D III Women's Volleyball

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Fun facts from the 2014 season [UPDATED]

Just some nuggets as I put the 2014 season to rest.

• 20 of the top 21 teams in assists per set qualified for the NCAA Championship field. The lone exception? No. 18 Bethel with 12.61.

• 18 of the top 19 teams in hitting percentage also made the field. The exception was No. 2 Hiram, which hit .289.

• The two teams with the best winning percentages of those not in this year’s field were Lebanon Valley and Trine, which tied for 23rd in the country with .800 marks.

• 12 D III matches drew more than 1,000 fans. All three Calvin/Hope regular season matches drew more than 2,000 each, including 2,978 at Calvin. The best attendance this season for a match not involving Calvin and/or Hope was Carroll at UW-Platteville (1,242).

• Seven programs topped the 5,000 mark in season attendance. National champion Hope was the biggest draw with 10,784 total fans and 830 per match. Cornell (4th, 6,734) and Carthage (7th, 5,219) were among the top seven in total attendance while four IIAC teams – Wartburg (6th, 450), Buena Vista (8th, 429), Coe (9th, 402), Simpson (10th, 402) – finished in the top 10 in average attendance.

• No one had more kills in a four-set match this season that Principia’s Tess Rountree, who recorded 35 against Illinois College. D III players had 30+ kills 25 times this year. Rountree accounted for seven of them, the most of any player.

• Lakeland’s Caleigh Galvan had 44 and 43 digs – the top two totals in D III – in four-set matches this season.

• Several Central and Midwest region players concluded their careers among the top five active leaders in the NCAA Division III in many statistical categories. They are Millikin’s Audrey Krajec (1st, 2,264 kills; 4th, 4,902 attempts; 5th, 546 sets), Principia’s Tess Rountree (1st, 5,722 attempts; 2nd, 2,139 kills), UW-Stevens Point’s Alexis Hartman (1st, 5,152 assists), UW-Whitewater’s Kelsey Nobilio (1st, 2,600 digs), Cornell’s Taylor Dicus (1st, 568 blocks; 2nd, 1.24 blocks per set), Saint Benedict’s Taya Kockelman (3rd, 4,577 assists), UW-Whitewater’s Kim Frei (3rd, 10.59 assists per set), Cornell’s Kylea Weber (3rd, 2,505 digs), and Elmhurst’s Sam Szarmach (4th, 155 matches; 4th, 553 sets).

• Audrey Krajec is the active career leader in kills among all NCAA Divisions while Tess Rountree ranks third.

• Kelsey Nobilio is the active career leader in digs among all NCAA Divisions.

• Tess Rountree is second in career attempts among active players in all NCAA Divisions.

• Sam Szarmach is fourth in career sets among active players in all NCAA Divisions.

• Alexis Hartman is fifth in career assists among active players in all NCAA Divisions.

• Carleton’s Camille Benson, a senior next season, is the active D III leader and third among all NCAA Divisions with 5.92 digs per set.

• The top-five entries by Central and Midwest region players for next year’s record book (under the current scoring format, 2008-present): Principia’s Tess Rountree season points per set (1st in 2014, 6.22) and attacks per set (4th, 13.88); Chicago’s Maren Loe season attacks (2nd, 1,840); Nebraska Wesleyan’s Alyssa Stanek season blocks per set (2nd, 1.69); and Carthage’s Karen Chin season assists (4th, 1,607).

• The top-five entries by Central and Midwest region teams for next year’s record book: Eureka 35 aces in a five-set match (3rd); Greenville 35 aces in a four-set match (5th).

• The top-five entries by Central and Midwest region teams for next year’s record book (under the current scoring format, 2008-present): Saint Benedict assists per set (5th, 13.10).

• [UPDATE 1/13/2015] 5,805 unique visitors streamed the D III national championship match. For the sake comparison, 2,829 unique visitors streamed the D II volleyball championship match. The average unique streaming visitors for the seven matches at this year’s D III championship was 2,230. Each of the seven matches was streamed by more than 1,000 unique visitors.

• [UPDATE 1/13/2015] The proposed D III women’s volleyball budget allows for an increase of $74,000 for travel. The proposed overall budget for the championship is $978,000. Last year’s championship cost $1,009,244. The overall difference is expected to be covered by decreases in per diem ($79,810 less) and committee expenses ($8,320 less). There was also $41,253 in charter flight fees for this year’s championship after incurring none in 2013.

