Clarkson Volleyball to Host NCAA New York Regional
Monday, November 7, 2011 - 10:47 pm

Potsdam, NY - A third consecutive NCAA Division III tournament bid was in question coming into Monday morning, despite another outstanding season by the Clarkson University Volleyball team. However, the Golden Knights received another pleasant surprise from the committee when they discovered that the NCAA Volleyball committee had chosen Clarkson as the host institution for the New York Regional Championships.

The Golden Knights were awarded the fourth seed in the regional, which starts on November 11th. The tournament bracket of New York pits third-seeded Skidmore College against sixth-seed Rivier College at 12:30 pm on Friday, followed by second-seeded Middlebury College facing seventh-seeded Colby-Sawyer College. The top seed in the region, SUNY Cortland, will face the eight-seed, Southern Vermont College, which is coached by former Clarkson assistant Josh Stokes, at 5:30 pm. The host Golden Knights will then take on fifth-seeded Nazareth College, the champions of the Empire 8, at 8:00 pm.

Semifinal matches will take place on Saturday, November 12th at 3:30 pm and 6:00 pm. The championship round will begin at 4:00 pm on Sunday, November 13th.

For more information regarding tickets, please visit the New York Regional Tournament webpage here. Check back regularly for updates and more information.

Without an automatic bid from the Liberty League until 2013, the winner of the Skidmore College-Clarkson University match would only be able to strengthen its resume for the committee to consider. In the end, both the Thoroughbreds and Golden Knights earned the two Pool "B" bids that the committee could dole out for the entire country. Clarkson joins Vassar College as the only other Liberty League member to have ever received three straight NCAA bids.

"It is a huge honor to be selected to the NCAA tournament and we are thrilled to be hosting this year as well," Clarkson head coach Johan Dulfer said. "It is a reflection on the young women in our program that we are returning to the NCAA tournament for the third time in three years. We have sure come a long way and I couldn’t be prouder of the program and where it is headed. We are looking forward to squaring off against such great opponents this weekend."