@ASUNVolleyball Championship Begins Thursday with Quarterfinal Matchups

@ASUNVolleyball Championship Begins Thursday with Quarterfinal Matchups

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ATLANTA - The 2022 ASUN Conference Volleyball Championship begins on Thursday, Nov. 17 in Nashville, Tenn., inside Lipscomb's Allen Arena. A matchup between #2 FGCU and #7 North Florida gets the action started at 10 AM CT followed by #3 Jacksonville State meeting #6 Kennesaw State at 1 PM CT. The first serve for host #4 Lipscomb and #5 Central Arkansas comes at 4 PM CT while Thursday's final quarterfinal contest between #1 Liberty and #8 Stetson begins at 7 PM CT.

The Championship Semifinals take place on Nov. 18 (4 & 7 PM CT) followed by the final on Nov. 19 at 7 PM CT. All of the tournament's matches are scheduled to stream live on ESPN+.

Follow @ASUNVolleyball on Twitter for live updates throughout the postseason play.


#2 FGCU vs. #7 North Florida | Thursday, Nov. 17, 10 AM CT - ESPN+
Last Match: FGCU 3, North Florida 0 (Nov. 13, 2022; Fort Myers, Fla.)
Last ASUN Championship Meeting: #1E FGCU 3, #3E North Florida 0 (2021 Semifinals; Fort Myers, Fla.)
  
ASUN Championship Record: 16-10
Last ASUN Championship Appearance:
 2021; Champion
Best ASUN Championship Finish: Champion (2017, 21)
- The second-seeded Eagles are making their 12th-straight appearance in the ASUN Championship and hope to capture their third title.
- FGCU has advanced to the semifinals in each of its 11 previous tournament appearances, making it to the final in the last six.
- The preseason favorite Eagles enter the postseason with the league's Player of the Year on their roster for the sixth season in a row (Lily Felts).
- The Eagles faced North Florida for the third time in the postseason last fall in Fort Myers and earned a sweep to improve to 2-1 against UNF in tournament meetings.

ASUN Championship Record: 4-11
Last ASUN Championship Appearance:
 2021; Semifinals
Best ASUN Championship Finish: Runner-Up (2012)
- The 2022 ASUN Championship marks the ninth consecutive postseason appearance for North Florida.
- In 11 overall appearances, the Ospreys have only advanced to the semifinals three times with the team's best result being championship runners-up in 2012.
- As a team, UNF ranks third in the ASUN for total blocks with 227; Rocio Moro, the Defensive Player of the Year, leads the league with 520 digs on the year.
- This marks the fourth meeting between the Eagles and Ospreys in the ASUN Championship; UNF seeks its first postseason victory against FGCU since the 2012 Semifinals.

#3 Jacksonville State vs. #6 Kennesaw State | Thursday, Nov. 17, 1 PM CT - ESPN+
Last Match: Kennesaw State 3, Jacksonville State 0 (Nov. 9, 2022; Kennesaw, Ga.)
Last ASUN Championship Meeting: #1W Jacksonville State 3, #2E Kennesaw State 2 (2021 Semifinals; Fort Myers, Fla.)
  
ASUN Championship Record: 2-5
Last ASUN Championship Appearance:
 2021; Runner-Up
Best ASUN Championship Finish: Runner-Up (2021)
- Jacksonville State is making its second-consecutive ASUN Championship appearance since returning to the conference last season.
- In last year's tournament, the Gamecocks defeated Stetson and Kennesaw State to advance to the program's first-ever Championship Final.
- JSU enters the postseason leading the conference in hitting percentage (.288) and boasts a total of four All-Conference selections: Lena Kindermann (1st), Katie Montgomery (2nd), Claire Ochs (3rd), Sophie Riemersma (3rd).
- This marks the second tournament matchup between the Gamecocks and Kennesaw State; the teams battled through five sets last year in Fort Myers.

