Dec. 1, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The University of Michigan volleyball team received an at-large berth in the 2013 NCAA Division I Volleyball Tournament and will face LSU in the first round Friday (Dec. 6) at Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle, Wash. The match will start at 5 p.m. PST (8 p.m. EST) on the campus of the University of Washington.
The Wolverines (18-13), who are making their eighth straight NCAA Tournament appearance and 14th overall, will kick off action in Seattle against the Tigers. The host Washington Huskies, who earned the tournament's No. 3 overall seed, will face Alabama State at 7 p.m. PST. The winners of those two matches face off on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. PST for a chance to advance to the Los Angeles Regional.
Michigan will make its third-ever trip to Seattle for postseason play. The Maize and Blue also went in 2008, falling to Nebraska in three sets in the regional semifinal, and 2010, falling to the host Huskies in three sets in the first round. Michigan will also play its opening-round game in the city that is hosting the national semifinals and championship for the second straight season. Last year, the Wolverines were in Louisville, Ky., for the first and second rounds and returned for the national semifinals two weeks later. This season's national semifinals and championship match will be held at Key Arena in Seattle.
LSU (18-12) finished in ninth place in the Southeastern Conference with an 8-10 record. The Tigers are led by Briana Holman, who has 3.07 kills and 1.55 blocks per set this season. Cati Leak is averaging 3.19 kills and 2.48 digs a set, while Malorie Pardo is averaging 10.54 assists a set. Michigan is 2-1 all-time against LSU with wins during the 1997 and 1998 seasons. The Wolverines and Tigers have one common opponent in Texas A&M. Michigan defeated the Aggies in five sets on Sept. 13. LSU split its season series with Texas A&M.
Washington (26-2) won the Pacific-12 Conference regular season with an 18-2 mark. Krista Vansant leads the Huskies with 4.31 kills per set, while Jenna Orlandini averaged 4.14 digs per set. Washington has a 2-1 lead in the all-time series with U-M, with Michigan winning 3-0 in 1993. Alabama State (25-15) won the Southwestern Athletic Conference Tournament with a five-set win over Alabama A&M to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Rachel Smith had 19 kills and Luiza Griz 15 digs in that championship match. Michigan has never faced Alabama State on the court.
The Big Ten received eight bids to the NCAA Tournament. Michigan is only Big Ten team in the Los Angeles quadrant.
All-session tickets are on sale through the Husky Ticket Office at (206) 543-2200 or on gohuskies.com. Single-session tickets may be purchased at the Husky Ticket Office beginning Friday, Dec. 6, at 8:30 a.m. On Saturday, Dec. 7, at 5:30 p.m., tickets sales start at the Alaska Airlines Arena box office.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423