BLUE BELL, Pa. - Sporting all first-year players but one, the 8th-seeded Mustangs faced an uphill battle in traveling to top-seeded Northampton Community College on Tuesday evening.
And the result was a straight-set defeat to the two-time defending Region XIX champions. The Spartans topped the Mustangs 25-10, 25-5 and 25-8 to eliminate the Mustangs from the Region XIX Tournament.
First-year head coach Rita Rivera saw her team battle week in and week out to finish above .500 for the season, with an 11-10 mark.
Northampton entered the tournament with an overall record of 34-1, ranked 8th in the latest NJCAA national poll.
The complete 2014 Division III Volleyball bracket has been released for the upcoming Region XIX Tournament, as announced by Bruce Bach, Region XIX Volleyball Chair, from Montgomery County Community College.
Eight teams in total qualified for the Region Tournament which began Tuesday, Oct. 21 with four matches at the higher seeds, with the winners advancing to the Region Final Four at Montgomery County Community College on Saturday Oct. 25.
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Ocean County College, in their first season of volleyball, is the No. 2 seed and will host 7th-seeded Union County College. Harrisburg Area Community College is the No. 3 seed and will host 6th-seeded Passaic County Community College, and 4th-seeded Bergen Community College will host 5th-seeded Bucks County Community College.