2008 NECVA Tournament Field Announced
Jersey City, N.J. - After nearly 1,000 regular-season matches, the 2008 North East Collegiate Volleyball Association has announced the field of 16, which will compete for the 2008 NECVA Championship from Friday, April 4 through Sunday, April 6 at Ramapo College's Bill Bradley Center in Mahwah, NJ.
The NECVA Tournament Selection Committee announced the 2008 bracket on March 31, with the NECVA champion receiving the league's automatic bid to the Molten Division III Men's Invitational Volleyball Championship, to be held at Springfield College.
The top three teams in each of the conference's four divisions, plus four at-large selections from among the 27 other schools in the league, will battle for the 14th NECVA championship. The New England and Western Divisions each received two at-large bids.
Vassar College (21-6), the No. 1 ranked team in the NECVA Top 10 poll for the last five weeks, was undefeated against NECVA schools this year at 18-0, and in its first year as a member of the 39-school conference makes its first NECVA Tournament appearance as the No. 1 overall seed.
The Brewers will face No. 16 City College of New York (12-13), which received the CUNYAC Division's #3 automatic bid. CCNY advances to its eighth NECVA Tournament and first since 2004.
Philadelphia Biblical University (23-5) had the biggest one-year turn-around in the history of the conference. Last year, the Crimson Eagles had to win a play-in game to earn the league's No. 15 seed. This year, PBU won the Western Division as the NO. 2 seed-its third-ever NECVA selection. Baruch College (21-12), the second place CUNYAC qualifier, is the 15th seed. The Bearcats make their seventh appearance and their fifth in a row.
Nazareth College (27-6), which hosted last year's championship, and was ranked as high as No. 1 in Division III this season, is the third seed after finishing second in the Western Division. The Golden Flyers are the #3 seed, qualifying for the tournament for a third straight season in the four-year history of the program. Naz will play 14th seeded Elms College (19-9), which received an at-large bid and plays in the conference tournament for the first time. They are the 32nd different school to play in the championship.
Defending NECVA champion Stevens Institute of Technology (19-10) is the No. 4 seed after finishing second in the Metro Division. The Ducks are 18-8 all-time in the championship and are making a record 12th NECVA Tournament appearance, including its 11th in a row. Stevens will meet Medaille College (16-16), the No. 13 seed, which received an at-large selection. The Mavericks reach the tournament for an eighth time and the fifth straight year.
Host Ramapo College (27-5) is the fifth-seed after finishing third in the Metro Division behind Vassar and Stevens. The Roadrunners equaled Stevens by making its 12th appearance in the tournament while hosting the event for the fifth time. Ramapo was 25-3 (.893) against NECVA schools this year. The No. 12 seed is Endicott College (17-14), which earned an at-large bid and will be the 12th seed for the second straight year. The Gulls play in the tournament for a fifth time.
Newbury College won the New England Division with a 10-1 mark and the Nighthawks (28-9) claim the No. 6 seed. It will make its third tournament appearance. Three-time conference champion D'Youville College (13-12) is the 11th seed and the top at-large selection. The Spartans are 16-5 all-time in the tournament and make their ninth appearance, including six consecutive seasons.
The 7/10 match-up will be a rematch of the 2006 NECVA title contest. The No. 7 seed is Rivier College, which was second in the New England Division. The Raiders (22-11) qualify for the championship for the eighth consecutive year-the only eight times they have appeared. The No. 10 seed is Eastern Mennonite University, which was third in a competitive Western race. EMU (14-12) reaches the tournament for the seventh consecutive year since joining the league in 2002.
Hunter College has the best record entering the championship at 30-3, including 29-3 (.906) against NECVA competition. The CUNYAC Division regular season and tournament champion Hawks are the No. 8 seed, and make their 11th consecutive appearance in the tournament since 1998 and their 11th overall. Hunter will meet No. 9 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (23-10), the second place New England qualifier. MIT makes it fourth straight appearance since becoming a conference member in 2005.
The NECVA Championship will be decided on Sunday, April 6 at 1 p.m. A tape-delayed video webcast of the final will be available on the conference website.
2008 North East Collegiate Volleyball Tournament
April 4-6, 2008; Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ
First Round (Friday, April 4)
* Match #1: (1) Vassar College (21-6) vs. (16) City College of New York (12-13), 2 p.m.
* Match #2: (2) Philadelphia Biblical University (23-5) vs. (15) Baruch College (21-12), 2 p.m.
* Match #3: (3) Nazareth College (27-6) vs. (14) Elms College (19-9), 4 p.m.
* Match #4: (4) Stevens Institute of Technology (19-10) vs. (13) Medaille College (16-16), 4 p.m.
* Match #5: (5) Ramapo College (27-5) vs. (12) Endicott College (17-14), 6 p.m.
* Match #6: (6) Newbury College (28-9) vs. (11) D'Youville College (13-12), 6 p.m.
* Match #7: (7) Rivier College (22-11) vs. (10) Eastern Mennonite University (14-12), 8 p.m.
* Match#8: (8) Hunter College (30-3) vs. (9) Massachusetts Institute of Technology (23-10), 8 p.m.
Quarterfinals (Saturday, April 5)
* Match #9: Winner of Match #1 vs. Winner of Match #8, 11 a.m.
* Match #10: Winner of Match #2 vs. Winner of Match #7, 11 a.m.
* Match #11: Winner of Match #3 vs. Winner of Match #6, 1 p.m.
* Match #12: Winner of Match #4 vs. Winner of Match #5, 1 p.m.
Semifinals (Saturday, April 5)
* Match #13: Winner of Match #9 vs. Winner of Match #12, 4 p.m.
* Match #14: Winner of Match #10 vs. Winner of Match #11, 4 p.m.
Finals (Sunday, April 6)
* Match #15: Winner of Match #13 vs. Winner of Match #14, 1 p.m.