Harvard is seeking its first trip to the NCAA tournament (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Ivy League has announced that the one-match playoff between Harvard and Princeton to determine the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA women's volleyball tournament will take place Friday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Malkin Athletic Center.
Admission to the Ivy League Playoff will be free of charge on a first-come, first-serve basis. The game will also be broadcast for free live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Harvard earned a share of its second-straight Ivy League title with a 3-1 win at Brown Saturday night. This marks the third Ivy League championship in program history, with the others coming in 2004 and 2014.
Princeton, meanwhile, defeated Columbia on Saturday to earn its first share of the Ivy crown since 2007 and its 15th title overall. Harvard and Princeton split this season's series, with both teams winning in straight sets on its home floor.
The Crimson will enter the match boasting a 10-4 record at the MAC while the Tigers have gone just 5-5 on the road this season. Harvard's senior class of Caroline Holte, Hannah Schmidt, Sindhu Vegesena and Kathleen Wallace is 35-13 during their careers at home and 5-3 against Princeton.
This marks the fifth time in Ivy League history that a playoff has been needed, including last year when Yale defeated Harvard, 3-0. Including Friday's match, the Crimson will have been involved in three of the five playoffs.
Harvard is seeking its first trip to the NCAA tournament in the program's 35-year history.