New Hampshire will host the America East Volleyball Championship for the first time since 2003.
New Hampshire will host the America East Volleyball Championship for the first time since 2003.
Courtesy: America East Communications

2013 #AEVB Championship Bracket Set

Release: 11/17/2013

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — For the first time since 2003, the road to the America East volleyball title will go through Durham, New Hampshire, as the University of New Hampshire Wildcats captured the America East regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. The full 2013 America East Championship  bracket was announced on Sunday afternoon following the final matches of the regular-season.

The 2013 championship begins with the semifinals on Friday, November 22, with the championship game on Saturday, November 23. Joining No. 1 seed New Hampshire in the field is No. 2 UMBC, No. 3 Albany and No. 4 Stony Brook.  No. 2 UMBC and No. 3 Albany will play the opening game of the tournament on Friday at 4 p.m, while No. 1 New Hampshire and No. 4 Stony Brook will follow at 7 p.m. The winners of the semifinals will play the 2013 championship game on Saturday, November 23 at 4 p.m. All matches will be played at University of New Hampshire’s Lundholm Gymnasium.

New Hampshire (12-2) clinched its first America East regular-season title since 2003 and fourth overall with a five-set win over Albany on Friday night. The 12-2 mark matches the Wildcats’ third-best conference record, as they were in first place or tied for first for the entire regular season. The Wildcats have won three conference tournament titles and all three  have come at Lundholm Gymnasium. The America East regular-season champion has repeated as the tournament champion 14 times in 21 years. The Wildcats are making their third-straight trip to the tournament and fourth in the last five years.

Albany, UMBC and Stony Brook all finished the regular season with identical 9-5 records, calling for a three-way tiebreak to decide the No. 2-4 seeds. The Retrievers came out as the No. 2 seed with a 3-1 record in the regular season against Albany and Stony Brook, while the Great Danes were 2-2 and the Seawolves were 1-3.  Albany then won the head-to-head tiebreak with the Seawolves with a sweep of the season series, giving the Great Danes the No. 3 seed and the Seawolves No. 4.

UMBC (9-5) earned its highest seed in program history at No. 2 after a three-way tiebreak with Albany and Stony Brook. The Retrievers, who clinched a spot in the tournament with a straight-set win over Providence on Friday night, are making their fourth appearance in the tournament in the last six years.

Albany (9-5) clinched a spot in the tournament with a straight-set win over UMass Lowell on Saturday night. The Great Danes are making their America East record 12th-straight appearance in the conference championship. Albany had their string of five-straight America East regular season titles snapped, but Albany has won either the regular-season title or tournament title nine-straight years.

Stony Brook (9-5) earned its third trip to the America East tournament in four years with a four-set win over Providence on Sunday. The Seawolves, who missed the tournament last year, are looking for their first tournament title.

Visit America East’s Championship Central throughout the tournament for previews, links to in-game coverage and postgame reaction. The 2013 championship game will be available exclusively on AmericaEast.TV and produced by Pack Network.

2013  America East Volleyball Championship
Semifinals - Friday, November 22
Match 1  - No. 2 UMBC vs. No. 3 Albany  - 4 p.m.

Match 2 - No. 1 New Hampshire vs. No. 4 Stony Brook - 7 p.m.

Final - Saturday, November 23
Winner Match 1 vs. Winner Match 2 - 4 p.m.