Columbus State will be the new kid on the block when the 23rd annual Peach Belt Conference volleyball tournament gets under way this morning.
CSU this fall revived its program that had been dormant since the end of the 1981 season. The Cougars have had an impressive first season back, earning the No. 4 seed for the tournament.
CSU, which ended the regular season with four straight wins, led the PBC in aces and were second in kills and assists.
Kierston Smith led the PBC with 47 aces. Katie Poole was seventh in kills and Erika Gelzinyte was eighth.
CSU (20-10, 12-6) will face No. 5 seed Montevallo (19-10, 11-7) at noon today at Francis Marion University in Florence, S.C. The two teams split five-set matches, each winning on their home court.
Top-seed Armstrong Atlantic and No. 8 seed UNC Pembroke start the tournament at 10 a.m. No. 2 Flagler and No. 7 Lander play at 2 p.m. with No. 3 Francis Marion playing No. 6 USC Aiken at 4 p.m.
The semifinal matches will take place on Saturday at noon and 2 p.m. with the championship on Sunday at 2 p.m.