D III Women's Volleyball

A source for NCAA Division III women's volleyball info and opinion, with a focus on the Midwest and Central regions

Ricky Nelson’s 2017 preseason top 25 revisited

The good ol’ 2017 preseason top 25, which I published on my birthday for some reason. Anyway, mine was not terrible. The AVCA’s 2017 preseason poll had many pluses too.

Regional finalists are in bold.
Teams not in the NCAA tournament are in red.

My 2017 preseason top 25 (AVCA preseason rank)
1 (1). Calvin — national semis
2 (11). Wittenberg — national runner-up
3 (4). Northwestern
4 (2). Emory — national quarters
5 (3). Washington (Mo.)
6 (24). Gustavus Adolphus — national quarters
7 (31). Chicago
8 (29). Illinois Wesleyan
9 (7). Claremont-Mudd-Scripps — national champion
10 (14). Trinity (Texas)
11 (12). Wisconsin-Whitewater
12 (15). Hope
13 (17). Millikin
14 (6). Cal Lutheran
15 (9). Colorado College
16 (8). Texas Dallas
17 (32). Randolph-Macon
18 (27). Ithaca
19 (44). Wisconsin-Eau Claire
20 (10). Mary Washington
21 (18). Wisconsin-La Crosse
22 (NR). Augsburg
23 (5). Southwestern
24 (23). Wisconsin-Oshkosh
25 (NR). Luther
The next 15: Birmingham-Southern (NR); Carthage (NR); Christopher Newport (37); Eastern (16); Hendrix (20); Johns Hopkins (50); Johnson & Wales (33); Juniata (13); Ohio Northern (22); St. Thomas (36); Stevens (38); Stevenson (48); Swarthmore (43) — national quarters; Tufts (19); Wartburg (40).

In AVCA’s preseason top 40 but not my top 40: Elmhurst (21); La Verne (25); MIT (28); DePauw (26); Carnegie Mellon (30); Wisconsin-Stevens Point (34); Springfield (35); Brockport (39).

Not among my top 40 or AVCA’s preseason poll that included 50 teams: Babson; Berry.

This reminds me that I didn’t think the selected field included the correct teams. Additionally, the selected field was bracketed all weird. Were those two topics discussed?

-Ricky Nelson

Written by Ricky Nelson

December 26, 2017 at 1:55 am

Posted in Uncategorized

%d bloggers like this: