UNC will face California in the first round of NCAA play on Friday, Dec. 6, in Madison, Wisc.
UNC will face California in the first round of NCAA play on Friday, Dec. 6, in Madison, Wisc.
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UNC To Open NCAA Play Vs. Cal For Third Straight Year
Release: 12/01/2013

CHAPEL HILL - North Carolina will travel to Madison, Wisc., to face California in the first round of the NCAA Division I Volleyball Tournament on Friday, Dec. 6.

This will be Carolina's third-straight year facing the Golden Bears in the opening round of NCAA play and fourth-straight year meeting in the tournament.

"We're excited about the opportunity to play in the tournament, to be playing a good representative from a great conference, and to travel to someplace we haven't been in a while," head coach Joe Sagula said. "Cal is a very good team, but how the NCAA would do this again is just puzzling."

"We're excited to be heading to Madison, which is a volleyball-friendly town so we know there will be a lot of fans, and playing in that kind of environment will be exciting for us. We have our challenges set ahead of us but we're going to be focused and ready to go," Sagula said.

The winner of the UNC vs. California first round match will play the winner of the No. 12 Wisconsin vs. Milwaukee match. The second round winner in Madison, Wisc., will move on to the Champaign Regional, hosted by the University of Illinois on Dec. 13-14.

View the complete NCAA Tournament bracket here

Last year, UNC won a 3-1 match over California in the first round before falling to host Iowa State 3-2 in the second round.

In 2010, Carolina defeated Mississippi 3-1 in round one before falling 3-0 to Cal. The Tar Heels defeated the Bears 3-2 in the first round of the 2011 tournament before being eliminated by Pepperdine 3-0.

This is North Carolina's 15th NCAA appearance and the 11th under head coach Joe Sagula. The Tar Heels are 9-14 all-time in the tournament.

UNC finished the 2013 regular season with a 27-4, 16-4 ACC mark, finishing third in the conference. It has been a record-breaking season already for the Tar Heels, who started off the year 15-0 for the best start in program history.

Sagula earned his 700th victory with a 3-2 win over Maryland on Nov. 24, leading the Tar Heels to the most wins since the 2002 ACC championship squad finished 32-4.

Stay tuned to GoHeels.com for more information on the Tar Heels in the NCAA tournament.

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