COLLEGE PARK -- The University of Maryland, which is playing host to the National Collegiate Athletic Association volleyball semifinals and finals Dec. 13 and 15, earned its first bid to the national tournament yesterday.
The Terps (22-11) will visit seventh-ranked Texas (29-3) Friday at 7 p.m. Texas, which won the NCAA title in 1988, has been to the national semifinals three times.
The 32-field team features four regions of eight teams each. Texas is the No. 1 seed in the South region, and Maryland is the region's No. 8 seed. The other top seeds are: UCLA (West), Hawaii (Northwest) and Nebraska (Mideast). Of the 32 teams, 16 are selected at large and 16 earn their way into the by winning their conference championship.