MEDIA, Pa. -- Penn State Brandywine begins the defense of its Penn State University Athletic Conference volleyball title on Wednesday with a quarterfinal matchup on its home floor against Penn State Lehigh Valley beginning at 7:00 PM.
The format for this year's PSUAC Tournament has been altered slighty following the conference's creation of east and west divisions. The top four teams from each division reached the postseason and all eight squads will play quarterfinal matches on Wednesday night. The winners of the four quarterfinal games will head to Rec Hall for the semifinals on Monday. As the top seed from the East Division, Brandywine would face the lowest remaining seed from the West Division if the Lions reach the semifinal round.
Brandywine is the top-seeded team from the PSUAC East Division after rolling through its conference schedule with a perfect 12-0 record. The Lions were seeded first when they previously won championships in 2017 and 2015. Brandywine won all 12 of its conference matches in straight sets during the regular season.
Two of Brandywine's PSUAC triumphs came against Penn State Lehigh Valley, including a 3-0 win last Wednesday on Senior Night. Nicolette Napoleon paced the team with 19 kills and 12 aces against Lehigh Valley this fall. The Lions are 8-0 against Lehigh Valley since its inaugural season in 2014.
Brandywine went undefeated in the PSUAC for the second-straight year and has now won its last 30 regular-season conference matches. The Lions did drop three-of-four games to western teams during the PSUAC crossover, but those matches were not counted toward teams' conference marks.
A victory Wednesday night would send Brandywine to the PSUAC semifinals for the seventh-straight year. Only Fayette has a longer active streak among PSUAC volleyball teams. Fayette is the top seed from the west and will face No. 4 Mont Alto in its quarterfinal game.
Other quarterfinals include East No. 2 Hazleton hosting East No. 3 Schuylkill and West No. 2 DuBois playing host to West No. 3 Beaver.
Following Monday's semifinal round, the championship will be played Tuesday evening at 6:00 PM inside Rec Hall.
December 20, 2018 Brandywine Places 34 Student-Athletes On PSUAC Fall Academic Team
December 6, 2018 Brandywine Ranked Fifth In USCAA Directors’ Cup Standings
November 15, 2018 Kelly, Napoleon Named USCAA Volleyball All-Americans
October 29, 2018 Beaver Outlasts Brandywine In Five-Set PSUAC Semifinal
October 24, 2018 Brandywine Rolls Into PSUAC Volleyball Semifinals
October 23, 2018 Brandywine Sweeps Valley Forge 3-0 In Regular-Season Finale
October 23, 2018 Volleyball Begins Title Defense Wednesday In PSUAC Quarterfinals
October 20, 2018 Brandywine Wins Two At York
October 17, 2018 Brandywine Clinches PSUAC East Division On Senior Night
October 15, 2018 Brandywine Downed 3-0 By Berks
October 13, 2018 Brandywine Continues Unbeaten Run Through PSUAC
October 11, 2018 Rutgers-Camden Downs Brandywine 3-0
October 9, 2018 USCAA Selects Napoleon As Volleyball Player Of The Week
October 9, 2018 Brandywine Eases Past Scranton 3-0
October 7, 2018 Brandywine Splits Six Dig Pink Matches
October 3, 2018 Brandywine Completes Season Sweep Of Hazleton
October 1, 2018 Brandywine Rallies From Two Sets Down To Win Home Opener
September 30, 2018 Brandywine Splits Day Two At PSUAC Crossover
September 29, 2018 Brandywine Drops Two On First Day Of PSUAC Crossover
September 26, 2018 Brandywine Volleyball Hosts Eighth-Annual Dig Pink Weekend October 6-7
September 26, 2018 Wesley Tops Brandywine In Non-Conference Matchup
September 24, 2018 Brandywine Remains Unbeaten In PSUAC Volleyball
September 22, 2018 Brandywine Drops Family Affair At Ursinus
September 19, 2018 Lions Post Third-Straight PSUAC Sweep
September 18, 2018 USCAA Names Kelly Player Of The Week; Miles Adds PSUAC Setter Of The Week
September 16, 2018 Brandywine Sweeps Past Scranton
September 13, 2018 Lions Earn First Win In PSUAC Opener
September 12, 2018 Brandywine Falls In Four At Bryn Mawr
September 8, 2018 Brandywine Drops Two At King’s Tri-Match
September 4, 2018 Lions Suffer Season-Opening Loss At Wilkes
August 31, 2018 Volleyball Starts Season-Opening 14-Game Road Trip Tuesday
July 3, 2018 Volleyball Announces 2018 Schedule