- The 2012 America East Volleyball Champion Binghamton Bearcats will take on
No. 1 overall seed Penn State in University Park, Pa., on Friday night at 7:30
p.m. in the first round of the NCAA Championship.
It is the Bearcats' third trip to the
NCAA Championship, and the third time they will be playing the Nittany Lions.
The teams also faced-off in 2005 and 2009 in the NCAA first round, with Penn
State winning both matches.
Binghamton (13-17) swept top-seeded
Albany in the 2012 America East Volleyball Championship to earn the conference's
automatic bid to the NCAA Championship. Junior captain Grace Vickers was named
the Most Outstanding Player, while senior hitter Iva Partaleva and sophomore
setter Amanda Dettmann joined her on the All-Tournament Team.
Penn State (29-2) won the Big Ten
regular-season title with a 19-1 overall record. Junior Ariel Scott led the
team with 3.83 kills per set, while Micha Hancock was the team leader with 9.67
assists per set.
The last time an America East team won
an NCAA Championship match was Albany, who beat Cleveland State in the first
round in 2007.
The winner of the match will face the
winner of Yale and Bowling Green on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
winners from each of the four Regional sites (West Lafayette, Ind., Omaha Neb.,
Berkeley, Calif., and Austin, Texas) advance to the NCAA National Semifinals,
which will be held on Thursday, Dec. 13 in the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville,
Ky. The National Championship match is set for Saturday, Dec. 15.
SESSION tickets for the First and Second rounds MUST be purchased at the Bryce
Jordan Center Ticket Office or by calling 1-800-NITTANY beginning on Monday,
Nov. 26 at 10 a.m. up until Friday, Nov. 30 at Noon. All session tickets are
$12 for adults, $10 for youth and students and $8 for groups (20 or more).
SINGLE SESSION tickets WILL ONLY be available at Rec Hall on Friday and
Saturday and are $8 for adults, $6 for youth and students and $5 for groups.