Volleyball To Open MAC Tournament Play Thursday Afternoon Against Eastern Michigan

UB Volleyball huddle

BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo volleyball team will begin its push for a Mid-American Conference title tomorrow afternoon when the fifth-seeded Bulls take on #8 Eastern Michigan in the first round of the conference tournament in Oxford, OH.

The Bulls will enter the MAC Tournament with their highest seeding in school history as UB concluded the regular season with an 8-8 conference record, the most MAC wins in a season since joining the conference.  Today it was announced that senior Cassie Shado was named to the All-MAC First Team, while Andrea Mitrovic was named to the league's All-Freshmen team. 

UB will be facing an Eastern Michigan squad that the Bulls defeated in straight sets in Ypsilanti back on October 21.  However, the Eagles are currently one of the hottest teams in the league as they won their last four matches to find their way into a four-way tie for seventh place tie at 7-9 in conference play.  The key win in that run was a five-set victory at Central Michigan last Thursday where the Eagles came back from a 2-0 deficit to stun the Chippewas.

The match is set for 4:30 pm on Thursday and it will air live on ESPN3.  The winner of the UB-EMU match will move on to the quarterfinals on Friday where they will meet #4 Ohio at 4:30pm.  The Bobcats and Ball State each received a first round bye as they finished in the top four.

The top two teams, Miami and Bowling Green, have earned byes straight to the semifinals, which will take place on Saturday.  UB is in the top half of the bracket and would face #1 Miami in the semifinals.  The MAC Championship will take place on Sunday. 

For complete MAC Tournament information, visit the Tournament Central page on getsomemaction.com or by clicking here.