ASU volleyball team ready for first NCAA tournament match

The Alabama State volleyball team arrived in Seattle Wednesday and spent Thursday morning doing some sightseeing at places such as the Space Needle and the Fish Market. In the afternoon, the Lady Hornets held a full practice at the Alaska Airlines Arena where ASU will face the third-seeded Washington Huskies in the program’s first NCAA Tournament game.

“They have made history and their names will forever be attached to this program this year,” ASU coach Penny Lucas-White said. “I think they are all excited about the game and I think they are very excited about what the future holds as well. You can just feel the excitement.

“Real players show up in real games and these girls have lived that all year. They are a team that literally every player had a role and every player believed in everyone else and it has been special. They have been fearless in fighting for this opportunity and when players are fearless anything can happen.”

Washington (26-2) enters the tournament champions of the PAC 12 and not only boasts the PAC 12’s Player of the Year, but one of the top players in the nation in Krista Vansant. The Huskies are making their 12th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.

“They only have two losses this year and they have dominant outside hitters and Vansant is the player of the year,” Lucas-White said. “She can hit any angle and she is a six rotation player and is a complete player. Then they have a sparkplug in No. 8 (Cassie Strickland). She has a strong jump serve in which they all have strong jump serves. Their serve is an attack from the back line. They are a great team with really phenomenal players on it.”

The game will be broadcast on the PAC 12 Network while live stats can be watched at bamastatesports.com. The game will start 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game between Michigan and LSU at approximately 9 p.m.

“The thing about this game is it is going to be a great experience for my girls,” Lucas-White said. “I am so excited and I know one look you will not see tomorrow. You will not see a look of fear. You will see a look of a challenge.”

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