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Archive for September 2016

9/30/16: #25 MU sweeps #21 IWU

UW-Oshkosh Invite
#12 UW-Whitewater, #18 Elmhurst, #19 UW-La Crosse, #23 UW-Oshkosh, Carthage, Edgewood, Dominican, Trinity (Texas), Alma, Saint Mary’s (Ind.)
#12 UW-Whitewater 3, Saint Mary’s (Ind.) 0; #23 UW-Oshkosh 3, Trinity (Texas ) 2; #19 UW-La Crosse 3, Alma 0; #12 UW-Whitewater 3, Carthage 1; #23 UW-Oshkosh 3, Alma 0; Trinity (Texas) 3, #18 Elmhurst 1; #19 UW-La Crosse 3, Saint Mary’s (Ind.) 1.

Illinois Tech Invite
Principia, Illinois Tech, Eureka, Olivet, UC Clermont
Olivet 3, Illinois Tech 1; Eureka 3, UC Clermont 0; Principia 3, Illinois Tech 1; Eureka 3, Principia 2.

Finlandia Invite
Finlandia, Mount Mary, Kalamazoo, Great Lakes Christian, Silver Lake
Finlandia 3, Great Lakes Christian 0; Finlandia 3, Mount Mary 2; Kalamazoo 3, Mount Mary 0.

Coe Invite
Coe, UW-Platteville, Iowa Wesleyan
Coe 3, Iowa Wesleyan 0; UW-Platteville 3, Iowa Wesleyan 0; Coe 3, UW-Platteville 0.

CCIW
#25 Millikin 3, #21 Illinois Wesleyan 0 MU’s Mihalkanin had 30 assists, 6 kills.

MIAC
Bethel 3, St. Catherine 1 BU’s T. Hoppe had 22 kills, 10 digs.
Carleton 3, Macalester 0 CC’s Stevens had 10 kills.
Saint Mary’s 3, Saint Benedict 1 SMU’s Blattner had 16 kills, 14 digs.
Concordia 3, St. Olaf 1 CC’s Carney had 15 kills.

IIAC
Wartburg 3, Buena Vista 0 WC’s Erbes had 17 assists, 7 digs, 6 kills.
Central 3, Loras 2 CC’s Ewoldt had 47 digs.
Nebraska Wesleyan 3, Luther 1 NWU’s Sestak had 11 kills, 6 blocks.
Simpson 3, Dubuque 2 SC’s Luth had 27 kills, 13 digs.

NACC
Concordia Wisconsin 3, Aurora 0 CUW’s Moegenburg had 10 kills, 10 digs.
Edgewood 3, Alverno 1 EC’s Koester had 11 kills.
Benedictine 3, Rockford 0 BU’s Dunwell had 13 kills.
Wisconsin Lutheran 3, Marian 2  WLC’s Pattison had 24 assists, 12 kills, 11 digs.
MSOE 3, Concordia Chicago 1 MSOE’s Pekarek had 14 kills, 11 digs.

UMAC
#22 Northwestern 3, North Central 0 UNW outhit NCU, .341 to -.053.
St. Scholastica 3, Bethany Lutheran 0 CSS’s Elvehjem had 10 kills.

MWC
Ripon 3, Lake Forest 1 RC’s Berrell had 17 kills, 13 digs.

SLIAC
Fontbonne 3, Spalding 2 FU’s McDonough had 18 kills, 16 digs.

Nonconference
St. Thomas 3, #22 Northwestern 2 UST’s Lloyd had 12 kills, 5 blocks.
Maranatha Baptist 3, Moody Bible 0 Maranatha Baptist’s Renz had 16 kills, 5 blocks.
Westminster 3, Berea 0 WC outhit BC, .407 to -.122.

Top 25 upset watch
#2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 3, Caltech 0
La Verne 3, #4 Cal Lutheran 1
#10 Juniata 3, Bethany 0
#14 Christopher Newport 3, Southern Virginia 0
#17 Mary Washington 3, Frostburg St. 0

-Ricky Nelson

Written by Ricky Nelson

September 30, 2016 at 12:05 am

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2016 Pre-Championship Manual is online

Rejoice, fellow nerds, for the 2016 NCAA Division III Women’s Volleyball Pre-Championship Manual has been published.

