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Preview: Volleyball Opens NCAA Tournament on Thursday

Photo credit: Jack Lewis
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ATLANTA, Ga. -- The Covenant volleyball team is set to make its second appearance in the NCAA Tournament when the Lady Scots play Birmingham Southern on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. in Atlanta. The match, along with the rest of the regional, will be played at the Woodruff PE Center on the campus of Emory University.




Single-Match Prices

  • Adults - $6
  • Students (with ID) & Seniors: $4
  • Children under 12 - $3
  • Children 2 and under - Free

All-Session Prices

  • Adults - $12
  • Students (with ID) & Seniors: $10
  • Children under 12 - $7
  • Children 2 and under - Free


- Covenant is making its second appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Lady Scots also appeared in 2015 and lost to Hendrix, an eventual national semifinalist, 3-0, in the first round of the Mount Berry Regional.

- Covenant enters the tournament with a 24-7 overall record and has won 16 straight matches. The win streak is the longest in program history. The streak is also just one shy of tying the all-time Covenant record for longest win streak for any sport, currently held by the 1990 men's soccer team.

- Senior Ginny Moore continues to close in on program career records. Moore is just 15 kills away from tying Kate Hampson's career record in the category and is second all-time in career digs (109 away from the record).

- Schuyler Moore and Ginny Moore became the second and third players in the NCAA era of the program's history to earn all-conference honors in four straight years. Both Moores were first team All-USA South this season.

- As a senior group, the Moore twins and Jessica Seehorn have compiled an 89-43 record with three USA South regular season divisional championships, two conference tournament titles, and two NCAA Tournament appearances.

- Covenant's comeback over Averett on Saturday in the USA South Tournament championship was the first time since Aug. 31, 2013 (vs. Oglethorpe) that the team had won a five-set match after losing the first two sets.

- Coincidentally, that match in 2013 was head coach Joanna Ehman's first career coaching win. Ehman surpassed 100 career wins earlier this year and her 110 victories is second-most in program history.

- The Lady Scots have faced each of the top three seeds in the regional this year. Covenant lost to No. 1 seed Emory 3-0 on Sept. 28 in Atlanta, defeated No. 2 seed Berry 3-0 on Oct. 18 on Lookout Mountain, and lost 3-1 to No. 3 seed Birmingham Southern on Sept. 2 in Birmingham.

- Of the remaining four teams in the regional (Worcester State, Hanover, Thomas More, Christopher Newport) Covenant has never faced any of them. Christopher Newport is a former member of the USA South but departed the league as Covenant entered in 2013.

- Thursday's meeting with Birmingham Southern is the second between the programs this year and will be the seventh all-time. Covenant is 1-5 all-time against the Panthers, with the lone win coming on Aug. 29, 2014 in Birmingham

- Birmingham Southern enters the tournament with a 20-8 overall record. The Panthers finished runner-up in the SAA Tournament, falling to Berry in the championship, and received an at-large berth.


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