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Duke, North Carolina, Florida State, Miami to compete in tournament
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Four Atlantic Coast Conference volleyball teams – No. 15 Duke, No, 16 Florida State, No. 14 North Carolina and Miami – earned bids to the 2013 NCAA Volleyball Championship.
Duke (27-4, 18-2 ACC), which earned the tournament’s No. 16 seed, won the ACC’s automatic bid to the national tournament after it captured the conference crown following a five-set victory over North Carolina last Friday. In their first round matchup, the Blue Devils will take on the Colonial Athletic Association Champion College of Charleston (25-5) on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C., where they boast a perfect 13-0 record this season. The winner will advance to take on either Georgia or American.
The appearance marks the eighth time in the last nine seasons and 18th time overall that the Blue Devils have competed in the NCAA Championship, where they hold a 12-17 mark. Duke’s deepest run in the tournament came during the 2010 campaign in which it made it to the Regional Finals before falling to eventual national champion Penn State, 3-1.
Duke has advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship in five of the past eight seasons. The Blue Devils last hosted the first two rounds in 2010, defeating High Point and Ohio.
Florida State (23-7, 17-3 ACC), which will be making its fifth consecutive appearance and 10th appearance as a member of the ACC, finished the regular season in second place in the conference and will take on Southern Conference Champion Georgia Southern (28-5) on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 5 p.m. in Gainesville, Fla., in its first round matchup. The winner will advance to take on either fifth-seeded Florida or Jacksonville.
After sweeping Albany in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Championship, Florida State was defeated by Iowa State, 3-2, in the second round. As an ACC member, the Seminoles hold a 10-9 mark at the NCAA Tournament, with its deepest run coming during the 2011 season in which they advanced to the Final Four before falling to eventual national champion UCLA.
North Carolina (27-4, 16-4 ACC) placed third in the ACC during the regular season and will take on California (17-12) on Friday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. in Madison, Wisc., in the first round, with the winner slated to take on either 12th-seeded Wisconsin or Milwaukee.
This will be North Carolina’s third-straight year facing the Golden Bears in the opening round of NCAA play and fourth-straight year meeting in the tournament. The Tar Heels hold victories in the 2011 and 2012 tournaments, while Cal upended North Carolina at the 2010 championship.
The appearance is the Tar Heels’ fourth straight and 14th overall. North Carolina is 9-14 in NCAA Championship matches, and its deepest run in the NCAA Tournament come during the 2002 season in which it advanced to the Regional Semifinals before bowing out against Final Four team Hawaii.
Miami (19-11, 12-8 ACC), which will be making its fifth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championship and fifth as a member of the ACC, will take on Oregon (19-11) on Friday, Dec. 6, at 5:30 p.m. in Lincoln, Neb. The winner will advance to take on either eighth-seeded Nebraska or Fairfield.
Miami’s deepest run into the NCAA Championship came during the 2002 tournament, where it advanced to the Regional Semifinals after victories over Duke and Wisconsin.