WASHINGTON - Gallaudet University will travel to Marcy, N.Y., to defend its titles in the 2016 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Women's Volleyball Tournament hosted by SUNY Poly from Friday, Nov. 4, to Sunday, Nov. 6. The Bison enter as the six-time defending NEAC champions.
After going 11-2 in conference play, Gallaudet (18-15) secured the No. 2 seed and will take on No. 7 Penn St.-Abington (21-9) in the quarterfinals on Friday, Nov. 4, at 2:30 p.m. The Bison defeated the Nittany Lions on Saturday, Oct. 1, in straight sets (25-15, 25-21, 25-20) in Morristown, N.J.
If the Bison prevail on Friday, they will move on to the semifinal match on Saturday, Nov. 5, to take on the winner of No. 3 Morrisville State (20-9) vs. No. 6 Lancaster Bible (15-19). Should GU advance to the championship round, the Bison will take on either SUNY Poly (20-11), No. 4 Penn St.-Berks (20-10) or No. 5 Wells College (18-10). The Bison defeated Wells, 3-1, but lost to SUNY Poly, 3-1, and Penn St.-Berks, 3-1, during the regular season.
SUNY Poly secured a bye in the first round and earned the the honor of hosting the tournament after going 12-1 in NEAC play.
The conference champion will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.
The event's schedule and seeding are as follows:
Friday, November 4 - Quarterfinals
Game 1: #2 Gallaudet vs. #7 Penn St.-Abington, 2:30 p.m.
Game 2: #3 Morrisville State vs. #6 Lancaster Bible, 5 p.m.
Game 3: #4 Penn St.-Berks vs. #5 Wells, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 5 - Semifinals
Game 4: #1 SUNY Poly vs. Winner of Game 3, Noon
Game 5: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2, 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 6 - Championship
Game 6: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5, 1 p.m.
All matches will be live streamed here - https://portal.stretchinternet.com/polywildcats/