Press Release courtesy of MAAC
The 2017 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Volleyball Championship takes place, November 17-19, and returns to George Bisacca Court at Alumni Hall on the campus of Fairfield University for the second year in a row. For more information on the 2017 MAAC Volleyball Championship, visit maacsports.com/vb and be sure to follow the action on social media by using #MAACVB. Tickets can be purchased at maac.ticketleap.com
MAAC on ESPN3: The entire 2017 MAAC Volleyball Championship is set to air on ESPN3 for the second year in a row. JJ Duke and Allison Gaskins are the on-air talent for all MAAC volleyball championship contests on ESPN3.
|First Round||Game 1||No. 3 Iona vs. No. 6 Quinnipiac||Nov 17||5:00 p.m.||ESPN3|
|First Round||Game 2||No. 4 Marist vs. No. 5 Rider||Nov 17||8:00 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Semifinal||Game 3||No. 1 Fairfield vs. Game 2 Winner||Nov 18||2:00 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Semifinal||Game 4||No. 2 Niagara vs. Game 1 Winner||Nov 18||5:00 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Championship||Game 5||Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner||Nov 19||2:00 p.m.||ESPN3|
First Round Action: The 2017 MAAC Volleyball Championship begins with first round action on Friday, November 17. The first matchup features No. 3 Iona College (14-17, 11-7 MAAC) and No. 6 Quinnipiac University (10-21, 9-9 MAAC) at 5:00 p.m. The Gaels went (2-0) in the regular season against the Bobcats. Iona earned a 3-2 victory in the teams first meeting on September 17 and later picked up a 3-1 win on October 21. The Gaels advanced for the MAAC Volleyball Championship for the first time since 2014 and are the No. 3 seed for the first time since it last qualified for the Championship in 2013. Quinnipiac returns to the Championship for the second-straight season and is the No. 6 seed for the first time in program history. The Bobcats fell to Fairfield in the 2016 MAAC Volleyball Championship game.
No. 4 Marist College (14-15, 11-7 MAAC) faces No. 5 Rider University (17-14, 10-8 MAAC) in the second first round matchup on Friday, November 17 at 8:00 p.m. The Red Foxes and Broncs split the regular season series (1-1). Marist claimed the first win of the series, 3-2, on October 8. Rider took the second meeting, 3-1, on October 28. The Red Foxes have earned a berth into MAAC Volleyball Championship for the fifth year in a row. Marist is the No. 4 seed for the second time in program history, it was last the No. 4 seed in 2009. The Broncs are set to play in their fourth consecutive MAAC Volleyball Championship and are the No. 5 seed for the third time in the last four years (2017, 2015, 2014).
Waiting in the Wings: No. 1 Fairfield (23-6, 18-0 MAAC) and No. 2 Niagara University (18-9, 14-4 MAAC) receive first round byes as a result of being the top two seeds in the championship.
The Streak: The Stags claimed their third-straight MAAC Volleyball Regular Season Championship and 17th in program history. Fairfield takes the court for the first time in the championship in the semifinals on Saturday, November 18, at 2:00 p.m. against the winner of No. 4 Marist or No. 5 Rider. Fairfield enters the championship with a 19-game winning streak and winners of 49-straight conference matches (including postseason and non-conference meetings) dating to October 22, 2015.
Two Sweet: No. 2 Niagara is set to appear in its fourth-straight MAAC Volleyball Championship. The Purple Eagles are the No. 2 seed for the third time in program history (2009, 1993). Niagara plays the winner of No. 3 Iona and No. 6 Quinnipiac in the semifinals on Saturday, November 18, at 5:00 p.m.
About the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference:
With 11 institutions strongly bound by the sound principles of quality and integrity in academics and excellence in athletics, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) is in its 37th year of competition during the 2017-18 academic year. Current Conference members include: Canisius College, Fairfield University, Iona College, Manhattan College, Marist College, Monmouth University, Niagara University, Quinnipiac University, Rider University, Saint Peter’s University, and Siena College.