Monks Earn Seventh Seed in GNAC Volleyball Tournament

Monks Earn Seventh Seed in GNAC Volleyball Tournament

WINTHROP, Mass. – The GNAC office is pleased to announce the seeds and matchups for the 2019 Women's Volleyball Tournament, as the regular season concluded on Saturday afternoon. Four-time defending GNAC champion and No. 23 nationally-ranked Johnson & Wales University (RI) has once again cruised through the campaign with an unblemished league mark of 12-0 to cement the top seed.

Also hosting GNAC Quarterfinal matches on Tuesday, November 5 will be second-seeded Simmons University, third-seeded and longtime GNAC powerhouse Rivier University, and fourth-seeded Suffolk University, which experienced its most winningest season in program history this fall.

JWU will host eighth-seeded Lasell University at 7:30 PM, while Suffolk welcomes fifth-seeded Colby-Sawyer College at 7:00 PM. The winners of each match will square off Thursday night in the GNAC Tournament Semifinals.

In other action on Tuesday evening, seventh-seeded Saint Joseph's College of Maine will travel to Simmons for a 7:00 PM start, and Riv will host sixth-seeded Norwich University, also at 7:00 PM. The winners of the 2/7 and 3/6 contests will also go head-to-head in the GNAC Semis on Thursday. 

The highest remaining seed will host the GNAC Championship match on Saturday, Nov. 9 with an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament on the line. 

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Quarterfinals - Tuesday, November 5 (at high seeds)
Match 1: #8 Lasell at #1 JWU - 7:30 PM
Match 2: #5 Colby-Sawyer at #4 Suffolk - 7:00 PM
Match 3: #6 Norwich at #3 Rivier - 7:00 PM
Match 4: #7 Saint Joseph's Maine at #2 Simmons - 7:00 PM 

Semifinals - Thursday, November 7 (at high seeds)
Match 5: #4/5 winner vs. #1/8 winner
Match 6: #3/6 winner vs. #2/7 winner

Championship - Saturday, November 9 
Match 7: At highest remaining seed 

The Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) is an NCAA Division III association made up of 13 member institutions and over 3,000 student-athletes across the New England region. Founded in 1995, the GNAC annually sponsors and administers 20 championships, while balancing academic integrity, athletic opportunity and community involvement in an effort to enhance the student-athlete experience. 

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