D III Women's Volleyball

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Predicting Pool A conferences: 2017 edition

with 10 comments

This is my seventh season predicting each Pool A conference winner. I count it as a success if my predicted champion wins the regular season and/or the tournament. Tell me where I’m wrong with this year’s choices.

Past season predictions:
2011: 31 of 42 (74 percent)
2012: 30 of 42 (71 percent)
2013: 36 of 43 (84 percent)
2014: 33 of 44 (75 percent)
2015: 34 of 44 (77 percent)
2016: 29 of 43 (67 percent)

Links below are to each conference’s women’s volleyball page.

Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference
2010 regular season champ: Pitt-Bradford
2010 tournament champ: Pitt-Bradford
2011 predicted champion: Penn State Altoona
2011 regular season champ: Penn State Altoona
2011 tournament champ: Penn State Altoona
2012 predicted champion: Medaille
2012 regular season champ: Penn State Behrend
2012 tournament champ: Medaille
2013 predicted champion: Penn State Behrend
2013 regular season champ: Penn State Behrend
2013 tournament champ: Penn State Behrend
2014 predicted champion: Penn State Behrend (4th regular season, 3rd in tournament)
2014 regular season champ: Penn State Altoona
2014 tournament champ: Franciscan
2015 predicted champion: Penn State Altoona
2015 regular season champ: Medaille, Penn State Altoona
2015 tournament champ: Franciscan
2016 predicted champion: Mount Aloysius (9th in regular season, DNP in tournament)
2016 regular season champ: Pitt Bradford
2016 tournament champ: Pitt Bradford
2017 predicted champion: Pitt Bradford

American Southwest Conference
2010 regular season champ: Texas Lutheran, Hardin-Simmons (West); Texas Dallas (East)
2010 tournament champ: Hardin-Simmons
2011 predicted champion: Hardin-Simmons (West), Texas-Dallas (East)
2011 regular season champ: McMurry (West), Texas Dallas (East)
2011 tournament champ: Hardin-Simmons
2012 predicted champion: Hardin-Simmons (West), Texas Dallas (East)
2012 regular season champ: Hardin-Simmons (West), Texas Dallas (East)
2012 tournament champ: Hardin-Simmons
2013 predicted champion: Hardin-Simmons
2013 regular season champ: Texas Dallas
2013 tournament champ: Hardin-Simmons
2014 predicted champion: Texas Dallas (3rd in regular season, 2nd in tournament)
2014 regular season champ: Mary Hardin-Baylor
2014 tournament champ: Mary Hardin-Baylor
2015 predicted champion: Mary Hardin-Baylor
2015 regular season champ: Texas Dallas (East), Mary Hardin-Baylor (West)
2015 tournament champ: Texas Dallas
2016 predicted champion: Texas Dallas (East), Mary Hardin-Baylor (West)
2016 regular season champ: Texas Dallas (East), Mary Hardin-Baylor (West)
2016 tournament champ: Texas Dallas
2017 predicted champion: Texas Dallas (East), Mary Hardin-Baylor (West)

Capital Athletic Conference
2010 regular season champ: Frostburg
2010 tournament champ: Frostburg
2011 predicted champion: Mary Washington (3rd in regular season, 3rd in tournament)
2011 regular season champ: Salisbury
2011 tournament champ: Salisbury
2012 predicted champion: Salisbury
2012 regular season champ: Salisbury
2012 tournament champ: Salisbury
2013 predicted champion: Christopher Newport
2013 regular season champ: Christopher Newport
2013 tournament champ: Christopher Newport
2014 predicted champion: Christopher Newport
2014 regular season champ: Christopher Newport
2014 tournament champ: Christopher Newport
2015 predicted champion: Christopher Newport
2015 regular season champ: Christopher Newport
2015 tournament champ: Christopher Newport
2016 predicted champion: Christopher Newport (3rd in regular season, 2nd in tournament)
2016 regular season champ: Mary Washington, Salisbury
2016 tournament champ: Mary Washington
2017 predicted champion: Mary Washington

Centennial Conference
2010 regular season champ: Haverford
2010 tournament champ: Franklin & Marshall
2011 predicted champion: Johns Hopkins
2011 regular season champ: Johns Hopkins
2011 tournament champ: Johns Hopkins
2012 predicted champion: Franklin & Marshall
2012 regular season champ: Franklin & Marshall, Johns Hopkins
2012 tournament champ: Johns Hopkins
2013 predicted champion: Johns Hopkins
2013 regular season champ: Franklin & Marshall
2013 tournament champ: Johns Hopkins
2014 predicted champion: Franklin & Marshall
2014 regular season champ: Haverford, Swarthmore
2014 tournament champ: Franklin & Marshall
2015 predicted champion: Haverford
2015 regular season champ: Haverford, Johns Hopkins, Swarthmore
2015 tournament champ: McDaniel
2016 predicted champion: Swarthmore (2nd in regular season, 2nd in tournament)
2016 regular season champ: Johns Hopkins
2016 tournament champ: Johns Hopkins
2017 predicted champion: Johns Hopkins

City University of New York Athletic Conference
2010 regular season champ: Hunter
2010 tournament champ: Hunter
2011 predicted champion: Hunter
2011 regular season champ: Hunter
2011 tournament champ: Baruch
2012 predicted champion: Baruch
2012 regular season champ: Baruch
2012 tournament champ: Baruch
2013 predicted champion: Baruch
2013 regular season champ: Baruch
2013 tournament champ: Baruch
2014 predicted champion: Baruch (2nd in regular season, 2nd in tournament)
2014 regular season champ: Hunter
2014 tournament champ: Hunter
2015 predicted champion: Baruch
2015 regular season champ: Baruch
2015 tournament champ: Hunter
2016 predicted champion: Hunter
2016 regular season champ: Hunter
2016 tournament champ: Hunter
2017 predicted champion: Hunter

