Story courtesy of Christa Parulis-Kaye, NECC Assistant Commissioner for Media Relations
For Immediate Release:
March 23, 2010
ATTLEBORO, Mass.-Newbury College has claimed the top seed for the 2010 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Men's Volleyball Championship, which takes place Saturday, March 27th on the campus of Hellenic College in Brookline, Mass. The Nighthawks (19-9 overall) earned the top spot in the upcoming NECC tournament after finishing undefeated at 8-0 in conference.
Daniel Webster College Eagles (8-10) claimed the #2 seed in with a 6-2 NECC record. The third spot was claimed by the Lynx of Lesley (5-16) finishing with a 3-5 conference record. The final spot was earned by the Blazers of Elms College (4-21) finishing tied with Lesley with a 3-5 NECC record.
As specified in NECC men's volleyball championship guidelines, a two-way tiebreaker was applied to determine the third seed and fourth seed. In the initial step, both Lesley and Elms split during the regular season with the Lynx winning 3-0 on February 9th and the Blazers winning 3-1 on February 13th.
In the next step, both teams' records against all other NECC teams in descending order of the conference standings were examined. Both teams lost to Newbury and Daniel Webster and defeated Southern Vermont.
In the fourth step, the teams' records against common non-conference opponents were examined. Both schools defeated Regis, while Lesley also defeated Albertus Magnus on March 20th. Lesley won the tie-breaker on the next step with a higher overall winning percentage of .238, compared to the Blazers' .160.
The 2010 NECC Men's Volleyball Championships will take place in one day at one site with the #1 seed Newbury hosting the #4 seed Elms in the 11:00 a.m. game one of the semifinals. The #2 seed Daniel Webster will face the #3 seed Lesley at 1:00 p.m. match.
The winners of these semifinal matches will advance to the championship match, which is set to begin at 3:00 p.m.
2010 NECC MEN'S VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Semifinals • Saturday, March 27
#4 Elms (4-21, 3-5) at #1 Newbury (19-9, 8-0), 11:00 a.m.
#3 Lesley (5-16, 3-5) vs. #2 Daniel Webster (8-10, 6-2), 1:00 p.m.
Championship Match • Saturday, March 27
Semifinal Winners, 3:00 p.m.
*All Matches will be hosted by Newbury at Hellenic College, Brookline, Mass.
For more information please visit the NECC website: http://www.neccathletics.com/sports/mvball/index