Wildcat Volleyball Clinches A-10 Tournament Berth as #4 Seed
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — As the Davidson volleyball program wrapped up its best regular season in seven years on Sunday the ‘Cats also clinched a berth to the Atlantic 10’s Championship, the league office announced Sunday night.
The Wildcats finished the regular season 14-12 overall and 10-6 in A-10 play, marking their best finish since the 2013 season and best season in the Atlantic 10 in program history. With their record, the ‘Cats will enter the A-10 Championship as the No. 4 seed, set to take on No. 5 Duquesne from inside the Dukes’ home gym at UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse in Pittsburgh. Davidson’s quarterfinal match up with the Dukes is scheduled for Friday afternoon at 2:30 p.m.
“Every team’s goal is to win the conference tournament,” said Head Coach Chris Willis. “We’ve taken the next step in that journey and we’re excited to have the opportunity to compete for that title this weekend. I’m just so proud of how hard our kids have competed this year and the fact that they’ve taken ownership of this turnaround in our program.”
Dayton captured its 15th regular season title and will be the league’s top seed with an unblemished 16-0 conference record heading into the tournament. VCU checks in as the No. 2 seed while Saint Louis rounds out the top-3. Dayton and VCU earned first round byes, while Saint Louis will battle No. 6 Fordham on Friday, after the ‘Cats and Dukes match up, for the league’s second quarterfinal game.
During the regular season Davidson met the Dukes twice, splitting the series 1-1. The Wildcats first fell to Duquesne 3-1 in Pittsburgh, after taking all four sets to the brink, and then turned around and defeated the Dukes 3-1 in Belk Arena two weeks later. Since joining the A-10, the Wildcats are 4-8 all-time against Duquesne and will look to defeat the Dukes in their home gym for just the second time in eight seasons.