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

Last Team Standing (2016)

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This where I track undefeated D III teams from around the nation, culminating in one “Last Team Standing.”

Previous LTS: 2015 Roanoke; 2014 Hope; 2013 Calvin; 2012 Maranatha Baptist; 2011 Calvin; 2010 Washington-St. Louis; 2009 Texas Dallas.

Johnson & Wales is 2016’s Last Team Standing

Johnson & Wales (R.I.) 33-0
10/12 Colby-Sawyer W 3-0
10/13 Emmanuel W 3-0
10/15 Mount Ida W 3-0
10/15 Saint Joseph’s (Maine) W 3-0
10/18 Eastern Connecticut St. W 3-0
10/20 Rhode Island College W 3-0
10/22 Saint Joseph (Conn.) W 3-0
10/27 Salve Regina W 3-0
10/29 Albertus Magnus W 3-0
10/29 Lasell W 3-0
11/1 Suffolk W 3-0
11/3 Simmons W 3-0  [64 consecutive sets won breaks D III record of 63 by WUSTL in 2011]
11/5 Rivier W 3-1

RUNNERS-UP
Calvin 27-1
11/5 Hope L 3-2

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 18-1
10/18 La Verne L 3-2

-Ricky Nelson

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Written by Ricky Nelson

July 12, 2016 at 5:03 pm

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  1. Notre Dame looks to have lost on Saturday. Their epic run has ended and with it their dream of being the last team standing.

    DIIIFan

    September 20, 2016 at 12:07 pm

  2. Alfred State is provisional. I can’t in good conscience select them.

    Hard to go against Calvin but those two Hope matches are always scary.

    Likewise CMS has Cal Lu twice and surely they lose at least one of those.

    CC has SU twice (and vice versa) and a number of home games where they seldom lose.

    I just can’t get my mind around the east coast teams right now. Just too far away and I’m too lazy to research it.

    I will stay in the west (of course) and select Colorado College as the last team standing. Their run could end Saturday against SU but if they get by them then they have some clear sailing. Eastern and Millikin are on the schedule but at home. Wow, this is a dumb choice but it is a choice. Betting the farm!

    DIIIFan

    September 20, 2016 at 12:20 pm

  3. Go figure on our friends at Notre Dame. The Gators’ site had eight 3-0 wins when I checked.
    -Ricky Nelson

    Ricky Nelson

    September 20, 2016 at 2:04 pm

  4. I’m with you in the west DIIFan. Colorado probably has the easiest schedule although they do have to play Trinity twice too and I saw them at an early tournament and I think they may surprise them. CMS ONLY has to play CalLu twice in season, once at the end of season tournament and maybe a fourth time if the NCAA doesn’t show some mercy and put them in different pools. Tomorrow will be big for CC SW CMS and CalLu.

    D3 dad

    September 24, 2016 at 12:28 am

  5. Well, D3 Dad, Trinity did surprise CC and then SU spanked them. CC is a good team and I think they were just off this weekend. I believe they will bounce back strong.

    I’m really bad at picking the last team standing as I’m sure my pick was too much pressure for CC to handle. Let me make Hope fans happy by selecting Calvin now moving forward!

    DIIIFan

    September 26, 2016 at 10:18 am

  6. Well Grim Reaper, I mean DIIIFan,(joking) for many reasons I HOPE you give Calvin the Kiss of Death. Like you, I don’t know who Alfred or J&W are or their opponents but between CMS and Southwestern, CMS has the easiest road until10/8 and their next real challenge should be Cal Lu at Cal Lu on 10/21.

    I wish I had found this site in years past. Great job Ricky Nelson.

    D3 dad

    September 26, 2016 at 6:04 pm

  7. I’m surprised and happy that anyone found this blog based on its origin story. I’m no SEO wizard (although I have done an SEO project for a company), and I do not have social media accounts to promote it.

    So, if anyone finds this blog, it’s either by chance or word of mouth. I’m thankful either way. Then again I somehow found my way onto the first page of Google results for some searches.

    I have no idea who even reads this blog outside of countries of origin, but it has been growing in site visits each year. I fibbed a bit … I actually do know three people who read the blog by name, but there are many more than that every day. Whom and from where? No idea.

    Again, I’m grateful for an audience of any size. And I hope I’m more of a strike than a gutter in terms of positive exposure for — and understanding of — the sport in this division. If you like the blog, tell a friend.

    -Ricky Nelson

    Ricky Nelson

    September 26, 2016 at 6:50 pm


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