Springfield, Dominican, Vassar, Wentworth top DIII men’s bracket

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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.

Click here for the NCAA bracket.

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