ASUN Conference Having Historic Postseason Success in 2018-19

ASUN Conference Having Historic Postseason Success in 2018-19

ATLANTA, Ga. - The 2018-19 season is set to go down as the best in ASUN Conference history in terms of postseason success as league teams have totaled 14 wins in national postseason tournaments with four team and three individual championships still to be completed.

Of the 14 team wins, seven have come in NCAA Tournaments across six different sports. Liberty Men's Basketball team highlights the list as it advanced to the Second Round after defeating fifth-seeded Mississippi State in the Round of 64 before falling to Virginia Tech in the Second Round. The 80-76 win over the Bulldogs marked the ninth NCAA Tournament victory in ASUN Conference history. In Men's Soccer, Lipscomb advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16, becoming just the third team in conference history to collect at least two wins.

Other NCAA Tournament victories came from Lipscomb (Women's Soccer), FGCU (Volleyball), Stetson (Beach Volleyball) and Jacksonville (Women's Lacrosse). The Bisons secured the league's fifth win in Women's Soccer, also against Mississippi State, while FGCU notched the sixth Volleyball victory in history with a 3-2 decision against UCF. Most recently, the Hatters became the first No. 8 seed in NCAA Beach Volleyball Tournament history to win a dual match when they defeated No. 1 USC in the First Round. The Dolphins picked up the most recent NCAA win with a 22-7 thrashing of Mercer for the program's and conference's first-ever NCAA postseason win.

Liberty and North Florida Men's Golf teams became the fifth and sixth ASUN programs in the last three seasons to advance to the NCAA National Championships, as they both finished fifth in their respective regionals.

Outside of the NCAA Tournaments, Lipscomb became the first ASUN team to advance to the NIT Finals in the league's Men's Basketball history as the Bisons reeled off four wins en route to their Madison Square Garden showdown with Texas in the finals. NJIT (Men's Basketball) and North Alabama (Women's Basketball) also earned national postseason tournament wins in the CIT and WBI, respectively.

Individually, Kennesaw State's Jordan Gray and Liberty's Alejandro Perlaza Zapata both earned First Team All-America honors at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. Gray placed second in the Pentathlon, while Zapata crossed the finish line in sixth place in the 400-Meter Dash. Gray also took 14th place in the Long Jump for Second Team All-America. Liberty's Azaria Kirwa collected the third-best finish by an ASUN runner in the NCAA Men's Cross Country Championships with his 81st place finish.

2018-19 ASUN Conference Postseason Success

  • Men's Cross Country: Azaria Kirwa, Liberty (NCAA Championships | 81st)
  • Women's Soccer: Lipscomb (NCAA Tournament | 2nd Round)
  • Men's Soccer: Lipscomb (NCAA Tournament | Sweet 16)
  • Volleyball: FGCU (NCAA Tournament | 2nd Round)
  • Women's Basketball: North Alabama (WBI | Semifinals)
  • Men's Basketball: Liberty (NCAA Tournament | 2nd Round)
  • Men's Basketball: Lipscomb (NIT | Runner-Up)
  • Men's Basketball: NJIT (CIT | Quarterfinal)
  • Men's Indoor Track & Field: Alejandro Perlaza Zapata, Liberty (NCAA Championships | 6th, 400m)
  • Women's Indoor Track & Field: Jordan Gray, Kennesaw State (NCAA Championships | 2nd, Pentathlon / 14th, Long Jump)
  • Beach Volleyball: Stetson (NCAA Tournament | Second Round)
  • Women's Lacrosse: Jacksonville (NCAA Tournament | Second Round)
  • Men's Golf: North Florida (NCAA National Championship | May 24-29)
  • Men's Golf: Liberty (NCAA National Championship | May 24-29)
  • Men's Tennis: Liberty's Nicaise Muamba (NCAA Singles Championship | May 16-19)
  • Men's Outdoor Track & Field: (NCAA Preliminaries | May 23-25; NCAA Championships | June 5-8)
  • Women's Outdoor Track & Field: (NCAA Preliminaries | May 23-25; NCAA Championships | June 5-8)
  • Softball: (NCAA Tournament | May 17-June 5)
  • Softball: (NISC Tournament | May 16-26)
  • Baseball: (NCAA Tournament | May 31-June 26)

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