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Archive for October 2017

10/31/17: Augsburg bounces #13 Gustavus from MIAC Playoffs

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WIAC First Round
#16 UW-Whitewater 3, UW-Stout 0 UWW’s Butterfield had 11 kills.
UW-Oshkosh 3, UW-Stevens Point 0 UWO’s Elstner had 10 kills, 13 digs.

MIAC Quarterfinals
Augsburg 3, #13 Gustavus Adolphus 1 AC’s Linn had 15 kills, 24 digs.
St. Olaf 3, Bethel 1 SOC’s Grimes had 17 kills.

IIAC First Round
Dubuque 3, Coe 0 UD’s Davis had 13 kills, 18 digs.
Buena Vista 3, Nebraska Wesleyan 0 BVU’s Gropel had 41 assists.

NACC First Round
Edgewood 3, Wisconsin Lutheran 0 EC’s Koester had 10 kills.
Dominican 3, Lakeland 0 DU’s Jones had 17 kills, 17 digs.

CCIW Regular Season
#8 Millikin 3, Carroll 2 MU’s E. Syversen had 15 kills, 14 digs.
#11 Illinois Wesleyan 3, Elmhurst 2 IWU’s Brown had 15 kills, 23 digs.
#24 Carthage 3, Wheaton 0 CC’s Kebisek hit 12-1-21.
North Park 3, North Central 0 NPU’s Wiltsie had 16 kills, 12 digs.

SLIAC Regular Season
Eureka 3, MacMurray 0 EC’s Crank had 9 kills, 13 digs.

Nonconference
#19 Washington-St. Louis 3, Greenville 0 WUSTL outhit GC, .168 to -.028.
Saint Mary’s (Ind.) 3, Illinois Tech 0 SMC’s Buck hit 11-2-17.

Top 25 upset watch
#10 Johnson & Wales (R.I.) 3, Mount Ida 0
#18 Ohio Northern 3, Marietta 0

-Ricky Nelson

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October 31, 2017 at 12:20 am

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2017 AVCA Week 9 poll: Colorado College new No. 1

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Colorado College is the new No. 1 team in AVCA Week 9 poll. The Tigers received 59 of 65 first-place votes to supplant previously top-ranked Wittenberg, which lost its first two matches of the season last week.

Colorado College becomes the first SCAC member to be ranked No. 1 and just the 16th program to be ranked atop the AVCA poll since it debuted in 1992.

Rounding out this week’s top five teams are No. 2 Southwestern, No. 3 Calvin, No. 4 Wittenberg and No. 5 Trinity (Texas). Calvin picked up three first-place votes while Southwestern and No. 10 Johnson & Wales (R.I.) received two apiece, and Wittenberg maintained one top vote.

Central and Midwest region teams in the Week 9 top 25: No. 8 Millikin; No. 11 Illinois Wesleyan; No. 12 Northwestern; No. 13 Gustavus Adolphus; No. 16 Wisconsin-Whitewater; No. 17 St. Thomas; No. 19 Washington-St. Louis; No. 20 Chicago; No. 24 Carthage; No. 25 Aurora.

Central and Midwest region teams receiving votes this week: Concordia Wisconsin; Wisconsin-La Crosse; Wisconsin-Eau Claire; Cornell; Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

My Week 9 top 10 had Illinois Wesleyan and Stevenson instead of Emory and Johnson & Wales.

-Ricky Nelson

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October 31, 2017 at 12:12 am

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Aurora’s Vondra tabbed AVCA Player of the Week

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Aurora junior outside Katie Vondra was named AVCA Division III Player of the Week for matches played Oct. 23-29.

Vondra averaged 4.53 kills and 3.53 digs per set as the Spartans went 5-0, including sweeps over No. 15 Chicago and Dubuque.

-Ricky Nelson

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October 31, 2017 at 12:05 am

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10/30/17: [UPDATED] Martin Luther advances to UMAC semis

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UMAC First Round
Martin Luther 3, St. Scholastica 2 MLC’s St. Germaine had 26 kills, 14 digs.

UPDATE: This seems as good of a place as any to spread the word about the UMAC supporting one of its players — Minnesota Morris All-American Marissa Ekness — who was diagnosed with melanoma in February.

