INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – For the first time in program history, the MIT men's volleyball team qualified for the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament as it earned a spot courtesy of an at-large bid. The Engineers will travel to local foe Endicott College on Saturday, April 19 for a first round match against the host Gulls at 4:00 p.m.
First-year members of the highly competitive United Volleyball Conference (UVC), MIT fell to No. 6 seed Stevens Institute of Technology, 16-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-22, in the quarterfinal round of the conference tournament on Saturday. The Ducks lost to the eventual champions, SUNY New Paltz, in the semifinals but both squads will represent the UVC in the NCAA tournament.
The Engineers (24-6) will face an Endicott squad that captured its second straight New England Collegiate Conference title after defeating Daniel Webster College, 22-25, 25-19, 25-23, 25-18, on Saturday. Former conference foes in the North East Collegiate Volleyball Association New England Division, MIT holds a 14-10 edge over the Gulls in a series that dates back to 2002. Following the dissolution of the league, the rivalry continued as the Engineers topped Endicott, 25-18, 25-22, 25-22, on Senior Night in Rockwell Cage last season.
The winner of the opening round match will take on top-seeded and two-time champion Springfield College in the quarterfinals on Friday, April at Juniata College. Click here to view the complete bracket.