MARSHFIELD, Mass. -- Mitchell College has earned the eighth seed for the 2018 New England Collegiate Conference Women's Volleyball Championship, as announced by the league late Saturday night.
The Mariners (3-16 overall, 2-7 NECC) have earned a first-round date against top-seeded Eastern Nazarene College, which finished tied atop the NECC regular season standings with an 8-1 record. Mitchell, which finished in a three-way tie for seventh, clinched the berth on a tiebreaker due to a head-to-head win over Lesley University. The two teams will play at ENC on Tuesday, October 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Mitchell will be making its sixth NECC Championship appearance while ENC, a conference newcomer this season, will make its debut. The match-up will feature two of the most dangerous servers in the conference, as ENC's Ruth Aguilar leads the league with 0.90 service aces per set in conference play and Mitchell's Cameron Childs ranks right behind (0.78).
2018 NECC Championship
First Round – Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Game 1: #8 Mitchell (2-7) at #1 Eastern Nazarene (8-1) - 6:30 p.m.
Game 2: #7 Dean (2-7) at #2 Elms (8-1) – 7:00 p.m.
Game 3: #6 Bay Path (3-6) at #3 Southern Vermont (7-2) – 7:00 p.m.
Game 4: #5 Becker (5-4) at #4 New England College (7-2) – 7:00 p.m.
Semifinals – Friday, November 2, 2018 (at higher seed)
Game 5: Winner G4 vs. Winner G1
Game 6: Winner G3 vs. Winner G2
Championship – Sunday, November 4, 2018 (at highest remaining seed)
Game 7: Winner G5 vs. Winner G6