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Nov. 29, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Five Atlantic Coast Conference volleyball teams earned bids to the 2010 NCAA Volleyball Championship, the NCAA Volleyball Selection Committee announced Sunday. With five teams chosen – Duke, Florida State, Miami, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech – the league matched the record it set last season, which marked the first time in the conference’s volleyball history that five teams received invitations to the national tournament. More history was made as the Hokies earned their first trip to the tournament in school history.
The league is represented in all four of the bracket’s regionals. The Blue Devils and Hokies will compete in the University Park, Pa., Regional, while the Seminoles are in the Austin, Texas Regional. Miami is the Dayton, Ohio, bracket and North Carolina rounds out the field in the Seattle, Wash., Regional.
Duke (24-6, 16-4 ACC), which clinched the 2010 regular season championship and the league’s automatic bid, will host first and second round action December 3-4. The Blue Devils received the No. 12 overall seed and will welcome High Point (22-12) to Cameron Indoor Stadium on Friday. With a win, Duke would advance to the second round, where it would face either Ohio or Penn. The squad is making its school-record sixth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament and conference-leading 16th overall. The Blue Devils are 9-15 in tournament play and last advanced to the second round in 2008. Duke owns a 13-1 record at home this season with its only loss coming to then-No. 12 Minnesota.
Florida State (21-10, 12-8 ACC) received an at-large bid and will make its second-straight and 13th overall appearance in the tournament. The Seminoles will face Georgia Southern (27-8) on Friday in Gainesville, Fla. With a victory, FSU would advance to the second round to face host Florida, the No. 1 overall seed, or South Carolina State. The Seminoles hold a 4-12 overall record in tournament play and are coming off a regional final appearance. Head Coach Chris Poole has now guided FSU to back-to-back postseason appearances for the first time since the 1997-98 campaigns.
Miami (23-8, 13-7), which finished third in the conference, also garnered an at-large bid and will compete in the tournament for the second consecutive season and third overall. The Hurricanes will travel to Bloomington, Ind., to face the Hoosiers (21-11) on Friday. A win would advance Miami to the second round where it would face either No. 11 seed Tennessee or Alabama A&M. The Hurricanes are 2-2 all-time in postseason play, with all three appearances coming under the guidance of Head Coach Nicole Lantagne Welch.
North Carolina (24-9, 15-5 ACC) is making its 12th trip to the tournament and first since 2008 after receiving an at-large bid. The Tar Heels travel to Berkeley, Calif., to take on Mississippi (19-10) on Friday. With a win, the Tar Heels would advance to the second round to face host California, the No. 7 seed, or Utah State. UNC holds a 6-11 record in NCAA Tournament play. The Tar Heels finished second in the conference standings this season
Virginia Tech (19-11, 10-10) made history by earning the program’s first ever bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Hokies will travel to University Park, Pa., to play Delaware (26-5) on Friday. A win would advance VT to the second round, where it would take on No. 4 seed and host Penn State or Niagara. With a win in the first round, the Hokies would register their second 20-win season since joining the ACC.
All five ACC teams will be looking for a pair of wins to advance to the regional semifinal round held December 10-11. The semifinals are scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 16 with the 2010 NCAA National Championship to be played on Saturday, Dec. 18. The final three matches will be held at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.
More ACC volleyball information can be accessed at http://www.theacc.com/sports/w-volley/acc-w-volley-body.html.