Volleyball Prepares for BIG EAST Championship|
Nov. 14, 2012
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati volleyball team will travel to Milwaukee, Wis., for the BIG EAST Championship Nov. 16-18 on the campus of Marquette University. The Bearcats enter the tournament as the fifth seed and will face No. 4 seed University of Connecticut on Fri., Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. ET in the opening round.
The Bearcats enter the tournament with a regular season record of 11-18 and a 9-6 mark in conference play. In its last meeting against UConn on Oct. 12, UC jumped out to an early 2-0 advantage, but dropped the next two games before holding on for a 3-2 victory.
A total of eight teams qualified for the tournament, including top seeded No. 11 Louisville, No. 2 seed Marquette, No. 3 seed Notre Dame, No. 4 seed Connecticut, No. 5 seed Cincinnati, No. 6 seed St. John’s, No. 7 seed Pittsburgh and No. 8 seed USF. The Bearcats are a combined 3-6 this season against teams that have qualified for the championship.
Cincinnati had compiled an 8-1 all-time record against Connecticut, including a 7-1 record since becoming a member of the BIG EAST in 2005. The Bearcats won the last meeting 3-2 on Oct. 12, 2012. Jordanne Scott led the Bearcats with 19 kills and 12 digs while Emily MacIntyre added 36 digs to pace the defensive effort. Becca Refenes, Emily Hayden and Amelia Wegman also posted double-digit kills (14, 12 and 11, respectively) and Me’Ashah Nicholson added a career-high eight blocks.
ABOUT THE HUSKIES
UConn finished the regular season with a 19-11 record and a 10-5 mark in BIG EAST play. The Huskies, who were picked to finish 10th in the preseason coaches’ poll, claimed the fourth seed in the tournament. It is the first appearance in the conference championship for UConn since 2009, when it lost to UC 3-1 in the opening round.
BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY
The Bearcats have qualified for the BIG EAST Championship tournament each year since joining the conference in 2005, and are one of only three teams to accomplish the feat (Louisville and Notre Dame). Cincinnati has not been ranked any lower than fifth (of the eight teams) and has been seeded first or second in four of its eight tournaments. The Bearcats will be searching for their fourth straight trip to the BIG EAST Championship match. They won their first conference tournament title in 2011 and also have runner-up titles from 2009 and 2010. UC’s volleyball championship title in 2011 was the first BIG EAST Championship win for the University of Cincinnati, in any sport.