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Archive for November 2016

2016 AVCA final poll: Champ Calvin nearly unanimous

National champion Calvin received all but one first-place vote to finish atop the 2016 AVCA final poll.

Rounding out the top five were second-ranked Emory, third-ranked Washington-St. Louis, fourth-ranked Southwestern and Cal Lutheran, which received the remaining top vote.

Other Central and Midwest teams in the final top 25: No. 6 Northwestern; No. 11 UW-Whitewater; No. 17 Millikin; No. 17 UW-La Crosse; No. 19 Elmhurst; No. 23 UW-Oshkosh; No. 25 UW-Stevens Point.

Central and Midwest teams receiving votes in the final poll: Gustavus Adolphus; Wartburg; UW-Eau Claire.

My final 2016 top 10

-Ricky Nelson

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Written by Ricky Nelson

November 22, 2016 at 3:52 pm

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Ricky Nelson’s 2016 final top 10

The final AVCA poll comes out Tuesday.

My rank, (my Week 10 rank, AVCA Week 10 rank), record, key results last week
1 (1,2). Calvin 33-1 National champion.
2 (4,5). Emory 33-6 National quarterfinalist.
3 (NR,16). Washington-St. Louis 27-11 National runner-up.
4 (NR,18). Northwestern 34-5 National semifinalist.
5 (2,1). Cal Lutheran 27-5 Regional Finalist.
6 (NR,7). Southwestern 34-5 National quartersemifinalist. [If only I were there to see it, I could remember]
7 (NR,14). Mary Washington 31-4 National quarterfinalist. 
8 (5,11). UW-Whitewater 29-7 Regional finalist.
9 (6,4). Texas Dallas 32-3 Regional finalist.
10 (NR,10). Juniata 26-7 Regional finalist.
Dropped out: No. 3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (23-4); No. 7 Wittenberg (22-6); No. 8 Hope (25-6); No. 9 Trinity (Texas) (27-8); No. 10 UW-La Crosse (23-6).

-Ricky Nelson

Written by Ricky Nelson

November 20, 2016 at 6:50 pm

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Maranatha Baptist wins 2nd straight NCCAA D II title

Maranatha Baptist won each set on its way to securing the NCCAA D II national title for the second straight year on Saturday. The Sabercats swept Providence (Canada) in a rematch of last year’s championship match.

-Ricky Nelson

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November 20, 2016 at 6:05 pm

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11/19/16: Calvin wins its 3rd national title

National Championship Match
#2 Calvin 3, #16 Washington-St. Louis 0 CC’s Kamp had 13 kills.

Congratulations to Calvin. What a great team and program.

Thank you again to all who stopped to say hello, and I hope you enjoyed your time in Oshkosh regardless of the results on the court.

That written, I am exhausted (probably just out of shape). This guy wrote a lot of words, talked a lot of words and walked a lot of miles this week. As a capital-F Former athlete turned writer, I’m no longer used to doing two of those things.

Thank you for also apparently spreading the word about this blog. It started as a class project years ago and grew into a place where nearly 3,000 people visited on the Sunday before this year’s selections? C’mon. That’s pretty cool. I’ve only met a few dozen of you in person or electronically, but it’s safe to say that the Division III women’s volleyball community is good people.

Yes, I did pick up on the clear fact that several people in Oshkosh this weekend knew who I was and were absolutely not on board with this blog. I like you though. It’s just that we disagree sometimes. And that’s OK.

I will get around to putting a bow on the season over the next week or so. For now, I have a few more stories to write before calling it a day. What a weekend.

-Ricky Nelson

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November 19, 2016 at 11:15 pm

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11/18/16: #2 Calvin, #16 WUSTL advance to final

National Semis
#2 Calvin 3, #18 Northwestern 0 CC’s Danhoff hit 19-2-38.
#16 Washington-St. Louis 3, #7 Southwestern 0 WUSTL’s Malek hit 16-0-24.

Despite the convocation of Eagles in the field, we’re down to the Knights and the Bears.

Thank you to those who have stopped to say hello and offer kind words during the championship. I am glad the NCAA selected UW-Oshkosh to host.

-Ricky Nelson

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November 18, 2016 at 1:13 am

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11/17/16: #2 CC, #7 SU, #16 WUSTL, #18 UNW advance to semis

National Quarters
#2 Calvin 3, #5 Emory 2 CC’s Danhoff had 21 kills, 6 blocks.
#7 Southwestern 3, Tufts 2 SU’s Duck had 19 kills, 31 digs.
#18 Northwestern 3, #13 Eastern 2 UNW’s Peterson had 24 kills, 27 digs.
#16 Washington-St. Louis 3, #14 Mary Washington 2 WUSTL’s Dupont hit 21-2-37.

[First time in history that all four quarters went five. Lucky us! I became a fan of several teams and players after finally seeing some of them in person for the first time. Entertaining 20 sets of volleyball today.]

-Ricky Nelson

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November 17, 2016 at 12:05 am

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UNW sweeps top AVCA awards

Northwestern junior outside Lindsey Peterson was named AVCA Player of the Year while Northwestern’s Beth Wilmeth was tabbed AVCA Coach of the Year.

Tufts’ Kelly Bonja was named AVCA Assistant Coach of the Year, and Wittenberg middle Aubrey Cox was selected AVCA Freshman of the Year earlier this week.

-Ricky Nelson

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November 16, 2016 at 9:26 pm

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