Vikings to Play Albany in Opening Round of NCAA Championship

Vikings to Play Albany in Opening Round of NCAA Championship

Nov. 25, 2007

Contact: Greg Murphy

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Cleveland State will make its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Championship when the Vikings play Albany in the opening round on Friday, Nov. 30, at Penn State at a time to be determined. The pairings for the 64-team field were announced on Sunday evening on ESPNU.

"This is an exciting time for our program and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to play against an outstanding program in the NCAA tournament," head coach Chuck Voss said. "We are going to work hard in practice this week and go represent Cleveland State in the tournament as best we can."

The Vikings clinched the Horizon League's automatic berth to the NCAA Championship by winning the league tournament last weekend with a 3-1 victory over Valparaiso. CSU enters the tourney at 23-8 overall. Friday's match will be CSU's first-ever meeting with Albany.

The Great Danes went 21-9 this season, including 8-4 in the America East Conference.

ALL SESSION tickets for the First and Second rounds MUST be purchased at the Bryce Jordan Center Ticket office or by calling 814-865-555 or 1-800-863-3336 beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 26 up until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30. All session tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for senior citizens, youth and students with a valid college or university ID. SINGLE SESSION tickets WILL ONLY be available at Rec Hall on Friday and Saturday and are $7 for adults and $5 for senior citizens, youth and students.

Should the Vikings win the opening round match, they would play the winner of Friday's other match at Penn State between the host Nittany Lions and Siena on Saturday for the right to advance to the regional semifinals on Dec. 7.

The winner of the Penn State first and second round NCAA site will remain at Rec Hall for the NCAA Regional Championship on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7-8. The Penn State site winner will play the site winner from Ann Arbor, Mich., which features Michigan, Miami (Ohio), Illinois State and No. 14 seed Colorado State. The other Regional Semifinal match will feature the Louisville, Ky., site winner (No. 11 Hawaii, Louisville, Middle Tennessee, Tennessee State) and the Seattle, Wash., site winner (No. 6 Washington, BYU, Ole Miss, Missouri).