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Volleyball team wins NCAA berth

The Binghamton volleyball teams reward for winning the America East Championship is an NCAA match up with one of the best teams in the country.

The squad (20-11) will go to State College, Pa., for a first round encounter with No. 2 seed Penn State (29-2) on Friday, Dec. 2. The teams will play at 7:30 p.m. at Rec Hall.

Binghamton received one of 31 automatic bids granted to conference champions. The remaining 33 slots were awarded to at large teams. The top 16 teams in the draw are seeded. The Bearcats are making their first appearance in the NCAA Division I tournament. As a Division III program, Binghamton advanced to the national tournament in 1995 and 1997. Penn State is ranked No. 2 in the nation in the CSTV/AVCA Coaches Poll.

Cornell (19-5) will play Long Island (25-13) at 5 p.m. Friday in the other match at State College, with the two winners meeting in Saturdays second round at 7 p.m.

The women are the eighth Binghamton team to advance to an NCAA tournament in the last four years, joining the mens soccer team (2003), womens soccer team (2004), mens tennis team (2003, 2004, 2005) and the golf team (2003, 2004).
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Last Updated: 10/14/08