November 11, 2013

W&L Volleyball to Play Berry at NCAA Regional

LEXINGTON, Va. — For the 12th time in program history, the Washington and Lee volleyball team is competing in the NCAA Tournament. The Generals will play Berry on Friday, November 15, in Atlanta, Ga. Emory will serve as the host of the eight-team region. The match time will be set later and will be updated on the W&L volleyball schedule.

W&L (28-6) and the Vikings (25-7) did not play this year, but competed against each other in the 2012 Rhodes Tournament. In the contest, the Generals pulled out a 3-2 victory on October 13, 2012. Berry recently won the Southern Athletic Association Championship by defeating Hendrix, 3-2, in the final.

The Blue and White locked up its spot in the NCAA Tournament by defeating Lynchburg, 3-0, on Saturday, November 9, to claim the 14th Old Dominion Athletic Conference title in program history and the league's automatic bid.

It will be the second straight year the Generals have made the NCAA Tournament. W&L lost in the first round to host Christopher Newport, 3-0, in 2012. The Blue and White has a 7-11 all-time record in the tournament.  

There are eight regional pods in the NCAA Championship, which each feature eight teams from across the country. Forty-three conferences were awarded automatic qualification for the 2013 championship. Two teams were selected from Pool B, which consists of independent institutions and institutions that are members of conferences that do not meet the requirements for automatic qualification. The final 19 berths were reserved for Pool C, which consists of institutions from automatic-qualifying conferences that are not the conference champion and any remaining Pool B teams.

The other first-round matches to be played on Friday at the Atlanta Regional are Emory (30-4) versus Agnes Scott (11-17), Colorado College (33-4) against Maryville (24-15) and Thomas More (24-5) facing Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (24-6).

The winner of the Washington and Lee-Berry contest will play the winner of the Emory-Agnes Scott match on Saturday, November 16.

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