PHILADELPHIA – The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) champion Philadelphia University women's volleyball team will make its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament after receiving the sixth seed in the East Region when the field was announced Monday night. The Rams will take on the third seed University of New Haven in the opening round on Thursday, Dec. 1 at Daemen College.
Philadelphia—who was awarded the highest seed in CACC history—earned its place in the tournament by defeating Caldwell 3-0 in the CACC Tournament final on Nov. 20 to get the conference's automatic bid.
The Rams go into the NCAA Tournament with a 29-4 overall record and a 17-match winning streak.
The winner of the first round match between the Rams and Chargers will take on second seeded and host Daemen or seventh seeded Post in the second round on Dec. 2. The region final is set to be contested on Dec. 3 at Daemen.
The region winner advances to the national championship tournament which will begin on Thursday, Dec. 8 in Sioux Falls, S.D.
In the other half of the bracket, top seeded NYIT will take on eighth seeded Adelphi and fourth seeded American International squares off with fifth seeded Le Moyne.
Next Thursday's match-up with be the first meeting between Philadelphia and New Haven since 2004. Philadelphia is 0-3 against New Haven.
New Haven (19-8) qualified for the NCAA Tournament by winning the Northeast-10 championship by a 3-1 score over Adelphi. The Chargers are making their 31st NCAA Tournament appearance, 11th in a row.
Times and ticket prices will be announced later in the week.