The pertinent information:
• 43 Pool A, one Pool B, 20 Pool C bids
• Regional rankings published on Oct. 19, Oct. 26, Nov. 2, Nov. 6 (Selection Day)
• Online selection show on Nov. 7 at 11:30 a.m. central
• Regionals Nov. 10-12 and Nov. 11-13
• Finals Nov. 17-19 in Oshkosh

The national committee is comprised of chair Ellen Dempsey (AD at Hiram) along with Beth Wilmeth (HC at Northwestern), Matt Schoultz (HC at Lawrence), Moira Long (HC at Springfield), Ed Garza (HC at Austin), Becky Hall (AD at Oglethorpe), Don Perkins (HC at Kean) and Marie Stroman (assoc. ED at Middle Atlantic Conference).

The Pool B bid will (perhaps) go to one of these teams: Trinity (D.C.); Valley Forge; Finlandia; Mount Mary; Maranatha Baptist; Pine Manor; New Rochelle; SUNY Canton; Rust; Mills; UC Santa Cruz.

Maranatha Baptist, SUNY Canton and Valley Forge have traditionally declared for the NCCAA Championship and list NCCAA regionals and finals on their sites again this season. If that’s the case, we’ll see whether UC Santa Cruz can finish above .500 this season.

However there is this caveat written in the Manual:

(Note: The number of berths for Pools B and C may be adjusted based on sponsorship numbers at the time of selections.)

Bear with me here … According to my math, the access ratio for this year’s season is 416 full-member teams in AQ leagues ÷ 43 AQ leagues = 9.674, which gets truncated to 9. With 11 Pool B teams listed in the Manual, there certainly appears to be enough teams for a Pool B bid. But if three declare NCCAA – and I’ve never understood why Rust is eligible for the D III postseason even if it gets a scheduling waiver – it could be a photo finish whether there will be a Pool B berth or 21 Pool C’s. If three declare NCCAA, my math says there should be 21 Pool C berths.

The FAQ page has been updated.

-Ricky Nelson

Written by Ricky Nelson

September 29, 2016 at 11:42 pm

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9/29/16: Webster wins nail-biter at Greenville

MWC
Illinois College 3, Knox 0 IC’s Lowry had 16 kills.

SLIAC
Webster 3, Greenville 2 WU’s Siebenmorgen had 17 kills, 10 blocks.
Iowa Wesleyan 3, Blackburn 1 IWU’s Schwamborn had 18 kills, 27 digs.

Nonconference
Indiana-Southeast 3, Spalding 1 IUS is NAIA.

Top 25 upset watch
#5 Wittenberg 3, Denison 1

-Ricky Nelson

Written by Ricky Nelson

September 29, 2016 at 12:05 am

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9/28/16: #11 UWSP withstands #12 UWW

WIAC
#11 UW-Stevens Point 3, #12 UW-Whitewater 2 UWSP’s Cefalu had 15 kills.
#19 UW-La Crosse 3, UW-Stout 1 UWL’s Jablonski hit 12-1-20 with 5 blocks.
#23 UW-Oshkosh 3, UW-Platteville 0 UWO’s Elstner had 13 kills.
#24 UW-Eau Claire 3, UW-River Falls 0 UWEC’s Sawchuk had 15 kills, 11 digs.

CCIW
#18 Elmhurst 3, Carthage 0 EC’s Nimrick hit 6-1-11 with 28 assists.

MIAC
St. Thomas 3, Hamline 0 UST’s Lloyd had 14 kills.
Carleton 3, St. Catherine 2 CC’s Stevens had 26 kills.
Augsburg 3, Gustavus Adolphus 1 AC’s Terhell had 37 digs.

NACC
Dominican 3, Edgewood 1 DU’s R. Wyse had 11 kills, 14 digs.

MWC
Cornell 3, Grinnell 0 CC’s Boyd had 15 kills.

Nonconference
Rockford 3, Mount Mary 0 RU’s Hartman had 10 kills.

Top 25 upset watch
#1 Calvin 3, #6 Hope 0
#8 Colorado College 3, Johnson & Wales (Colo.) 0
#13 Eastern 3, DeSales 0
#17 Mary Washington 3, Southern Virginia 1

-Ricky Nelson

Written by Ricky Nelson

September 28, 2016 at 12:01 am

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9/27/16: BVU remains unbeaten in IIAC

CCIW
#21 Illinois Wesleyan 3, North Park 0 IWU’s Brown had 12 kills, 16 digs.
#25 Millikin 3, Wheaton 1 MU’s E. Syversen had 12 kills, 9 digs, 6 aces.
Augustana 3, Carroll 0 AC’s Kalkhoff had 9 kills.

