SEC
Big 12
ACC
West Coast
Big West
Mountain West
WAC

Records[edit]

  • Highest attendance: 19,727 (2023 championship match)
  • Lowest attendance for a championship match: 0 (2020)[3][a]
  • Lowest seed to win championship: 11 (Stanford, 2004)
  • Lowest seed in championship game: Unseeded (BYU, 2014)
  • Most championships: Stanford (9)
  • Most consecutive championships: Penn State (4, 2007–10)
  • Most consecutive postseason victories: Penn State (26)
  • Most championships by a head coach: Russ Rose (7)
  • Most championships by conference: Pac-12 (17)
  • Most appearances in championship match: Stanford (17)
  • Most semifinal appearances: Stanford (23)
  • Most semifinal appearances without a championship: Florida (8)
  • Undefeated seasons (since 1981): Long Beach State (1998), Nebraska (2000), USC (2003), Penn State (2008, 2009)

[2][4]

  1. ^ The lowest attendance for a championship match with no artificial attendance restrictions was 2,000 for the 1983 final.

Most Outstanding Player[edit]

In 1991 and now annually since 1996, the NCAA has awarded the most outstanding player(s) of the NCAA championship.[2]

Year Most Outstanding Player School
1991 Natalie Williams
Antoinnette White
UCLA
Long Beach State
1996 Kerri Walsh Stanford
1997 Terri Zemaitis Penn State
1998 Misty May
Lauren Cacciamani
Long Beach State (2)
Penn State (2)
1999 Lauren Cacciamani (2) Penn State (3)
2000 Greichaly Cepero Nebraska
2001 Logan Tom Stanford (2)
2002 Keao Burdine Southern California
2003 Keao Burdine (2) Southern California (2)
2004 Ogonna Nnamani Stanford (3)
2005 Christal Morrison Washington
2006 Sarah Pavan Nebraska (2)
2007 Megan Hodge Penn State (4)
2008 Megan Hodge (2) Penn State (5)
2009 Destinee Hooker Texas
2010 Deja McClendon Penn State (6)
2011 Rachael Kidder UCLA (2)
2012 Bailey Webster Texas (2)
2013 Micha Hancock Penn State (7)
2014 Megan Courtney Penn State (8)
2015 Mikaela Foecke Nebraska (3)
2016 Inky Ajanaku Stanford (4)
2017 Mikaela Foecke (2)
Kelly Hunter
Nebraska (4,5)
2018 Morgan Hentz
Kathryn Plummer
Stanford (5,6)
2019 Kathryn Plummer (2) Stanford (7)
2020 Madison Lilley Kentucky
2021 Anna Smrek Wisconsin
2022 Logan Eggleston Texas (3)
2023 Madisen Skinner Texas (4)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2015 NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament Statistics and Records" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  2. ^ a b c http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/w_volleyball_champs_records/2012/d1/DI.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  3. ^ "Women's Volleyball Box Score: Texas vs. Kentucky". Kentucky Wildcats. April 24, 2021. Retrieved May 19, 2021.
  4. ^ http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/w_volleyball_RB/2013/Att.pdf[bare URL PDF]

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