Central Islip, N.Y. – The field for the
2013 East Coast Conference Volleyball Championship has a familiar
feel to it as Bridgeport, Dowling, LIU Post, and NYIT make up the
bracket for the fifth consecutive year.
Hosting duties and home court advantage for the tournament goes to the ECC Regular Season Champions, the University of Bridgeport. The Purple Knights, who won their second straight ECC regular season title and are looking for their second straight ECC Championship, boasts a 15-1 mark in league play.
Bridgeport will take on No. 4 seed, Dowling College in the first semifinal. The Golden Lions posted a 10-6 record during ECC play to earn the last spot in the field. The two rivals have now met in the ECC tournament every year since 2008, although this is only the second time the meeting came before the championship game. Dowling holds the edge by a margin of 3-2 in those matchups. The two schools have also combined to win the past nine ECC Championships.
In their regular season matches, Bridgeport defeated Dowling both times to run their win streak against the Golden Lions to seven straight.
The other semifinal pits No. 3 seed LIU Post against No. 2 seed NYIT. The Pioneers finished with an 11-5 mark in ECC play, while the Bears were one game better at 12-4. This marks the second straight year the Northern Boulevard rivals will meet in the ECC semifinals. In 2012, LIU Post topped NYIT in five sets by a score of 3-2.
The Pioneers also swept the season series and have won four straight matches against the Bears.
The tournament will start on Friday, November 22 with the Dowling vs. Bridgeport matchup at 5:00 p.m. LIU Post vs. NYIT will follow at 7:30 p.m. The winners of the semifinal matchups will move on to the final on Saturday, November 23 at 7:00 p.m.
All games during the championship will be broadcast live. The quarterfinal and semifinal match-ups will be available on the ECC iHigh network (www.ihigh.com/eccsports). The final broadcast, provided by the BirdsEye Sports, will be provided on a to be determined link. To read twitter updates throughout the tournament, follow us at @ECCsports. Tournament recaps, highlights, interviews, and box scores will also be available on www.eccsports.org at the tournament specific web page.
Volleyball Championship at the University of
Semifinals - Friday, November 22
No. 4 Dowling vs. No. 1 Bridgeport - 5:00 P.M.
No. 3 LIU Post vs. No. 2 NYIT - 7:30 P.M.
Final - Saturday, November 23
Winner Semifinal One vs. Winner Semifinal Two - 7:00 P.M.