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MAHWAH, NJ: North East Collegiate Volleyball Association Commissioner, Michael J. Ricciardi, announced today that for the first time in the history of NECVA, the championship tournament moves off a college campus to a neutral location. Located in the heart of Cape Cod's commercial hub, the Hyannis Youth and Community Center (HYCC) will be home to the 2010 NECVA Championship, which will be held from Friday, April 9 thru Sunday, April 11. The league's 16 qualifying teams will make their way to Massachusetts to compete for the championship title and the league's automatic bid to the 2010 Molten Division III Men's Invitational Volleyball Championship held at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Since 1995, the championship tournament has taken place on one of the conference school's campuses, but this year, with the combined efforts of NECVA, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, the Massachusetts Sports Partnership, and local hotels including the Resort & Conference Center at Hyannis, Holiday Inn Hyannis, Radisson Hotel Hyannis, Corsair and Cross Rip, and the Cape Codder Resort, the 2010 tournament is heading to the town of Barnstable.
"It is one of the most exciting collegiate post-season tournaments," Ricciardi said. "We look forward to bringing exceptional volleyball to Cape Cod and the surrounding community. I hope everyone gets a chance to stop by and join in the fun!"
Open to the public, tickets can be purchased at the door on any day or at any time during the course of the tournament. Adults can acquire a day pass for $6 or a weekend pass (three full days) for $15, while tickets for senior citizens, children under 12, and students with ID can be purchased for $3 a day, or $6 for the weekend.
The top two teams from each of the conference's five divisions each earn an automatic bid to the 16-team bracket. Six other teams, who do not meet the criteria for an automatic bid, will receive at-large bids based on head-to-head results, win percentage against NECVA teams, results versus NECVA ranked teams, results versus common opponents, and the MHPR National Power rankings.
The 2010 bracket will be announced on Sunday, April 4.

Information on HYCC and the town of Barnstable, HYCC
The North East Collegiate Volleyball Association, the largest known single-sport conference in the United States, is in its 16th year of competition during the 2010 season as a leading Division III men's volleyball conference. Founded in 1995 as the Metro Conference, it became known as the NECVA in 1998. Currently comprised of 44 colleges and universities stretching across 10 states from New Hampshire to Virginia, Albertus Magnus College, Daniel Webster College, Emerson College and St. Joseph's College (Brooklyn) joined the conference for the 2009 campaign. New teams in 2010 include Regis College and Sage Colleges.
The league is divided into five smaller divisions: CUNY (8), GNAC (7), Metro (10), New England (9), and Western (9) with one associate member. Each week, schools from the five divisions nominate athletes and then vote for the divisional Player and Rookie of the Week awards. The conference sports information office then selects the NECVA Player and Rookie honors from each of these five divisional winners.
The NECVA holds an annual 16-team conference tournament each April with the top two schools in each division and six at-large selections earning berths. The NECVA champion receives one of four automatic bids to the Molten Division III Final Four in April

April 9-11, 2010
Hyannis Youth and Community Center
Barnstable, Massachusetts
First Round (Friday, April 9)

MATCH #1: (1) vs. (16) 2 p.m.
MATCH #2: (2) vs. (15) 2 p.m.
MATCH #3: (3) vs. (14) 4 p.m.
MATCH #4: (4) vs. (13) 4 p.m.
MATCH #5: (5) vs. (12) 6 p.m.
MATCH #6: (6) vs. (11) 6 p.m.
MATCH #7: (7) vs. (10) 8 p.m.
MATCH #8: (8) vs. (9) 8 p.m.

Quarterfinals (Saturday, April 10)
MATCH #9: Winner of Match #1 vs. Winner of Match #8, 11 a.m.
MATCH #10: Winner of Match #2 vs. Winner of Match #7, 11 a.m.
MATCH #11: Winner of Match #3 vs. Winner of Match #6, 1 p.m.
MATCH #12: Winner of Match #4 vs. Winner of Match #5, 1 p.m.

Semifinals (Saturday, April 10)
MATCH #13: Winner of Match #9 vs. Winner of Match #12, 4 p.m.
MATCH #14: Winner of Match #10 vs. Winner of Match #11, 4 p.m.

Finals (Sunday, April 11)
MATCH #15: Winner of Match #13 vs. Winner of Match #14, 1 p.m.

courtesy NECVA

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