Charlotte, N.C. - For the third time in the
last four years, the Gardner-Webb volleyball team will enter the Big South
Volleyball Championship as the No. 8 seed overall, announced the League office
on Saturday, November 12th. The tournament will begin on Thursday, November 17th
and will be played at the CSU Fieldhouse on the campus of Charleston Southern
Gardner-Webb, who wrapped up their conference regular season at
5-9 with a loss to Radford on Saturday night, finished tied with the Coastal
Carolina Chanticleers for eighth-place overall in the regular season standings. However, with Presbyterian, who finished
fifth overall, not eligible for the tournament and the Chanticleers owning the
tiebreaker over the Runnin' Bulldogs via their 3-0 win over GWU back on October
22nd, Coastal Carolina received the No. 7 seed ahead of Gardner-Webb.
Liberty and Winthrop finished the season with
a 12-2 Big South record and was named the Big South Volleyball Regular-Season
Co-Champions. The Lady Flames defeated Winthrop to break the tie and earn the
No. 1 seed in the upcoming Big South Volleyball championship.
Radford finished the League slate
with a 9-5 record to grab the No. 3 position, while UNC Asheville closed out Big
South play with a 7-7 mark to earn the No. 4 seed. Campbell and High Point each turned in
identical 6-8 records in League play. The Camels picked up a pair of wins
over High Point to break the tie and pick up the No. 5 seed, leaving High Point
with the No. 6 slot.
For the fourth straight year, the Runnin' Bulldogs will face off
with the Liberty Lady Flames in the first round of the conference championship tournament,
with this year's meeting coming on Thursday, November 17th, at 12 p.m.
The Runnin' Bulldogs and the Lady Flames split in their two
regular season meetings with GWU sweeping Liberty 3-0 at home on November 11th.
The 2011 Big South Volleyball Championship begins Thursday,
November 17th, with four matches, and concludes with the Championship game on Sunday,
November 20th. The Big South's tournament champion receives an automatic
bid to the NCAA Volleyball Tournament.
The Conference Championship schedule is as follows:
Thursday, Nov. 17 - Charleston, S.C.
Match 1: No. 1 Liberty vs. No. 8 Gardner-Webb, 12:00pm ET
Match 2: No. 4 UNC Asheville vs. No. 5 Campbell, 2:30pm ET
Match 3: No. 2 Winthrop vs. No. 7 Coastal Carolina, 5:00pm
Match 4: No. 3 Radford vs. No. 6 High Point, 7:30pm ET
Friday, Nov. 18 (semifinials) - Charleston, 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
Sunday, Nov. 20 (Finals) - Charleston, S.C.
Match 7: Match 5 winner vs. Match 3 winner, 2:00pm