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10/31/15: #21 UWO secures #1 seed in WIAC

Illinois Wesleyan Classic
#14 Carthage, #20 Chicago, #23 Illinois Wesleyan, Concordia Wisconsin, DePauw, Hiram
#14 Carthage 3, #20 Chicago 2; Concordia Wisconsin 3, Hiram 1; Hiram 3, #23 Illinois Wesleyan 2; #23 Illinois Wesleyan 3, Concordia Wisconsin 0; DePauw 3, #20 Chicago 2; #14 Carthage 3, DePauw 0.

Benedictine Classic
Millikin, MSOE, North Central (Ill.), Benedictine, Illinois Tech
North Central 3 (Ill.), Benedictine 1; MSOE 3, Illinois Tech 1; Millikin 3, MSOE 0; North Central (Ill.) 3, Illinois Tech 0; Millikin 3, Benedictine 0.

Augustana Bash
Augustana, North Park, Westminster (Mo.), Concordia Chicago
North Park 3, Westminster (Mo.) 2; North Park 3, Concordia Chicago 0; Augustana 3, Westminster (Mo.) 1; Augustana 3, Concordia Chicago 0.

Trinity (Texas) Invite
#12 Southwestern, #18 La Verne, #19 Texas Dallas, Simpson, Trinity (Texas), Mary Hardin-Baylor
#12 Southwestern 3, La Verne 0; #19 Texas Dallas 3, Simpson 0; #19 Texas Dallas 3, #12 Southwestern 0Mary Hardin-Baylor 3, Simpson 0Trinity (Texas) 3, #18 La Verne 0.

Wartburg Tri
Wartburg, Cornell, Waldorf
Wartburg 3, Cornell 0; Wartburg 3, Waldorf 1; Cornell 3, Waldorf 2.

Edgewood Tri
Wheaton (Ill.), Edgewood, St. Norbert
Edgewood 3, St. Norbert 0; Wheaton (Ill.) 3, St. Norbert 0; Edgewood 3, Wheaton (Ill.) 2.

NCCAA II Regional
Maranatha Baptist, Moody Bible, Grace Bible, Great Lakes Christian
Maranatha Baptist 3, Moody Bible 1 [MBU advances to NCCAA II nationals].

WIAC
#16 UW-Stevens Point 3, UW-River Falls 0 UWSP’s Drewry hit 14-1-23.
#21 UW-Oshkosh 3, UW-Stout 0 UWO’s Trautmann: 26 D.
UW-Eau Claire 3, UW-Platteville 0 UWEC’s Kinsella: 11 K, 6 B.

MIAC
Bethel 3, Augsburg 0 BU’s LaBerge: 12 K, 5 B.
Gustavus Adolphus 3, Saint Mary’s 0 GAC’s Trautman hit 8-1-14 with 12 D.
Saint Benedict 3, Concordia 0 CSB’s Schmitt: 12 K, 13 D.
St. Thomas 3, Macalester 0 UST’s Lewis: 8 K, 15 D.

UMAC
UW-Superior 3, North Central 0 UWS’s Bayer hit 12-2-21.
St. Scholastica 3, Crown 0 CSS outhit CC, .329 to .000.

MWC
Illinois College 3, Grinnell 2 IC’s Lowry: 14 K, 19 D.
Ripon 3, Lake Forest 0 RC’s Berrell: 20 K.

SLIAC
Webster 3, Spalding 1 WU’s Siebenmorgen: 16 K.
Principia 3, MacMurray 0 PC’s Hathaway: 11 AST, 10 K, 6 D.

GPAC
Nebraska Wesleyan 3, Mount Marty 0 NWU’s Dahl: 13 K.

Nonconference
#8 UW-Whitewater 3, Dominican 1 UWW’s Pfeifer: 19 K, 9 D, 6 B.
Beloit 3, Mount Mary 0 BC’s Strehlow: 10 AST, 11 D, 7 K.
Lakeland 3, Lawrence 2 Lakeland’s Errthum: 10 K, 25 D.
Indiana Southeast 3, Spalding 1 IUS is NAIA.
Indiana Southeast 3, Webster 0 IUS is NAIA.

