Central Islip, N.Y. – For the first time in school history, Daemen College will host an East Coast Conference Championship when the ECC Volleyball Championship heads to Lumsden Gymnasium on Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19.
Hosting duties and home court advantage for the tournament go to Daemen after clinching their first-ever ECC Regular Season Championship. The Wildcats, who are also making their first-ever tournament appearance, come in to championship play riding a 14 game winning streak to move their record to 22-6 (13-1 ECC).
Daemen's semifinal opponent will be No. 4 seed, LIU Post. The Pioneers finished with a 15-12 (8-6 ECC) mark to earn the last spot in the tournament and their 13th straight ECC Championship appearance. The Pioneers, who have never won an ECC Volleyball Championship, dropped both games to Daemen during the regular season.
The other semifinal has No. 2 seed NYIT battling No. 3 seed Bridgeport in a rematch of last season's ECC and NCAA East Region Championship games. NYIT, the defending East Region Champions, wrapped up the regular season with a 26-5 (11-3 ECC) record and are looking for their first conference title since the 1990 season.
Bridgeport earned their conference-leading 14th straight tournament appearance on the heels of a 14-12 (10-4 ECC) record. The Purple Knights are looking to win their fifth straight ECC Championship and sixth in eight seasons.
NYIT and Bridgeport split their season series with each team winning on their home courts.
The tournament will start on Friday, November 18 with the LIU Post vs. Daemen matchup at 5:00 p.m. Bridgeport vs. NYIT will follow at 7:30 p.m. The winners of the semifinal matchups will move on to the final on Saturday, November 19 at 5:00 p.m.
All games during the championship will be broadcast live on the ECC's YouTube page (www.youtube.com/eastcoastconference). 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 which can be found by clicking here.
2016 ECC Volleyball Championship at Daemen College
Semifinals - Friday, November 18
No. 4 LIU Post vs. No. 1 Daemen - 5:00 P.M.
No. 3 Bridgeport vs. No. 2 NYIT - 7:30 P.M.
Final - Saturday, November 19
Winner Semifinal One vs. Winner Semifinal Two - 5:00 P.M.