NCAA-bound Lady Chants face USC in opening round

ccuvolley-huddleThe Coastal Carolina women’s volleyball team learned its first-round opponent in the 2014 NCAA Championship Sunday night as student-athletes, coaches and administrators gathered in The HTC Center to watch the NCAA Selection Show.

The Chanticleers will face the University of Southern California in Chapel Hill, hosted by the No. 7 seed North Carolina Tarheels.

The first-round match is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 5 at 4:30 pm, and will be held in North Carolina’s Carmichael Arena.

The Chanticleers earned their NCAA Championship berth by defeating first-seeded Radford in five sets in the Big South Championship. Coastal is making its fourth NCAA postseason appearance in program history.

USC closed the regular season with a 15-15 overall record, including an 8-12 mark against PAC-12 opponents. The Trojans finished their season losing five of their last six matches, but their final win came against Arizona, which earned the 11th seed in the Tournament. USC is making its 24th consecutive appearance in the tournament, and 32nd overall.

The Chanticleers enter the tournament’s field of 64 with a 25-6 overall record, the nation’s top ranking in opponent hitting percentage (0.130) and a RPI ranking of 65th, the highest in both Coastal Carolina and Big South history.

Coastal’s last trip to the NCAA Championship was in 2009, and saw the Chanticleers fall 3-0 to No. 7 Nebraska. The Chants also fell in three sets to Brigham Young in 1998, and Georgia Tech in 2006. No Big South team has ever won an NCAA Championship match.

Friday’s winner will advance to the second round on Saturday at 6 pm, and will face the winner of No. 7 North Carolina and Hampton.

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