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11/16/17: #2 Calvin, #3 Witt, #6 CMS, Ithaca on to semis

NCAA Division III Quarterfinals
#2 Calvin 3, #8 Johnson & Wales (R.I.) 0 CC’s DeVries had 19 kills, 11 digs, 8 assists.
#3 Wittenberg 3, Swarthmore 0 WU’s Fischer had 13 kills, 13 digs.
#6 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 3, #16 Gustavus Adolphus 1 CMS’s Arntson had 16 kills.
Ithaca 3, #7 Emory 1 IC’s Floyd had 53 assists.

NCCAA Division II Pool Play
#3 Maranatha Baptist 3, #6 Toccoa Falls 1 MBU’s Hansel had 13 kills, 10 digs.
#3 Maranatha Baptist 3, #7 Johnson (Tenn.) 0 MBU outhit JU, .244 to .076.

-Ricky Nelson


Written by Ricky Nelson

November 16, 2017 at 12:12 am

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  1. So Johnson & Wales turns out to be a pretender like last year, with two undefeated regular seasons. They’re a good ball control team, but their season-long .350+ hitting percentage showed they weren’t playing serious competition. Today’s .089 against Calvin was a better indicator of where they stand vs. top competition, and is a good reason why strength of schedule should be factored into rankings and seedlings.


    November 16, 2017 at 9:48 pm

  2. Sos?? What is that.. Maybe you should ask the Midwest region rac how much that really matters, ….or when it matters to help certain teams? … You are setting up a situation where the wiac, uaa , and cciw don’t ever want to play anyone from the your weaker sos conferences … Congrats.. Welcome to your mess….


    November 17, 2017 at 12:15 am

  3. SOS is already one of the criteria. Not sure the concern here. Their SOS was respectable and they did improve their schedule. They were hands down the best team in the NE Region. I have problems with their Region getting extra at large bids but not with JWU.


    November 17, 2017 at 9:22 am

  4. Your last sentence gets to my main concern: fairness for D3 players in every region. The girls work hard and deserve a fair opportunity to go as far as their skills take them. Due to regional imbalance there are Midwest teams that didn’t make NCAAs despite playing a schedule that would strongly suggest they’re better than at-large teams from other regions. I would put UW-Whitewater in the top half of several regionals, but they stayed home. Calvin and WashU played in round one, where either would have been top 1-3 seeds elsewhere. Claremont came out of an incredibly tough bracket whereas J&W and Emory played almost no teams that ever got near a top-25 ranking — they would have had to stumble to not make the Elite 8. I think introducing a modest amount of travel into the placement in Regionals would go a long way toward addressing this. My point in bringing up J&W wasn’t to question why they were in the tournament, more to call out how last night exposed the relative weakness of their competition and the NCAA regional disparity. Two teams in regionals gave Calvin all they could handle, J&W was outclassed.


    November 17, 2017 at 11:13 am

  5. Got ‘ya.

    I’ve raged against the dying of that light, as well. With only 6 or 7 flights allocated the regional inbalance will never be addressed. But I’ll stand on that wall with you.


    November 17, 2017 at 12:57 pm

  6. Thanks, I didn’t know the specifics on flight limitations but the optimistic me knew there was something like that in play.

    The cynical me wonders why Claremont, having to take a multi-hour flight, traveled into what was already the most difficult regional (Pac Lu as well), and why two years ago #1 ranked WashU took a longer flight to LA to join a regional with 6 of the top 15 teams, when they could’ve flown east and done their part to balance a weaker regional. It’s almost like the eastern and southern regionals are glass-housed so those areas get represented in the final 8, without really having to prove they belonging in that elite group.


    November 17, 2017 at 2:55 pm

  7. BREAKING NEWS: Disney has just purchased the NCAA, with plans to change the acronym to the National Cinderella Athletic Association!


    November 17, 2017 at 3:25 pm

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