• [UPDATE 1/13/2015] The women’s volleyball championship was the eighth-most expensive in D III last season, trailing baseball ($1,970,795), football ($1,928,733), softball ($1,504,278), women’s basketball ($1,339,458), women’s soccer ($1,307,956), men’s soccer ($1,129,597) and men’s basketball ($1,055,412). The total expenses for all 28 D III championships in 2014 was $21,830,206.

• [UPDATE 1/13/2015] The 28 NCAA Division III championships went over their budgets by a combined $1,034,426 in 2014. Nine of the 14 men’s championships and eight of the 14 women’s went over their budgets in 2014. The 2014 women’s volleyball championship went over its budget by $17,514 after going over-budget by $16,599 in 2013. Of those that went over their budgets, women’s volleyball was by far the nearest to its target in both 2013 and 2014.

• [UPDATE 1/13/2015] The NCAA D III delegation will vote on whether to reduce the maximum allowable dates for women’s volleyball (among other sports). The proposal, if adopted, would reduce the maximum allowable dates from 22 to 20 in D III women’s volleyball. The data provided by the NCAA states that the average D III women’s volleyball program currently competes on 21.5 of the 22 allowable dates. The stated overall rationale of the proposal:
Cost containment, reduction of mid-week contests, reduced student-athlete time demands; maximums have become minimums.
The stated rationale of the Management Council [the President’s Council recommended to refer the proposal to a subcommittee charged with returning models for discussion at the 2016 Convention, i.e. “Let’s be more deliberate with this proposal.”]:
The committee discussed fiscal implications, student-athlete well-being and student-athlete experience if the maximum number of contests and competition dates are reduced. It also was clarified that the reduction only applies to the maximum number of contests and competition dates and that many institutions already do not carry a full schedule.
The stated analysis of the proposal:
• Football exemption prompted concerns by several coaches associations related to Title IX, with related intent to actively oppose the proposal on those grounds.
• NCAA legal analysis not conclusive; however, Title IX perception issue remains relevant.
• Significant opposition to proposal within athletics community, including SAAC.
• Lack of broad-based input from athletics community, including Coaches Associations, during development of proposal.
• Lack of opportunity to actively promote merits of proposal during pending legal analysis, as well as holiday season.
• Failure to develop and share objective data supporting the proposal.
• Opportunity to revisit contest limits in broader context for all sports, including nontraditional segment, contest exemptions, dates of competition versus countable contests and playing season length.
[UPDATE 1/18/2015] The proposal was referred (no vote).

• [UPDATE 1/13/2015] Another proposal on the D III voting agenda is to allow the sports of women’s volleyball and women’s soccer to hold one joint practice, scrimmage or exhibition with outside competition during the preseason period prior to their first permissible date of competition. It would be exempted from the maximum allowable dates. The stated rationale:
Scrimmages are beneficial to coaches and teams to test their skills prior to regular season play. These scrimmages also allow institution’s game day staff to conduct training sessions with their table and statistic crew prior to countable contests. Officials and line judges can also be trained and evaluated for increasing the pool of acceptable officials. Under current legislation, basketball and football are the only sports allowed exempted informal practice scrimmages with outside competition. Volleyball and soccer are requesting that they be afforded the same opportunity to schedule one joint practice, scrimmage or exhibition that can include competition, without being required to use a date of competition or contest.
[UPDATE 1/18/2015] It passed.

• [UPDATE 1/13/2015] This year’s NCAA D III delegation will also vote on whether to adopt sand volleyball as a national collegiate championship sport in the spring season. There is a separate proposal to make women’s sand volleyball a D III sport [40 D III teams are necessary for the NCAA to create a sport championship in the Division].
[UPDATE 1/18/2015] Both passed. Sand volleyball will be the 90th NCAA championship sport.

• [UPDATE 1/13/2015] The NCAA reported that official D III Twitter account activity following the women’s volleyball championship was near its peak for the year. From the 2015 Agenda document:
Tweets sent immediately following the volleyball championship final was the most engaged post since April 11, 2014 (aside from the Lauren Hill posts).

See you next year. I’ll post when news warrants.

-Ricky Nelson

Written by Ricky Nelson

January 10, 2015 at 2:53 am

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