D III Women's Volleyball

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Regional dates, perhaps primary criteria to change

Regionals will start a day later next season. No word yet on whether teams can file a waiver to avoid playing on Sundays. My personal guess is that the Great Lakes Regional will still be played Thursday-Saturday while the others start a day later. From the NCAA release:

Approved a request from the Division III Women’s Volleyball Committee to revise the championship date formula for the 2012 and 2013 championships so that the regionals are played Friday-Sunday instead of Thursday-Saturday.

The Championships Committee also approved a proposal that, beginning in 2013-14, would mandate teams play at least 70 percent of their competition in-region, up from 50 percent in prior seasons.

But the NCAA paired that proposal with one that makes all D-III contests part of the primary selection criteria. If adopted, a match would be a match, regardless of who you play. In the past only in-region contests were considered in the primary criteria. Non-D-III competition would still be considered in the secondary criteria.

The NCAA Management Council will vote on the 70-percent in-region mandate and the “match is a match” proposals in mid-April.

-Ricky Nelson

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Written by Ricky Nelson

February 28, 2012 at 12:55 am

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