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Volleyball Claims Third Seed for Big South Championships
Courtesy: UNCABulldogs.com
Release: 11/14/2010
Kelsey Benorden and the Bulldogs will play CSU on Thursday
Courtesy: UNC Asheville
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ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The UNC Asheville volleyball team will be third seed in the 2010 Big South Conference Championships to be held at the Winthrop Coliseum starting on Thursday. The Bulldogs will take on sixth-seeded Charleston Southern Thursday afternoon at 2:30 p.m.  Asheville (19-11, 11-5 BSC) ended the season with wins in seven of their last eight matches. The Bulldogs were a preseason pick to finish in fifth place but finished in third place for the first time ever.

This will be just the third time Asheville has ever played Charleston Southern in the tournament. The Bulldogs knocked off the Lady Bucs in four sets during the quarterfinals of the 1992 tournament as Asheville went on to win the tournament. The teams met again in the quarterfinals of the 2001 tournament with the Bulldogs as a fifth seed upset CSU in three sets.

The teams had two close matches this year. Asheville edged the Lady Bucs in five sets in Charleston and then slipped past them in four sets on Nov. 6 at Justice Center.

The 2010 Big South Volleyball Championship begins Thursday, Nov. 18 with four matches, and concludes with the Championship game on Saturday, Nov. 20 in Rock Hill, S.C.  The Big South's tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Volleyball Tournament.  The Conference Championship schedule is as follows:

Thursday, Nov. 18 - Rock Hill, S.C.
Match 1:  No. 2 High Point vs. No. 7 Radford, 12:00pm ET
Match 2:  No. 3 UNC Asheville vs. No. 6 Charleston Southern, 2:30pm ET
Match 3:  No. 1 Liberty vs. No. 8 Gardner-Webb, 5:00pm ET
Match 4:  No. 4 Winthrop vs. No. 5 Coastal Carolina, 7:30pm ET

Friday, Nov. 19 (semifinials) - Rock Hill, S.C.
Match 5:  Match 1 winner vs. Match 2 winner, 4:30pm ET
Match 6:  Match 3 winner vs. Match 4 winner, 7:00pm ET

Saturday, Nov. 20 (Finals) - Rock Hill, S.C.
Match 7:  Match 5 winner vs. Match 3 winner, 2:00pm

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