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Boiling Springs, N.C. - For the fourth consecutive year, the Gardner-Webb volleyball team will take on the Liberty Lady Flames in the first round of the 2011 Big South Conference Volleyball Championship presented by Musco Sports Lighting, with the postseason match set for Thursday, November 17th, at 12 p.m. (noon) at the CSU Buccaneer Fieldhouse in Charleston, S.C.

Gardner-Webb, who finished tied with Coastal Carolina at 5-9 overall in conference play, drew the No. 8 seed and No. 1 Liberty.  In GWU's three previous years in the Big South Tournament, the Runnin' Bulldogs have faced off with the Lady Flames all three times, twice in an #1 vs. #8 seed like this year, and once in a #2 vs. #7.

The Runnin' Bulldogs, who defeated Liberty for the first-time in the program's 12-year Division I history on November 11th, will look to down the Lady Flames for a second-time on Thursday afternoon.

Each team won on their respective home floor this season in the 1-1 regular season split, however, the overall series favors Liberty, as GWU is only 1-11 all-time versus the Lady Flames, including 0-3 in Big South Championship play.

In fact GWU will be looking for another first in 2011, as the Runnin' Bulldogs have never won a conference championship tournament match since moving to NCAA Division I in 2000-01. The Runnin' Bulldogs, who did not make the postseason tournament in the Atlantic Sun until 2006, lost in the first round to Jacksonville in both 2006 and 2007.  After joining the Big South in 2008, the Runnin' Bulldogs have fallen in the first round of the championship tournament to Liberty in each of the last three years.

Liberty, who finished the conference regular season at 12-2, will look to avenge the late season lost to the Runnin' Bulldogs, which spoiled Liberty's out right chance at the 2011 Big South Regular Season Championship and placed the Lady Flames in a tie for first-place overall with the Lady Eagles of Winthrop.

The match is slated for a 12 p.m. start time and is scheduled to be video streamed over the Big South Network, presented by State Farm, which can be viewed at www.bigsouthsports.com. Live stats will also be available at www.bigsouthsports.com.

To view the complete week thirteen volleyball match notes click on the attached pdf or go to the weekly notes link on the top menu of the volleyball home page.


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