Six sites were pre-selected on November 3 as regional hosts. In addition to Springfield College, the other five pre-selected sites will be held at Christopher Newport University, New York University, the University of St. Thomas (Minn.), Carthage College, and Wittenberg University.
The final two regional sites will be announced when the field for the 63-team championship is announced by the NCAA on Monday, November 8.
“We are honored and excited that the NCAA has chosen Springfield College to host the New England Regional for this year’s NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship,” said Springfield College Director of Athletics, Dr. Cathie Schweitzer. “I know that our staff will put on a first-class event that will ensure an exciting experience for the student-athletes and fans.”
This marks the first time since 2003 that Springfield will serve as host for an NCAA Women's Volleyball Regional. The last time the Pride played in the NCAA Regional was in 2008, when it bowed out in the second round.
“To be selected is a great honor, especially considering that there were several schools in the region under consideration. With that said, this regional will be very competitive, as there are so many teams that can make a run at winning it,” said Women's Volleyball Head Coach Joel Dearing. “Truthfully, as a program we take things one day at a time, and are focused on the upcoming New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tournament this upcoming weekend.”
Dearing and his squad enter the NEWMAC Championship as the top seed and will host the semifinals and finals this weekend (Nov. 6-7). Springfield will square off against fourth-seeded MIT on Saturday at 1:00 p.m, before second-seeded Coast Guard and third-seeded Wellesley clash at 3:30 p.m. The winners will then battle on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m for the automatic qualifying bid to the NCAA Championship.