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Regionals are all about conferences

Breaking down the regional rounds of the 2009 women's volleyball tournament

Originally Published: December 9, 2009
By Dave Reed | Special to ESPN.com

The first two rounds of the 2009 NCAA women's volleyball tournament are in the books, and the big surprise isn't which teams advanced to the Sweet 16, but rather which conference saw the majority of its teams eliminated.

For just the second time since the tournament field expanded to 64 teams in 1998, the Pac-10 has only two schools playing in the regional semifinals. That's an incredible step back from 2006 and '07, when the conference had three of the four teams in the national semifinals, ...

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