Top 25 upset watch
• #1 Juniata 3, Washington and Lee 0
• #2 Emory 3, Millsaps 0
• #2 Emory 3, #17 Clarkson 0
• #4 Calvin 3, Trine 0
• #5 Christopher Newport 3, Marymount 2
• #7 Colorado College 3, Stephens 1
• #7 Colorado College 3, Central Christian 0
• #9 Cal Lutheran 3, Pomona-Pitzer 0
• #10 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 3, Redlands 0
• Messiah 3, #13 Eastern 0
• #13 Eastern 3, Lynchburg 0
• #25 MIT 3, Coast Guard 0

-Ricky Nelson

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Written by Ricky Nelson

October 31, 2015 at 5:00 am

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10/30/15: La Crosse clinches at least share of WIAC title

Illinois Wesleyan Classic
#14 Carthage, #20 Chicago, #23 Illinois Wesleyan, Concordia Wisconsin, DePauw, Hiram
#14 Carthage 3, Concordia Wisconsin 0; #14 Carthage 3, Hiram 0; Illinois Wesleyan 3, DePauw 1; #20 Chicago 3, Hiram 0.

Benedictine Classic
#15 Elmhurst, Dominican, MSOE, North Central (Ill.), Aurora, Benedictine, Illinois Tech
Benedictine 3, Illinois Tech 0; #15 Elmhurst 3, Aurora 0; #15 Elmhurst 3, Dominican 0; North Central (Ill.) 3, Aurora 2; North Central (Ill.) 3, MSOE 0; Dominican 3, Illinois Tech 0; Benedictine 3, MSOE 0.

Augustana Bash
Coe, Augustana, Dubuque, Central, North Park, Westminster (Mo.), Concordia Chicago
Dubuque 3, Westminster (Mo.) 1; Coe 3, Concordia Chicago 0; Coe 3, Westminster (Mo.) 0; Dubuque 3, North Park 1; Augustana 3, Central 1; Central 3, Concordia Chicago 0.

Trinity (Texas) Invite
#12 Southwestern, #18 La Verne, #19 Texas Dallas, Simpson, Trinity (Texas), Mary Hardin-Baylor
Trinity (Texas) 3, Simpson 2; #12 Southwestern 3, Mary Hardin-Baylor 1; #19 Texas Dallas 3, Trinity (Texas) 1; #18 La Verne 3, Simpson 2.

NCCAA II Regional
Maranatha Baptist, Moody Bible, Grace Bible, Great Lakes Christian
Maranatha Baptist 3, Great Lakes Christian 0.

NCCAA II Regional
North Central (Minn.), Providence (Canada), Faith Baptist Bible, Trinity Bible
North Central (Minn.) 3, Faith Baptist Bible 0; Providence (Canada) 3, North Central (Minn.) 0.

WIAC
#8 UW-Whitewater 3, UW-Eau Claire 0 UWW’s Wagner hit 12-1-18 with 5 B.
#16 UW-Stevens Point 3, UW-Stout 0 UWSP’s Picel: 24 D.
#21 UW-Oshkosh 3, UW-River Falls 0 UWO’s Thiel: 39 AST.
UW-La Crosse 3, UW-Platteville 0 UWL’s Putzier: 12 K, 14 D.

CCIW
Augustana 3, North Park 1 AC’s Morrissey hit 15-1-27.

MIAC
St. Catherine 3, Hamline 1 SCU’s Astar: 25 K, 7 B.
Carleton 3, St. Olaf 1 CC’s Chao: 52 AST.

UMAC
Minnesota Morris 3, Northland 0 UMM’s Ekness hit 12-1-23 with 10 D.
Northwestern 3, Martin Luther 0 UNW’s Peterson: 14 K, 18 D.

MWC
St. Norbert 3, Carroll 2 SNC’s Ferry: 18 K, 16 D.
Ripon 3, Beloit 1 RC’s Gary: 12 K, 5 B.
Monmouth 3, Grinnell 0 MC’s Merritt: 11 K, 10 D.

Nonconference
Buena Vista 3, Bethany Lutheran 0 BVU outhit BLC, .386 to .000.

