IRVING — UTSA sweep of Tulsa on Sunday propelled the Roadrunners to Conference USA Regular Season Championship and they will be the top seed at this week's postseason tournament.
First-round action begins at noon on Thursday at Alumni Memorial Gym in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The first round, quarterfinals and semifinals will be televised on the C-USA Digital Network, while Sunday’s championship match is scheduled for 1 p.m. and it will be broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network.
Tulane and Tulsa both finished conference play with matching 12-2 records, but the Green Wave will be the No. 2 seed by virtue of its sweep of the Golden Hurricane on Nov. 8. Meanwhile, Marshall captured the No. 4 seed after finishing the year 8-6 in league play and winning the three-way tiebreaker for the spot. The top four seeds all will have first-round byes.
No. 8 seed Southern Mississippi and ninth-seeded UTEP will begin Thursday's first-round action at noon. No. 5 seed North Texas will match up with 12th seed Florida Atlantic two hours later. In the other half of the bracket, No. 6 seed and tournament host Middle Tennessee will face No. 11th-seeded FIU at 5 p.m. and No. 7 seed UAB will square off with No. 10 seed Rice in the 7 p.m. nightcap.
All-session passes for the four-day event are priced at $20 for adults and $10 for ages 3-12. Daily tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for ages 3-12. Children aged two and under are admitted free and students currently attending Conference USA institutions are admitted free with their current university-issued ID.
Tickets can be purchased from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Middle Tennessee ticket office, which is located at Gate 1A of Floyd Stadium on Faulkinberry Drive. Tickets also can be purchased by calling the ticket office during business hours at (615) 898-5261.
Volleyball fans also will be able to watch live action via the C-USA Digital Network, where a full television-quality broadcast with play-by-play, color analysis, interviews and statistical information for each of the matches leading up to Sunday's championship match. A monthly subscription of $14.95 is needed to view all 10 tournament matches.
2013 Conference USA Tournament Schedule
Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 21-24
Alumni Memorial Gym (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)
Thursday, Nov. 21
Match 1: #8 Southern Mississippi (16-13) vs. #9 UTEP (14-13), 12 p.m.
Match 2: #5 North Texas (16-14) vs. #12 Florida Atlantic (13-16), 2 p.m.
Match 3: #6 Middle Tennessee (17-12) vs. #11 FIU (12-16), 5 p.m.
Match 4: #7 UAB (20-13) vs. #10 Rice (11-18), 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 22
Match 5: #1 UTSA (21-7) vs. Match 1 winner, 12 p.m.
Match 6: #4 Marshall (15-15) vs. Match 2 winner, 2 p.m.
Match 7: #3 Tulsa (23-6) vs. Match 3 winner, 5 p.m.
Match 8: #2 Tulane (26-3) vs. vs. Match 4 winner, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 23
Match 9: Match 5 winners vs. Match 6 winner, 3 p.m.
Match 10: Match 7 winners vs. Match 8 winner, 5 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 24
Match 11: Championship Match, 1 p.m.