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GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNC Greensboro women’s volleyball hosts the Southern Conference Championship this weekend in Fleming Gymnasium.

The tournament starts Friday at 9:30 a.m. with five matches and concludes Sunday with the championship match at 2 p.m.  Here are the team breakdowns:

No. 1 Seed ETSU

The Bucs look to repeat as conference champions from last season and went 15-1 in the conference and 26-5 overall.  ETSU is led by Leah Clayton with 3.91 kills per set, Alyssa Kvarta with 10.80 assists per set and Marija Popovic with 5.24 digs per set. 

The Bucs enter the tournament on a 10-match winning streak and will face the winner of No. 8 Western Carolina and No. 9 The Citadel Friday at 2:30 p.m. 

No. 2 Seed Samford

Samford finished the regular season in second place with a conference record of 11-5 and an overall record of 16-14.  The Bulldogs are led by Krista Boesing with 3.66 kills per set, Taylor Anderton with 10.87 assists per set and Grace Tiesman with 4.19 digs per set. 

Samford plays No. 7 seed Chattanooga Friday at 5 p.m.

No. 3 Seed Furman

Furman and Mercer tied for third place in the conference during the regular season, but Furman won both meetings against Mercer to receive the third seed in a tiebreaker.  Furman went 8-8 in the conference and 12-15 overall The Paladins are led by Carris Campbell with 2.77 kills per set, Hunter Thompson with 10.64 assists per set and Meg DeMaar with 5.01 digs per set. 

Furman faces No. 6 seed UNCG in the last match of the day Friday at 7:30 p.m.

No. 4 Seed Mercer

Mercer received the fourth seed after losing the tie breaker with Furman, but is 6-2 in the last eight matches.  Mercer went 8-8 in the conference and 15-12 overall.  The Bears are led Paige Alsten with 3.27 kills per set, Maddie Nunley with 10.49 assists per set and Emilee Wissmach with 3.43 digs per set. 

Mercer faces No. 5 seed Wofford Friday at noon.

No. 5 Seed Wofford

Wofford finished tied for fifth in the conference with UNCG, but after splitting the season series, the Terriers got the tiebreaker over the Spartans because of the amount of points scored in the series.  Wofford went 7-9 in conference play and 14-15 overall, but the Terriers have lost their last three matches.  The Terriers are led by Catie Cronister with 3.49 kills per set, Lorissa King with 5.54 assists per set and Taylor Gill with 5.34 digs per set. 

Wofford faces No. 4 seed Mercer Friday at noon.

No. 6 Seed UNC Greensboro

UNCG enters the tournament as the No. 6 seed after losing the tiebreaker with Wofford.  The Spartans went 7-9 in the conference during the regular season and were 13-15 overall.  The Spartans are led by sophomore outside hitter Holly Behrends with 2.77 kills per set, senior setter Allison Penner with 7.88 assists per set and freshman defensive specialist Mandy Garvens with 3.12 digs per set.  The Spartans enter the tournament with home court advantage and on a two-match winning streak. 

UNCG faces the No. 3 seed Furman Friday at 7:30 p.m.

No. 7 Seed Chattanooga

Chattanooga and Western Carolina tied for seventh in the conference, but the Mocs received the seventh seed because of the amount of points scored in the series after the two teams split the regular season series.  Chattanooga went 6-10 in the conference and 10-19 overall, but went 2-7 in the last nine matches. The Mocs are led by Gylian Finch with 2.48 kills per set, Jaquelyn Langhaim with 7.13 assists per set and Megan Kaufman with 3.35 digs per set. 

Chattanooga faces No. 2 seed Samford Friday at 5 p.m.

No. 8 Seed Western Carolina

Western Carolina falls to the No. 8 seed after losing the tiebreaker with Chattanooga and went 6-10 in the conference and 12-15 overall, but has lost the last four matches. The Catamounts are led by Merry Gebel with 2.90 kills per set, Hannah Price with 5.44 assists per set and Meagan Sanchez with 4.62 digs per set. 

Western Carolina faces No. 9 seed The Citadel in the first match of the tournament Friday at 9:30 a.m.

No. 9 Seed The Citadel

The Citadel finished last in the conference with a 4-12 conference record and an 11-18 overall record, but is 1-4 in the last five matches. The Bulldogs are led by Sharlissa De Jesus with 3.88 kills per set, Megan Fuhr with 8.56 assists per set and Caricia Rodriguez with 3.31 digs per set.

The Citadel faces Western Carolina in the only first round matchup Friday at 9:30 a.m.

SoCon Tournament

Come watch your Spartans and the rest of the conference compete in the SoCon Volleyball Championship from Nov. 16-18 in Fleming Gymnasium. Tickets can be purchased now at $10 for adults and $5 for youth and seniors.

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