College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
2010 regular season champ: Millikin
2010 tournament champ: Carthage
2011 predicted champion: Carthage
2011 regular season champ: Carthage
2011 tournament champ: Carthage
2012 predicted champion: Elmhurst
2012 regular season champ: Elmhurst
2012 tournament champ: Elmhurst
2013 predicted champion: Elmhurst
2013 regular season champ: Elmhurst
2013 tournament champ: Elmhurst
2014 predicted champion: Millikin (2nd in regular season, 2nd in tournament)
2014 regular season champ: Carthage
2014 tournament champ: Carthage
2015 predicted champion: Carthage
2015 regular season champ: Carthage, Illinois Wesleyan, Millikin
2015 tournament champ: Carthage
2016 predicted champion: Elmhurst (2nd in regular season, 2nd in tournament)
2016 regular season champ: Millikin
2016 tournament champ: Millikin
2017 predicted champion: Illinois Wesleyan

Colonial States Athletic Conference
2010 regular season champ: Cabrini
2010 tournament champ: Cabrini
2011 predicted champion: Neumann (2nd in regular season, 2nd in tournament)
2011 regular season champ: Cabrini
2011 tournament champ: Cabrini
2012 predicted champion: Cabrini (2nd in regular season, 2nd in tournament)
2012 regular season champ: Neumann
2012 tournament champ: Neumann
2013 predicted champion: Cabrini
2013 regular season champ: Cabrini
2013 tournament champ: Cabrini
2014 predicted champion: Cabrini
2014 regular season champ: Cabrini
2014 tournament champ: Cabrini
2015 predicted champion: Cabrini
2015 regular season champ: Cabrini
2015 tournament champ: Cabrini
2016 predicted champion: Cabrini
2016 regular season champ: Cabrini
2016 tournament champ: Cabrini
2017 predicted champion: Cabrini

Commonwealth Coast Conference
2010 regular season champ: Roger Williams
2010 tournament champ: Roger Williams
2011 predicted champion: Roger Williams
2011 regular season champ: Roger Williams
2011 tournament champ: Roger Williams
2012 predicted champion: Roger Williams
2012 regular season champ: Roger Williams
2012 tournament champ: Roger Williams
2013 predicted champion: Roger Williams
2013 regular season champ: Roger Williams, Salve Regina
2013 tournament champ: Roger Williams
2014 predicted champion: Salve Regina (3rd in regular season, 2nd in tournament)
2014 regular season champ: Roger Williams
2014 tournament champ: Roger Williams
2015 predicted champion: Roger Williams
2015 regular season champ: Roger Williams
2015 tournament champ: Roger Williams
2016 predicted champion: Roger Williams (2nd in regular season, 5th in tournament)
2016 regular season champ: Endicott
2016 tournament champ: Endicott
2017 predicted champion: Endicott

Commonwealth Conference
2010 regular season champ: Elizabethtown
2010 tournament champ: Lebanon Valley
2011 predicted champion: Elizabethtown (5th in regular season, DNP in tournament)
2011 regular season champ: Messiah
2011 tournament champ: Lebanon Valley
2012 predicted champion: Messiah (2nd in regular season, 2nd in tournament)
2012 regular season champ: Stevenson
2012 tournament champ: Stevenson
2013 predicted champion: Stevenson
2013 regular season champ: Stevenson
2013 tournament champ: Stevenson
2014 predicted champion: Stevenson
2014 regular season champ: Stevenson
2014 tournament champ: Stevenson
2015 predicted champion: Messiah (2nd in regular season, 2nd in tournament)
2015 regular season champ: Stevenson
2015 tournament champ: Stevenson
2016 predicted champion: Messiah (2nd in regular season, 2nd in tournament)
2016 regular season champ: Stevenson
2016 tournament champ: Stevenson
2017 predicted champion: Stevenson

Empire 8
2010 regular season champ: Ithaca
2010 tournament champ: Ithaca
2011 predicted champion: Ithaca (5th in regular season, DNP in tournament)
2011 regular season champ: Elmira
2011 tournament champ: Nazareth
2012 predicted champion: Elmira
2012 regular season champ: Elmira, Stevens
2012 tournament champ: Nazareth
2013 predicted champion: Stevens
2013 regular season champ: Stevens
2013 tournament champ: Nazareth
2014 predicted champion: Nazareth (2nd in regular season, 2nd in tournament)
2014 regular season champ: Stevens
2014 tournament champ: Stevens
2015 predicted champion: Stevens
2015 regular season champ: Stevens
2015 tournament champ: Ithaca
2016 predicted champion: Ithaca
2016 regular season champ: Stevens
2016 tournament champ: Ithaca
2017 predicted champion: Stevens

Freedom Conference
2010 regular season champ: Eastern
2010 tournament champ: Eastern
2011 predicted champion: Eastern
2011 regular season champ: Eastern
2011 tournament champ: Eastern
2012 predicted champion: Eastern
2012 regular season champ: Eastern
2012 tournament champ: Eastern
2013 predicted champion: Eastern
2013 regular season champ: Eastern
2013 tournament champ: Eastern
2014 predicted champion: Eastern
2014 regular season champ: Eastern
2014 tournament champ: Eastern
2015 predicted champion: Eastern
2015 regular season champ: Eastern
2015 tournament champ: Eastern
2016 predicted champion: Eastern
2016 regular season champ: Eastern
2016 tournament champ: Eastern
2017 predicted champion: Eastern

Great Northeast Athletic Conference
2010 regular season champ: Johnson & Wales
2010 tournament champ: Johnson & Wales
2011 predicted champion: Rivier
2011 regular season champ: Emerson
2011 tournament champ: Rivier
2012 predicted champion: Rivier
2012 regular season champ: Rivier
2012 tournament champ: Emerson
2013 predicted champion: Rivier
2013 regular season champ: Rivier
2013 tournament champ: Rivier
2014 predicted champion: Rivier
2014 regular season champ: Emmanuel, Rivier
2014 tournament champ: Rivier
2015 predicted champion: Rivier
2015 regular season champ: Rivier
2015 tournament champ: Johnson & Wales
2016 predicted champion: Rivier (2nd in regular season, 2nd in tournament)
2016 regular season champ: Johnson & Wales
2016 tournament champ: Johnson & Wales
2017 predicted champion: Johnson & Wales

Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
2010 regular season champ: Transylvania
2010 tournament champ: Mount St. Joseph
2011 predicted champion: Transylvania
2011 regular season champ: Rose-Hulman, Bluffton, Hanover, Transylvania, Mount St. Joseph
2011 tournament champ: Rose-Hulman
2012 predicted champion: Hanover (5th in regular season, 5th in tournament)
2012 regular season champ: Mount St. Joseph, Transylvania
2012 tournament champ: Mount St. Joseph
2013 predicted champion: Transylvania (2nd in regular season, 3rd in tournament)
2013 regular season champ: Defiance
2013 tournament champ: Bluffton
2014 predicted champion: Bluffton
2014 regular season champ: Defiance
2014 tournament champ: Bluffton
2015 predicted champion: Bluffton
2015 regular season champ: Hanover
2015 tournament champ: Bluffton
2016 predicted champion: Hanover
2016 regular season champ: Hanover
2016 tournament champ: Bluffton
2017 predicted champion: Hanover

Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
2010 regular season champ: Loras
2010 tournament champ: Wartburg
2011 predicted champion: Wartburg (2nd in regular season, 3rd in tourament)
2011 regular season champ: Coe
2011 tournament champ: Cornell
2012 predicted champion: Wartburg
2012 regular season champ: Wartburg
2012 tournament champ: Wartburg
2013 predicted champion: Wartburg
2013 regular season champ: Wartburg
2013 tournament champ: Wartburg
2014 predicted champion: Coe
2014 regular season champ: Coe
2014 tournament champ: Coe
2015 predicted champion: Buena Vista (3rd in regular season, 3rd in tournament)
2015 regular season champ: Wartburg
2015 tournament champ: Wartburg
2016 predicted champion: Buena Vista (5th in regular season, 5th in tournament)
2016 regular season champ: Wartburg
2016 tournament champ: Wartburg
2017 predicted champion: Luther

Landmark Conference
2010 regular season champ: Juniata
2010 tournament champ: Juniata
2011 predicted champion: Juniata
2011 regular season champ: Juniata
2011 tournament champ: Juniata
2012 predicted champion: Juniata
2012 regular season champ: Juniata
2012 tournament champ: Juniata
2013 predicted champion: Juniata
2013 regular season champ: Juniata
2013 tournament champ: Juniata
2014 predicted champion: Juniata
2014 regular season champ: Juniata
2014 tournament champ: Juniata
2015 predicted champion: Juniata
2015 regular season champ: Juniata
2015 tournament champ: Juniata
2016 predicted champion: Juniata
2016 regular season champ: Juniata
2016 tournament champ: Juniata
2017 predicted champion: Juniata

Liberty League
2012 regular season champ: Skidmore
2012 tourney champ: Clarkson
2013 predicted champ: Clarkson
2013 regular season champ: Clarkson
2013 tournament champ: Clarkson
2014 predicted champion: Clarkson
2014 regular season champ: Clarkson
2014 tournament champ: Clarkson
2015 predicted champion: Clarkson
2015 regular season champ: Clarkson
2015 tournament champ: Clarkson
2016 predicted champion: Clarkson
2016 regular season champ: Clarkson, Vassar
2016 tournament champ: Clarkson
2017 predicted champion: Ithaca

Little East Conference
2010 regular season champ: UMass Boston
2010 tournament champ: UMass Boston
2011 predicted champion: UMass Boston
2011 regular season champ: Plymouth State, UMass Boston
2011 tournament champ: UMass Boston
2012 predicted champion: UMass Boston
2012 regular season champ: UMass Boston, Western Connecticut State
2012 tournament champ: UMass Boston
2013 predicted champion: Western Connecticut State (4th in regular season, 3rd in tournament)
2013 regular season champ: UMass Boston
2013 tournament champ: UMass Boston
2014 predicted champion: UMass Boston
2014 regular season champ: UMass Boston
2014 tournament champ: Western Connecticut State
2015 predicted champion: UMass Boston
2015 regular season champ: Keene State, UMass Boston
2015 tournament champ: UMass Boston
2016 predicted champion: UMass Boston
2016 regular season champ: UMass Boston
2016 tournament champ: UMass Boston
2017 predicted champion: Plymouth State

Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference
2010 regular season champ: Westfield State
2010 tournament champ: Westfield State
2011 predicted champion: Westfield State
2011 regular season champ: Westfield State
2011 tournament champ: Westfield State
2012 predicted champion: Framingham State
2012 regular season champ: Framingham State
2012 tournament champ: Framingham State
2013 predicted champion: Framingham State (2nd in regular season, 2nd in tournament)
2013 regular season champ: Westfield State
2013 tournament champ: Westfield State
2014 predicted champion: Framingham State
2014 regular season champ: Framingham State
2014 tournament champ: Framingham State
2015 predicted champion: Framingham State
2015 regular season champ: Framingham State, MCLA
2015 tournament champ: Framingham State
2016 predicted champion: Framingham State
2016 regular season champ: Framingham State
2016 tournament champ: Framingham State
2017 predicted champion: Framingham State

Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
2010 regular season champ: Hope
2010 tournament champ: Hope
2011 predicted champion: Calvin
2011 regular season champ: Calvin
2011 tournament champ: Calvin
2012 predicted champion: Hope (2nd in regular season, 2nd in tournament)
2012 regular season champ: Calvin
2012 tournament champ: Calvin
2013 predicted champion: Calvin
2013 regular season champ: Calvin, Hope
2013 tournament champ: Calvin
2014 predicted champion: Hope
2014 regular season champ: Calvin, Hope
2014 tournament champ: Calvin
2015 predicted champion: Calvin
2015 regular season champ: Calvin
2015 tournament champ: Calvin
2016 predicted champion: Calvin
2016 regular season champ: Calvin
2016 tournament champ: Hope
2017 predicted champion: Calvin

Midwest Conference
2010 regular season champ: Monmouth
2010 tournament champ: Beloit
2011 predicted champion: St. Norbert
2011 regular season champ: St. Norbert
2011 tournament champ: St. Norbert
2012 predicted champion: St. Norbert (2nd in regular season, 2nd in tournament)
2012 regular season champ: Cornell
2012 tournament champ: Cornell
2013 predicted champion: Cornell
2013 regular season champ: Cornell
2013 tournament champ: Cornell
2014 predicted champion: Cornell
2014 regular season champ: Cornell
2014 tournament champ: Cornell
2015 predicted champion: Cornell
2015 regular season champ: Cornell, Ripon
2015 tournament champ: Cornell
2016 predicted champion: Cornell
2016 regular season champ: Cornell
2016 tournament champ: St. Norbert
2017 predicted champion: St. Norbert

Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
2010 regular season champ: St. Olaf
2010 tournament champ: St. Olaf
2011 predicted champion: Concordia-Moorhead
2011 regular season champ: Concordia-Moorhead, St. Thomas
2011 tournament champ: Concordia-Moorhead
2012 predicted champion: St. Thomas
2012 regular season champ: St. Thomas
2012 tournament champ: St. Thomas
2013 predicted champion: St. Thomas
2013 regular season champ: St. Thomas, Augsburg
2013 tournament champ: St. Thomas
2014 predicted champion: St. Thomas
2014 regular season champ: Augsburg, St. Thomas
2014 tournament champ: St. Thomas
2015 predicted champion: Augsburg (6th in regular season, DNP in tournament)
2015 regular season champ: Gustavus Adolphus
2015 tournament champ: Gustavus Adolphus
2016 predicted champion: Bethel (5th in regular season, 2nd in tournament)
2016 regular season champ: Augsburg
2016 tournament champ: Gustavus Adolphus
2017 predicted champion: Gustavus Adolphus

New England Collegiate Conference
2010 regular season champ: Daniel Webster
2010 tournament champ: Lesley
2011 predicted champion: Daniel Webster (3rd in regular season, 3rd in tournament)
2011 regular season champ: Southern Vermont
2011 tournament champ: Southern Vermont
2012 predicted champion: Southern Vermont
2012 regular season champ: Southern Vermont
2012 tournament champ: Southern Vermont
2013 predicted champion: Southern Vermont
2013 regular season champ: Southern Vermont
2013 tournament champ: Southern Vermont
2014 predicted champion: Newbury (3rd in regular season, 2nd in tournament)
2014 regular season champ: Regis
2014 tournament champ: Regis
2015 predicted champion: Regis
2015 regular season champ: Regis
2015 tournament champ: Regis
2016 predicted champion: Regis
2016 regular season champ: Daniel Webster, Newbury, Regis
2016 tournament champ: Regis
2017 predicted champion: Regis

New England Small College Athletic Conference
2010 regular season champ: Amherst
2010 tournament champ: Middlebury
2011 predicted champion: Amherst (4th in regular season, 5th in tournament)
2011 regular season champ: Bowdoin
2011 tournament champ: Bowdoin
2012 predicted champion: Tufts (6th in regular season, 5th in tournament)
2012 regular season champ: Connecticut College, Middlebury, Bowdoin
2012 tournament champ: Middlebury
2013 predicted champion: Bowdoin (2nd in regular season, 2nd in tournament)
2013 regular season champ: Williams
2013 tournament champ: Williams
2014 predicted champion: Williams
2014 regular season champ: Tufts
2014 tournament champ: Williams
2015 predicted champion: Williams (2nd in regular season, 2nd in tournament)
2015 regular season champ: Bowdoin
2015 tournament champ: Bowdoin
2016 predicted champion: Middlebury
2016 regular season champ: Tufts
2016 tournament champ: Middlebury
2017 predicted champion: Tufts

New England Women’s and Men’s Athletics Conference
2010 regular season champ: Springfield
2010 tournament champ: Coast Guard
2011 predicted champion: Coast Guard
2011 regular season champ: Springfield, Coast Guard
2011 tournament champ: Springfield
2012 predicted champion: Coast Guard (4th in regular season, 3rd in tournament)
2012 regular season champ: Wellesley
2012 tournament champ: MIT
2013 predicted champion: Wellesley
2013 regular season champ: Springfield, Wellesley
2013 tournament champ: Springfield
2014 predicted champion: Springfield (3rd in regular season, 5th in tournament)
2014 regular season champ: Babson, MIT
2014 tournament champ: Babson
2015 predicted champion: Babson
2015 regular season champ: MIT, Springfield
2015 tournament champ: Babson
2016 predicted champion: MIT
2016 regular season champ: MIT
2016 tournament champ: MIT
2017 predicted champion: Clark

New Jersey Athletic Conference
2010 regular season champ: Richard Stockton
2010 tournament champ: Richard Stockton
2011 predicted champion: Richard Stockton
2011 regular season champ: Richard Stockton
2011 tournament champ: Richard Stockton
2012 predicted champion: Richard Stockton
2012 regular season champ: Richard Stockton
2012 tournament champ: Richard Stockton
2013 predicted champion: Richard Stockton
2013 regular season champ: Richard Stockton
2013 tournament champ: Richard Stockton
2014 predicted champion: Richard Stockton
2014 regular season champ: Richard Stockton
2014 tournament champ: Richard Stockton
2015 predicted champion: Stockton
2015 regular season champ: Stockton
2015 tournament champ: Stockton
2016 predicted champion: Stockton (2nd in regular season, 3rd in tournament)
2016 regular season champ: Ramapo
2016 tournament champ: Montclair State
2017 predicted champion: Montclair State

North Atlantic Conference
2010 regular season champ: Maine Maritime
2010 tournament champ: Maine Maritime
2011 predicted champion: Maine Maritime (2nd in regular season, 2nd in tournament)
2011 regular season champ: Colby-Sawyer
2011 tournament champ: Colby-Sawyer
2012 predicted champion: Maine Maritime (3rd in regular season, 2nd in tournament)
2012 regular season champ: Colby-Sawyer
2012 tournament champ: Colby-Sawyer
2013 predicted champion: Colby-Sawyer
2013 regular season champ: Colby-Sawyer
2013 tournament champ: Colby-Sawyer
2014 predicted champion: Colby-Sawyer
2014 regular season champ: Colby-Sawyer
2014 tournament champ: Colby-Sawyer
2015 predicted champion: Colby-Sawyer
2015 regular season champ: Colby-Sawyer
2015 tournament champ: Colby-Sawyer
2016 predicted champion: Maine Maritime
2016 regular season champ: Maine Maritime
2016 tournament champ: Maine Maritime
2017 predicted champion: Maine Maritime

