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GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG volleyball will see its 2017 season continue, as the Spartans were selected to participate in the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC). The Spartans will head to Athens, Ga. and will take on the UCF Knights at 4 p.m. Tuesday evening. The winner of that match will take on the winner of Alabama A&M and the host Georgia Bulldogs at 7 p.m. Wednesday night. The matches for the first and second round will be played at the Ramsey Student Center with free admission for fans.

UNCG, 19-11 on the season, is one of 32 teams that will participate in the tournament. The NIVC is a tournament that involves 32 of the nation’s top Division I volleyball teams. All games, including semifinals and the championship, are hosted by participating schools, with each round being single elimination. The event is a reincarnation of the tournament that was played from 1989-1995.

Live stats and video will be available for the matches played at Georgia, with links available on the UNCG volleyball schedule page when available.

This is the first postseason tournament for UNCG volleyball since becoming a Division I program. The Spartans last appeared in the postseason in the 1990 season when UNCG was a Division II program.

UNCG has two players who earned first team All-SoCon honors in senior Ashley Muench (Hurdle Mills, N.C./Orange) and Allison Penner (Aurora, Neb./Aurora). Muench became one of just six Spartans to become a member of the 1,000-kill, 1,000-dig club. Penner has been a two-time SoCon first team selection.

AQ = Automatic Qualifier              

School                        Record            Conference

AQ       Alabama A&M             14-19               SWAC

AQ       Albany                         11-14               America East            

           Arkansas State           20-11               Sun Belt            

           Boise State                 17-13               Mountain West

AQ       Bowling Green            17-11               Mid-American

AQ       Campbell                     20-11               Big South            

           Colgate                       18-10               Patriot

AQ       Georgia                       19-10               SEC            

           Green Bay                   15-15               Horizon

AQ      Illinois State                20-11               Missouri Valley            

           IUPUI                          16-14               Horizon

AQ       North Texas                28-3                 C-USA            

           Ole Miss                      17-14               SEC

AQ       Oral Roberts               15-13               Summit

AQ       Pacific                         15-13               West Coast            

           Rice                             21-8                 C-USA

AQ       Sacramento State       26-9                 Big Sky

AQ       SIUE                            23-6                 Ohio Valley            

           SMU                            20-9                 American

AQ       Stephen F. Austin       26-7                 Southland

AQ       Syracuse                     19-12               ACC            

           TCU                            11-16               Big 12

AQ       Temple                        17-9                 American

AQ       Texas State                 24-9                 Sun Belt            

           Texas Tech                 15-13               Big 12

AQ       Towson                       26-5                 Colonial

AQ       UC Irvine                     21-7                 Big West            

           UCF                            17-13               American            

           UNCG                      19-11               Southern

AQ       UMES                          27-8                MEAC

AQ       West Virginia               16-12               Big 12

AQ       Wyoming                     17-13               Mountain West


Important Dates Selection: November 26 Rounds 1 & 2: November 28-30 & December 1 Round 3: December 1-3 Round 4 : December 4-6 Semifinals: December 7-9 Championship – Tuesday, December 12, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN 3)