KENNESAW, Ga. - The 2018 ASUN Conference Volleyball Championship opens play on Thursday even with two contests in the First Round. ASUN newcomer No. 4 Liberty and No. 5 Stetson tangle in the first match at 5 PM ET on ESPN+. Liberty searches for their first conference title since 2012, while Stetson looks to make their first semifinal appearance since 1995.
The second match of the evening takes place between No. 3 Lipscomb and No. 6 North Florida at 7:30 PM ET. Lipscomb looks to make its 14th-straight appearance in the semifinal and third championship in the last four seasons. The Ospreys make their fifth-straight appearance at the ASUN Championship. They seek a spot in the semifinal for the first time since 2012.
No. 4 vs. No. 5 All Time: 19-5
Last Match: Liberty 3, Stetson 0 (Nov. 9th, 2017; DeLand, Fla.)
- The Hatters are led by Second Team All-Conference member, Hao Jin. Jin is the first Hatter to make All-Conference since 2014
- Stetson is backed by a stout defense, ranking 38th nationally in digs/set with a mark of 16.85 and third in the ASUN in blocks/set
No. 3 vs. No. 6 All Time: 21-3
Last Match: Lipscomb 3, North Florida 0 (Oct. 27th, 2018; Jacksonville, Fla.)
- The Bisons also look to make it their 14th-straight appearance in the semifinal; they've gone on to make the final in nine of those years