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

Rust heads to NAIA

The conundrum that Rust College created in the recent past is now moot as the institution was granted membership in the NAIA.

I’d spewed a decent number of words over the years regarding Rust’s eligibility for Division III championships. Rust, a former Division III independent located in Mississippi, was never close to qualifying for the volleyball championship, but its eligibility affected the access ratio used to determine Pool B bids. That posed a problem because, according to my math, the access ratio was nearing thresholds that would tip the scales in terms of the number of Pool B berths to the championship.

Adding fuel to my rather mild fire was the fact that most people I talked to about the situation had no idea what or who I was talking about and/or did not seem to care why Rust’s eligibility potentially mattered.

Good luck in the NAIA, Rust Bearcats!

-Ricky Nelson

Written by Ricky Nelson

June 10, 2017 at 5:18 pm

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SMU elevates Kiecker to head coach

Saint Mary’s (Minn.) named Jackie Kiecker as its head coach today. She was most recently an assistant at SMU.

-Ricky Nelson

Written by Ricky Nelson

June 5, 2017 at 4:18 pm

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Stars, Rams, Warriors have new head coaches

Dominican selected Brittany Sisk as its new head coach. She was most recently the head coach at Saint Joseph’s College (Ind.).

North Central (Minn.) tabbed Faith Vander Galien to helm its program. She was most recently a coach with Sports Ambassadors.

Jenilee Voss was named head coach at Wisconsin Lutheran. She was most recently with the Michigan Elite Volleyball Academy.

-Ricky Nelson

Written by Ricky Nelson

May 31, 2017 at 10:25 pm

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IIT to join NACC

Illinois Tech will join the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference.

Due to advanced scheduling in several sports such as women’s volleyball, IIT’s debut conference season in certain sports will be decided during upcoming NACC meetings. IIT volleyball’s move from independent program to the NACC, which will happen in 2019-20 at the latest, could come as soon as 2018-19.

-Ricky Nelson

Written by Ricky Nelson

May 3, 2017 at 9:34 pm

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D III finals to visit PA, IA, OH, MO from 2018-21

The Division III Women’s Volleyball Championship will head to Pittsburgh, Pa., in 2018; Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 2019; Columbus, Ohio, in 2020; and St. Louis, Mo., in 2021.

The D III volleyball site announcements were among 613 awarded today by the NCAA.

NCAA Finals & Regional Site Announcement
Division III Volleyball Announcement Video

-Ricky Nelson

Written by Ricky Nelson

April 18, 2017 at 9:27 pm

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More coaching updates

Central selected Jeanne Czipri as its new head coach. Czipri was most recently the head coach at Dominican (Ill.).

Samantha Birkicht was named the new head coach at Wisconsin-Platteville. Birkicht was an assistant coach at UW-Platteville from 2011-15.

Mike Lester is stepping down after 19 seasons at the helm of Saint Mary’s (Minn.).

-Ricky Nelson

Written by Ricky Nelson

April 15, 2017 at 12:09 am

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Coaching updates

Grinnell named Eric Ragan as its new head coach earlier this month. Ragan was most recently the director of volleyball operations at Loyola Marymount.

Lily Hallock resigned as head coach at Wisconsin-La Crosse.

-Ricky Nelson

Written by Ricky Nelson

March 27, 2017 at 1:42 am

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