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"BIG EAST Volleyball Championship Opens on Friday
After a three-year hiatus, the BIG EAST Volleyball Championship returns to the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Ky., this weekend. The University of Louisville will serve as the host for the seven-game tournament which will feature the league’s eight top-seeded teams. The first game will start at 10 a.m. on Friday and the championship match will be held on Sunday. The 3 p.m. ET final will be shown on ESPNU. The winner will earn the BIG EAST’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.
Notre Dame earned the No. 1 seed in the Championship, followed by Cincinnati (No. 2), Pittsburgh (No. 3), Louisville (No. 4), Syracuse (No. 5), USF (No. 6), Connecticut (No. 7) and Seton Hall (No. 8).
11 BIG EAST Schools to Compete at the NCAA Cross Country Championship
The NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Committee announced the team and individual qualifiers for the 2009 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships. In order to be eligible to participate in the championships, teams and individuals qualified in their respective NCAA regions.
Men’s Teams: Georgetown, Syracuse, Villanova, Louisville, Providence
Men’s Individual Qualifier: Jake Walker, Notre Dame
Women’s Teams: Notre Dame, Providence, Syracuse, Villanova, Georgetown, West Virginia
Women’s Individual Qualifier: Tarah McKay, Louisville
Thirty-eight individuals were selected to participate in each championship through an automatic qualifier and at-large selection process. All individual qualifiers finished in the top 25 in their region. Indiana State University will host the Championships on Monday at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course located at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Ind. Both championship races will be broadcast live on Versus Network and streamed online via NCAA.com.
Five Men’s Soccer Teams Earn NCAA Championship Berths
Five BIG EAST men’s soccer teams earned berths into the 2009 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship field of 48. The BIG EAST grabbed five berths for the second straight year and has had at least five teams selected to the national tournament every year since 2000. The teams will be vying for the right to compete at the 2009 NCAA Division I Men’s College Cup on Dec. 11 and 13 in Cary, N.C., at WakeMed Soccer Park.
St. John’s claimed its league-record eighth BIG EAST Championship title on Nov. 15 and grabbed the league’s automatic bid to this year’s national tournament as the No. 13 seed. The Red Storm earned a first-round bye and will face the winner of the Dartmouth-Boston College matchup at home on Nov. 22. First-round action begins today with Connecticut playing at Monmouth and Louisville playing at Indiana. Notre Dame will host UW-Green Bay and USF welcomes Stetson.
Notre Dame Carries on the Women’s Soccer Beat
The Notre Dame women’s soccer team (19-3-1) continues play in the third round of the NCAA Championship on Friday. The Irish will host upstart Oregon State (14-7-1) at 7:30 p.m. ET. The Beavers are making just their second appearance in the NCAA Championship and their first since 1994. Notre Dame, which has advanced to the College Cup in each of the last three seasons, is making its 17th consecutive appearance in the tournament and has outscored its first two opponents 11-1 in NCAA Championship play.
Field Hockey Season Concludes With Syracuse and Connecticut in NCAA Championship
The BIG EAST field hockey season ended Nov. 15 when Syracuse fell at No. 4 Princeton 7-3 in the second round of the NCAA Championship. The Orange earned an at-large bid after going 16-2 in the regular season and advancing to their second straight BIG EAST Championship title game. SU defeated Boston College 6-2 in the first round of the NCAA Championship on Nov. 14 in Princeton, N.J., before facing the Tigers. Syracuse finished the season with an 18-4 mark and a No. 8 ranking in the Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll.
Connecticut earned the league’s automatic bid to the national tournament after winning the BIG EAST Championship title. The Huskies faced Drexel in College Park, Md. on Nov. 14 in first round action. The Dragons posted a 3-2 victory to end UConn’s season. Connecticut finished with a 19-3 record and a No. 5 ranking in the national poll.
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