North Coast Athletic Conference
2010 regular season champ: Wittenberg
2010 tournament champ: Wittenberg
2011 predicted champion: Wittenberg
2011 regular season champ: Wittenberg
2011 tournament champ: Wittenberg
2012 predicted champion: Wittenberg
2012 regular season champ: Wittenberg
2012 tournament champ: Wittenberg
2013 predicted champion: Wittenberg
2013 regular season champ: Wittenberg
2013 tournament champ: Wittenberg
2014 predicted champion: Wittenberg
2014 regular season champ: Wittenberg
2014 tournament champ: Wittenberg
2015 predicted champion: Wittenberg
2015 regular season champ: Wittenberg
2015 tournament champ: Wittenberg
2016 predicted champion: Wittenberg
2016 regular season champ: Wittenberg
2016 tournament champ: Wittenberg
2017 predicted champion: Wittenberg

North Eastern Athletic Conference
2010 regular season champ: Keuka (North), Gallaudet (South)
2010 tournament champ: Gallaudet
2011 predicted champion: Gallaudet
2011 regular season champ: Penn State Berks
2011 tournament champ: Gallaudet
2012 predicted champion: Gallaudet
2012 regular season champ: Gallaudet
2012 tournament champ: Gallaudet
2013 predicted champion: Gallaudet
2013 regular season champ: Gallaudet, SUNYIT, Keuka
2013 tournament champ: Gallaudet
2014 predicted champion: Gallaudet
2014 regular season champ: Gallaudet
2014 tournament champ: Gallaudet
2015 predicted champion: Gallaudet
2015 regular season champ: SUNY Poly, Wells
2015 tournament champ: Gallaudet
2016 predicted champion: SUNY Poly
2016 regular season champ: SUNY Poly
2016 tournament champ: Gallaudet
2017 predicted champion: Gallaudet

Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
2010 regular season champ: Concordia (Wis.)
2010 tournament champ: Dominican
2011 predicted champion: Edgewood
2011 regular season champ: Dominican
2011 tournament champ: Edgewood
2012 predicted champion: Dominican (3rd in regular season, 3rd in tournament)
2012 regular season champ: Edgewood, Benedictine
2012 tournament champ: Benedictine
2013 predicted champion: Benedictine (3rd in regular season, 3rd in tournament)
2013 regular season champ: Edgewood
2013 tournament champ: Dominican
2014 predicted champion: Dominican
2014 regular season champ: Dominican
2014 tournament champ: Dominican
2015 predicted champion: Dominican
2015 regular season champ: Edgewood
2015 tournament champ: Dominican
2016 predicted champion: Concordia Wisconsin
2016 regular season champ: Concordia Wisconsin
2016 tournament champ: Concordia Wisconsin
2017 predicted champion: Concordia Wisconsin

Northwest Conference (no tourney)
2010 regular season champ: Whitworth
2011 predicted champion: Whitworth
2011 regular season champ: Whitworth
2012 predicted champion: Pacific Lutheran
2012 regular season champ: Pacific Lutheran
2013 predicted champion: Puget Sound (2nd in regular season)
2013 regular season champ: Pacific Lutheran
2014 predicted champion: Pacific Lutheran
2014 regular season champ: Pacific Lutheran, Whitworth
2015 predicted champion: Whitworth
2015 regular season champ: Whitworth
2016 predicted champion: Whitworth
2016 regular season champ: Whitworth
2017 predicted champion: Whitworth

Ohio Athletic Conference
2010 regular season champ: Heidelberg
2010 tournament champ: Heidelberg
2011 predicted champion: Heidelberg
2011 regular season champ: Heidelberg
2011 tournament champ: Mount Union
2012 predicted champion: Heidelberg (4th in regular season, 3rd in tournament)
2012 regular season champ: Mount Union
2012 tournament champ: Otterbein
2013 predicted champion: Mount Union
2013 regular season champ: Mount Union, Heidelberg
2013 tournament champ: Mount Union
2014 predicted champion: Mount Union
2014 regular season champ: Mount Union
2014 tournament champ: Mount Union
2015 predicted champion: John Carroll (5th in regular season, 3rd in tournament)
2015 regular season champ: Heidelberg
2015 tournament champ: Heidelberg
2016 predicted champion: Heidelberg (2nd in regular season, 2nd in tournament)
2016 regular season champ: Ohio Northern
2016 tournament champ: Ohio Northern
2017 predicted champion: Ohio Northern

Old Dominion Athletic Conference
2010 regular season champ: Washington and Lee
2010 tournament champ: Randolph-Macon
2011 predicted champion: Washington and Lee
2011 regular season champ: Washington and Lee
2011 tournament champ: Randolph-Macon
2012 predicted champion: Randolph-Macon
2012 regular season champ: Randolph-Macon
2012 tournament champ: Washington and Lee
2013 predicted champion: Washington and Lee
2013 regular season champ: Washington and Lee, Randolph-Macon
2013 tournament champ: Washington and Lee
2014 predicted champion: Randolph-Macon
2014 regular season champ: Randolph-Macon
2014 tournament champ: Washington and Lee
2015 predicted champion: Randolph-Macon
2015 regular season champ: Randolph-Macon
2015 tournament champ: Randolph-Macon
2016 predicted champion: Washington and Lee (2nd in regular season, 2nd in tournament)
2016 regular season champ: Randolph-Macon
2016 tournament champ: Randolph-Macon
2017 predicted champion: Randolph-Macon

Presidents’ Athletic Conference
2010 regular season champ: Thomas More
2010 tournament champ: Thomas More
2011 predicted champion: Thomas More (3rd in regular season, 3rd in tournament)
2011 regular season champ: Geneva
2011 tournament champ: Geneva
2012 predicted champion: Geneva (4th in regular season, 5th in tournament)
2012 regular season champ: Thomas More
2012 tournament champ: Thomas More
2013 predicted champion: Thomas More
2013 regular season champ: Bethany
2013 tournament champ: Thomas More
2014 predicted champion: Bethany
2014 regular season champ: Bethany, Thomas More
2014 tournament champ: Thomas More
2015 predicted champion: Bethany (2nd in regular season, 2nd in tournament)
2015 regular season champ: Thomas More
2015 tournament champ: Thomas More
2016 predicted champion: Thomas More
2016 regular season champ: Bethany, Thomas More
2016 tournament champ: Bethany
2017 predicted champion: Thomas More

