The Crimson Tide tied for third after three rounds of stroke play, and only the top eight advance to match play.
Alabama shot a 2-over 282 in the final round Thursday at the par-70, 7,319-yard Crabapple Course at the Capital City Club.
The Crimson Tide finished 7-under-par 833 after 54 holes to tie Texas for third place. The Tide won the tiebreaker by virtue of a better cumulative drop score and will face New Mexico in the quarterfinals of match play at 11:15 a.m. Friday.
California will be the top seed after shooting 16-under-par 824 over 54 holes, while host Georgia Tech was second at 10-under 830. Illinois finished fifth at 5-under 835. Texas A&M, New Mexico, UNLV and Arizona State tied for sixth at 2-over 842 and were in a playoff for the final three match-play spots. Texas A&M did not advance out of the playoff.
“We have now entered the national championships tournament,” Alabama head coach Jay Seawell said. “They battled really hard today. We got off to an average start at best, but the guys battled and made some birdies. We have accomplished one goal, which is to play in the championships (match play). We wish we would have played better, but we have a chance to play for the title.”
Alabama’s Justin Thomas and Cory Whitsett both tied for 16th individually to lead the Crimson Tide at 3-under-par 207. Whitsett was among three Tide players to shoot even-par 70 on Thursday.