I’ve relayed the story in several gyms this season but thought I’d also share it on here. Well done, UMAC. Stay strong, Marissa.

-Ricky Nelson

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October 30, 2017 at 12:25 am

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10/29/17: Rhodes sweeps Griffins

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Rhodes Invite
Fontbonne, Rhodes, Louisiana College, Mississippi Women
Rhodes 3, Fontbonne 0.

-Ricky Nelson

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October 29, 2017 at 12:19 am

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Ricky Nelson’s 2017 Week 9 top 10

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The AVCA poll comes out Tuesday.

My rank, (My Week 8 rank, AVCA Week 8 rank), record, key results last week
1 (2,2). Colorado College 29-1 W: Cornell.
2 (3,4). Calvin 24-3 [None].
3 (1,1). Wittenberg 20-2 L: Carthage; Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
4 (6,3). Southwestern 27-4 [None].
5 (NR,10). Millikin 26-6 W: Washington-St. Louis.
6 (4,6). Carnegie Mellon 27-3 W: Stevens. L: Juniata; Ithaca.
7 (8,13). Illinois Wesleyan 21-6 [None].
8 (5,19). Stevenson 30-1 W: Cabrini.
9 (9,5). Trinity (Texas) 26-6 W: Texas Dallas; Mary Hardin-Baylor.
10 (NR,7). Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 23-5 W: Whittier.
Dropped out: No. 7 Johns Hopkins (22-3); No. 10 Johnson & Wales (R.I.) (29-0).

Some minor adjustments to my top 10 were probably overdue.

The Conference Tourneys page is filling in nicely. View that page to track each Pool A bid throughout the next week.

We finally have a Last Team Standing.

The Standout Stats page has also been updated. See that page for players in the Central/Midwest regions who have compiled at least 10 blocks, 25 kills, 35 digs or 55 assists in a match this season. Current Central/Midwest region leaders have produced 16 blocks, 30 kills, 50 digs and 67 assists this year.

-Ricky Nelson

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October 29, 2017 at 12:08 am

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10/28/17: Carthage, Eau Claire down #1 Wittenberg

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Benedictine Classic
#1 Wittenberg, UW-Eau Claire, Carthage, Elmhurst, Greenville, Benedictine, MSOE
Elmhurst 3, Benedictine 0; Benedictine 3, MSOE 0; UW-Eau Claire 3, #1 Wittenberg 2; Carthage 3, #1 Wittenberg 1; Carthage 3, MSOE 0; UW-Eau Claire 3, Greenville 1; Greenville 3, Elmhurst 2.

Colorado College Classic
#2 Colorado College, Cornell, Howard Payne, Johnson & Wales (Colo.)
#2 Colorado College 3, Johnson & Wales (Colo.) 0; #2 Colorado College 3, Howard Payne 0; Cornell 3, Johnson & Wales (Colo.) 0; Cornell 3, Howard Payne 0.

Emory Invite
#8 Emory, #24 Berry, Webster, Randolph-Macon, Birmingham-Southern, Washington & Lee
#8 Emory 3, #24 Berry 0; #8 Emory 3, Webster 0; Washington & Lee 3, Webster 0.

Washington-St. Louis Invite
#10 Millikin, #12 Washington-St. Louis, Nebraska Wesleyan, DePauw, Hendrix, Transylvania
#10 Millikin 3, Hendrix 0; #10 Millikin 3, #12 Washington-St. Louis 1; DePauw 3, Nebraska Wesleyan 0; Hendrix 3, #12 Washington-St. Louis 1.

Illinois Wesleyan Classic
#13 Illinois Wesleyan, Coe, Westminster (Mo.), Central, Wisconsin Lutheran, Lincoln Christian
#13 Illinois Wesleyan 3, Lincoln Christian 0; #13 Illinois Wesleyan 3, Central 0; Coe 3, Westminster (Mo.) 0; Coe 3, Wisconsin Lutheran 0; Westminster (Mo.) 3, Central 2; Wisconsin Lutheran 3, Lincoln Christian 1.

