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Volleyball Gets NCAA Tournament Bid for Third Time in Four Years
11/11/2002

Indianapolis, Ind. — Frostburg State received its third NCAA Tournament berth in the last four years on Monday morning, after having missed out on the post-season last year. The Bobcats will be the fourth-seed in the Mid-Atlantic region and take on fifth-seeded Gettysburg College (23-13) at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoon. The match will take place at top-seeded and host for the regional Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa. Frostburg State has taken on Gettysburg two previous times with each team winning once, the most recent being in 1999 with the Bobcats winning 3-2.

FSU (25-9) won the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference tournament last weekend, to complete its fourth unbeaten conference season in the last five years and take home its fifth conference title in the six-year history of the AMCC. The Bobcats have been on a hot streak lately as they have won eight in a row and 11 of 12 matches to finish the season.

Frostburg State which made the NCAA tournament in 1999 and 2000, has improved every year in the tournament. In 1999 the Bobcats lost in the first round, then in 2000 they won in the first round to advance to the Great Lakes region semi-final before falling to Mt. St. Joseph.

FSU has been led on the season by sophomore Lauren Petrick (North Caroline/Denton, Md.) who leads the team with 409 kills and 86 service aces. Junior Kelli Bumgarner (Calvert/Chesapeake Beach, Md.) has been a great addition this year as she has added 341 kills and 249 digs on the season to help the Bobcats regain their championship form.

Sophomore Carrie Ness (Francis Scott Key/Taneytown, Md.) had been solid all year and leads the Bobcats with 1048 assists for an average of 10.5 per game.

"It's exciting to fulfill our preseason goals, which were to win the AMCC and get an NCAA Tournament bid." said Head Coach Jeff Billington. "The girls have worked hard all season and it's nice for them to get recognition for their efforts."

Tickets to the NCAA Tournament at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa., will be $4 for adults, $3 for students and $2 for children. For further information please contact the Sports Information Department at Frostburg State University at 301-687-4371.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780
E-mail: sportsinfo@frostburg.edu