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9/1/17: Cornell upsets #3 WUSTL

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Trinity (Texas) Invite
#1 Calvin, #6 Cal Lutheran, #14 Trinity (Texas), #23 UW-Oshkosh, Whitman
#1 Calvin 3, #23 UW-Oshkosh 1; #6 Cal Lutheran 3, #23 UW-Oshkosh 0; #14 Trinity (Texas) 3, Whitman 0; #1 Calvin 3, #14 Trinity (Texas) 0; #6 Cal Lutheran 3, Whitman 0.

Wittenberg Invite
#2 Emory, #11 Wittenberg, Illinois Wesleyan, Johns Hopkins
#2 Emory 3, Johns Hopkins 1; #11 Wittenberg 3, Illinois Wesleyan 1.

Washington-St. Louis Invite
#3 Washington-St. Louis, #15 Hope, #20 Hendrix, Cornell, Dominican, Webster, Rose-Hulman
#15 Hope 3, Webster 2; Cornell 3, Webster 0; Dominican 3, #20 Hendrix 0; #3 Washington-St. Louis 3, Rose-Hulman 0; #15 Hope 3, Dominican 1; Cornell 3, #3 Washington-St. Louis 1; Rose-Hulman 3, #20 Hendrix 1.

Northwestern Tourney
#4 Northwestern, UW-Stevens Point, Loras, Concordia (Minn.), Buena Vista, St. Scholastica
#4 Northwestern 3, Loras 0; St. Scholastica 3, Concordia (Minn.) 1; UW-Stevens Point 3, Buena Vista 1; Loras 3, St. Scholastica 1; Concordia (Minn.) 3, Buena Vista 2; #4 Northwestern 3, UW-Stevens Point 1.

UC Santa Cruz Tourney
#5 Southwestern, #21 Elmhurst, UC Santa Cruz, Western New England, Mills
#5 Southwestern 3, Mills 0; #5 Southwestern 3, #21 Elmhurst 0; #21 Elmhurst 3, Western New England 0.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps/Pomona-Pitzer/La Verne Classic
#7 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, #8 Texas Dallas, #17 Millikin, #25 La Verne, UW-Eau Claire, Bethel, Brockport, Chapman, Pomona-Pitzer, Occidental, Texas Lutheran, Union (N.Y.), Redlands, Massachusetts College
Bethel 3, Chapman 1; Bethel 3, Pomona-Pitzer 1; #17 Millikin 3, Brockport 0; UW-Eau Claire 3, Massachusetts College 0; #17 Millikin 3, #7 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 1; #7 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 3, Brockport 0; #25 La Verne 3, #8 Texas Dallas 2; #8 Texas Dallas 3, Pomona-Pitzer 0; #25 La Verne 3, UW-Eau Claire 2.

Colorado College Classic
#9 Colorado College, Augustana, Ithaca, Berry, Whittier
#9 Colorado College 3, Whittier 0; Berry 3, Augustana 0; Ithaca 3, Augustana 0; #9 Colorado College 3, Ithaca 1.

Coe Invite
#12 UW-Whitewater, #18 UW-La Crosse, Coe, St. Norbert, Westminster (Mo.), UW-Platteville, Grinnell, Northland
Coe 3, Northland 0; UW-Platteville 3, Westminster (Mo.) 1; #18 UW-La Crosse 3, St. Norbert 0; Coe 3, St. Norbert 1; #12 UW-Whitewater 3, Grinnell 0; #12 UW-Whitewater 3, Westminster (Mo.) 0; #18 UW-La Crosse 3, Grinnell 1; UW-Platteville 3, Northland 0.

Oregon Trail Classic
#24 Gustavus Adolphus, Augsburg, Whitworth, Linfield, Willamette, Olivet, Lewis & Clark, George Fox, Schreiner, Montana Western
#24 Gustavus Adolphus 3, Willamette 0; Augsburg 3, Willamette 0; #24 Gustavus Adolphus 3, Lewis & Clark 0; Augsburg 3, Lewis & Clark 1.

Puget Sound Premiere
St. Thomas, Edgewood, Saint Benedict, Pacific Lutheran, Clarkson, Puget Sound
Puget Sound 3, Edgewood 0, Pacific Lutheran 3, St. Thomas 0; Clarkson 3, Saint Benedict 1; Puget Sound 3, Saint Benedict 1; Pacific Lutheran 3, Edgewood 0; St. Thomas 3, Clarkson 0.

Saint Mary’s (Minn.) Classic
Chicago, Carthage, Luther, Saint Mary’s (Minn.), Minnesota Morris, UW-Stout, Central, Ripon
Minnesota Morris 3, Saint Mary’s (Minn.) 0; Ripon 3, Central 2; Carthage 3, UW-Stout 1; Chicago 3, Luther 2; Saint Mary’s (Minn.) 3, UW-Stout 0; Carthage 3, Central 0; Minnesota Morris 3, Chicago 2.

Bluffton Tourney
Wheaton (Ill.), Heidelberg, DePauw, Hanover, Bluffton, Adrian, Kalamazoo
Wheaton (Ill.) 3, Kalamazoo 2; Heidelberg 3, Wheaton (Ill.) 0.

Lake Forest Invite
Aurora, Dubuque, Lake Forest, MSOE, Finlandia, Manchester
Lake Forest 3, Manchester 1; Dubuque 3, Aurora 0; Aurora 3, Finlandia 0; Manchester 3, MSOE 1; MSOE 3, Lake Forest 2; Dubuque 3, Finlandia 0.

