First round Division III Men's Volleyball match moved to Sunday at Endicott
BEVERLY, Mass. -- Due to the events surrounding the overnight activity in the Boston area early Friday morning, Saturday's Division III tournament first-round match between Endicott and Kean has been postponed until 11 a.m. ET Sunday in MacDonald Gymnasium.
The match originally was scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday. The winner will move on to face the No. 1 Springfield on April 26 at Kidera Gymnasium in Rochester, N.Y. The championship, April 26-28, was scheduled to take place on the campus of MIT. However, due to the recent events in Boston, it was determined to be in the best interests of all involved for the championship competition to be moved to a new location.
Endicott will host a tournament match for the first time. The tournament's nine-team bracket features seven of the top 10 ranked teams in the country.
Endicott (22-9), the only unranked team in the field, is coming off its first NECC championship which awarded the Gulls an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. Their opponent, No. 14 Kean (25-7) captured the Skyline Conference title with a 3-1 win against Sage this past Saturday.
Endicott and Kean are two of just six automatic qualifiers into the NCAA Tournament which also includes Baruch (CUNYAC), Juniata (CVC), Rivier (GNAC), and Nazareth (UVC). At-large bids went to Springfield, UC Santa Cruz, and Stevens.
The Gulls and Cougars met back on March 9th at Endicott's March Mania Tournament. Endicott forced a fifth-set and held a 13-10 lead in the deciding frame but Kean rallied to take the set 16-14 and the match 3-2.