Top 25 upset watch
• #1 Juniata 3, Berry 0
• #2 Emory 3, #1 Juniata 0
• #2 Emory 3, Bridgewater 0
• #4 Calvin 3, Adrian 0
• #7 Colorado College 3, Johnson & Wales (Colo.) 1
• #9 Cal Lutheran 3, Redlands 0
• #10 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 3, Chapman 0
• #11 Hope 3, Olivet 0
• #17 Clarkson 3, Washington and Lee 0
• Randolph-Macon 3, #17 Clarkson 0
Heidelberg 3, #22 Ohio Wesleyan 1
• #24 Carnegie Mellon 3, Point Park 1

-Ricky Nelson

Written by Ricky Nelson

October 30, 2015 at 5:00 am

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10/29/15: Cornell clinches MWC’s top seed

MWC
Cornell 3, Illinois College 0 CC hit .463.

SLIAC
Greenville 3, Fontbonne 0 GC’s Baker: 10 K.
Iowa Wesleyan 3, Eureka 1 IWU’s Miller hit 12-1-20.

Nonconference
#3 Washington-St. Louis 3, Webster 0 WUSTL’s Zastrow: 38 AST, 10 D.
Mount Mary 3, Emmaus 2 MMU’s Hintz: 26 D, 17 AST, 9 K.

-Ricky Nelson

Written by Ricky Nelson

October 29, 2015 at 2:11 pm

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Second regional rankings of 2015 released

The second regional rankings of the season have been released. Commentary, if any at all, later this evening.

UPDATE: There may be more later, but a head-to-head win has to overcome minor deficiencies in other criteria. And to be clear, I’m talking about the comparisons between UW-Eau Claire, Illinois Wesleyan and UW-Oshkosh, which happens to be one of two ranked teams to have beaten UW-Whitewater. The other is the top-ranked team in the West Region. Not all wins and losses to ranked teams are created equal.

The committee seems to be saying it is correcting mistakes in the Week 1 rankings. Now I think the Central rankings are pretty close and the Midwest ones are questionable. The reverse was true last week. We still have a couple of weeks to get this right.

Central Region (Week 1 rank)
1 (1). Washington-St. Louis
2 (3). Gustavus Adolphus
3 (4). Augsburg
4 (2). Wartburg
5 (5). Saint Benedict
6 (NR). Northwestern
7 (6). Coe
8 (8). Bethel
Dropped out: No. 7 Saint Mary’s (Minn.)

Midwest Region (Week 1 rank)
1 (1). UW-Whitewater
2 (2). Carthage
3 (5). Illinois Wesleyan
4 (4). UW-Eau Claire
5 (6). UW-Stevens Point
6 (7). Elmhurst
7 (8). Chicago
8 (3). UW-Oshkosh

The top four teams in other regions:
Great Lakes Region: 1. Calvin; 2. Wittenberg; 3. Hope; 4. Ohio Wesleyan.
Mid-Atlantic Region: 1. Juniata; 2. Christopher Newport; 3. Eastern; 4. Mary Washington.
New England Region: 1. MIT; 2. Amherst; 3. Springfield; 4. Bowdoin.
New York Region: 1. Clarkson; 2. Stockton; 3. Union; 4. SUNY Brockport.
South Region: 1. Emory; 2. Berry; 3. Randolph-Macon; 4. Hendrix.
West Region: 1. Colorado College; 2. Southwestern; 3. Texas Dallas; 4. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

-Ricky Nelson

Written by Ricky Nelson

October 28, 2015 at 11:13 pm

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10/28/15: #8 UWW, #15 EC both swept

WIAC
UW-La Crosse 3, #8 UW-Whitewater 0 UWL’s Putzier: 14 K.

CCIW
Millikin 3, #15 Elmhurst 0 MU’s Syversen: 21 K, 10 D.
#23 Illinois Wesleyan 3, North Central 0 IWU’s Block: 9 K.

