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Second regional rankings of 2013 released

The NCAA published the second regional rankings of the season early this evening.

Week 2 Central (Week 1 rank)
1. St. Thomas (1)
2. Washington-St. Louis (2)
3. Augsburg (3)
4. Saint Benedict (4)
5. Coe (5)
6. Concordia-Moorhead (NR)
Dropped out: No. 6 Nebraska Wesleyan.

Week 2 Midwest (Week 1 rank)
1. Elmhurst (1)
2. UW-Stevens Point (2)
3. Chicago (3)
4. UW-Eau Claire (6)
5. UW-Whitewater (4)
6. Cornell (5)
7. Millikin (7)
Dropped out: None.

Top two in other regions (Week 1 rank):
Great Lakes: No. 1 Hope (1); No. 2 Calvin (2).
New: None.

Mid-Atlantic: No. 1 Juniata (1); No. 2 Eastern (2).
New: No. 10 Haverford.
Dropped out: No. 10 Johns Hopkins.

New England: No. 1 Roger Williams (T1); No. 2 Springfield (4).
New: No. 10 Middlebury; No. 11 Babson.
Dropped out: No. 10 Coast Guard; No. 12 Western New England.

New York: No. 1 Clarkson (T2); No. 2 Stevens (T2).
New: No. 10 Rowan
Dropped out: No. 7 St. Lawrence.

South: No. 1 Emory (1); No. 2 Trinity (Texas) (2).
New: No. 8 Randolph-Macon
Dropped out: No. 7 Texas Lutheran.

West: No. 1 Cal Lutheran (1); No. 2 Colorado College (2).
New: None.

Commentary, if any, will follow later tonight. Leave a comment if you have opinions of your own.

-Ricky Nelson

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Written by Ricky Nelson

October 31, 2013 at 5:59 pm

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IWC’s Flesner named USCAA All-American

Iowa Wesleyan sophomore outside hitter Dakota Flesner was named a United States Collegiate Athletic Association honorable mention All-America. Flesner ranks third in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with 309 kills and fourth with 3.03 kills per set so far this season.

IWC (11-19, 7-8 SLIAC) is a provisional D-III member in the SLIAC.

-Ricky Nelson

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October 31, 2013 at 5:34 pm

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10/31: The void

No baseball: Day 1, the struggle.
Trick: No Central, Midwest or top 25 teams play today.
Treat: They’re back at it tomorrow.
Bonus treat: Pitchers and catchers report in mid-February.

Take the day to click around. Several more teams wrapped up No. 1 seeds in their respective conferences last night. The Standout Stats page continues to fill up almost nightly, too. For example, someone had 65 assists last night.

Have a fun, safe night.

I’ll post the regional rankings when/if I see them tonight. The PDF’s are updated, but there are no Week 2 rankings as yet.
Update (10/31/13 at 7 p.m.): Rankings are published.

-Ricky Nelson

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October 31, 2013 at 4:24 pm

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10/30: Wartburg, #13 Augsburg win conference titles

WIAC
UW-Whitewater 3, UW-Platteville 0 UWW had 56 kills.

MIAC
#13 Augsburg 3, Concordia-Moorhead 0 AC’s Ashley Peper had 17 kills.
Gustavus 3, St. Catherine 2 Set 5 ended 15-10; GAC’s Alyssa Taylor had 18 kills.

CCIW
#5 Elmhurst 3, Illinois Wesleyan 0 EC’s Sam Szarmach went 14-2-26.

IIAC
Wartburg 3, #23 Coe 1 WC’s Ramey Sieck had 38 assists, 20 digs, 10 kills.
Luther 3, Buena Vista 0 LC had 14 blocks.
Dubuque 3, Simpson 2 Set 5 ended 15-13; UD’s Klaudia Basierak had 25 kills, 16 digs.

MWC
#22 Cornell 3, Grinnell 0 CC’s Kathleen O’Connor had 14 kills.
Carroll 3, Lake Forest 1 CU’s Kelly Sloyan had 14 kills.

