Noting Blue Raider Volleyball
Information to know heading into NCAA TourneyNovember 29, 2006 · MT Media Relations
MEETING LOUISVILLE: Middle Tennessee will face host Louisville in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday. It is just the third meeting between the two schools with the Cardinals holding a 2-0 advantage. In the two school's last meeting, in 1993, Louisville won 3-0. Louisville earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament by winning the Big East Tournament with a 3-2 win over Notre Dame.
11 YEARS IS A LONG TIME: Middle Tennessee volleyball won its first conference tournament in 11 years with the 3-0 victory over Florida International on Saturday November 18. It is the first time the Blue Raiders have won the Sun Belt. Middle Tennessee won the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament title in 1995 with a 3-1 win over Murray State.
IT WAS A PLAY-IN MATCH: The last time Middle Tennessee made an NCAA Tournament was in 1995 and the Blue Raiders had to win a play-in match to reach the first round. Middle Tennessee defeated Princeton 3-1 in Murfreesboro for a trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Raiders lost to George Washington 3-0 in the first round.
TICKET INFORMATION: Both sessions, Friday and Saturday are $15 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and students with an I.D. and $6 for children six to 12-years old. Single session packages, Friday or Saturday, are $10 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and students with an I.D. and $4 for children six to 12-years-old.
ADAMS TOURNAMENT MVP: Middle Tennessee sophomore outside hitter Ashley Adams becomes just the second player in school history to win a tournament MVP award, being voted Sun Belt Tournament MVP. Yanira Santiago was named the tournament MVP in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament in 1995.
CLARK MAKES HER MARK: Freshman setter Leslie Clark went over 1,000 assists at the Sun Belt Tournament last weekend making her the first freshman setter in school history to do so. She currently has 1,052 assists and ranks fifth for assists in a single-season.
COMBINED 5,000: Middle Tennessee has two setters that combine for over 5,000 assists. Senior setter Megan Sumrell owns the school record for most assists in a career with 4,020 making her the first player in school history to go over 4,000 assists.
BACK-TO-BACK 20 WINS: Head Coach Matt Peck became the first Blue Raider coach in school history to have back-to-back 20-win seasons. In 2005, Peck and the Blue Raiders amassed 28 wins and the team enters the NCAA Tournament with 26 wins.
STREAKING: Middle Tennessee volleyball is riding a seven-match winning streak. It is the longest winning streak of the season with the previous being six in the month of September.
SWEEPS: Middle Tennessee swept Sun Belt opponents 13 times this season and a total of 21 opponents in 33 matches.
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