Georgia Set For NCAA Tournament in Durham
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Dec. 5, 2013

DURHAM, N.C. – The Georgia volleyball team is set to play in its first NCAA Tournament since 2004 when it takes on American University at 5:30 p.m., on Friday, Dec. 6 in Durham, N.C. Georgia enters the NCAA Tournament after finishing the regular season with a 22-9 record. American is 32-2 on the year. Also participating in the First and Second Rounds in Durham are 16-seed Duke (27-4) and the College of Charleston (25-5). 

First Round Schedule
Friday, Dec. 6
Georgia vs. American – 5:30 p.m.
Duke vs. College of Charleston – 7:30 p.m. 

Second Round Schedule
Saturday, Dec. 7
Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 – 6 p.m. 

About The Teams:
SCOUTING AMERICAN: Georgia owns a 2-0 all-time record against American. The last time the two teams played one another was in 1993 when the Bulldogs took a 3-0 win over the Eagles. American University is located in Washington, D.C. The Eagles are 32-2 this season and earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament after winning its 111th Patriot League Title. American will enter the match on a 16-match win streak and has made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament 13 out of the last 17 years. 

SCOUTING DUKE: The Bulldogs lead the all-time series with Duke 12-6. The last time Georgia and Duke faced off was in 2009 when the Blue Devils came away with a 3-1 win. Duke enters the weekend with a 27-4 overall record and won its 11th ACC Championship, helping it to the No. 16 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Devils are making their seventh NCAA Tournament appearance in the past eight seasons and 18th NCAA postseason trip overall. Duke has advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship in five of the past eight seasons. The Blue Devils last hosted the first two rounds in 2010, defeating High Point and Ohio en route to an NCAA quarterfinal appearance.

SCOUTING COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON: Georgia is 3-0 all-time against the College of Charleston, with the last win coming in 2004 when the Bulldogs won 3-1. The Cougars are 25-5 on the year and received the CAA’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after a 3-1 win over Northeastern. The Cougars have won 13-straight conference regular season or tournament titles, the second-longest streak in the nation. College of Charleston (25-5) will be making its second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament, and eighth in the last 13 years. CofC is 2-7 in NCAA Tournament play, with both wins coming over ACC schools. 

Notes
GEORGIA IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: Georgia is making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2004 and is 6-9 all-time in the NCAA Volleyball Tournament. Should Georgia win its opening-round match up, it will be the first NCAA Tournament win since 1995 when Georgia defeated Marshall 3-0 in the First Round. 

THE BEST IN RECENT HISTORY: The 2013 season has been one of the best in recent history for the Bulldogs, as it reached the 20-win plateau for the first time since 2002 and has the most wins since 1994 when Georgia went 26-9 and made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The 11 SEC wins are the most since 1995.

DEFENDING THE SERVE: Georgia was successful last week at defending the serve of its opponents. The Bulldogs did not allow one service ace in the two matches. Conversely, Georgia was able to get 11 aces in two matches. Brittany Northcutt led the team with four aces in the two matches played last week.

DOUBLE 300: Northcutt became the 30th player in school history to reach the double-300 club for a season. Northcutt has 316 kills this season to go along with 300 digs.

GEORGIA VS. NCAA TOURNAMENT TEAMS: The Bulldogs played 13 matches against 10 teams that made to the NCAA Tournament this year. Of those 10 teams, Georgia played six matches against teams that went on to be nationally seeded. The Bulldogs were 3-10 against NCAA Tournament teams this year, picking up wins against nationally seeded Kentucky, LSU and Georgia Southern.

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