Patriots Face Iowa State in Opening Round of Women’s NCAA Volleyball Championship

Posted: December 3, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: December 2, 2009 at 11:15 am

From GoMason.com

The Mason women’s volleyball team will travel to Ames, Iowa, for the first round of the NCAA Championship, where it will face off against seventh-seeded Iowa State on Friday, Dec.4, at Hilton Coliseum. First serve is set for 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time (7:30 p.m. CST).

It is the first time the two teams will face each other, with the winner set to play that of the Wichita State-Saint Louis match in the second round. The team that triumphs in that game will move on to the round of 16 in the Omaha Regional.

Mason earned its eighth NCAA Tournament berth on Nov. 24 when it became the first team to rally from a 2-0 deficit to win the Colonial Athletic Association Championship. The Patriots defeated the top-seeded VCU Rams on their home court, claiming the CAA title for the eighth time in program history.

The Patriots are making their first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2003, when they fell in three sets to No. 14-seed Colorado State on Dec. 5. That match was contested at the University of Maryland in College Park.

ISU is the third Big XII opponent that the Patriots will have faced in postseason play. The Cyclones are 25-4 this season and finished 17-3 in conference play, good for second place, and set a new school record for wins in a season.

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