Binghamton Set To Take On No. 1 Penn State Friday Night in NCAA 1st Round
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - 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.
The 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.
ALL 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.