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MT No. 6 seed in C-USA Volleyball Championship

Raiders will face No. 11 FIU on Thursday at 5 p.m. at AMG

November 17, 2013 · @MTAthletics

Bracket | Championship Central

IRVING, Texas — The Middle Tennessee volleyball team earned the No. 6 seed in the 2013 Conference USA Volleyball Championship at Alumni Memorial Gym, as announced in the bracket released by the conference office on Sunday evening. The Blue Raiders will play host to No. 11 seed FIU on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 5 p.m, with the winner facing No. 3 Tulsa in the quarterfinals the following day at 5 p.m.

It will be second meeting in under two weeks for the long-time foes, who clashed in Murfreesboro on Nov. 8. MT came out of that match with a 3-0 victory, led by 10-kill efforts from sophomore Chelsea Ross and freshman Jale Hervey.

Following is the complete release from the Conference USA office:

UTSA and Tulsa are developing themselves quite a head-to-head rivalry. First, the Roadrunners edged out the Golden Hurricane to win the Conference USA women's cross country title. Then on Sunday, UTSA beat Tulsa to capture the regular-season volleyball crown.

As a result, UTSA claimed the No. 1 seed in this week's Conference USA Volleyball Championship. The Roadrunners (21-7) finished the regular season with a 13-1 record in league play and will be the favorites when the 12-team event starts Thursday at Middle Tennessee.

First-round action begins at noon Thursday at the Alumni Memorial Gym in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The first round, quarterfinals and semifinals will be televised on the C-USA Digital Network. Sunday's championship match is scheduled for 1 p.m. CT and will be broadcast nationally by CBS Sports Network.

Tulane and Tulsa both finished conference play with matching 12-2 records. However, Tulane (26-3) will be the No. 2 seed because of a tiebreaker advantage over No. 3 seed Tulsa (23-6). The Green Wave swept the head-to-head matchup on Nov. 8. With Sunday's outcomes and winning a three-way tie breaker, Marshall (15-15) was able to sneak in to capture the No. 4 seed after finishing the year 8-6 in league play.

The top four seeds all drew a first-round bye. Thus, UTSA, Tulane, Tulsa and Marshall all await the winners from the first-round games.

No. 8 seed Southern Miss (16-13) will face No. 9 seed UTEP (14-13) at noon Thursday. And No. 5 seed North Texas (16-14) matches up against No. 12 seed Florida Atlantic (13-16) at 2 p.m. The Golden Eagles swept the Miners on Oct. 13, while FAU defeated the Mean Green in five sets Nov. 15.

In the other half of the bracket, No. 6 seed and host Middle Tennessee (17-12) faces No. 11 seed FIU (12-16). Then, No. 7 seed UAB (20-13) squares off against No. 10 seed Rice (11-18) in the nightcap. Those two games are scheduled to start at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday, respectively. MT and Rice swept their tournament opponents recently.

All-session passes for the four-day event are priced at $20 for adults and $10 for ages 3-12. Daily tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for ages 3-12. Children aged two and under are admitted free. Students currently attending Conference USA institutions are admitted free with their current university-issued ID.

Tickets can be purchased Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Middle Tennessee ticket office, located at Gate 1A of Floyd Stadium on Faulkinberry Drive. Tickets can also be purchased by calling the ticket office during business hours at (615) 898-5261.

Volleyball fans who can't make the tournament in person should watch live action via the C-USA Digital Network. The Middle Tennessee athletic department is producing a full TV-quality broadcast with play-by-play, color analysis, interviews and statistical information for each of the matches leading up to the championship title match on Sunday.

Current subscribers to the C-USA Digital Network can just click the "watch links" on the Volleyball Championship Central site to view the current match in progress. All you have to do is enter your password information. New and school-only subscribers will need to purchase a monthly pass to view all 10 tournament matches. A monthly subscription is $14.95, and an annual subscription is $119.95.

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