VALDOSTA, Ga. – Despite an early exit from the Gulf South Conference Tournament, the Valdosta State Lady Blazers found out they are still alive in the postseason. Sunday evening, the NCAA announced the eight-team NCAA South Regional, and Valdosta State was slotted as the sixth seed. The Lady Blazers will face third seed Fort Valley State in the opening round of the tournament.
The rest of the field for the NCAA South Regional is as follows: top seed and host of the tournament Rollins, second seed Florida Southern, fourth seed Alabama-Huntsville, fifth seed Delta State, seventh seed Florida Tech and the eighth seed will go to Gulf South Conference champion West Alabama.
As Rollins is the host institution of the tournament, it will take place in Winter Park, Fla., with first round tip offs scheduled for Friday.
Other first round matchups include Rollins vs. West Alabama, Florida Southern vs. Florida Tech and Alabama-Huntsville vs. Delta State.
The GSC placed four teams in the regional tournament while the Sunshine State fields three and Fort Valley State is the lone representative of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Valdosta State will put its 20-7 record on the line against SIAC Champion Fort Valley State (23-6). The Lady Wildcats beat Tuskegee, 61-52, Saturday to claim their second consecutive SIAC Championship.
Rollins enters the tournament as the Sunshine State Champion after beating other NCAA South Regional participants Florida Tech, 72-68, and Florida Southern, 71-68, en route to the SSC Championship. Rollins stands at 24-5 on the year while Florida Southern is 23-6 and Florida Tech is 18-10.
GSC representatives Alabama-Huntsville and Delta State have joined Rollins and Florida Southern at the top of the NCAA South Regional rankings all season. Meanwhile, West Alabama entered the GSC Tournament as just the fourth seed, but knocked off top seed Delta State, 62-53, in the semifinals, and second seed Alabama-Huntsville, 86-74, in the finals to claim the GSC Championship.
Alabama-Huntsville enters the tournament with a 23-6 record while Delta State stands at 21-6. West Alabama is 14-14 on the year.
Continue to check www.vstateblazers.com for updates as the tournament draws near.