Skyline Conference
2010 regular season champ: Mount Saint Mary
2010 tournament champ: NYU-Poly
2011 predicted champion: Mount Saint Mary
2011 regular season champ: Mount Saint Mary
2011 tournament champ: NYU-Poly
2012 predicted champion: Mount Saint Mary
2012 regular season champ: Mount Saint Mary
2012 tournament champ: Mount Saint Mary
2013 predicted champion: Sage
2013 regular season champ: Sage
2013 tournament champ: St. Joseph’s (Long Island)
2014 predicted champion: Sage
2014 regular season champ: Sage
2014 tournament champ: Sage
2015 predicted champion: St. Joseph’s (Long Island) (3rd in regular season, 3rd in tournament)
2015 regular season champ: Mount Saint Vincent, Sage
2015 tournament champ: Mount Saint Vincent
2016 predicted champion: Sage (3rd in regular season, 3rd in tournament)
2016 regular season champ: Farmingdale State, Merchant Marine
2016 tournament champ: Farmingdale State
2017 predicted champion: Farmingdale State

Southern Athletic Association
2013 regular season champion: Berry
2013 tournament champion: Berry
2014 predicted champion: Berry (4th in regular season, 5th in tournament)
2014 regular season champ: Hendrix
2014 tournament champ: Hendrix
2015 predicted champion: Hendrix
2015 regular season champ: Hendrix
2015 tournament champ: Hendrix
2016 predicted champion: Hendrix
2016 regular season champ: Hendrix
2016 tournament champ: Hendrix
2017 predicted champion: Hendrix

Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
2010 regular season champ: Cal Lutheran
2010 tournament champ: Cal Lutheran
2011 predicted champion: Occidental
2011 regular season champ: Cal Lutheran
2011 tournament champ: Occidental
2012 predicted champion: Cal Lutheran
2012 regular season champ: Cal Lutheran
2012 tournament champ: Cal Lutheran
2013 predicted champion: Cal Lutheran
2013 regular season champ: Cal Lutheran
2013 tournament champ: Cal Lutheran
2014 predicted champion: Pomona-Pitzer (4th in regular season, 3rd in tournament)
2014 regular season champ: Cal Lutheran
2014 tournament champ: Cal Lutheran
2015 predicted champion: Cal Lutheran
2015 regular season champ: Cal Lutheran, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
2015 tournament champ: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
2016 predicted champion: Cal Lutheran
2016 regular season champ: Cal Lutheran, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
2016 tournament champ: Cal Lutheran
2017 predicted champion: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
2010 regular season champ: Colorado College
2010 tournament champ: Colorado College
2011 predicted champion: Southwestern
2011 regular season champ: Southwestern
2011 tournament champ: Colorado College
2012 predicted champion: Colorado College
2012 regular season champ: Colorado College, Trinity (Texas)
2012 tournament champ: Colorado College
2013 predicted champion: Trinity (Texas)
2013 regular season champ: Trinity (Texas)
2013 tournament champ: Trinity (Texas)
2014 predicted champion: Trinity (Texas)
2014 regular season champ: Trinity (Texas)
2014 tournament champ: Trinity (Texas)
2015 predicted champion: Colorado College
2015 regular season champ: Colorado College
2015 tournament champ: Southwestern
2016 predicted champion: Colorado College (3rd in regular season, 3rd in tournament)
2016 regular season champ: Trinity (Texas)
2016 tournament champ: Trinity (Texas)
2017 predicted champion: Trinity (Texas)

St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
2010 regular season champ: Greenville
2010 tournament champ: Greenville
2011 predicted champion: Greenville
2011 regular season champ: Webster, Greenville
2011 tournament champ: Webster
2012 predicted champion: Greenville
2012 regular season champ: Greenville, Webster
2012 tournament champ: Webster
2013 predicted champion: Webster
2013 regular season champ: Greenville
2013 tournament champ: Webster
2014 predicted champion: Webster
2014 regular season champ: Greenville
2014 tournament champ: Webster
2015 predicted champion: Westminster (Mo.) (2nd in regular season, 2nd in tournament)
2015 regular season champ: Greenville
2015 tournament champ: Greenville
2016 predicted champion: Greenville
2016 regular season champ: Greenville
2016 tournament champ: Greenville
2017 predicted champion: Greenville

State University of New York Athletic Conference
2010 regular season champ: Cortland (East), Fredonia (West)
2010 tournament champ: Cortland
2011 predicted champion: Cortland (East), Fredonia (West)
2011 regular season champ: Cortland (East), Fredonia (West)
2011 tournament champ: Cortland
2012 predicted champion: Cortland (East), Fredonia (West)
2012 regular season champ: Cortland (East), Buffalo State (West)
2012 tournament champ: Cortland
2013 predicted champions: New Paltz State
2013 regular season champ: New Paltz State
2013 tournament champ: Buffalo State
2014 predicted champion: New Paltz State
2014 regular season champ: New Paltz State
2014 tournament champ: New Paltz State
2015 predicted champion: SUNY New Paltz (2nd in regular season, 2nd in tournament)
2015 regular season champ: Brockport
2015 tournament champ: Brockport
2016 predicted champion: Brockport
2016 regular season champ: Brockport
2016 tournament champ: Brockport
2017 predicted champion: Brockport

University Athletic Association
2010 regular season champ: Emory
2010 tournament champ: Emory
2011 predicted champion: Emory
2011 regular season champ: Emory
2011 tournament champ: Washington-St. Louis
2012 predicted champion: Washington-St. Louis
2012 regular season champ: Emory, Chicago, Washington-St. Louis
2012 tournament champ: Emory
2013 predicted champion: Washington-St. Louis
2013 regular season champ: Chicago, Washington-St. Louis
2013 tournament champ: Chicago
2014 predicted champion: Emory
2014 regular season champ: Emory, Washington-St. Louis
2014 tournament champ: Emory
2015 predicted champion: Emory
2015 regular season champ: Emory
2015 tournament champ: Washington-St. Louis
2016 predicted champion: Emory
2016 regular season champ: Chicago
2016 tournament champ: Emory
2017 predicted champion: Emory

Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
2010 regular season champ: St. Scholastica
2010 tournament champ: Northwestern
2011 predicted champion: St. Scholastica
2011 regular season champ: St. Scholastica, Northwestern
2011 tournament champ: St. Scholastica
2012 predicted champion: St. Scholastica (2nd in regular season, 2nd in tournament)
2012 regular season champ: Northwestern
2012 tournament champ: Northwestern
2013 predicted champion: Northwestern
2013 regular season champ: Northwestern, Minnesota Morris
2013 tournament champ: Northwestern
2014 predicted champion: Northwestern
2014 regular season champ: Northwestern
2014 tournament champ: Northwestern
2015 predicted champion: Northwestern
2015 regular season champ: Northwestern
2015 tournament champ: Northwestern
2016 predicted champion: Northwestern
2016 regular season champ: Northwestern
2016 tournament champ: Northwestern
2017 predicted champion: Northwestern

USA South Athletic Conference
2010 regular season champ: Christopher Newport
2010 tournament champ: Christopher Newport
2011 predicted champion: Christopher Newport
2011 regular season champ: Christopher Newport
2011 tournament champ: Christopher Newport
2012 predicted champion: Christopher Newport
2012 regular season champ: Christopher Newport
2012 tournament champ: Christopher Newport
2013 predicted champions: Averett (North); Maryville (South)
2013 regular season champ: Averett (North); Maryville (South)
2013 tournament champ: Maryville
2014 predicted champion: Averett (North); Maryville (South)
2014 regular season champ: Meredith (North); Maryville (South)
2014 tournament champ: Maryville
2015 predicted champion: Averett (North); Maryville (South)
2015 regular season champ: Averett (North); Covenant (South)
2015 tournament champ: Covenant
2016 predicted champion: Averett (East), Covenant (West)
2016 regular season champ: Averett (East), Covenant (West)
2016 tournament champ: Meredith
2017 predicted champion: Averett (East), Covenant (West)

Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
2010 regular season champ: Wisconsin-Eau Claire
2010 tournament champ: Wisconsin-Platteville
2011 predicted champion: Wisconsin-Platteville (4th in regular season, 4th in tournament)
2011 regular season champ: UW-Stevens Point, UW-Whitewater, UW-Eau Claire
2011 tournament champ: Wisconsin-Whitewater
2012 predicted champion: Wisconsin-Stevens Point
2012 regular season champ: Wisconsin-Stevens Point
2012 tournament champ: Wisconsin-Eau Claire
2013 predicted champion: Wisconsin-Whitewater (3rd in regular season, 2nd in tournament)
2013 regular season champ: Wisconsin-Stevens Point
2013 tournament champ: Wisconsin-Stevens Point
2014 predicted champion: Wisconsin-Whitewater
2014 regular season champ: Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Wisconsin-Whitewater
2014 tournament champ: Wisconsin-Stevens Point
2015 predicted champion: Wisconsin-Stevens Point (4th in regular season, 2nd in tournament)
2015 regular season champ: Wisconsin-La Crosse, Wisconsin-Oshkosh
2015 tournament champ: Wisconsin-Whitewater
2016 predicted champion: Wisconsin-Whitewater
2016 regular season champ: Wisconsin-La Crosse, Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Wisconsin-Whitewater
2016 tournament champ: Wisconsin-Whitewater
2017 predicted champion: Wisconsin-Whitewater

-Ricky Nelson

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Written by Ricky Nelson

July 13, 2017 at 4:40 am

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  1. Ithaca has joined the Liberty League, and been replaced in the Empire 8 by Sage.

    Anonymous

    July 13, 2017 at 11:30 am

  2. Care to show your work? I’m curious why you pick against UMass Boston, Clarkson, MIT, Millikin and Wartburg? What is it about Clark, Hanover, Luther, Plymouth, and Illinois Wesleyan (when Syversen is still at Millikin) that make you think this is the year these teams break through?

    Anonymous

    July 13, 2017 at 11:58 am

  3. This post always gets me excited because it means volleyball is near.

    Looking at the conferences in the west:

    ASC

    In the West Division, UMHB is a good choice but I thought they struggled with their setting last year so it will be interesting to see if there is a change in this area. They also lose a really good OH and seem to suffer from a fair amount of drama, which hopefully is in the past. I think I’m going to go with Hardin-Simmons in the west. They are a young team that has the ability to make the next step and stop UMHB from another division crown.

    In the East Division, UTD is a solid choice but they do lose three very strong hitters. UTT is a young team that had some big hitters last season but struggled in other areas. ETBU is another interesting team that had a disappointing year but could come back strong. In the end, I really can’t go away from UTD. They are defensively really strong and you only have to ask WUSTL how frustrating they can be when you try to put a ball down. I think UTD will end up winning their conference tournament, as well.

    Northwest

    Your pick of Whitworth is the smart one. Last year I took Pac Lu just to be different and it didn’t pan out for me. This conference has been a little down in recent years in my eyes but the gap between the top three (Whitworth, Pac Lu and PS) should once again be pretty close. I guess I won’t learn my lesson and I’ll take Pac Lu again.

    SCAC

    Trinity will be very strong again this year. They lose their excellent setter but their hitters are returning. Trinity would suffer in the service receive last year so it will be interesting to see if they improve in this area. SU had a magical season finishing in the Final 4 but also lose their excellent setter in addition to a middle and their libero. Can SU parlay last season into a strong recruiting class? CC is always tough and highly ranked but the loss of Holtz will be huge. At times the team would rely on her too much so the storyline here is whether the other women are ready to pick up that slack. Should be another great year and although I think Trinity is the smart choice, give me SU in the SCAC this year.

    SCIAC

    The SCIAC loses a number of really great players highlighted by Robinson (LV), Kerkhof (CMS) and Lawrence (CL). You know Cal Lu will reload but they also lose their outstanding middles so they have to take a step back you would think. La Verne was a different team with Robinson on the front row versus being subbed out last year so that is a huge loss (in addition to their setter). CMS retains most of their team so I’ll have to match your selection here and go with the Athenas. Look for Chapman to possibly break into the top 3 this year.

