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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 University.

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 ET

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


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