BOONE, N.C. — Set to make its first postseason appearance since 1994, Appalachian State volleyball will face Radford in the First Round of the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC). The contest will take place on Thursday at 4 p.m. on the campus of Clemson.
The winner between the Mountaineers and Highlanders will advance to the second round against either host Clemson or Alabama A&M on Friday at 7 p.m.
The Mountaineers were one of seven teams announced as automatic qualifiers for the tournament on Monday.
The NIVC was originally played from 1989-1995. With the support of those founders, the current NIVC will feature automatic qualifiers who are the teams with the best conference finishes that were not selected for the NCAA Tournament.
Radford posted a 21-6 record on the season and finished second in the Big South. App State and Radford have met 16 previous times, with the Black and Gold holding a 10-6 edge in the series. The teams last met in 2014, with the Mountaineers recording a 3-0 sweep.
Clemson went 17-14 on the season and finished 8-10 in ACC play. The Mountaineers and Tigers met earlier this season in Boone, with Clemson prevailing in a thrilling 3-2 match.
Alabama A&M finished the regular season with a 23-15 mark, winning the SWAC regular season title, but falling the SWAC Tournament championship. App State and Alabama A&M have never met.
App State is coming off of one of the best seasons in school history, posting a 22-8 record and winning the Sun Belt East Division with a 13-3 mark. The Mountaineers earned the second seed at the Sun Belt Tournament and made the finals, falling to top seed Texas State.
Appalachian State will make its fourth postseason appearance in program history. The Mountaineers played in the NIVC in the 1991 season and appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 1993 and 1994.