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Tulsa Draws LSU In Opening Round Of NCAA Tourney

The Tulsa volleyball team watches the NCAA Selection Show in the Reynolds Center Sunday
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Nov. 28, 2010

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TULSA, Okla. - The No. 23-ranked University of Tulsa volleyball team received its second NCAA Tournament berth in four years and have drawn No. 13 LSU in the first round at McCasland Field House in Norman, Okla.

The Golden Hurricane (30-2, 20-0 Conference USA) and Tigers (25-4, 16-4 SEC) will meet for the first time in their respective histories Dec. 3 at a time to be determined.

The winner of the match will face the winner of Oklahoma (21-10, 13-7 Big 12) and Wichita State (21-7, 14-4 Missouri Valley) on Dec. 4 for the right to advance to the Sweet 16 in University Park, Pa.

TU enters the tournament riding the nation's longest win streak at 29 matches, and the Conference USA champions also own the nation's second-best overall record, tied with No. 5 Northern Iowa, behind No. 1 Florida, which is 29-1.

"We're thrilled to be back in the tournament, and we're thrilled about the fact that we're going to get an opportunity to play close to home," Tulsa head coach Ed Allen said. "We've had Conference USA teams who have competed quite well with LSU recently. I know they've had an outstanding year, and we expect it to be a good match."

LSU played Tulane three times a year ago, going 2-1 against the Green Wave. One of those wins came in the opening round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament. LSU advanced to the second round in last year's tournament before bowing out in a five-set thriller to Texas A&M. The Tigers also played Rice in 2009, falling 3-0 to the Owls.

LSU enters the match with the Golden Hurricane with a 2-2 record against ranked opponents this year, falling twice to No. 1 Florida and sweeping No. 21 Tennessee.

The lone common opponent between Tulsa and LSU this season is Rice, who lost to both the Golden Hurricane and Tigers.

"I'm real excited to be back in the NCAA Tournament after we made it for the first time in school history my freshman year," senior middle blocker Hannah Stout said. "We would love to go further than we did the first time around and hopefully win some games in the tournament."

Dec. 3 in Norman, Okla.
No. 23 Tulsa vs. No. 13 LSU
Oklahoma vs. Wichita State

Dec. 3 in State College, Pa.
Niagara vs. No. 4 Penn State
Delaware vs. Virginia Tech