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Lady Flames Garner No. 1 Seed in Big South Volleyball Championship
The Lady Flames will open play at the championship Friday at 7 p.m., against the winner of Thursday evening's match between No. 4 Coastal Carolina and No. 5 Radford. The victor will advance to Saturday's championship contest, slated for a 4 p.m. start.
The Lady Flames, who are hosting the tournament for the first time since 2001, have been the Big South's hottest team in recent weeks. Liberty has won a program-record 14-consecutive matches and 42 of its last 43 games. The Lady Flames bring a 24-7 overall mark and an 11-1 conference record into the tournament. Their conference regular-season title was Liberty's first since 2003.
Winthrop, also 11-1 in the conference, will be the tournament's No. 2 seed. The Eagles have won the last five Big South championships in succession. High Point, 8-4 in Big South action, earned the No. 3 seed.
Coastal Carolina and Radford finished conference play at 6-6 and 3-9, respectively, to obtain their aforementioned seeds. UNC Asheville is the No. 6 seed after posting a 2-10 loop mark, while No. 7 seed Charleston Southern had a 1-11 Big South record.
The Big South Volleyball Championship will open with a trio of opening-round tilts on Thursday, beginning at 2 p.m. An automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Volleyball Tournament will await the winner of Saturday's championship match.
Big South Volleyball Championship Bracket
Thursday, Nov. 15 (Quarterfinals)
Match 1: No. 2 Winthrop vs. No. 7 Charleston Southern, 2 p.m.
Match 2: No. 3 High Point vs. No. 6 UNC Asheville, 4:30 p.m.
Match 3: No. 4 Coastal Carolina vs. No. 5 Radford, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 16 (Semifinals)
Match 4: Winner of Match 1 vs. Winner of Match 2, 4:30 p.m.
Match 5: No. 1 Liberty vs. Winner of Match 3, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 17 (Championship Match)
Match 6: Winner of Match 4 vs. Winner of Match 5, 4 p.m.
(Champion advances to NCAA Volleyball Tournament)