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Liberty Earns No. 4 Seed for Big South Volleyball Championship
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Two-time defending Big South champion Liberty has earned the No. 4 seed for the 2013 Big South Volleyball Championship presented by Musco Sports Lighting, held next Thursday through Sunday in Clinton, S.C.
The Lady Flames (10-17, 9-5 Big South) will meet fifth-seeded UNC Asheville (17-13, 7-7) at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, in the second quarterfinal of the day at Presbyterian College's Templeton Center. Liberty posted a pair of 3-0 sweeps over the Bulldogs this season, including last night at the Justice Center. The winner of the Liberty-Asheville match will take on the winner of No. 1 Radford and No. 8 Gardner-Webb, in the semifinal round on Friday at 4:30 p.m.
The Lady Flames are 6-3 all-time in Big South Volleyball Championship play against UNC Asheville. Liberty downed the Bulldogs, 3-0, during the 2011 Big South semifinal in the teams' most recent postseason meeting.
Radford posted an 11-3 conference record this season, claiming the Big South regular-season title for the first time since 2001. Coastal Carolina earned the second seed with a 10-4 Big South record. High Point and Liberty tied for third in the conference, at 9-5. Due to a pair of Panther victories over the Lady Flames, High Point gains the third seed and Liberty finishes fourth.
Presbyterian College, UNC Asheville and Winthrop ended the campaign in a three-way tie for fifth place with identical 7-7 conference records. UNC Asheville wins the multi-team tiebreaker, taking fifth, while Winthrop holds the sixth seed and host PC is seventh. Gardner-Webb went 6-8 in league play this season, good for eighth position.
The 2013 Big South Volleyball Championship presented by Musco Sports Lighting opens Thursday with four quarterfinal matches, and ends with the championship match on Sunday, Nov. 24. The Big South tournament champion earns an automatic qualification into the NCAA Division I Volleyball Championship. Sunday's championship match will be aired live on ESPN3.com.
2013 Big South Volleyball Championship
Presented by Musco Sports Lighting
Thursday, Nov. 21 - Quarterfinals
Match 1 – No. 1 Radford vs. No. 8 Gardner-Webb, Noon
Match 2 – No. 4 Liberty vs. No. 5 UNC Asheville, 2:30 p.m.
Match 3 – No. 3 High Point vs. No. 6 Winthrop, 5 p.m.
Match 4 – No. 2 Coastal Carolina vs. No. 7 Presbyterian College, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 22 - Semifinals
Match 5 – Match 1 winner vs. Match 2 winner, 4:30 p.m.
Match 6 – Match 3 winner vs. Match 4 winner, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 24 – Final
Match 7 – Match 5 winner vs. Match 6 winner, 2 p.m. – ESPN3