ASUN Championship Record: 9-9
Last ASUN Championship Appearance:
 2021; Semifinals
Best ASUN Championship Finish: Champion (2017, 19)
- Kennesaw State enters the postseason seeking to make its fourth final appearance in eight seasons and claim the program's third ASUN Championship.
- This marks the Owls' eighth-consecutive appearance in the league tournament and their 12th overall.
- As a team, KSU was third in service aces per set (1.77) and fourth in hitting percentage (.248); Manu Johnsen captured the program's second Freshman of the Year honor.
- The Owls prepare to face Jacksonville State for the second time in the ASUN Championship after sweeping the Gamecocks twice during the regular season.

#1 Liberty vs. #8 Stetson | Thursday, Nov. 17, 4 PM CT - ESPN+

Last Match: Liberty 3, Stetson 1 (Oct. 21, 2022; DeLand, Fla.)
Last ASUN Championship Meeting: #4 Liberty 3, #5 Stetson 0 (2018 First Round; Kennesaw, Ga.)
  
ASUN Championship Record: 2-4
Last ASUN Championship Appearance:
 2021; Quarterfinals
Best ASUN Championship Finish: Semifinals (2018-19)
- For the first time in program history, Liberty enters the postseason as the tournament's top seed after capturing the regular-season title.
- The Flames have now appeared in the ASUN Championship in each of their five seasons in the league; the team reached the semifinals in 2018 and 2019.
- Delaney Dilfer earned the Setter of the Year honor while Head Coach Trevor Johnson was tabbed ASUN Coach of the Year for the first time in his career.
- Since joining the conference, Liberty is 5-3 in matchups against Stetson; this record included a sweep in the first round of the 2018 ASUN Championship.

ASUN Championship Record: 29-20
Last ASUN Championship Appearance:
 2021; Quarterfinals
Best ASUN Championship Finish: Champion (1985)
- For the fifth year in-a-row, Stetson is set to compete in the ASUN Championship; the team is in pursuit of the program's second league title.
- The Hatters enter this year's postseason hoping to advance in the conference tournament for the first time since 1995.
- Stetson sat atop the conference statistical rankings in team digs per set (16.72) and solo blocks this season (82); the Hatters were second in total digs (1,705).
- This marks the second postseason meeting between the Hatters and Flames; Stetson has won two of its past three matchups with the Liberty.

#4 Lipscomb vs. #5 Central Arkansas | Thursday, Nov. 17, 7 PM CT - ESPN+

Last Meeting: Lipscomb 3, Central Arkansas 1 (Oct. 21, 2022; Nashville, Tenn.)
Last ASUN Championship Meeting: First
  
ASUN Championship Record: 25-10
Last ASUN Championship Appearance:
 2021; Quarterfinals
Best ASUN Championship Finish: Champion (2007, 09-11, 15-16, S21)
- Lipscomb is making its 18th consecutive appearance in the ASUN Championship and is looking for the program's eighth league title.
- The Bisons are hoping to advance in the tourney after a streak of 16 straight semifinal appearances ended last fall; they have advanced to the final in 10 of the past 15 tournaments.
- Lipscomb enters the league tournament with the ASUN's most assists (12.99) and service aces (1.86) per set; the team is third in total aces with 177.
- This is the first postseason matchup between Lipscomb and Central Arkansas; the Bisons are 3-1 all-time against the Sugar Bears.

First ASUN Championship Appearance
- Central Arkansas is set for its first-ever appearance in the ASUN Championship after recording 11 wins in league play to earn the tournament's #5 seed.
- The Sugar Bears posted a 9-2 mark inside Prince Center this season; the team earned seven sweeps this fall, four coming during conference action.
- UCA led the ASUN with a total of 190 service aces this season while also ranking third in total kills (1,413) and fourth in total assists (1,301).
- The first-ever postseason matchup for UCA comes against tournament host Lipscomb; the Sugar Bears are looking for their first win against the Bisons since Aug. 27, 2011.

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