The NCAA Division III Men’s Volleyball Championship field has been set and the host team, Springfield, will lead the way in Springfield.
The western Massachusetts team, ranked No. 1 in the AVCA coaches poll all season, is one of the four teams to get bids into the quarterfinals.
Joining Springfield (26-2) in the round of eight are AVCA No. 8 Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League winner Dominican of Illinois (26-2), second-ranked Vassar (26-7), and Wentworth Institute of Technology (27-6), the Great Northeast Atlantic Conference winner and the No. 5 team in the AVCA poll.
First-round matches will be played Saturday with the winners advancing to Springfield on April 28. The semifinals are the next day and the championship match is set for 4 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, April 30.
Springfield awaits the winner of No. 9 Hunter College (27-6), the winner of the City University of New York Athletic Conference, against North Eastern Athletic Conference winner Penn State University, Altoona (26-6).
Dominican will play the winner of the match between New England Collegiate Conference champion Endicott College (21-10) and third-ranked Stevens Institute of Technology (29-5).
Vassar gets the winner of Skyline Conference-champion Kean University (26-8) versus State University of New York at New Paltz (24-8), which is ranked No. 4.
Wentworth plays the winner of the match between Continental Volleyball Conference champion Juniata College (21-10) and 10th-ranked New York University (18-9), which won the United Volleyball Conference.