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Underdog UGA volleyball team surprises Towson in NCAA first round

 UGA outside hitter Kacie Evans
Tony Walsh / UGA Athletic Association
UGA outside hitter Kacie Evans

The UGA Volleyball team upset eight-seed Towson in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last night, three sets to one. Volleyball at UGA has been somewhat flat in recent years, with the team winning just one SEC in the two seasons before head coach Tom Black took over the struggling program in 2016. Black took the team to the NCAAs in 2019, before the COVID pandemic knocked the team off course.

Picked to finish in ninth place in the SEC this year, the team instead finished third, shutting out conference powerhouses Florida and LSU along the way, and earning the team a trip to the NCAA tournament this year.

Last night’s win marks UGA volleyball’s first tournament win since 1995. They won’t have long to celebrate the milestone however. They face volleyball juggernaut and one-seed Texas tonight at 9:00 p.m.

Martin Matheny is WUGA's Program Director and a host and producer of our local news program 'Athens News Matters.' He started at WUGA in 2012 as a part-time classical music host and still hosts WUGA's longest-running local program 'Night Music' which is heard on WUGA and GPB Classical. He lives in Normaltown with his wife, Shaye and dog, Murphy.
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