Lancaster Bible Claims Top Seed in 2018 NEAC Men's Volleyball Tournament

Lancaster Bible Claims Top Seed in 2018 NEAC Men's Volleyball Tournament

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – With a perfect 8-0 conference record, Lancaster Bible is named the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Men’s Volleyball Regular Season Champion and enters the postseason as the No. 1 seed. The NEAC has also announced the entire six-team field for the 2018 Men’s Volleyball Tournament.

As the top seed in the tournament, Lancaster Bible will receive a first-round bye and has earned the right to host the NEAC Final Four on April 14-15. In addition to an unblemished record in league play, the Chargers enter the postseason with a 21-4 overall mark and an 11-game winning streak. Lancaster Bible leads the NEAC with a .263 hitting percentage while also serving as the league leader in service aces (158), service aces per set (1.90), blocks per set (1.96) and points per set (15.8).

This year’s men’s volleyball tournament will feature a pair of first round matches. The top two teams will receive a first-round bye while the No. 5 seed will travel to the No. 4 seed and the No. 6 seed will meet the No. 3 seed. All first round matchups will take place on Tuesday with the winning teams advancing to the NEAC Final Four, hosted by Lancaster Bible.

Wells College locked up the No. 2 seed with a win on Saturday to finish the regular season with a 19-7 overall record that includes a 7-1 ledger against NEAC opponents. The Express are led by a strong offense with a conference-best 1,125 kills and 1,401.5 points. Wells also ranks first in kills per set (11.97), assists (1,050) and assists per set (11.17).

With a 6-2 conference record, SUNY Poly is the No. 3 seed and will host a first round game on Tuesday. Defending conference champion Penn State Altoona will also host a first round match as the No. 4 seed after posting a 5-3 record in NEAC play.

Despite D’Youville College, Medaille College and Keuka College all finishing the weekend with a 3-5 NEAC record, only two teams could move on to the postseason tournament. Medaille College secured the No. 5 seed based on the conference tiebreaker that compares game percentage in all head-to-head matches between the tied teams. Keuka College rounds out the field as the No. 6 seed as the Wolves defeated D’Youville, 3-1, earlier in the season.

NEAC Men’s Volleyball First Round                                                                   

No. 5 Medaille College @ No. 4 Penn State Altoona - 5 p.m.
No. 6 Keuka College @ No. 3 SUNY Poly - 7 p.m.

The NEAC Semifinals are scheduled for April 14 at noon and 2:30 p.m. with the NEAC Championship game to follow on Sunday at 1 p.m. The winner of the NEAC Championship will receive an automatic berth into the 2018 NCAA Division III Men’s Volleyball Tournament.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has fourteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Bryn Athyn College, Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Morrisville State College, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Wells College, and Wilson College.  Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (M Volleyball), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Pennsylvania State University – Altoona (M Volleyball), and Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of field hockey and men’s tennis. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.