MIAC
Saint Benedict 3, Augsburg 2 CSB’s Pekarek: 50 AST, 13 K, 13 D.
Concordia 3, St. Thomas 0 CCM’s Wangensteen: 12 K, 16 D.
Saint Mary’s 3, Carleton 0 SMU’s Fadness: 15 K.
Gustavus Adolphus 3, Hamline 1 GAC’s Trautman: 18 K, 10 D.
Bethel 3, Macalester 0 BU’s LaBerge: 9 K, 8 B.
St. Olaf 3, St. Catherine 1 SOC’s Curry: 12 K.

IIAC
Coe 3, Luther 0 CC’s Harbaugh: 32 AST, 12 D, 7 K.
Loras 3, Dubuque 0 LC’s LaCorte: 11 K.

UMAC
St. Scholastica 3, Northland 0 CSS outhit NC, .378 to -.085.
Northwestern 3, Minnesota Morris 0 UNW’s Peterson: 11 K, 21 D.
North Central 3, Bethany Lutheran 2 NCU’s Huber: 12 K, 11 D.

MWC
St. Norbert 3, Lawrence 0 SNC’s Herman: 9 K.

GPAC
Nebraska Wesleyan 3, Saint Mary (Neb.) 1 NWU’s Harder: 17 K.

Nonconference
#21 UW-Oshkosh 3, Marian 0 UWO’s Malcheski: 10 K.

Top 25 upset watch
• #5 Christopher Newport 3, Wesley 0
• #13 Eastern 3, Misericordia 0

-Ricky Nelson

Written by Ricky Nelson

October 28, 2015 at 5:00 am

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10/27/15: #16 UWSP thwarts Edgewood’s upset bid

CCIW
#14 Carthage 3, Wheaton 1 CC’s Chin: 37 AST, 15 D, 5 B, 5 aces.

IIAC
Wartburg 3, Buena Vista 2 WC’s Willenbring: 14 K.
Simpson 3, Central 1 SC’s Blaser: 16 K, 11 D.

UMAC
Martin Luther 3, Crown 0 MLC outhit CC, .223 to -.009.

MWC
Carroll 3, Beloit 0 CU outhit BC, .350 to -.033.
Monmouth 3, Knox 1 MC’s Merritt: 15 K.

SLIAC
Westminster 3, Webster 2 Westminster’s Marshall: 18 K, 11 D.
Principia 3, Eureka 0 PC’s Tippetts hit 8-0-14.
Fontbonne 3, Blackburn 1 FU’s McDonough: 19 K, 13 D.
Greeville 3, MacMurray 0 GC’s Mitchell: 15 K, 5 aces.

Nonconference
#16 UW-Stevens Point 3, Edgewood 2 UWSP’s Cefalu: 17 K.
North Park 3, Governors St. 0 NPU’s Farwell: 14 K, 4 B.
Illinois Tech 3, Concordia Chicago 2 IIT’s Vujicic: 14 K.
Lakeland 3, Maranatha Baptist 1 LC’s Levitt: 50 AST, 15 D.
Spalding 3, Berea 2

Top 25 upset watch
• #6 Wittenberg 3, DePauw 1
• #7 Colorado College 3, Colorado Christian 2 
• #9 Cal Lutheran 3, Chapman 1
• #10 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 3, Occidental 1
• #11 Hope 3, Kalamazoo 0
Pomona-Pitzer 3, #18 La Verne 0
• #19 Texas Dallas 3, Texas Tyler 1
Mount Vernon Nazarene 3, #22 Ohio Wesleyan 2 MVNU is NAIA.
#25 MIT 3, Emerson 0

-Ricky Nelson

Written by Ricky Nelson

October 27, 2015 at 1:54 pm

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2015 AVCA Week 8 poll: IWU back in top 25

Juniata, Emory, Washington-St. Louis, Calvin and Christopher Newport still hold down the top five spots in the AVCA Week 8 poll.

Other Central and Midwest teams in the Week 8 top 25: No. 8 UW-Whitewater; No. 14 Carthage; No. 15 Elmhurst; No. 16 UW-Stevens Point; No. 20 Chicago; No. 21 UW-Oshkosh; No. 23 Illinois Wesleyan.

Central and Midwest teams receiving votes this week: Gustavus Adolphus; UW-Eau Claire; Wartburg.

My Week 8 top 10

-Ricky Nelson

Written by Ricky Nelson

October 27, 2015 at 1:50 pm

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