Women’s Volleyball Team to Meet Michigan State in NCAA Tournament

Posted: December 3, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The George Mason women’s volleyball team will head to South Bend, Ind., to play Michigan State on Saturday, Dec. 7, in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

It will be the first meeting between George Mason (22-7) and Michigan State (19-11). The George Mason-Michigan State winner will face the survivor of the first-round match between Notre Dame (23-7) and the College of Charleston (29-5) in the second round on Sunday, Dec. 8. Times for the first- and second-round matches will be determined Monday by Notre Dame, the host institution.

This is the fifth trip to the national tournament for the Patriots and head coach Pat Kendrick. George Mason earned an automatic berth by winning this year’s Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship over James Madison on Nov. 24.

“We’re very excited to be playing Michigan State, and I think it’s a good draw for us,” says Kendrick, who has an overall record of 341-242 in her 18th season with the Patriots. “We know that Big Ten teams are always strong, and it will be good for a CAA team to be exposed to that kind of atmosphere at Notre Dame.”

The Patriots enter the contest riding a 7-match win streak; and they have won 9 of their last 10 matches. George Mason is led by two-time CAA Player of the Year Aline Pereira and CAA Setter of the Year Jesica Umansky.

The team’s 22 overall victories this year are the most for the Patriots since 1996. This is the seventh time Kendrick, the 2002 CAA Co-Coach of the Year, has guided Mason to 20 or more wins in a season.

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