1999 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Tournament

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1999 NCAA Women's Division I Volleyball Tournament
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1999 NCAA Final Four logo
Champions Penn State (1st title)
Runner-up Stanford (8th title match)
Semifinalists
Winning coach Russ Rose (1st title)
Most outstanding player Lauren Cacciamani (Penn State)
Final Four All-Tournament Team
  • Bonnie Bremner(Penn State)
  • Carrie Schonveld (Penn State)
  • Kerri Walsh (Stanford)
  • Logan Tom (Stanford)
  • Elsa Stegemenn (Pacific)
«1998  2000»

The 1999 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Tournament began on December 2, 1999, with 64 teams and ended December 18 when Penn State defeated Stanford in Honolulu, Hawaii, for the program's first NCAA title.

Penn State, appearing in their third straight title match, crushed Stanford in three games to claim the school's first ever national championship. The Lions had fallen short in five games the previous two years, falling to Stanford in 1997 and Long Beach State in 1998.[1]

Records[edit]

The tournament field remained steady at 64 teams for a second straight year. The Big Ten led the way with eight bids in the 1999 NCAA Tournament, followed by the Big 12 with six bids and the Pac-10 with five bids. This was the last year to feature teams regionally seeded from 1-4. Bracket-wide seeding from 1-16 would begin in 2000. The Final Four was held in Hawaii for the first time since 1989, and has not been held outside the 48 contiguous states since.

Central Regional
Seed School Conference Berth Type Record
Arkansas State Sun Belt Automatic 28-6
Baylor Big 12 At-large 25-8
Cal Poly Big West At-large 20-8
Cal State Sacramento Big Sky At-large 22-9
Eastern Washington Big Sky At-large 24-7
Hofstra America East Automatic 26-5
Michigan State Big Ten At-large 20-12
Minnesota Big Ten At-large 25-8
Notre Dame Big East At-large 20-8
Ohio State Big Ten At-large 16-11
1 Penn State Big Ten Automatic 30-1
2 Pepperdine West Coast Automatic 24-3
Robert Morris Northeast Automatic 19-14
Temple Atlantic 10 Automatic 25-5
3 UCLA Pac-10 Auto (shared) 25-3
4 USC Pac-10 At-large 20-8
East Regional
Seed School Conference Berth Type Record
Arizona State Pac-10 At-large 14-12
Ball State MAC Automatic 28-6
3 BYU Mountain West At-large 26-4
4 Clemson ACC At-large 31-2
Colgate Patriot Automatic 17-17
Fairfield MAAC Automatic 30-3
2 Florida SEC Automatic 30-2
Illinois Big Ten At-large 16-10
Indiana Big Ten At-large 19-10
Liberty Big South Automatic 22-9
Michigan Big Ten At-large 15-14
Milwaukee Midwestern Collegiate At-large 25-3
Northern Iowa Missouri Valley Automatic 28-0
1 Pacific Big West Automatic 28-2
Princeton Ivy League Automatic 23-6
Wisconsin Big Ten At-large 21-9
Pacific Regional
Seed School Conference Berth Type Record
Arizona Pac-10 At-large 19-10
Cincinnati Conference USA Automatic 28-6
Davidson Southern Automatic 31-3
Florida Atlantic Trans America Automatic 17-12
Houston Conference USA At-large 21-10
James Madison CAA Automatic 26-6
Loyola Marymount West Coast At-large 19-10
3 Nebraska Big 12 Automatic 25-5
Oral Roberts Mid-Continent Automatic 23-12
San Diego West Coast At-large 22-5
Santa Clara West Coast At-large 20-10
Southeast Missouri State Ohio Valley Automatic 28-5
1 Stanford Pac-10 Auto (shared) 26-2
4 Texas Big 12 At-large 21-7
2 UC Santa Barbara Big West At-large 26-5
Virginia ACC At-large 19-11
Mountain Regional
Seed School Conference Berth Type Record
Arkansas SEC At-large 29-5
Colorado Big 12 At-large 18-11
3 Colorado State Mountain West Automatic 28-2
Florida A&M MEAC Automatic 23-8
Georgetown Big East Automatic 27-4
1 Hawaii WAC Automatic 27-1
Kansas State Big 12 At-large 20-8
2 Long Beach State Big West At-large 27-3
Louisville Conference USA At-large 19-11
Loyola (IL) Midwestern Collegiate Automatic 24-9
North Carolina ACC Automatic 27-5
Northern Arizona Big Sky Automatic 19-9
Prairie View A&M SWAC Automatic 18-16
Stephen F. Austin Southland Automatic 26-9
4 Texas A&M Big 12 At-large 25-5
Utah Mountain West At-large 21-9

Central Regional (University Park)[edit]

First round
December 2–3
Second round
December 4–5
Regional semifinals
December 9–10
Regional finals
December 11–12
                       
1 Penn State 3
Robert Morris 0
1 Penn State 3
University Park, PA
Baylor 0
Temple 1
Baylor 3
1 Penn State 3
Minnesota 0
Minnesota 3
Cal St. Sacramento 0
Minnesota 3
Los Angeles, CA
4 Southern California 2
Hofstra 0
4 Southern California 3
1 Penn State 3
3 UCLA 0
3 UCLA 3
Eastern Washington 0
3 UCLA 3
Los Angeles, CA
Ohio State 0
Ohio State 3
Notre Dame 1
3 UCLA 3
2 Pepperdine 0
Cal Poly 1
Michigan State 3
Michigan State 1
Malibu, CA
2 Pepperdine 3
Arkansas State 0
2 Pepperdine 3

East Regional (Stockton)[edit]

