EAST GREENSBORO – For the first time in school history, the North Carolina A&T volleyball team received a bid to participate in postseason play. The Aggies, who completed their best Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) season in school history at 13-1, received an invitation to play in the National Invitational Volleyball Championship.
N.C. A&T (16-14) faces Troy University (22-9) 4 p.m., Friday at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Ga. Troy will also be playing in their first-ever postseason game. The winner faces the winner of Georgia Tech (21-8) and Alabama A&M (20-14). The Tech and AAMU game starts at 7 p.m., Friday.
The winners of Friday’s matches play Saturday at 7 p.m. in the second round in Atlanta, Ga.
The Aggies went 16-14 this season, which marks their third straight season of finishing .500 or better. N.C. A&T will go into postseason play as the MEAC Southern Division champions. It is their first regular-season title in 21 years.
The Aggies feature the MEAC co-player of the year in Edie Brewer, the MEAC coach of the year in Hal Clifton and Brewer and Courteney Pitt were All-MEAC performers.
“We are honored to have been selected to play in the NIVC,” said Clifton. “This is a big step forward for our program, as it's the first time A&T volleyball has made the postseason. It's a testament to the work and effort the team has put into this year. I'm really proud of the team and the way they have competed throughout the season. We are certainly excited to represent our beloved school on a national stage against other top-level volleyball programs.”
The tournament is a single-elimination event with all games played at sites of host schools.
The NIVC bracket is composed of 32 teams and is in its third year after a 12-year hiatus. The first two rounds are Dec. 5-7, while the third round takes place Dec. 9-12. The semifinals will be Dec. 13-15. The championship game will be either Dec. 16, 17 or 18.