Upstate Ready for First-Ever ASUN Volleyball Championship Appearance

Upstate Ready for First-Ever ASUN Volleyball Championship Appearance

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Spartanburg, S.C. – The USC Upstate volleyball team travels to Nashville, Tenn. this week to participate in the 2016 ASUN Volleyball Championship hosted by Lipscomb Nov. 17-19 at Allen Arena. The Spartans are in the postseason for the first time in the program's Division I era.

Upstate begins ASUN Volleyball Championship play on Thursday evening at 6 p.m. EST against fourth-seeded North Florida in the first of two opening round matches. In the final match of the day, No. 3 seed Florida Gulf Coast faces No. 6 seed Jacksonville at 8:30 p.m. EST. With a win, the Spartans advance to the semifinals to face top-seeded Lipscomb at 6 p.m. EST on Friday.

Upstate earned the fifth seed in this week's tournament after finishing with a 13-18 overall record and 5-9 mark in ASUN play. The Spartans concluded the regular season last weekend by splitting a pair of home matches highlighted by a 3-0 sweep of Stetson in the season finale. Madison Haake combined for two double-doubles over the weekend while Callie Yeargin added a double-double in a five-set loss to Florida Gulf Coast.

North Florida enters the postseason with an 18-13 record on the season and went 8-6 against conference opponents. The Ospreys are led by fifth-year head coach Steve Loeswick.

Upstate and North Florida are meeting for the third time this season and 42nd time in program history. The Ospreys hold a 33-8 lead in the all-time series after the teams split both matches during the regular season. In the last meeting, the Spartans recorded a 3-0 victory in Jacksonville on Nov. 5 to clinch a spot in the ASUN Volleyball Championship.

Fans can follow the action on www.upstatespartans.com via live stats. All matches at the ASUN Volleyball Championship are being streamed live on WatchESPN and the ESPN app. Updates will also be posted on the Upstate volleyball Twitter page (@UpstateVB).

Tournament passes will be available for $20 and individual session tickets are $8. Admission for all college students presenting a valid student ID from any ASUN institution will be free. Children under five years will be admitted free.

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