Initial look at the Conference Championship Saturday matches

Six teams are left with a chance to get an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament heading into Conference Championship Saturday.

The conference tournaments conclude with Conference Championship Saturday as the EIVA, MIVA and MPSF all will play their championship matches. Here is the initial look and the historical information to know about every conference tournament title match.
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Men’s volleyball bracketology

The conference tournament semifinals have created mayhem to NCAA Tournament bracketology as three teams could still potentially land the at-large bid heading into Conference Championship Saturday.

The men’s volleyball NCAA Tournament is comprised of four teams. Automatic bids are awarded to the winners of the EIVA, MIVA and MPSF conference tournaments, and the NCAA Men’s Volleyball National Committee chooses one team for an at-large bid.
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Deeper look at men’s volleyball NCAA Tournament selection criteria

Things just become a whole lot more complicated for the men’s volleyball NCAA selection committee after all the conference tournament semifinals results that included Long Beach State beating UC Irvine to advance to the conference championship match.

Below is the entry from the 2013 NCAA men’s volleyball championship handbook on how the three-person volleyball selection committee determines the at-large team and seeding for the NCAA Tournament.
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Conference tournament men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

Four more tickets will be punched to Conference Championship Saturday by the end of the night.

The top-four nationally ranked teams will be on display in Provo, Utah, with both MPSF Tournament semifinal matches, including No. 2 UC Irvine playing No. 3 Long Beach State in match potentially critical to the NCAA Tournament at-large bid. In addition out in the East Coast, Penn State will look to continue its 15-year domination of the conference tournament as the EIVA Tournament begins tonight.

Check out the conference tournament matches from around the nation to follow tonight.
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Conference tournament men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

The postseason spotlight is shining bright on the Chicago area tonight as the MIVA Tournament resumes with both semifinal matches.

The defending-MIVA champions Lewis look to return to the conference championship match and end Grand Canyon’s underdog run as two teams play in their first postseason meeting against each other. In addition, Ball State will try to end a 14-year curse as it plays Loyola in other semifinal match.

Check out the conference tournament matches from around the nation to follow tonight.
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Men’s volleyball bracketology

The near upsets conference tournament quarterfinals during the weekend almost caused upheaval to the bracketology projections. However that overhaul to the projections for the four-team NCAA Tournament can still take place as the conference tournament semifinals begin Wednesday.

The men’s volleyball NCAA Tournament is comprised of four teams. Automatic bids are awarded to the winners of the EIVA, MIVA and MPSF conference tournaments, and the NCAA Men’s Volleyball National Committee chooses one team for an at-large bid.
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Q&A with Harvard men’s volleyball coach Brian Baise

Coach Brian Baise not only has the challenge this week of trying to guide Harvard to its first conference title in program history, but trying to achieve the feat in the aftermath of his team experiencing first-hand the effects of the Boston Bombings last week.

Harvard after finishing the regular season in third place and clinching a postseason berth will open the four-team EIVA Tournament against the No. 2 seed George Mason at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in University Park, Pa. The winner of that match will play the winner of the semifinal match between Penn State and Princeton in the conference championship on Saturday.
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