Binghamton Draws No. 1 Penn State in 2012 NCAA Volleyball Championship
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The 2012 America East Volleyball Champion Binghamton Bearcats will face No. 1 overall seed Penn State in the 2012 NCAA Volleyball Championship, the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Committee announced Sunday as the 64-team field was revealed during the selection show on ESPNU. Thirty-one conferences were awarded automatic qualification, and the remaining 33 slots were filled with at-large selections to complete the bracket.
The Bearcats (13-17) will face the Nittany Lions (29-2) in University Park, Pa., on Friday, November 30 at 7:30 p.m. The winner will face the winner of Yale and Bowling Green on Saturday, December 1.
The Bearcats are playing in their third NCAA Volleyball Championship and it is the third time they will be playing Penn State. The Nittany Lions swept Binghamton in both 2005 and 2009 in University Park.
Penn State has won the national title five times in 1999, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Binghamton earned the America East's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship with a five-set win over UMBC in the America East semifinals, followed by a sweep of No. 1 seed Albany in the title match.
The last America East team to win an NCAA Championship match was Albany, who beat Cleveland State in the first round in 2007.
Teams winning both matches will move on to regional play Dec. 7 and 8. The pre-determined regional sites are Berkeley, Calif.; West Lafayette, Ind.; Omaha, Neb.; and Austin, Texas. All regional semifinal games will be shown on ESPN3. Regional final games will air on ESPNU.
The regional winners will advance to the semifinals and final hosted by Louisville and the Louisville Sports Commission at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky., on December 13 and 15. Both national semifinal games as well as the championship game will be broadcast by ESPN2