Field Set for the ECC Volleyball Championship

Field Set for the ECC Volleyball Championship

Central Islip, N.Y. – The field for the 2014 East Coast Conference Volleyball Championship is set with play to commence on Friday, November 14 on the campus of two-time defending ECC Champion, the University of Bridgeport.

Hosting duties and home court advantage for the tournament goes to the ECC Regular Season Champions, Bridgeport. The Purple Knights won their third straight regular season crown by sweeping through conference play with a perfect 16-0 record. This is the first time a school has gone undefeated through the regular season since Dowling pulled the trick in the 2008 season.

In another first since the 2008 season, the four team tournament will include a school other than Bridgeport, Dowling, LIU Post, and NYIT. Roberts Wesleyan, who finished 10-6 in ECC play, breaks into the field as the No. 4 seed in their first season eligible to make the conference tournament. The Redhawks would have made the conference championship in their first season in the ECC in 2012, but were ineligible as they made the transition to full NCAA Division II membership.  

In their regular season matches, the Purple Knights defeated Roberts Wesleyan both times, but in the previous matchup at Bridgeport, the Redhawks extended the match to five sets before falling.

The other semifinal pits No. 3 seed LIU Post against No. 2 seed Dowling. The Pioneers finished with an 11-5 mark in ECC play, while Dowling was 13-3. This is the first meeting between the two schools in ECC Championship play since the 2011 season. Dowling won that match 3-0.

This season, the two schools split their two matchups with each team winning on their home court.

The tournament will start on Friday, November 14 with the Roberts Wesleyan vs. Bridgeport matchup at 5:00 p.m. LIU Post vs. Dowling will follow at 7:30 p.m. The winners of the semifinal matchups will move on to the final on Saturday, November 15 at 8:00 p.m.

All games during the championship will be broadcast live. The quarterfinal and semifinal match-ups will be available on the www.eccsports.org  The final broadcast, provided by the BirdsEye Sports, will also be available to stream on the ECC website. To read Twitter updates throughout the tournament, follow us at @ECCsports.  Tournament recaps, highlights, interviews, and box scores will also be available at the tournament specific web page by clicking here.

2014 ECC Volleyball Championship at the University of Bridgeport
Semifinals - Friday, November 14
No. 4 Roberts Wesleyan vs. No. 1 Bridgeport - 5:00 P.M.
No. 3 LIU Post vs. No. 2 Dowling - 7:30 P.M.

Final - Saturday, November 15
Winner Semifinal One vs. Winner Semifinal Two - 8:00 P.M.