AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College women's volleyball team advanced to its third straight NESCAC Championship semifinal match and subsequently earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Championship and will take on Johnson & Wales University Friday, Nov. 13 at regional host MIT. Time of the match is yet to be determined.
Amherst (22-4) earned its 17th straight NESCAC Championship appearance, and was tabbed as the third seed in the tournament for a third consecutive season following its 8-2 mark in league action during the 2015 season. The Purple & White defeated sixth-seeded Conn. College, 3-0 to advance to its third straight semifinal match before falling to second-seeded Williams College, 3-2. Amherst is making its seventh overall appearance in the NCAA postseason, and its first since 2010.
Johnson & Wales (23-7) enters NCAA tournament action following a 3-2 victory over Rivier University in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) final – the program's sixth conference championship and first since 2010. The Wildcats posted a 10-1 mark during league action and claimed the league's second seed before knocking off the Raiders in the title match.
Friday's first round matchup is the first between the schools in the NCAA postseason. Amherst notched a 3-1 victory over Johnson & Wales on Sept. 12 earlier this season in Providence, R.I. during the team's season-opening weekend at the Wildcat Invitational.
The other first round matches in the region included region host MIT (28-3) and Regis College (22-10); Babson College (27-8) and Roger Williams University (19-11); and Bowdoin College (23-4) and UMass-Boston (12-15).
The winner of the Purple & White/Wildcats contest will take on the winner of MIT and Regis. Amherst is 5-0 this season against the regional field having not played MIT or Regis.
Check the Amherst athletics website later this week for more details on Friday's NCAA First Round match against Johnson & Wales at MIT.