Three ECC Volleyball Squads Earn Spot in NCAA Tournament

Three ECC Volleyball Squads Earn Spot in NCAA Tournament

Indianapolis – Three East Coast Conference volleyball teams have been included in the bracket of 64 released by the NCAA on Sunday night. The ECC champion, Dowling College, is the No. 2 seed in the East Region. The Golden Lions are joined by Bridgeport, who earned the No. 3 seed, and NYIT, the No. 6 seed.

Dowling, who defeated Bridgeport 3-0 in the ECC Final to earn the conference’s automatic bid and also their tenth straight trip to the tournament, will take on the No. 7 seed and CACC champion, Caldwell. The Golden Lions, currently 27-4 on the season, are looking to make their sixth appearance in the Elite Eight in the last seven years.

Bridgeport (18-7) earns an at large berth after making it to the final of the ECC Volleyball Championship. The Purple Knights, who are making their fourth straight appearance in the tournament, will face No. 6 seed NYIT. The Bears earned their first sport in the championship field since 2006 with a 19-8 record on the season and after finishing second in regular season ECC play at 11-3. The meeting between the Purple Knights and the Bears will be the fourth of the season, with Bridgeport taking two of three to date.

Other teams in the field include No. 1 and host New Haven, No. 4 Adelphi, No. 5 Stonehill, and No. 8 Pace. Tournament play will begin on Thursday, November 17 and will continue until the finals on Saturday, November 19. 

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