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11/3/16: #11 UWW, #13 UWL to meet in WIAC final

WIAC Semis
#11 UW-Whitewater 3, #17 UW-Stevens Point 2 UWW’s Pfeifer had 17 kills, 17 digs.
#13 UW-La Crosse 3, #20 UW-Oshkosh 1 UWL’s Henk had 16 kills, 11 digs.

MIAC Semis
Bethel 3, Augsburg 1 BU’s T. Hoppe had 24 kills.
Gustavus Adolphus 3, St. Thomas 2 GAC’s Holtan had 56 assists, 12 kills, 11 digs.

NACC Semis
Concordia Wisconsin 3, Edgewood 0 CUW’s Moegenburg had 14 kills, 5 blocks.
Aurora 3, Dominican 0 AU’s Vondra had 13 kills.

Top 25 upset watch
#2 Cal Lutheran 3, Pomona-Pitzer 0
#3 Texas Dallas 3, East Texas Baptist 0
#4 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 3, #19 La Verne 1
#12 Mary Washington 3, Marymount 0
#23 Ohio Northern 3, Baldwin Wallace 0
#24 Christopher Newport 3, Salisbury 2

-Ricky Nelson


Written by Ricky Nelson

November 3, 2016 at 1:33 am

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  1. The NACC volleyball awards were announced:

    Freshman Katie Vondra of Aurora named Player of the Year.
    Sophomore Kristina Billie of Benedictine named Defensive Player of the Year.
    Freshman Megan Mayer of Concordia Wisconsin named Freshman of the Year.

    Fun fact: Both Katie Vondra and Megan Mayer were teammates at Downers Grove South High School in suburban Chicago.


    November 3, 2016 at 10:29 am

  2. CCIW fact:

    Sophomore Tyler Brown of Illinois Wesleyan just won her 3rd offensive player of the week award which is 2 more than anyone else this season.

    Both Hannah Nimrick of Elmhurst and Erin Syversen of Millikin the other leading candidates for CCIW player of the year award have each won a defensive player of the week award.

    Portent of things to come? Hmmm…


    November 3, 2016 at 10:36 am

  3. hey ricky working on the assumption that all the schools in the avca top 25 and those receiving votes submitted requests to host a regional, can you make reasonable questimations as to who might host a regional after Saturday’s matches are over?


    November 3, 2016 at 8:43 pm

  4. Anon @ 8:43,
    I can say with certainty that not all potential hosts submitted to do so.
    -Ricky Nelson

    Ricky Nelson

    November 3, 2016 at 8:55 pm

  5. that’s not an answer ricky. basically who do you think within a reasonable guesstimation do you think will host?


    November 3, 2016 at 8:59 pm

  6. Anon @ 8:59,
    Yes, there is a reasonable guess as to which teams will host. Making it a difficult exercise is the fact that I don’t know which teams submitted to host.
    -Ricky Nelson

    Ricky Nelson

    November 3, 2016 at 9:03 pm

  7. I’m only interested in teams that may host regionals from the central and Midwest regions, your neck of the woods.


    November 3, 2016 at 9:09 pm

  8. Anon @ 9:09,
    Northwestern, UW-Whitewater and UW-Oshkosh seem like very good candidates, especially the first two. There are too many ins, outs and whathaveyous at this point.
    -Ricky Nelson

    Ricky Nelson

    November 3, 2016 at 10:19 pm

  9. Ricky,
    I asked earlier in the week about your thoughts on Bethel earning a bid should they beat Augsburg and lose in the MIAC title match. We seemed to be in agreement that Bethel probably needed to win the title. But now that Bethel has indeed defeated Augsburg. Assuming they move into the regional rankings. How about a closer look?
    Since we are looking for a potential bid, that would mean Gustavus is the automatic and not in discussion.
    These are the records and wins against regionally ranked teams:

    Bethel 19-11: Wartburg, St. Mary’s (2x), Millikin, Augsburg
    St. Thomas 22-8: Oshkosh, Eau Claire, Stevens Point, St. Mary’s, Northwestern, Bethel.
    Augsburg 18-10: UMASS-Boston, Wartburg, Gustavus, St. Thomas, St. Mary’s, Bethel
    St. Mary’s 24-5: Luther, Gustavus
    Luther 21-7: Augsburg, Wartburg, Millikin
    Wartburg 19-5: Northwestern, Bethel
    Eau Claire 23-10: Chicago, St. Mary’s Northwestern, LaCrosse,Augsburg, Bethel, Stevens Point
    Stevens Point 22-7: Luther, Bethel, Whitewater, Eau Claire
    Am I missing anyone?

    I believe St. Thomas to be a lock. Eau Claire and Stevens Point should be 4/5 out WIAC. Can WIAC get 5 teams in? Does the WIAC usually split their teams between the Central and Midwest Region? Eau Claire has the most impressive resume’ but has struggled down the stretch. St. Mary’s has the best winning pct. but definitely the weakest schedule. But they do have two impressive wins. I assume IIAC gets at least 2 in. Or is there a scenario that only Luther and/or Warburg get in with the title?

    So, if Gustavus wins Saturday, does this appear to be the most likely make-up of the Central Region?:
    St. Thomas
    IIAC champ
    2 WIAC schools
    Augsburg, Bethel, IIAC runner-up for final 2 spots. Or a team from another conference?

    Interested in your thoughts should it come down to a choice between Augsburg or Bethel. Do recent results have more bearing?

    Lots of questions that will sort themselves out more tomorrow, but figured might as well generate some discussion while we wait.


    November 4, 2016 at 10:32 am

  10. MIACfan,
    I am not ruling out a Pool C bid for Bethel, but there are only two teams in the field of 64 right now. So much can happen, obviously. I just think the Royals would be in a tough spot with a loss to Gustavus. However, I’ve been wrong on BU’s tourney chances more than once. As of now, I’d have to say I have no idea whether a team off the board regionally should/will get a bid this year. I’ll have my projected field sometime on Sunday.

    Augsburg/Bethel is an interesting case study. It took a few weeks, but I think the Central rankings have finally settled into what they should be. I don’t have a definitive opinion on that direct comparison right now.

    Also, don’t be surprised if teams cross regions in the NCAA tournament. For example, UW-La Crosse to the Twin Cities as a high seed seems like a very good possibility right now. And if WUSTL does not get on a plane again this year (I do not think it will), the Bears cannot bus to the Cities because it’s more than 500 miles away. WUSTL would then be destined for Whitewater (or wherever the other area regional is contested).

    -Ricky Nelson

    Ricky Nelson

    November 4, 2016 at 2:13 pm

  11. ricky, any thoughts on whether the nacc gets more than one team into the tournament?


    November 4, 2016 at 2:34 pm

  12. Anon @ 2:34,
    I think the NACC final is win or go home.
    -Ricky Nelson

    Ricky Nelson

    November 4, 2016 at 2:50 pm

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