RAIDERS DRAW LONGHORNS IN NCAA FIRST ROUND
HAMILTON – The 2012 Patriot League Champions will be heading to Austin, Texas, as the Colgate volleyball team will play No. 3 Texas on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. at Gregory Gymnasium in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The field of 64 was chosen on Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. on ESPNU. The Raiders enter as the 16th seed in the Austin portion of the tournament bracket and the Longhorns are the third overall seed and top team in its home region. Joining Colgate and Texas in the first round at Gregory Gymnasium will be North Carolina State and Texas A&M, which is the 8th and 9th seed matchup.
“We are excited for the opportunity to represent our university and our league in the NCAA Tournament,” said head coach Ryan Baker. “It’s also very exciting to be traveling to Texas since we have three current players from there.”
The Raiders enter the tournament with a 17-13 overall record and got the automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament after winning the Patriot League Championship a week ago Sunday. Texas will be waiting with a 23-4 overall record, but is coming off a tough five-set loss to Iowa State, which snapped the Longhorns’ 17-match winning streak. However, Texas had already clinched the Big 12 title the week before.
“Texas is a great program who has some phenomenal athletes with one of the best coaching staffs in the country,” said Baker. “Our team has shown great resolve all season and I know they are looking forward to playing at their best once again.”
This will be the first meeting ever between these two schools. For Colgate, it is the Raiders first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 1999, when they went to Pacific in the first round of the tournament. The team watched the selection show from the Colgate Inn with many supporters.