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11/15/15: Bowdoin, Cal Lutheran, Clarkson, Randolph-Macon, Wittenberg punch tickets to Grand Rapids

Cal Lutheran Regional Final
#9 Cal Lutheran 3, #1 Washington-St. Louis 1 CLU’s Lawrence: 13 K, 12 D, 6 B.

Clarkson Regional Final
#18 Clarkson 3, Springfield 0 CU’s Aird hit 11-1-17.

Juniata Regional Final
#6 Wittenberg 3, #3 Juniata 1 WU’s Seidenstricker: 12 K, 14 D.

MIT Regional Final
Bowdoin 3, #24 MIT 1 BC’s Jewett: 20 K, 17 D.

Stockton Regional Final
Randolph-Macon 3, Stockton 0 RMC’s Rossberg: 16 K, 4 aces.

-Ricky Nelson

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Written by Ricky Nelson

November 15, 2015 at 12:13 am

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  1. so the avca ranked #2, #3, #4, and #5 teams are all out.

    Anonymous

    November 15, 2015 at 5:39 pm

  2. With Wash U going down, it’s 6, 9, 13 and 5 unranked teams. Hard to argue that the AVCA poll is relevant to any degree at this point. Only one team that was the top seed actually won their region.

    Unreal.

    Anonymous

    November 15, 2015 at 5:44 pm

  3. Sorry, 6, 9, 13, and 18.

    Anonymous

    November 15, 2015 at 5:45 pm

  4. Lots of first-timers. That’s a great sign for D III volleyball. Several teams finally got past previously insurmountable mountains that had blocked their paths for years. Good stuff.
    -Ricky

    Ricky Nelson

    November 15, 2015 at 5:59 pm

  5. Fantastic! Just 2 weeks ago I was rightfully wondering if my Royals would even get a bid. And today they have as good a shot as anybody to win it all!

    MIAC

    November 15, 2015 at 6:05 pm

  6. No pressure, MIAC, but I would consider BU the favorite against most of the seven other teams. However, Hendrix is a very tough matchup due to styles of play, and a finally (seemingly) healthy Cal Lutheran turned out to be as dangerous as we all thought the Regals could be.
    -Ricky

    Ricky Nelson

    November 15, 2015 at 9:31 pm

  7. Stating the obvious but Cal Lu was really impressive this weekend. Such a strong region. CMS dismantled Southwestern only to be swept by WUTSTL. Cal Lu took everything Colorado College had and spit it back at them and then did the same to UTD. Really think this is the year for Cal Lu, which is probably the kiss of death at this point.

    Will say, that I was very impressed with Bethel. Always nice to watch teams outside the west and see the talent level and style of play. Bethel will be a tough out.

    DIIIFan

    November 16, 2015 at 9:24 am

  8. Will be interesting to see how Cal Lu does at a different venue. Home court advantage was huge for them this weekend. That and the bs line judge call that ended the final match was pretty disheartening.

    Anonymous

    November 16, 2015 at 2:16 pm

  9. Saw that last call. Pretty bad even via online video. Then again, CLU had more match points.
    -Ricky

    Ricky Nelson

    November 16, 2015 at 2:19 pm

  10. DIIIFan,
    I thought a healthy Eason made a big difference for CLU. Just another semi-elite without her.
    -Ricky

    Ricky Nelson

    November 16, 2015 at 2:20 pm

  11. They did have more match points, but I’ve watched Wash U come back from deficits when it looked like the end. That point would have put the game at 22-24 … could they have pulled it out? It’s not out of the realm of possibility.

    Cal Lu had a couple of impact players. But agreed. Eason was great. Not taking anything away from them – they played great matches all weekend. However, we’ll see how they match up against the field in Michigan without shirtless men yelling at the other teams.

    Anonymous

    November 16, 2015 at 2:30 pm

  12. Eason was huge. I sat there and wondered how they could get by with such small middles. Then looked up the roster. The team just looks small when Lawrence is on the court. I really expected every ball to go through Lawrence but Cal Lu is more complete than just her.

    Very impressed with WUSTL. Loved their setter. They and Wittenberg were my choices at the start of the year.

    There were at least a dozen in/out calls that were wrong in the West Region. Happened to all teams across all days. Wasn’t happy with the quality of the referees. Setters also got away with a lot in the games I saw.

    I LOVE student bodies that come out for their team. Most schools just have parents and a few friends. Cal Lu had some students that were ready and were vocal. Having said that, allowing the Cal Lu students on the first row (so they were standing on the court) was something that I would have complained about.

    Will Cal Lu do well away from home without their fans? I’m sure they will. As a West Region supporter, I was pulling for Cal Lu all the way. I didn’t appreciate the NCAA shipping WUSTL to the West. Not fair to the west and not fair to WUSTL. They easily could have swapped WUSTL and Chicago since both traveled.

    DIIIFan

    November 16, 2015 at 3:12 pm

  13. I hope Cal Lu wins it all. If they play the way they did yesterday, I believe they will. I agree with the officiating, or lack of. I only saw a couple of doubles called when there were several sets before the calls that were just as bad.

    Understand that there were many in/out calls that were off, but one ending the championship match? It was a touch call that was 2 feet away from any blockers hands. People on both sides were perplexed.

    Anonymous

    November 16, 2015 at 3:37 pm

  14. DIII Fan,

    Doubt they would have swapped WashU and Chicago since it would have meant WashU and Emory in the same regional again this year after sending Emory to WashU last year.

    Probably should have found a way for WashU to host.

    StatsGuy

    November 20, 2015 at 4:48 pm


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