BRUNSWICK, Maine – The NESCAC Champion Bowdoin volleyball team will be the top seed at an NCAA regional hosted by Babson College as the national committee announced the Division III Tournament field on Monday afternoon.
The Polar Bears are seeded first in the eight-team regional that will be hosted due to geographic reasons by second-seeded Babson this weekend, with game times to be announced on Tuesday. Bowdoin will open play against Worcester State (23-10) on Friday in the first round. If victorious, they will advance to play the winner of Eastern (25-6) vs. Johns Hopkins (21-7) in the second round. The other regional match-ups include Wellesley (20-6) vs. Wentworth (25-4) and Babson (23-8) vs. The College of Mount Saint Vincent (14-16).
The Polar Bears (27-1), currently ranked 24th in the AVCA Division III poll, claimed their third NESCAC Championship last weekend. This will be the fifth NCAA Tournament appearance for the Polar Bears and second in four years under head coach Erin Cady. The Polar Bears have advanced to the "Sweet Sixteen" of the NCAA Tournament three times and made their first-ever "Elite Eight" appearance in 2015, claiming the New England regional title over MIT.
More information about the regional, including a complete preview with links to live coverage, will be posted on GoUBears.com later this week.