    Going one step further, assuming 8 west region schools make the NCAA tournament, I will go with UTD, Pac Lu, SU, CMS, Trinity, CC, Cal Lu and Chapman. Last year there was a large gap between the top 7 west region schools and the rest of the pack. It will be interesting to see where that gap is this year.

    DIIIFan

    July 13, 2017 at 1:22 pm

  4. Someone,
    Thank you. Changed my LL pick to Ithaca and my E8 pick to Stevens.

    -Ricky Nelson

    Ricky Nelson

    July 13, 2017 at 5:58 pm

  5. Someone,
    I went with hunches. The previous league champs you mentioned didn’t win by large margins a year ago.

    MIT and Springfield lost quite a bit of firepower, and Clark was an at-large team last season.

    Hanover swept through the HCAC last season, and Bluffton was senior-laden.

    Luther beat Wartburg last year and was a five-setter in the finale from clinching a share of the IIAC.

    Boston must replace a pair of four-time All-LEC players and its longtime head coach. Plymouth is the next in line after taking UMB to five in its lone LEC loss.

    The Illinois Welseyan pick is my bandwagon special. I’m a big fan of the IWU hitters, so we’ll see. It’s no knock on Millikin, but a bet on IWU to put it together. My preseason top 25 will show that. Plus, the CCIW standings were very jumbled all of last season, when Millikin had the league’s player of the year — a senior — getting her team into its offense.

    It’s no fun picking repeat winners. Sometimes my hunches are laughably wrong. Time will tell this time around.

    -Ricky Nelson

    Ricky Nelson

    July 13, 2017 at 6:19 pm

  6. DIIIFan,
    One of my longest inner debates was UMHB vs. HSU.

    I’m not sure what to think of Southwestern as of today. Didn’t quite get SU into my preseason top 25. Close though. I do have Colorado in my top 25, so I’ll be awaiting a “Told you so” in November.

    -Ricky Nelson

    Ricky Nelson

    July 13, 2017 at 6:37 pm

  7. SU not in your top 25? Possible but not probable in my mind (could this be my “Pomona”?). I agreed last year when they had massive losses to their hitters and they then end up finishing in the Final 4. Frankly, SU’s performance last year was nothing short of shocking from a senior loss perspective. This year they don’t have the same number of losses to their hitters (lose a middle, setter and libero). They have a replacement setter on the roster and SU never seems to have an issue replacing liberos. This will be Flora’s first recruiting class at SU and coupled with their tournament results, I will be intrigued to see the players they bring in. If they can replace the middle then they should get close to last year’s level.

    In the end, I didn’t want to pick Trinity because you picked them. *smiley face*

    I guess I’m a little more worried over the Holtz loss to CC then I am the SU losses. I would be surprised if CC finishes higher than SU in the SCAC this year.

    DIIIFan

    July 14, 2017 at 8:50 am

  8. DIIIFan,
    I am probably overestimating the impact of losing the SU setter. I had similar concerns with Mary Washington and Juniata, etc., but I still put them in my initial top 25. JC was still in there despite losing much more than a stud setter. Good thing I didn’t publish my top 25 because I may have some tinkering to do.

    -Ricky Nelson

    Ricky Nelson

    July 14, 2017 at 4:48 pm

  9. We’ve had a past email conversation about the impact of the type of player lost to a team. In my research, it’s the loss of the the hitters that impact the team far greater than a loss of a setter or libero/DS. Having said that, I did see a team last year lose their setter to graduation but replace her with more of a RS player. The results were not good.

    DIIIFan

    July 15, 2017 at 2:41 pm

  10. NE Region
    I am going to disagree on 2 leagues, Little East and NEWMAC.

    Framingham St. in the MASCAC. Maine Maritime in the North Atlantic (I did not research Colby-Sawyer). Regis in the New England CC. All sound good.

    Johnson & Wales will win the Great Northeast in a walk.
    it will be interesting to see if they can maintain a program. They have the Somera connections to California for players. Among the things that might make it hard is the GNAC itself. They have to play 11 league matches where only 2 (Emmanuel and Rivier) should be even remotely competitive. But, the other side of that is you can focus on the non league schedule (a la Umass-Boston). No 33-0 this year, they have upgraded in a major way. 2 strong out of region tourneys and Bowdoin, Clark, MIT, Umass-Boston, and Wesleyan. I saw them in the NCAA regional and they looked like a solid team, can they make the next step.

    Endicott should repeat in the Commonwealth Coast. They and Roger Williams had similar loses (#1 OH). Roger Williams has not been quite the same since losing Ben Somera.

    Umass-Boston should again win the Little East, after the 2015 season blip, they recovered last year. The coaching transition should be as smooth as possible (they have been listed as co coaches for a few years). They do have loses but the #1 hitter and 1/2 the setting return, and they recruit from the major vball regions. Plymouth St. has major loses as well and they have not been competitive with the top schools for a while now. Their last quality win was in 2014.

    I am going with Springfield in the NEWMAC. I will admit the only one of the NEWMAC core I did not see last year was Clark. They return their all everything player and the main hitters, they lose digging and blocking. I can’t get past how small they are pending freshmen, Springfield loses a setter and an all-american middle, but they return 3 hitters with 250+ kills. MIT also loses an all-american hitter plus a great libero. they have slightly less returning than Springfield. Babson had one of those can’t win a big match seasons in 2016, and they had an off court tragedy. Good luck to them in 2017.

    Tufts is a clear favorite in the NESCAC. They lose 2 good middles but everyone else is back. My rank for hardest positions to replace: OH, S, L, MH, RS. Middlebury should be right back in the mix after winning the conference tournament last year. They have the fewest loses of anyone. Amherst has to replace 4 core rotation players. Bowdoin has to replace 3. Williams loses their goto 4 year hitter and their libero, and after back to back injury plagued seasons here’s hoping everyone is back and healthy for them in 2017. Conn College has been struggling the last few years. The team to watch in 2017 is Wesleyan. Ben Somera has breathed some life back into a long dormant program, they might try and upset the usual order of things in the NESCAC in 2017.

    NED3VballFan

    July 16, 2017 at 12:12 pm


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