AUSTIN, TEXAS -- Texas A&M Set to Face UTSA in NCAA First Round
TEXAS A&M (18-11, 10-8 SEC) vs. UTSA (24-7, 13-1 C-USA)
NCAA Championship, First Round
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013
4:30 p.m., Gregory Gym
TEXAS A&M/UTSA VS. NO. 1 TEXAS/Texas State
NCAA Championship, Second Round
Friday, Dec. 6, 2013
7 p.m., Gregory Gym
Television: Longhorn Network
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Texas A&M (18-11, 10-8 SEC) received an at-large bid to the 2013 NCAA Volleyball Championship and will face Conference USA champion UTSA (24-7, 13-1 C-USA) in the first round, Thursday, Dec. 5 at 4:30 p.m. at Gregory Gym in Austin, Texas.
The match against the Roadrunners will be followed by a first-round match between defending national champion and top-seeded Texas, the automatic qualifier from the Big 12 Conference, and Texas State, the Sun Belt Conference champion and automatic qualifier, at 7 p.m. The two first-round winners will meet in the second round, Friday at 7 p.m. at Gregory Gym, with the winner advancing to the Lincoln (Neb.) Regional, to be hosted by the University of Nebraska and played Dec. 13-14 at the Devaney Center.
Tickets to the Austin site are available online at 12thManFoundation.com or by calling 888-99-AGGIE. Tickets also can be purchased at TexasSports.com or by calling 52-471-3333.
All-session tickets general admission tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and youth. Single-session general admission tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students and youth.
Texas A&M, which won seven of its last eight matches to close out the regular season and finish in a tie for sixth in the Southeastern Conference, is making its third consecutive and 21st overall appearance in the NCAA tournament. This marks the Aggies’ 17th appearance under 21st-year head coach Laurie Corbelli, making A&M one of only 14 teams in the nation that has made at least 17 appearances since she was hired in 1993. The Aggies, one of eight teams from the SEC to receive a bid to the NCAA tournament, capped the regular season with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-6, 25-18) victory over South Carolina on Nov. 27 at Reed Arena.
UTSA, which features the national leader in kills per set in senior outside hitter McKenzie Adams (5.82 kps), won the both the Conference USA regular-season and tournament titles in its inaugural season in the league. The Roadrunners are making their third appearance in the NCAA tournament and their first since 2010 when they were swept by Texas in Austin.
Texas State (24-12) is making its ninth NCAA appearance after winning the Sun Belt Conference tournament in its first year as a member of the league. The Bobcats, 0-8 all-time in the NCAA tournament, are making their first appearance since falling to Texas, 3-0, in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Championship.
No. 1 seed Texas is 23-2 overall and received an automatic berth by winning the Big 12 Conference with a 16-0 record. The Longhorns, who ended the regular season with a sweep against Baylor, have won 19 consecutive matches since falling to Arizona State on Sept. 13. They are making their 30th overall and 10th consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament and are 54-9 all-time in NCAA matches played in Austin. Last year, Texas swept Oregon in the NCAA finals to win its third national championship.
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TEXAS A&M TOURNAMENT NOTES:
A&M is making its 21st overall appearance (1981, ‘82, ‘85, ‘86, ‘93, ‘94, ‘95, ‘96, ‘97, ‘98,’ 99, 2000, ‘01, ‘02, ‘03, ‘04, ‘05, ’09, ’11, ’12, ‘13) since the inception of the NCAA tournament in 1981…A&M sports a 24-20 (.545) all-time record in the NCAA tournament, including a 22-16 (.579) mark during Corbelli’s A&M tenure...A&M’s best finish in an NCAA tournament was a regional final appearance in both 1999 and 2001…A&M went 1-1 in the tournament last year in Austin Texas, defeating North Carolina State, 3-1, in the first round and falling to eventual national champion and former Big 12 rival Texas, 3-1, in the second round…This is A&M’s second consecutive and fourth overall trip to Austin for the NCAA tournament.