Former conference foes meet up for NCAA regional clash

Former conference foes meet up for NCAA regional clash

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University volleyball team is getting set for its third-straight NCAA tournament berth, as it travels to Huntingdon, Pa., and Juniata College for the NCAA regional tournament. The Sea Gulls will square off against No. 21 Stevenson University on Friday at 5:30 p.m., in a first-round match.

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How we got here

Salisbury earned a Pool C at-large bid to the tournament after advancing to the Capital Athletic Conference championship game against Christopher Newport University.

How they got here

Stevenson earned an automatic bid to the tournament after winning its second-straight Commonwealth Conference championship, defeating Messiah College, 3-0.

Series history

The Sea Gulls have never lost to the Mustangs in the 17 matches that the teams have played. In the series, SU has only lost a combined six sets. While the teams were CAC opponents, the Gulls won all five conference regular-season matchups and two conference post season matches.

The last time we met

The two teams last met in the CAC championship game on Nov. 5, 2011, with the Sea Gulls taking a 3-0 victory to win its seventh conference title. Salisbury won the sets, 25-22, 25-15, 25-15, while former Gull Sam Seifert led the team with 10 kills. Former player and current assistant coach Kelly Vieira led the squad with 11 digs in the contest.

Familiar territory

SU is in a familiar spot, playing in its third NCAA regional tournament in as many years. In 2011, the Gulls defeated Gallaudet University in the first round, before falling to Christopher Newport University. Last season, while hosting the event, Salisbury won the tournament to advance to the NCAA quarterfinals. The Sea Gulls defeated Mount Saint Mary (N.Y.) College, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and Eastern University at Maggs Physical Activities Center to be crowned the regional champions.

Scouting Stevenson

Stevenson enters today's match with a 35-2 overall record, including going undefeated (9-0) in the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic Conference. The Mustangs defeated Messiah College on Nov. 9 to win their second-straight conference championship in as many years in the league. They are led by sophomore outside hitter Imani Hudson, who leads the team with 349 kills and is fourth on the team with 29 service aces and 209 digs. She is one-of-three Mustangs to have played in all 37 matches this season.

What's next

With a win in this match, the Sea Gulls would advance to play the winner of the first-round match between Juniata College and Gallaudet University. The Gulls have defeated both teams earlier this season.

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