UMAC
St. Scholastica 3, Northland 0 CSS won the kills column 43-7.
Martin Luther 3, Bethany Lutheran 0 MLC’s Heather Danell went 10-1-19 with 6 blocks.

GPAC
Doane 3, Nebraska Wesleyan 0 NAIA DC is 18-2 all-time vs. NWU.

Nonconference
#4 St. Thomas 3, Northwestern 0 UST had 50 kills.
St. Olaf 3, Crown 0 SOC’s Maggie Prunty had 10 kills, 14 digs.
Carleton 3, UW-River Falls 0 CC’s Caroline Duke had 15 assists, 8 digs, 7 kills, 5 blocks.
St. Scholastica 3, UW-Superior 2 Set 5 ended 15-10; CSS’s Kortney Morrin had 21 kills, 18 digs.

Top 25 upset watch
#10 Wittenberg 3, Denison 0
#18 Eastern 3, Delaware Valley 0

-Ricky Nelson

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October 30, 2013 at 1:48 pm

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10/29: Greenville sweeps Webster again, regains control of SLIAC

MIAC
#7 Saint Benedict 3, Macalester 1 CSB’s Lexi Rinde, Lexi Alm had 14 kills apiece.

CCIW
Millikin 3, North Central (Ill.) 0 MU’s Audrey Krajec had 14 kills.
Wheaton 3, North Park 1 WC’s Shelby Knowles had 12 kills, 10 digs.
Carthage 3, Augustana 0 CC’s Hannah Cahoon had 25 digs.

IIAC
Central 3, Loras 1 CC’s Dzenita Bahtic had 34 digs.

MWC
Monmouth 3, Knox 1 MC’s Mackenzie Gillund had 13 kills, 18 digs.
St. Norbert 3, Ripon 1 SNC’s Breanne Brocker had 13 kills, 25 digs.

UMAC
Minnesota Morris 3, Crown 0 UMM outhit CC .364 to -.093.

SLIAC
Greenville 3, Webster 0 GC’s Ellen Lueking had 44 assists.
Iowa Wesleyan 3, Eureka 0 IWC’s Marissa Bozik had 9 kills.
Westminster 3, Fontbonne 0 WC’s Riley Lawrence had 14 kills.
MacMurray 3, Blackburn 0 MC had 15 aces.

Hamline Tri
Hamline, UW-Stout, North Central (Minn.)
Hamline 3, North Central (Minn.) 0; UW-Stout 3, North Central (Minn.) 0; Hamline 3, UW-Stout 0.

Nonconference
#21 UW-Stevens Point 3, Edgewood 2 Set 5 ended 15-7; UWSP’s Emma Brunkhorst had 26 kills.
Beloit 3, Mount Mary 0 BC’s Molly Schulting went 15-2-23.
Maranatha 3, Marian 0 Maranatha had 12 blocks.
Principia 3, St. Louis Pharmacy 1
Minnesota Morris 3, Presentation 0 UMM hit .438.
• Presentation 3, Crown 0 PC is NAIA.

Top 25 upset watch
#1 Hope 3, Kalamazoo 0
#2 Calvin 3, Adrian 0
#3 Cal Lutheran 3, Chapman 2
#11 Mount Union 3, Baldwin Wallace 0
#17 Otterbein 3, Marietta 0
#25 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 3, Occidental 0

-Ricky Nelson

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October 29, 2013 at 2:33 pm

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AVCA Week 8 poll: Similar to Week 7

No. 1 Hope extended its lead and the top seven teams remained the same in the AVCA Week 8 poll. No. 1 Hope received 39 first-place votes this week. No. 2 Calvin picked up the remaining nine top votes. Last week Hope held a 35-13 edge in first-place votes.

