Volleyball to Face New Mexico St. in NCAA First Round

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Volleyball to Face New Mexico St. in NCAA First Round

BATON ROUGE — For the third straight year, the LSU volleyball qualified for the NCAA Tournament when the 64-team field was announced on ESPNU on Sunday evening.

The Tigers (24-7) earned an at-large bid after winning their third straight Southeastern Conference Western Division Championship. LSU will face at-large selection New Mexico State out of the Western Athletic Conference in the first round. The pair will face off on Friday at 4:30 p.m. in Gregory Gym as part of the Austin, Texas, Regional.

“New Mexico State is a big, physical team,” said LSU head coach Fran Flory. “Their middles are very good and they are a very solid team. We are going to have to play very well. This is going to be a tough first round for us but it’s a great match-up.”

No. 4 national seed Texas, the automatic qualifier from the Big 12 Conference, will take on Texas State, the automatic qualifier out of the Southland Conference, in the second match on Friday at 6 p.m. If the Tigers advance past the Aggies, they will take on the winner of the Texas-Texas State match on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

“This team’s goal was to get past the first round and then see what happens in terms of our match-up,” said Flory. “That’s been our goal from the start of the season and I certainly think we are going to be very prepared. That’s the last goal left on our goal sheet for the year. The team has continued to mature and get better and better but we haven’t played the perfect game yet. Hopefully that is yet to come.”

Teams winning both matches will move on to regional play Dec. 7 and 8. The pre-determined regional sites are Stanford, Calif.; Gainesville, Fla.; University Park, Penn.; and Madison, Wisc. The Regional Finals for LSU’s bracket will be held in Gainesville, Fla., home of No. 13 national seed Florida. The regional winners will advance to the semifinals and final hosted by Sacramento State and the Sacramento Sports Commission at ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif., on Dec. 13 and 15.

The Tigers are making their third-straight trip to the NCAA Tournament, the most consecutive appearances in the tournament since making four consecutive appearances from 1989-1992. Overall, LSU is making its ninth appearance in the NCAA Tournament and has posted a 10-8 record. The Tigers are one of three teams in the SEC to advance to the NCAA Final Four, making appearances in both 1990 and 1991.

LSU is 5-4 this season against teams in the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers have not played anyone in their regional bracket this season. LSU is 2-2 all-time against New Mexico, but the pair have not played since the Tigers defeated the Aggies, 3-0, in the Jones Intercable Tournament in Albuquerque, N.M., in 1996. LSU is also 4-18 against Texas, including an 0-3 loss in the first round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament, and the Tigers are 3-1 all-time against Texas State with the last meeting in 1989.

“The last time we stood on that court, we lost in the first round against Texas,” said Flory of the Tigers’ last trip to Gregory Gym. “We set a goal to get back to Austin and this time be successful there. I think this team understands that and I think this team will be very prepared to go into this first round match.”

In addition to LSU, four other SEC teams earned bids to the NCAA Tournament. Along with LSU, SEC Champion Florida, Alabama, Kentucky and Ole Miss were chosen to participate in the postseason tournament. All five of the teams are making at least their third straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

The Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-10 led all conferences with six teams selected each. The SEC garnered five teams in the field while the West Coast and Missouri Valley Conferences each have four teams in the tournament.

LSU IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

Overall Record: 10-8 (.556)
Best Finish: Final Four (1990 & 1991)

1986
FIRST ROUND – BATON ROUGE, LA.
defeated Arizona 15-12, 5-15, 15-12, 12-15, 15-9
SOUTH REGIONAL – AUSTIN, TEXAS
defeated Texas-Arlington 15-7, 15-5, 15-9
lost to Texas 3-15, 11-15, 13-15

1987
FIRST ROUND – GAINESVILLE, FLA.
lost to Florida 10-15, 15-7, 10-15, 15-10, 10-15

1989
FIRST ROUND – BATON ROUGE, LA.
defeated Houston 13-15, 15-12, 8-15, 15-7, 15-3
SOUTH REGIONAL – AUSTIN, TEXAS
lost to Texas-Arlington 15-13, 15-11, 11-15, 13-15, 5-15

1990
FIRST ROUND – BATON ROUGE, LA.
defeated Louisville 15-9, 15-1, 15-7
SOUTH REGIONAL – AUSTIN, TEXAS
defeated Texas Tech 15-11, 15-12, 15-5
defeated Texas 8-15, 4-15, 15-10, 15-11, 17-15
FINAL FOUR – COLLEGE PARK, MD.
lost to UCLA 13-15, 10-15, 6-15

