Amherst to Host NESCAC Championships for Volleyball, Men's Soccer

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College volleyball and men's soccer teams will host their respective NESCAC Championship tournaments, having finished the regular season atop the conference standings. The volleyball team will kick off the 2007 tournament Friday evening in a quarterfinal match, while the men's soccer team will play in the semifinals Saturday afternoon, having received a first round bye.

The Amherst volleyball team is looking to defend its 2006 NESCAC title and win the fourth conference championship in program history. The Jeffs do not get an easy pass in the first round, as they struggled with No. 8 Bowdoin College during the regular season. Amherst won the second and third games after dropping the first to the Polar Bears, eventually holding on for a 3-2 come-from-behind victory.

The Jeffs fell to No. 4 Conn. College for their only conference loss of the year, dropped a non-conference match to No. 5 Wesleyan University, and won a 3-2 thriller over archrival No. 2 Williams, as this year's tournament features a slew of teams capable of preventing Amherst from repeating as champions.

All matches played on court one (see schedule and court assignments below) can be watched live at, which will feature both audio and video. Friday's match between Tufts and Trinity can be watched live at Admission to matches at LeFrak Gymnasium will be free to all.

The Amherst men's soccer team is seeking the program's first NESCAC title, as the top-seeded Jeffs enter the tournament ranked sixth in the nation. Amherst will take on No. 5 Bowdoin Saturday at 1:30 p.m., with the Polar Bears advancing to the semifinals with a 2-0 upset over No. 4 Wesleyan this past Sunday. The Jeffs defeated Bowdoin earlier this season on Gooding Field, 3-0, but the Polar Bears enter Saturday's game with an impressive 10-4-1 mark.

The four remaining teams in the tournament are the four top ranked teams in New England, as the NESCAC has featured very tough competition throughout the season. The Jeffs defeated No. 2 Middlebury, 3-0, and No. 3 Williams, 1-0, in the regular season, but the Ephs are looking to repeat as NESCAC champions and win the program's sixth conference title, while the Panthers have a chance to earn their program's second championship.

2007 VOLLEYBALL NESCAC CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT SCHEDULEAll games will be played on Gooding Field and can be watched live online at, which will feature both audio and video. Admission to games at Gooding Field will be free to all.

Friday, Nov. 2 - Quarterfinals at Amherst
Match 1 – No. 1 Amherst vs. No. 8 Bowdoin – 6 p.m. (Court 1)
Match 2 – No. 2 Williams vs. No. 7 Middlebury – 6 p.m. (Court 2)
Match 3 – No. 3 Tufts vs. No. 6 Trinity – 8 p.m. (Court 1)
Match 4 – No. 4 Connecticut vs. No. 5 Wesleyan – 8 p.m. (Court 2)

Saturday, Nov. 3 - Semifinals at Amherst
Winner of Match 1 vs. Winner of Match 4 – 1 p.m. (Court 1)
Winner of Match 2 vs. Winner of Match 3 – 3:30 p.m. (Court 1)

Sunday, Nov. 4 - Championship Match at Amherst
Semifinal Winners – 1 p.m. (Court 1)
*All matches will be played in LeFrak Gymnasium

Sunday, Oct. 28 – Quarterfinals at Higher Seed
No. 2 Middlebury 3, No. 7 Connecticut 0
No. 3 Williams 4, No. 6 Trinity 2
No. 5 Bowdoin 2, No. 4 Wesleyan 0

Saturday, Nov. 3 – Semifinals at Amherst
No. 2 Middlebury vs. No. 3 Williams – 11 a.m.
No. 5 Bowdoin vs. No. 1 Amherst – 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 4 – Championship Game at Amherst
Semifinal Winners – Noon 
*All games will be played on Gooding Field