Volleyball opens the MAC Freedom Postseason tonight with Arcadia


Center Valley, PA (November 3, 2021) – The DeSales University volleyball team will begin their quest for a MAC Freedom Championship tonight as the top seeded Bulldogs host the number 4 seeded Arcadia University at Billera Hall starting at 7:00 p.m.

Post-Season Story from MAC Freedom
The Bulldogs make their 18th appearance in the postseason of MAC Freedom and it is the 14th consecutive DSU in the postseason of the conference. This is the fourth time DeSales has been the top seed. The Bulldogs won the MAC Freedom title in 2007 and hold an all-time record of 12-16 in the conference postseason.

Series history vs. Arcadia
These two teams have met 17 times, with DeSales holding a 14-3 all-time record and an 8-2 mark at home. This is only the third encounter since the 2009 season, with the Knights winning two of the last three. The DSU won this year’s match-up of the regular season in a hard-fought and close 5-set match 3-2 on September 28th.

Tickets / ways to follow tonight
Spectators are welcome tonight but are asked to wear a mask indoors in accordance with our university’s security protocols. Tickets are available at the box office and cost $ 5 (adults), $ 4 (Sr. Citizens), $ 2 (students and children). All children under 6 accompanied by an adult are FREE. All DeSales students are admitted free of charge with their ID.

If you can’t visit the game in person, you can watch it through live stats or live video, both of which are FREE to viewers.

What’s next
The other semi-final on Wednesday shows 2nd place (Stevens) and 3rd place (Misericordia). The two winners will meet on the home page of the highest remaining seed on Saturday, with that winner receiving an automatic bid for the NCAA tournament.

Season highlights
The Bulldogs go into the postseason with an 18-12 overall record and a perfect 8-0 mark in the MAC Freedom. Two wins and a MAC Freedom Championship would bring the DSU their 20th season with 20+ wins and their 10th under the head coach Michele Zabinski. DSU was led as a junior by its two middle hitters that season Caroline Garretson leads the team with 318 kills and a hit rate of 0.278 and in the second year Shannon McDevitt has 260 kills and a hit rate of 0.295. Junior Delanie Zohler is third with 217 kills.

Junior McKenzie Brady leads the defense with 508 digs and first graders Mykenah Calder has 353 excavations. Second year Grace Grandinetti leads with 627 assists and Brady has a team high 58 service aces.

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