First round
December 2–3
Second round
December 4–5
Regional semifinals
December 9–10
Regional finals
December 11–12
                       
1 Pacific 3
Colgate 0
1 Pacific 3
Stockton, CA
Michigan 2
Michigan 3
Fairfield 0
1 Pacific 3
Northern Iowa 0
Northern Iowa 3
Ball State 2
Northern Iowa 3
Clemson, SC
Indiana 1
Indiana 3
4 Clemson 2
1 Pacific 3
2 Florida 0
3 BYU 3
Princeton 0
3 BYU 3
Orem, UT
Wisconsin 1
Arizona State 0
Wisconsin 3
3 BYU 0
2 Florida 3
UW–Milwaukee 1
Illinois 3
Illinois 0
Gainesville, FL
2 Florida 3
Liberty 0
2 Florida 3

Pacific Regional (Stanford)[edit]

First round
December 2–3
Second round
December 4–5
Regional semifinals
December 9–10
Regional finals
December 11–12
                       
1 Stanford 3
Florida Atlantic 0
1 Stanford 3
Stanford, CA
Santa Clara 1
Santa Clara 3
Cincinnati 1
1 Stanford 3
Arizona 0
Arizona 3
Virginia 0
Arizona 3
Austin, TX
4 Texas 0
Houston 0
4 Texas 3
1 Stanford 3
2 UCSB 0
3 Nebraska 3
Davidson 0
3 Nebraska 3
Lincoln, NE
San Diego 0
James Madison 0
San Diego 3
3 Nebraska 1
2 UCSB 3
Loyola Marymount 3
SE Missouri State 2
Loyola Marymount 1
Santa Barbara, CA
2 UCSB 3
Oral Roberts 0
2 UCSB 3

Mountain Regional (Honolulu)[edit]

First round
December 2–3
Second round
December 4–5
Regional semifinals
December 9–10
Regional finals
December 11–12
                       
1 Hawaiʻi 3
Prairie View 0
1 Hawaiʻi 3
Honolulu, HI
Utah 0
Utah 3
Colorado 0
1 Hawaiʻi 1
4 Texas A&M 3
North Carolina 3
Northern Arizona 0
North Carolina 0
College Station, TX
3 Texas A&M 3
Stephen F. Austin 0
4 Texas A&M 3
4 Texas A&M 0
2 Long Beach State 3
3 Colorado State 3
Loyola (Ill.) 0
2 Colorado State 3
Fort Collins, CO
Kansas State 1
Louisville 0
Kansas State 3
3 Colorado State 1
2 Long Beach State 3
Arkansas 3
Georgetown 1
Arkansas 1
Long Beach, CA
2 Long Beach State 3
Florida A&M 0
2 Long Beach State 3

Final Four – Stan Sheriff Center, Honolulu, HI[edit]

National Semifinals
December 16
National Championship
December 18
           
1 Penn State 3
1 Pacific 2
1 Penn State 3
1 Stanford 0
1 Stanford 3
2 Long Beach State 0

National Semifinals[edit]

Penn State vs. Pacific[edit]

Teams Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5
PSU 14 15 15 7 15
PAC 16 5 6 15 12

Penn State reached their third consecutive final after outlasting Pacific in five games. The Nittany Lions were paced by senior All-American Lauren Cacciamani with 26 kills, six blocks and a .304 attack percentage. Pacific was led by Elsa Stegemann who had a match high 31 kills. Pacific ended their season 32-3.

Stanford vs. Long Beach State[edit]

Teams Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
STAN 15 15 15
LBSU 10 10 3

Behind freshman Logan Tom's 27 kills, Stanford downed defending national champion Long Beach State in three games.

Long Beach State opened the match scoring the first two points of game 1, but Stanford would control it from there, scoring eight straight points. In game 2, Stanford trailed 6-3 but took six of the next seven points to take the 9-7 lead. A service ace would seal game two for the Cardinal. Stanford dominated game 3, scoring the first 13 points before taking it 15-3.

National Championship: Penn State vs. Stanford[edit]

Teams Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
PSU 15 15 15
STAN 2 10 7

Appearing in the program's third straight title match, the top ranked Penn State Nittany Lions crushed second ranked Stanford in three sets to claim the school's first national title.

In game 1, Penn State jumped out to the 8-0 lead, before taking the first game 15-2. The Lions had 10 team blocks in game 1 alone, and hit .258 in game 1. Stanford had 19 hitting errors in the opening game.

Stanford jumped out to the 3-1 lead in game 2, but Penn State tied the game up at 6. After that, Penn State scored six straight points to take the 12-6 lead. Stanford would get no closer than three points, as Penn State took game 2 15-10.

Penn State lead 7-6 in game 3, and eventually stretched the lead to 11-6. Stanford scored their last point on a Lion hitting error, as Penn State scored the final four points. A Stanford hitting error that sailed wide sealed the national championship for Penn State, 15-7.

Penn State's Lauren Cacciamani, the co-AVCA National Player of the Year with Kerri Walsh, had 20 kills and hit .344, while Walsh hit .000 with 11 kills and 11 errors. As a team, Stanford hit negative .008 (39 kills, 40 errors) while Penn State hit .240 (48 kills, 19 errors).[2]

After losing their first match of the season, the Nittany Lions reeled off 36 consecutive wins. The win gave Russ Rose his first NCAA title as the Penn State head coach after three previous runner-up finishes, while Stanford finished as NCAA runners-up for the fourth time in school history.

NCAA Tournament records[edit]

There is one NCAA tournament record that was set in the 1999 tournament that still stands.

  • Kills in a match (individual record) - Elsa Stegemann, University of the Pacific - 46 kills vs. Michigan (2nd round)

References[edit]