Not much changed because top teams held serve for the most part last week. However, two highly ranked teams did lose and those two exited the top 10. Colorado College (lost to Trinity (Texas)) went from eighth to 12th and Mount Union (lost to Otterbein) went from ninth to 11th. Juniata and Wittenberg moved back into the top ten this week from 11th and 12th, respectively.

Central and Midwest region teams in the Week 8 top 25: No. 4 St. Thomas; No. 5 Elmhurst; No. 7 Saint Benedict; No. 8 Washington-St. Louis; No. 13 Augsburg; No. 19 Chicago; No. 21 UW-Stevens Point; No. 22 Cornell; No. 23 Coe.

No. 24 Clarkson re-entered the top 25 this week (Hurray and huzzah again, voters!)  after six weeks just outside the rankings. Clarkson makes its third appearance in regular season poll history (twice this year, once in 2012). The Golden Knights take the place of UW-Whitewater in the top 25.

Central and Midwest region teams receiving votes in the Week 8 poll: UW-Whitewater; Concordia-Moorhead; Wartburg; Nebraska Wesleyan.

My top 10 still has Colorado College and Augsburg. I have those two instead of Wittenberg and St. Ben’s and Calvin instead of Hope at the top.

The top two teams in the New York Region rankings were not mentioned on more than one ballot this week but the third and fourth teams were.

-Ricky Nelson

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October 29, 2013 at 2:30 pm

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2013 NCAA stats: MIAC has 3 of top 5 teams in kills

The following are Central and Midwest players and teams in the top 10 nationally, according to the seventh stats release of the season. The national leader is listed regardless of region. Players and teams not from the Central or Midwest regions are listed in italics.

Stats are through Oct. 27.

Aces/Set
1. Sarah Durocher, Daniel Webster 0.99
1. Maine Maritime 3.81

Assists/Set
1. Taya Kockelman, Saint Benedict 12.09
3. Emily McCourt, Augsburg 11.62
6. Molly Hurrle, Hamline 11.03
7. Krista Stoltz, Northwestern 10.96
1. Saint Benedict 13.91
4. Augsburg 13.10
6. St. Thomas 12.88
7. Nebraska Wesleyan 12.83

Blocks/Set
1. Sam Kersting, Webster 1.42
6. Megan Reynolds, Elmhurst 1.32
7. Cari Miller, Northwestern 1.32
8. Allison Davis, UW-Stevens Point 1.31
1. Hiram 2.71
3. Webster 2.66
4. UW-Stevens Point 2.64
5. St. Thomas 2.61
7. Carroll 2.47
10. Maranatha 2.43

Digs/Set
1. Emily Marguerite, Denison 7.25
7. Camille Benson, Carleton 6.11
9. Kylea Weber, Cornell 6.01
1. Principia 22.55
3. Edgewood 20.64
5. Dominican 20.16

Hitting Percentage
1. Raea Rasmussen, WIlliams .448
6. Bailey Wilson, Wartburg .401
7. Mackenzie Harbaugh, Coe .398
1. Calvin .308
7. St. Thomas .268

Kills/Set
1. Allie Frappier, Pomona-Pitzer 6.19
2. Audrey Krajec, Millikin 4.96
5. Tess Rountree, Principia 4.63
7. Ashley Peper, Augsburg 4.54
8. Shelby Switzer, North Park 4.50
1. Saint Benedict 14.70
2. Augsburg 14.12
5. St. Thomas 13.90
9. Nebraska Wesleyan 13.79
10. Elmhurst 13.72

Points/Set
1. Allie Frappier, Pomona-Pitzer 6.58
2. Audrey Krajec, Millikin 5.75
3. Tess Rountree, Principia 5.64
7. Shelby Switzer, North Park 5.07
8. Laci Peterson, Maranatha 5.06
9. Ashley Peper, Augsburg 5.03

Winning Percentage
1. Stevenson .970
6. St. Thomas .923
7. Saint Benedict .920
8. Coe .914

-Ricky Nelson

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October 29, 2013 at 12:49 pm

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