Aurora Classic
#15 Chicago, Aurora, Dubuque, North Park, Concordia Chicago
Aurora 3, Dubuque 0; Aurora 3, North Park 0; #15 Chicago 3, Concordia Chicago 0; #15 Chicago 3, North Park 1; Dubuque 3, Concordia Chicago 1.

Rhodes Invite
Fontbonne, Rhodes, Louisiana College, Mississippi Women
Louisiana College 3, Fontbonne 0; Fontbonne 3, Mississippi Women 0.

Augustana Bash
Wartburg, Augustana, Illinois College
Wartburg 3, Augustana 0; Wartburg 3, Illinois College 0.

Lawrence Quad
St. Norbert, Edgewood, Lakeland, Lawrence
Edgewood 3, Lawrence 1; Lakeland 3, Lawrence 0; Lakeland 3, St. Norbert 1; Edgewood 3, St. Norbert 2.

Bluffton Tri
Illinois Tech, Bluffton, Earlham
Illinois Tech 3, Earlham 1; Bluffton 3, Illinois Tech 0.

WIAC
UW-La Crosse 3, UW-Stevens Point 1 UWL’s Johnson had 15 kills, 19 digs.
UW-Oshkosh 3, UW-Stout 2 UWO’s Jaeke had 15 kills, 17 assists, 11 digs, 6 blocks.

MIAC
#16 Gustavus Adolphus 3, Saint Mary’s 0 GAC’s N. Holtan had 8 kills, 33 assists, 13 digs.
#18 St. Thomas 3, St. Catherine 1 UST’s Lloyd had 12 kills.
Bethel 3, Augsburg 1 BU’s Hoppe had 16 kills, 15 digs.
Saint Benedict 3, Concordia 1 CSB’s Pekarek had 9 kills, 46 assists, 14 digs.
Hamline 3, Macalester 0 HU’s Bittle had 11 kills.

MWC
Grinnell 3, Monmouth 1 GC’s Jensen had 15 kills.

UMAC
#14 Northwestern 3, Martin Luther 0 UNW’s Peterson hit 18-1-29.
#14 Northwestern 3, Bethany Lutheran 0 UNW’s Peterson hit 18-1-33.
Minnesota Morris 3, Northland 0 UMM outhit NC, .423 to -.200.
St. Scholastica 3, Crown 0 CSS outhit CC, .442 to .080.

SLIAC
Principia 3, Spalding 1 PC’s Hathaway had 18 kills, 18 digs.

Nonconference
Concordia Wisconsin 3, #9 UW-Whitewater 2 CUW’s Erdman had 26 kills, 20 digs.
Bethel 3, UW-River Falls 1 BU’s Claflin had 14 kills.
UW-River Falls 3, Augsburg 1 UWRF’s Meyer had 14 kills.
Hamline 3, UW-Superior 1 HU’s Rubbelke had 8 kills, 52 assists, 9 digs.
Centre 3, Principia 1 CC’s Morton had 13 kills.
Centre 3, Spalding 0 CC outhit SU, .213 to -.095.

Top 25 upset watch
#3 Southwestern 3, St. Mary’s (Texas) 2
#4 Calvin 3, Trine 0
#5 Trinity (Texas) 3, Concordia Texas 1
#5 Trinity (Texas) 3, Mary Hardin-Baylor 1
Ithaca 3, #6 Carnegie Mellon 1
#6 Carnegie Mellon 3, Stevens 0
#7 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 3, Cal Lutheran 0
#11 Johnson & Wales 3, Saint Joseph’s (Maine) 0 [JWU is 2017’s Last Team Standing]
#11 Johnson & Wales 3, Mount Ida 0
#17 Johns Hopkins 3, Franklin & Marshall 0
#19 Stevenson 3, Cabrini 2
Scranton 3, #21 Juniata 2
#21 Juniata 3, Susquehanna 0
#22 MIT 3, WPI 0
#23 Christopher Newport 3, Penn St. Harrisburg 1
#23 Christopher Newport 3, Messiah 0
#25 Pacific Lutheran 3, Willamette 0

-Ricky Nelson

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October 28, 2017 at 12:02 am

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