1991
FIRST ROUND – BATON ROUGE, LA.
defeated Houston 15-5, 15-5, 16-14
SOUTH REGIONAL – BATON ROUGE, LA.
defeated Texas Tech 15-6, 15-7, 15-10
defeated Florida 15-10, 15-10, 12-15, 15-13
FINAL FOUR – LOS ANGELES, CALIF.
lost to Long Beach State 13-15, 15-6, 10-15, 13-15

1992
FIRST ROUND – LUBBOCK, TEXAS
defeated Texas Tech 15-7, 15-8, 15-5
SOUTH REGIONAL – GAINESVILLE, FLA.
lost to Texas 9-15, 15-13, 12-15, 4-15

2005
FIRST ROUND – AUSTIN, TEXAS
lost to Texas, 19-30, 28-30, 26-30

2006
FIRST ROUND ? SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIF.
lost to California, 30-25, 23-30, 17-30, 16-30

STANFORD, CALIFORNIA REGIONAL

November 30 and December 1 at Stanford, California
*No. 1 Stanford (27-2) vs. Santa Clara (19-11)
Minnesota (18-12) vs. Sacramento St. (28-7)

November 30 and December 1 at Athens, Ohio
Purdue (18-13) vs. *Ohio (26-5)
Xavier (24-10) vs. No. 16 Cal Poly (21-7)

November 30 and December 1 at Manhattan, Kansas
*No. 9 Kansas St. (22-8) vs. Tulsa (27-8)
Oregon (20-10) vs. Missouri St. (25-7)

November 30 and December 1 at Clemson, South Carolina
Alabama (15-14) vs. *Clemson (28-3)
Alabama A&M (15-9) vs. No. 8 UCLA (20-10)

GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA REGIONAL

November 30 and December 1 at Los Angeles, California
*No. 5 USC (25-4) vs. Pepperdine (18-10)
Long Beach St. (25-6) vs. UNLV (24-5)

November 30 and December 1 at Queens, New York
Princeton (22-3) vs. Delaware (30-4)
Long Island (23-13) vs. *No. 12 St. John’s (N.Y.) (31-3)

November 29 and 30 at Gainesville, Florida
*No. 13 Florida (27-2) vs. Col. of Charleston (26-7)
Florida A&M (18-7) vs. Oklahoma (21-9)

November 30 and December 1 at Austin, Texas
New Mexico St. (26-5) vs. LSU (24-7)
Texas St. (21-11) vs. *No. 4 Texas (24-3)

UNIVERSITY PARK, PENNSYLVANIA REGIONAL

November 30 and December 1 at University Park, Pennsylvania
*No. 3 Penn St. (28-2) vs. Siena (24-7)
Albany (N.Y.) (23-9) vs. Cleveland St. (23-8)

November 30 and December 1 at Ann Arbor, Michigan
*Michigan (22-10) vs. Miami (Ohio) (20-10)
Illinois St. (21-11) vs. No. 14 Colorado St. (22-7)

November 30 and December 1 at Louisville, Kentucky
No. 11 Hawaii (26-5) vs. Tennessee St. (20-13)
Middle Tenn. (33-2) vs. *Louisville (22-7)

November 30 and December 1 at Seattle, Washington
BYU (21-7) vs. Mississippi (25-7)
Missouri (17-12) vs. *No. 6 Washington (26-3)

MADISON, WISCONSIN REGIONAL

November 30 and December 1 at Madison, Wisconsin
*No. 7 Wisconsin (25-4) vs. Northern Iowa (22-10)
Iowa St. (17-13) vs. San Diego (21-7)

November 30 and December 1 at Durham, North Carolina
*Duke (24-6) vs. American (26-7)
Liberty (27-8) vs. No. 10 California (22-7)

November 30 and December 1 at Dayton, Ohio
*No. 15 Dayton (32-1) vs. Lipscomb (20-11)
Kentucky (22-9) vs. Michigan St. (19-13)

November 30 and December 1 at Lincoln, Nebraska
Wichita St. (26-5) vs. Western Ky. (27-8)
South Dakota St. (25-10) vs. *No. 2 Nebraska (27-1)

Teams winning both matches will move on to regional play December 7 and 8. The pre-determined regional sites are Stanford, California; Gainesville, Florida; University Park, Pennsylvania; and Madison, Wisconsin. The regional winners will advance to the semifinals and final hosted by Sacramento State University and the Sacramento Sports Commission at ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California, on December 13 and 15.