Springfield, Mass. - November 5, 2012 - The Springfield College women's volleyball team is headed to the NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Championship for the third consecutive year after earning an at-large berth to the 64-team field on Monday morning.
The Pride will take on Roger Williams in the opening round of the tournament, which will be hosted at Connecticut College. Roger Williams (21-10) earned an automatic bid into the national tournament after it claimed its fourth consecutive Commonwealth Coast Conference Championship on Saturday in a 3-0 sweep of Salve Regina. The winner of this match will take on the winner of the contest between Bowdoin (26-4) and Emerson (19-10).
In her second season at the helm of the Pride, head coach Moira Long has led the Pride to a 26-7 record this season. A year removed from winning the NCAA New England Regional Championship and advancing to the Elite Eight, this marks the fourth time in five seasons and the ninth time overall that Springfield will compete in the national tournament.
Of the 64 teams in the field, Springfield has defeated six of them this season. The Pride previously picked up wins over Bowdoin, Richard Stockton, SUNY New Paltz, Middlebury, Colby-Sawyer, and MIT.
The remainer of the regional is as follows: UMass Boston (17-11) will play MIT (30-5) and Connecticut College (24-3) will take on Framingham State (24-9) on Friday.
The regional winner advances to the national quarterfinals at the Hope College in Holland, Michigan Nov. 15-17.