Published on November 21, 2016 by Philip Poole  
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Samford’s volleyball Bulldogs won the Southern Conference tournament title Monday night (Nov. 21) with a four-set victory over University of Tennessee–Chattanooga. With the title, the Bulldogs earned the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

Playing before a raucous home crowd at Pete Hanna Center, the 4th-seeded Bulldogs came from behind in the fourth set to beat 3rd-seeded Chattanooga. The Bulldogs had upset top seed East Tennessee State University in the semifinals to reach the championship match.

It is Samford’s third SoCon title in the last six seasons. The 2011 title also was won at Hanna Center. The Bulldogs won the 2014 title in Greenville, South Carolina.

It’s been a banner year for Samford women’s athletics, including the 2016 Indoor Track and Field championships, the softball regular season and tournament championships, and the soccer regular season and tournament championships.

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Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.