Panthers are second seed in ECAC New England Tourney
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's volleyball team will make its 10th straight post-season appearance this week after receiving an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III New England Tournament berth on Monday.
The Panthers (23-10 overall) are the second seed in this year's ECAC tourney and will host seventh-seeded Western New England University (15-14) Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at Foley Gymnasium. The winner advances to the semifinals on Saturday at the site of the highest remaining seed after Wednesday's opening round matches. Plymouth State is competing in the ECAC Tournament for the ninth time in 10 years, in addition to an NCAA Tournament berth in 2004.
The other first round ECAC matches include #8-seed Framingham State University (19-13) at #1-seed U.S. Coast Guard Academy (23-6); #6 Emmanuel College (2-15) at #3 Endicott College (15-15); and #5-seed Salve Regina University (16-13) at #4-seed Keene State College (18-13).
Wednesday's match will be the first meeting of the season between Plymouth State and Western New England, which is a member of The Commonwealth Coast Conference.
Plymouth State, led by first-year head coach Chris Kilmer, received the ECAC berth after capturing a share of the Little East Conference regular season championship and finishing runner-up in the LEC Tournament, falling to nationally-ranked Massachusetts Boston. WNE, under first-year coach Bret Stothart, posted a 15-14 record that was a five-win improvement from a year ago; earned the fourth seed in the CCC Tournament and got knocked out in the semifinals by top-seeded Roger Williams.
PSU won its only ECAC Championship in 2008 and finished runner-up to top-seeded Coast Guard in 2009. The Panthers were defeated in the semifinals in 2003, 2005 and 2010 and were first-round victims in 2002, 2006 and 2007.
2011 ECAC Division III New England Women's Volleyball Championship
First Round – Wednesday, November 9
No. 8 Framingham State (19-13) at No. 1 Coast Guard (23-6), 7:00 p.m.
No. 7 Western New England (15-14) at No. 2 Plymouth State (23-10), 7:00 p.m.
No. 6 Emmanuel (21-15) at No. 3 Endicott (15-15), 7:00 p.m.
No. 5 Salve Regina (16-13) at No. 4 Keene State (18-13), 7:00 p.m.
Semifinals – Saturday, November 12 at (highest remaining seed)
No. 1/No. 8 winner vs. No. 4/No. 5 winner, TBA
No. 2/No. 7 winner vs. No. 3/No. 6 winner, TBA
Championship – Saturday, November 12 at (highest remaining seed)
Two Semifinal Winners, TBA
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