Carleton/St. Olaf Invite
Hamline, Carleton, UW-River Falls, St. Olaf, Martin Luther, Macalester, Carroll, Bethany Lutheran, Crown, North Central (Minn.), Valley City St.
St. Olaf 3, North Central (Minn.) 0; St. Olaf 3, Martin Luther 0; Hamline 3, North Central (Minn.) 0; UW-River Falls 3, Bethany Lutheran 0; Valley City St. 3, Martin Luther 0; Macalester 3, Bethany Lutheran 1; Carroll 3, Macalester 1; Valley City St. 3, Carroll 0; UW-River Falls 3, Hamline 1; Carleton 3, Crown 0.

Otterbein/Capital Tourney
North Park, Otterbein, Capital, Saint Mary’s (Ind.), Washington & Jefferson
North Park 3, Washington & Jefferson 1.

Concordia Wisconsin Tourney
Concordia Wisconsin, Concordia Chicago, Concordia Texas, Concordia Ann Arbor
Concordia Chicago 3, Concordia Texas 2; Concordia Wisconsin 3, Concordia Ann Arbor 0.

Illinois College Tourney
Greenville, Illinois College, Fontbonne, Knox, MacMurray, Blackburn, Trine, Anderson, Earlham, Culver-Stockton
Illinois College 3, Fontbonne 0; Greenville 3, Anderson 0; Trine 3, MacMurray 0; Culver-Stockton 3, MacMurray 0; Blackburn 3, Knox 2; Greenville 3, Earlham 2; Illinois College 3, Blackburn 0; Earlham 3, Fontbonne 0; Culver-Stockton 3, Knox 0.

Virginia Wesleyan Invite
St. Catherine, Benedictine, Randolph-Macon, Marymount, Cabrini, Virginia Wesleyan, Goucher
Virginia Wesleyan 3, St. Catherine 0; Randolph-Macon 3, St. Catherine 0; Marymount 3, Benedictine 0; Virginia Wesleyan 3, Benedictine 0.

Beloit Blast
UW-Superior, Wisconsin Lutheran, Beloit, Rockford
UW-Superior 3, Beloit 2; Beloit 3, Rockford 0; Wisconsin Lutheran 3, UW-Superior 2; Wisconsin Lutheran 3, Rockford 1.

Kean Invite
Nebraska Wesleyan, New York University, Johnson & Wales, New Paltz, Kean, Albion
Johnson & Wales 3, Nebraska Wesleyan 0; Nebraska Wesleyan 3, New York University 1.

Austin Classic
Lawrence, Austin, McMurry, Sul Ross St., Howard Payne, Centenary (La.), Paul Quinn
Austin 3, Lawrence 1; Lawrence 3, Sul Ross St. 1.

Faith Baptist Spikefest
Maranatha Baptist, Faith Baptist, Manhattan Christian, Trinity Bible, Ozark Christian, Randall, Barclay
Maranatha Baptist 3, Manhattan Christian 0; Maranatha Baptist 3, Barclay 0.

Music City Tri
Wartburg, Lakeland, Huntingdon
Wartburg 3, Lakeland 0; Lakeland 3, Huntingdon 0.

Nonconference
Ramapo 3, Simpson 1 SC had 61 kills.
Bridgewater 3, Simpson 2 Set 5 ended 17-15.
Lincoln Christian 3, Monmouth 1 LCU is NAIA.
Marian 3, Mount Mary 1 MU’s Schrauth had 7 kills, 7 aces, 11 digs.
Alverno 3, Mount Mary 0 AC’s Wewers hit 13-1-16 with 5 blocks.

Top 25 upset watch
#13 Juniata 3, SUNY Cortland 1
#13 Juniata 3, Vassar 0
#22 Ohio Northern 3, Case Western Reserve 1
#22 Ohio Northern 3, Ohio Wesleyan 1

-Ricky Nelson

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Written by Ricky Nelson

August 30, 2017 at 9:18 pm

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2017 preseason conference polls

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Listed below are the preseason favorites, according to Central and Midwest region conference polls. Links are to conference poll releases. My picks, if different, are in parentheses.

CCIW: Millikin (Illinois Wesleyan)
IIAC: Wartburg (Luther)
MIAC: Gustavus Adolphus
MWC: Cornell (St. Norbert)
NACC: Concordia Wisconsin
SLIAC: Greenville
UMAC: Northwestern
WIAC: UW-Whitewater

The UAA has not done preseason polls traditionally.

-Ricky Nelson

Written by Ricky Nelson

August 23, 2017 at 2:49 pm

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Defending champs enter 2017 atop AVCA poll

Defending champion Calvin is the top-ranked team in AVCA’s 2017 preseason poll. The Knights received 62 of 63 number-one votes in claiming the No. 1 ranking.

Emory received the remaining first-place vote and lists second in the poll followed by Washington-St. Louis — last year’s runner-up — in third, Northwestern in fourth and Southwestern in fifth.

Rounding out the AVCA’s top 10 are Cal Lutheran, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Colorado College, Mary Washington and Texas Dallas.

Other Central and Midwest region teams in the AVCA’s preseason top 25: No. 12 UW-Whitewater; No. 17 Millikin; No. 18 UW-La Crosse; No. 21 Elmhurst; No. 23 UW-Oshkosh; No. 24 Gustavus Adolphus.

Central and Midwest region teams receiving votes: Illinois Wesleyan; Chicago; UW-Stevens Point; St. Thomas; Wartburg; Bethel; UW-Eau Claire.

My top 10 had Wittenberg, Gustavus Adolphus, Chicago, Illinois Wesleyan and Trinity (Texas) instead of Southwestern, Cal Lutheran, Colorado College, Mary Washington and Texas Dallas.

-Ricky Nelson

Written by Ricky Nelson

August 15, 2017 at 2:07 pm

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