ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech (25-7) volleyball team will face Colorado (16-11) on Friday night in Ft. Collins, Colo., in the first round of the 2000 NCAA Tournament. The Jackets received an at-large bid and are seeded seventh in the Pacific region, while the Buffalos also received an at-large bid and are seeded tenth.
“Colorado has a great program with an outstanding tradition,” said head coach Shelton Collier. “I think the Georgia Tech-Colorado match will be one of the most competitive of all the first round matches in the tournament.”
Tech will be playing in Moby Arena, where the Jackets played in the Coors Light Classic earlier this season falling to Colorado State in the finals.
“We have played three matches earlier in the year in the Colorado State gym, so our players should be comfortable there,” said Collier.
The Jackets are making their fourth overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament, and their first since the 1996 season. In each of its appearances, Tech has advanced to the second round of the tournament, holding a 3-3 record.
“One of our goals this season was to make the NCAA Tournament, and to play well once we got there,” said Collier. “We have a talented team that has the potential to play at a high level. If we play at the top of our game, I believe we can win our first round match against Colorado.”
The two teams have met only once previously, with the Jackets defeating the Bulldogs in five games in 1995.
The winner of Friday’s contest is scheduled to play on Saturday facing the winner of the Colorado State-Radford match.