NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The road to the 2011 NCAA Volleyball Championship will run through the “Lonestar State” for Lipscomb as the Lady Bisons are set to face No. 16 seed Texas A&M in College Station, Texas on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
Earning an NCAA bid for the third-straight season and fourth time in five years as Atlantic Sun Conference champions, the trip to College Station will mark a couple of firsts for the Lipscomb program. Along with being the first-ever meeting between Lipscomb and A&M in volleyball, it will be the first time the Lady Bisons have not had to travel to the state of Ohio for the NCAA tournament.
“Every year this is exciting,” said Lipscomb head coach Brandon Rosenthal. “This being our fourth year, it’s no less exciting. This is the first time we’re traveling outside of the state of Ohio and we’re excited that we’re getting to go down to Texas.
“We’ve never faced Texas A&M and we haven’t really faced that many Big-12 teams. It will be fun to go up against somebody new. We’ve obviously seen what they’ve done over the year and they’re a tremendous team to get a No. 16 seed. We knew we were going to play some great competition. Texas A&M has had a great athletics tradition over the years and it will be fun to be in that atmosphere.”
Joining Lipscomb and Texas A&M in College Station are Kentucky and Dayton with the winner of the single-elimination event advancing to the Lexington regional hosted Dec. 9-10 in Lexington, Ky.
“This team is ready to go and have not been afraid all year,” said Rosenthal. “We’ve got a real great group of girls that are going to go really take this challenge on.”