“The fifth set is a sprint,” Nichols said. “Over the length of 25 points, I think we might have wiggled out of it.”
The Huskies split their two matches against Delaware this season, but statistically outperformed the Blue Hens in the second, despite losing.
When the two teams meet Friday, home court advantage will be off the table. The tournament, which will take place at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, will not involve the hosting Seahawks, who fell short of the postseason.
A preseason coach’s poll predicted that Northeastern would finish eighth in the conference. The Huskies have vastly exceeded expectations.
“We’re going down [to UNCW] to win a championship,” Nichols said. “But we already have the comfort of knowing that we moved the program forward with the season we’ve had. We hope to be healthy, we hope to have fun and we hope to represent well.”
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