St. John's Volleyball Clinches BIG EAST Tournament Berth :: Red Storm secures No. 8 seed; will play in first BIG EAST Tournament since 2008. St. John's Volleyball Clinches BIG EAST Tournament Berth

Nov. 11, 2012

QUEENS, N.Y. – After today’s results, the conference office announced that St. John’s secured the No. 8 seed in the BIG EAST Tournament and will take on No. 1 Louisville in the quarterfinals on Friday, Nov. 16 at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee, Wis.

This will be the second time this season that St. John’s and Louisville – which is ranked No. 11 in the nation – will meet. On Oct. 12, the Cardinals edged the Red Storm, 3-2, at Taffner Field House. The only time St. John’s and Louisville have met in the BIG EAST Tournament was in 2007 when the Red Storm defeated the Cardinals, 3-0, to win the conference championship.

St. John’s will make its first BIG EAST Tournament appearance since 2008. Below is how the entire tournament field will look:

                        BIG EAST          OVERALL

1.       Louisville                       14-1                 25-3
2.       Marquette         13-2                 24-5
3.       Notre Dame       13-2                 20-7
4.       UConn                10-5                 19-11
5.       Cincinnati          9-6                   11-18
6.       USF                    7-8                   16-13
7.       Pittsburgh          7-8                   17-13
8.       St. John’s                       7-8                   20-11

HOW ST. JOHN’S CLINCHED

After Friday’s results, St. John’s fell to 7-8 in BIG EAST play, while USF, Pitt, and Seton Hall moved into a tie for seventh place in the league with 6-8 records. The Red Storm, however, was guaranteed a berth even if all three teams were to win on Sunday.

BIG EAST rules state: “If three or more teams finish the season tied, they are viewed as a ‘mini-conference’ when comparing head-to-head results. The team or teams with the best combined record versus the other teams in the mini-conference gains an advantage over the other teams and is removed from the ‘mini-conference’. The remaining tied teams then begin the tie-breaking procedure from the beginning.

If USF, Pitt, and Seton Hall all won on Sunday, they would have been put in a ‘mini-conference’ with St. John’s to decide the final three spots for the BIG EAST Tournament.

Below is how the mini-conference would have looked:

                        W         L          Details

USF                  2          1          (Wins: STJ, Pitt … Loss: SHU)

Pitt                  2          2          (Wins: SHU, STJ …  Losses: SHU, USF)

Seton Hall        2          2          (Wins: PITT, USF …  Losses: STJ, Pitt)

St. John’s         1          2          (Win: SHU … Losses: PITT, USF)

USF would have the best combined record in the mini-conference at 2-1 and place sixth in the standings. The Bulls would be removed from the mini-conference, leaving Pittsburgh, Seton Hall, and St. John’s to start the tiebreaker over. Below is how the new mini-conference would look.

                        W         L          Details

Pitt                  2          1          (Wins: SHU, STJ …  Losses: SHU)

St. John’s         1          1          (Win: SHU … Loss: PITT)

Seton Hall        1          2          (Win: PITT …  Loss: STJ, Pitt)

Because Pitt has the best record in this mini-conference, they would be removed and place seventh in the league, leaving St. John’s and Seton Hall to vie for the eighth place spot. Because the Red Storm defeated the Pirates in their only matchup of the season, St. John’s would have received the tiebreaker and the last spot in the BIG EAST Tournament.

HOW ST. JOHN’S RECEIVED THE NO. 8 SEED

However, because Seton Hall lost to Syracuse on Sunday, they were eliminated from postseason play and St. John’s, Pitt, and USF were put into a mini-conference to decide seeding for the BIG EAST Tournament. Below is how the mini-conference played out:

                        W         L          Details

USF                  2          0          (Wins: STJ, Pitt)

Pitt                  1          1          (Win: STJ … Loss: USF)

St. John’s         0          2          (Losses: PITT, USF)

USF had the best combined record in the mini-conference at 2-0 and received the sixth seed. The Bulls were then removed from the mini-conference leaving Pitt and St. John’s to start the tiebreaker over. Because the Panthers defeated the Red Storm in their only matchup of 2012, Pitt won the tiebreaker and the No. 7 seed, while St. John’s was tabbed with the No. 8 seed.

UP NEXT

St. John’s will begin play in the BIG EAST Tournament quarterfinals on Friday, Nov. 16 against No. 11 Louisville (25-13, 14-1) at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee, Wis.