NAIA tournament play is truly a thing of beauty, if you are a volleyball fan. Unlike the other tournaments, which are all single elimination, the NAIA Women’s National Tournament features a play-in round and pool play before finally evolving to a single elimination tournament bracket of the final twelve teams.
Cal Lutheran’s Regals ended an incredible women’s volleyball season last Saturday night, November 21, as they defeated the Wittenberg Tigers to win the national DIII Volleyball championship as well as the school’s first ever NCAA championship. The Regals swept the Tigers 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, and 25-16) to finish the season at 31-5 overall.
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Division III women’s volleyball concludes tonight with the national tournament finals match between the #5 Wittenberg Tigers and the #9 Cal Lutheran Regals at 7 PM CT in the Van Noord Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Here’s the finals info, as well as the semifinal and quarterfinal results.
It’s Thursday, and tonight we’re “Alberta Bound” (apologies to Gordon Lightfoot) to look at the CCAA or Canadian College Athletic Association Men’s Volleyball. There’s some great volleyball being played in the CCAA, which represents colleges and small schools, overseeing 50 men’s Volleyball programs.
DIII women’s volleyball has clearly demonstrated just how futile polls and rankings can sometimes be, since no “top five” teams from the AVCA DIII poll made it to the quarterfinals of the DIII national tournament. Only #6 Wittenberg and #9 Cal Lutheran survived the intense competition and remain in the hunt for the championship.
DI and DII women’s volleyball polls for November 16, 2015, are shown inside. The DI poll differs from the Net Set rankings, as Net Set has the Washington Huskies at # 1 while the AVCA poll puts USC on top. Tough call as both programs and teams are exceptional this season. Both rankings have Minnesota […]
NAIA women’s volleyball has entered the national tournament phase of the season. The conference tournaments are over and the first round of the national tournament begins this Saturday at campus sites across the country. More on this tournament follows later, but first, here’s the final Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches’ Poll.
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DIII women’s volleyball has entered the “regional” phase of the national tournament. On November 19th the remaining eight teams will converge at the Calvin College campus to do battle and determine the national DIII women’s volleyball champion. DII will advance to this phase of the season soon. So, since they are already in tournament mode, let’s […]
CIS or Canadian Interuniversity Sport men’s Volleyball has ramped up and is fully active now. CIS is the sports organization that represents universities and larger schools in Canada and is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. CIS is roughly equivalent to Division I NCAA athletics in the USA and controls all 30 […]
CCAA or Canadian College Athletic Association Men’s Volleyball, is in full swing. CCAA is the sports organization in Canada that represents colleges and small schools and controls 50 men’s Volleyball programs. In many ways the CCAA is the equivalent of the DIII division of men’s college Volleyball in the USA.
New NAIA polls and conference rankings are out and the Missouri Baptist Spartans remain on top this week. We have now entered the conference tournament phase of the NAIA national Volleyball championship. First, though, onto the current Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches’ Poll.
New Net Set DI Women’s college Volleyball ranking. Colorado State enters the rankings and Ohio State drops out with their third loss in their last four matches. Everyone else holds position in the ranking. And we are 39 days away from the DI championship in Omaha, Nebraska, from December 17th through the 19th. But, who’s […]
A quiet week in women’s DI Volleyball so far, but there are still three matches to played tomorrow, Sunday 11/8 – #2 Washington versus Arizona, #3 USC versus Utah, and #9 Stanford versus Oregon. Here’s the weekly results through Saturday night, 11/7.