MATCH NOTES THE NCAA FIRST AND SECOND ROUNDS vs. Duke [21-8, 15-5 ACC] /// 7:00 p.m. ET FRIDAY UT/Duke vs. MTSU/Ohio State /// 7:00 p.m. ET 2011 RECORD [ DEC. 1-2 /// THOMPSON-BOLING ARENA /// KNOXVILLE, TENN. ] THURSDAY TO NOTE... WELCOME TO THE DANCE DUKE AT A QUICK GLANCE By winning the first outright SEC Championship in program history last week, Tennessee was awarded the No. 14 seed in the NCAA Tournament and the right to host the first and second rounds. UT is hosting for the fifth time in the last eight years and holds an 8-2 record in tournament matches played in Knoxville. The Lady Vols earned their fourth national seed in program history, all of which have come with head coach Rob Patrick at the helm. With the win over Kentucky last week, Tennessee has now won 12 straight matches, six of which have come on the road. Entering Thursday, UT is a perfect 13-0 at home. Duke has made the NCAA Tournament for an ACC-record seven consecutive seasons and has 12 NCAA Tournament victories, which is the most in ACC history. With four seniors and three juniors, the Blue Devils have an experienced lineup, as five of seven starters returned for 2011. Last year, the squad made the Elite Eight before losing to eventual NCAA Champion Penn State. IN CASE YOU MISSED IT The University of Tennessee Lady Vol volleyball team clinched its first outright Southeastern Conference Championship last Wednesday evening with a 3-1 win over No. 16 Kentucky (28-30, 25-20, 30-28, 25-18) at Thompson-Boling Arena. In front of the fifth-largest crowd in UT history, the Lady Vols won their 12th straight match and went a perfect 13-0 at home during the regular season. Three members of the Big Orange recorded double-doubles, as sophomore Kelsey Robinson notched a team-best 26 kills to go along with 13 digs, freshman Mary Pollmiller dished out 64 assists and added 11 digs and freshman Tiffany Baker had 12 kills and 11 digs versus UK. The victory clinched an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament and Sunday, the Orange and White found out they would be hosting the first and second rounds of the Tournament, as they were seeded 14th. UT (27-3) will face off against Duke (21-8) at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the opening round after Ohio State (19-14) takes on Middle Tennessee State (21-11) at 4:30 p.m. The winner of both contests will move on to a second-round showdown at 7 p.m. on Friday for the right to advance to the NCAA Regional in Gainesville, Fla., Dec. 9-10. Duke 2011 Record: 21-8 (15-5 ACC) All-Time Series Record: Series tied 10-10 Patrick’s Record Against Duke: 2-1 Last 10 Meetings: Duke leads 6-4 The Last Two Meetings: 12/4/09 (Knoxville, Tenn.): Tennessee def. Duke, 3-1 (25-18, 25-23, 17-25, 25-12) 12/1/06 (Knoxville, Tenn.): Duke def. Tennessee, 3-1 (30-22, 26-30, 30-25, 30-27) THE NCAA (HISTORICALLY SPEAKING) Tennessee is making its fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, which ties a school record (1981-84), and 13th overall showing in postseason play. The Lady Vols will be hosting for the eighth time in school history and for the first time since 2009. UT has an overall NCAA Tournament record of 12-12, as the team went 1-1 last season. The Big Orange tallied five victories over ranked teams in the tournament and has made four NCAA Regional appearances (1982, 1984, 2004, 2005), along with reaching the Final Four in 2005. CONTACT BOX /// MEDIA RELATIONS INFORMATION TODD MOUNCE MATT MAGILL Graduate Assistant Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Office: 865.974.0311 Cell: 330.718.6040 Student Assistant Media Contact Email: email@example.com 2011 TENNESSEE /// LADY VOLUNTEERS VOLLEYBALL OVERALL RECORD: 27-3 SEC NON-CONFERENCE HOME AWAY NEUTRAL 19-1 8-2 13-0 11-2 3-1 2011 SEASON SCHEDULE AUGUST Comcast Lady Vol Classic 26 27 Ohio Villanova Maryland W, 3-2 W, 3-0 W, 3-2 SEPTEMBER Illinois State Farm Classic Champaign, Ill. 2 @ #7 Illinois 3 vs. #21 Dayton vs. Houston L, 1-3 W, 3-2 L, 2-3 Virginia Tech Invitational Blacksburg, Va. 9 10 vs. Seton Hall vs. American @ Virginia Tech W, 3-0 W, 3-0 W, 3-1 16 18 23 25 30 Georgia * Auburn * @ South Carolina * @ #6 Florida @ LSU * W, 3-0 W, 3-0 W, 3-1 W, 3-2 W, 3-1 OCTOBER 2 7 9 12 16 21 23 28 30 @ Arkansas * Alabama * Mississippi @ #25 Kentucky * @ Mississippi State * @ Auburn * @ Georgia * #13 Florida * South Carolina * W, 3-0 W, 3-0 W, 3-2 L, 2-3 W, 3-0 W, 3-1 W, 3-1 W, 3-1 W, 3-0 NOVEMBER 2 6 11 13 18 20 23 @ Louisville Mississippi State * @ Mississippi @ Alabama * Arkansas * LSU * #16 Kentucky * W, 3-0 W, 3-1 W, 3-2 W, 3-0 W, 3-0 W, 3-0 W, 3-1 DECEMBER 1 2 Duke! TBD! >> * SEC match >> ! NCAA Tournament 7 p.m. 7 p.m.