IIAC
Coe 3, Dubuque 2 CC’s Leisinger had 17 kills.
Buena Vista 3, Nebraska Wesleyan 1 BVU’s Schaap had 18 kills, 14 digs.

NACC
Aurora 3, Concordia Chicago 0 AU’s McKenzie hit 12-1-21 with 4 aces.
Marian 3, Lakeland 1 MU’s Brehm had 9 kills, 13 digs.

UMAC
#22 Northwestern 3, Crown 0 UNW’s Gonder hit 10-1-14.
St. Scholastica 3, North Central 0 CSS’s Elvehjem had 10 kills.
Martin Luther 3, Bethany Lutheran 2 MLC’s St. Germaine had 17 kills.
UW-Superior 3, Northland 0 UWS’s Nightingale had 15 kills.

MWC
St. Norbert 3, Lawrence 0 SNC’s Johnson had 6 kills, 7 blocks.

SLIAC
Greenville 3, Principia 0 GC’s Mitchell had 10 kills, 14 digs.
Westminster 3, MacMurray 0 WC’s Kelley hit 11-1-17.
Webster 3, Blackburn 0 WU’s Siebenmorgen hit 13-1-20.
Eureka 3, Iowa Wesleyan 1 EC’s Dooley hit 12-2-15.

Nonconference
North Central (Ill.) 3, Wisconsin Lutheran 1 NCC’s Elshoff had 14 kills, 26 digs, 5 blocks.
Maranatha Baptist 3, MSOE 0 MBU’s Renz had 15 kills.
Beloit 3, Rockford 2 BC’s Baran had 19 kills, 17 digs.
Robert Morris-Springfield 3, Monmouth 2 RMUS is USCAA.
Fontbonne 3, Lincoln Christian 1 FU’s Eason had 14 kills, 13 digs.

Top 25 upset watch
#4 Cal Lutheran 3, Occidental 1
#9 Texas Dallas 3, East Texas Baptist 0
Clarion 3, #10 Juniata 2
#14 Christopher Newport 3, William Peace 0

-Ricky Nelson

Written by Ricky Nelson

September 27, 2016 at 12:05 am

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2016 AVCA Week 4 poll: Eau Claire enters top 25

Calvin remained the top-ranked team with 41 first-place votes in the AVCA Week 4 poll.

Second-ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps garnered seven top votes while fourth-ranked Cal Lutheran received one. Rounding out the top five were third-ranked Southwestern and fifth-ranked Wittenberg.

Central and Midwest region teams in the Week 4 top 25: No. 11 UW-Stevens Point; No. 12 UW-Whitewater; No. 15 Washington-St. Louis; No. 18 Elmhurst; No. 19 UW-La Crosse; No. 21 Illinois Wesleyan; No. 22 Northwestern; No. 23 UW-Oshkosh; No. 24 UW-Eau Claire; No. 25 Millikin.

Central and Midwest region teams receiving votes this week: Gustavus Adolphus; Bethel; St. Thomas.

For comparison’s sake, here’s my Week 4 top 10.

For the record, my 11-25 teams this week would roughly be: Elmhurst; UW-Stevens Point; Juniata; Trinity (Texas); Washington-St. Louis; Mary Washington; Northwestern; St. Thomas; UW-Eau Claire; Colorado College; Texas Dallas; Eastern; Christopher Newport; Ohio Northern; UW-Oshkosh. Apologies to Gustavus Adolphus, Hendrix, Illinois Wesleyan, Millikin and a few others.

-Ricky Nelson

Written by Ricky Nelson

September 27, 2016 at 12:04 am

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UNW’s Peterson tabbed AVCA Player of the Week

Northwestern junior outside Lindsey Peterson was named the AVCA Player of the Week for matches played Sept. 19-25.

Peterson averaged 7.25 kills and 3.75 digs per set as the Eagles won their lone match of the week. Peterson collected 29 kills on .404 hitting and 15 digs in No. 25 UNW’s 3-1 win at No. 18 Bethel.

-Ricky Nelson

Written by Ricky Nelson

September 27, 2016 at 12:01 am

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