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Lander takes on Anderson in NCAA Tournament opener Thursday night

Lander takes on Anderson in NCAA Tournament opener Thursday night

WINGATE, N.C. – The fifth-seeded Lander volleyball team begins its journey at the NCAA Tournament on Thursday as the Bearcats take on fourth-seeded Anderson at 5:00 p.m. in Cuddy Arena at Wingate University.

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STORYLINES:

• Lander (22-7) earned its highest seeding in NCAA Tournament history with its selection as the fifth-seed in the Southeast Regional.

• Anderson (27-5) was upset in the semifinals of the South Atlantic Conference Tournament to earn the four-seed in the region. 

• The Bearcats are making their fourth appearance in the NCAA Tournament, where Lander owns a 1-3 all-time record. 

• Lander boasts the Peach Belt Conference Freshman of the Year in Kaitlyn Krafka and the legue's Setter of the Year in Madilyn Reed

• Krafka was a first-team all-PBC selection, while Reed, Hannah Hritz and Hannah McManus were tabbed as second-team all-conference performers. 

• Lander has never met Anderson in the NCAA Tournament. 

• The winner of Friday's match will face the winner of top-seeded Wingate and eighth-seeded Emmanuel on Friday night.