Our model of March Insanity begins Tuesday when two convention tournaments get underway with computerized NCAA Match bids on the road.
Within the SoCon, UNC Greensboro performs East Tennessee State, and within the Patriot League, Navy performs Bucknell and Loyola Maryland performs American.
So it’s time to interrupt it down, convention by convention.
If the common season is any indication, the world of NCAA Division I girls’s volleyball is in for a wild 5 weeks, culminating with the NCAA Championship December 14-17 in Tampa.
On Wednesday, we’ll take a look at the Energy 5, the ACC, Huge 12, Huge Ten, Pac-12 and SEC.
Right here, beginning with the Patriot and SoCon after which the remainder in alphabetical order, are all the remainder (RPI rankings are from the NCAA posting of November 12):
Colgate (20-7, 13-3, 80 RPI) gained the convention by two video games over Military West Level (14-11, 11-5, RPI 114). The event opens Tuesday with third-seeded American enjoying sixth-seeded Loyola Maryland and fourth-seeded Bucknell taking up fifth-seeded Navy. Colgate and Military await for the semifinals Friday with the title match Sunday.
Solely the tourney winner will get a bid. Click on right here for the Patriot League Championship website.
For the longest time we had been enthralled with The Citadel, the final unbeaten in addition to Nebraska. The Bulldogs, having the most effective season in program historical past by far, gained their first 23 matches, misplaced twice, and have gained three since and stand at 26-2, 14-2 (RPI 92). They completed two video games forward of Mercer (16-11, 12-4, RPI 146).
The event begins Tuesday when eighth-seeded East Tennessee State performs ninth-seeded UNC Greensboro. Seven different groups — Samford, Furman, The Citadel, Mercer, Chattanooga, Wofford and Western Carolina — are ready in Friday’s quarterfinals. The semifinals are Saturday and the ultimate Sunday. Solely the winner will get an NCAA bid.
Click on right here for the SoCon Championship website.
SMU (21-6, 15-1 RPI 25) leads the general standings by two video games over Wichita State (19-7, 13-3. RPI 55). The Mustangs, who’ve gained 11 in a row, will get the league’s computerized bid, barring an entire 0-4 collapse — and are enjoying for seeding. They’ve 4 matches left, two at house this weekend in opposition to North Texas, a uncommon, late-season non-conference match in opposition to West Coast-champion Pepperdine (RPI 36) after which end the AAC season at Temple. Even when Wichita State wins out it gained’t get an at-large bid.
FGCU (23-6, 15-1, RPI 57) gained the regular-season by a recreation over Lipscomb (19-7, 14-2, RPI 75). Solely the convention tourney winner will get a bid. FGCU opens its play Thursday in opposition to eighth-seeded Bellarmine and Lipscomb performs Stetson. The opposite matchups have North Florida vs. Jap Kentucky, Kennesaw State vs. North Alabama. The semifinals are Friday and ultimate on Saturday.
Click on right here for the ASUN Championship website.
UMBC (15-7, 8-2, RPI 56) gained the six-team league by a recreation over New Hampshire (18-8, 7-3, RPI 112). UMBC performs Bryant on Friday and UNH performs Binghamton with the winners deciding the NCAA computerized bid on Saturday.
Click on right here for the America East Championship website.
It could be a surprising improvement if Dayton (29-2, 18-0, RPI 22) didn’t win. The Flyers have gained 24 in a row and completed two video games forward of Loyola Chicago (18-11, 16-2, RPI 52). But when the Flyers get upset, that might give the A10 two groups within the 64-team NCAA subject.
The A10 tourney opens Friday when Davidson performs Saint Louis for the suitable to face Dayton within the semifinals, after which VCU faces Fordham to get a crack at Loyola. The ultimate is Sunday.
Click on right here for the Atlantic 10 Championship website.
This most-entertaining convention begins its six-team event on November 22. Earlier than then the race nonetheless has to play out between Creighton (23-4, 14-2, RPI 11), Marquette (18-9, 14-2, RPI 23) and St. John’s (20-8, 12-4, RPI 54).
Actually Creighton and Marquette will get bids regardless. The remaining schedule consists of Xavier at Creighton on Friday — Xavier upset Creighton in 5 on September 23 — and St. John’s at Marquette. Marquette gained the primary match in 5. The regular-season ends this weekend.
Click on right here for Big East tournament info.
Sacramento State (19-9, 12-2, RPI 152) leads the common season by two video games over Montana State (17-7, 10-4, RPI 167), Weber State (17-8, 10-4, RPI 133), and Northern Colorado (15-10, 10-4, and the convention’s highest RPI at 121).
The event doesn’t begin till November 22. Matches this ultimate week embrace Sac State at Montana State on Thursday and Weber State at Northern Colorado on Friday.
Click on right here for the Big Sky Championship website.
Excessive Level (21-6, 14-0, RPI 53) gained the convention by two video games over Winthrop (13-12, 12-2, RPI 177), which it swept in each their conferences. So clearly it is a one-bid convention.
The event begins Saturday with Excessive Level taking up Presbyterian and Winthrop dealing with Gardner-Webb. The ultimate is Sunday.
Click on right here for the Big South Championship website.
UC Santa Barbara (25-3, 15-1, RPI 34) pulled away and leads the convention by three video games two to play over Hawai’i (19-8 12-4, RPI 69), Lengthy Seaside State (18-8, 12-4, RPI 70) and Cal Poly (18-10, 12-4, RPI 100). UCSB’s solely league loss was at UC Irvine and it has gained 5 matches in a row since. The ultimate two days of play features a regular-season-ending match between Lengthy Seaside at Hawai’i.
The event begins November 22 at Lengthy Seaside. Click on right here for the Big West Championship website.
Towson (23-5, 16-2, RPI 76), which has gained 10 in a row, gained the convention by a recreation over Delaware (22-4, 15-3, RPI 71). These groups break up five-set matches in late September. Towson’s different loss was to the Preventing Camels of Campbell (16-12, 13-5, RPI 151). The convention event begins Thursday with Stony Brook enjoying Charleston for the suitable to play Towson and Northeastern dealing with Campbell to get Delaware.
Click on right here for the CAA Championship website.
Prior to now, we might at all times stay up for epic battles between Western Kentucky and Rice, however Rice left for the American Athletic. WKU (26-4, 16-0, RPI 21) dominated, ending 5 video games up on NM State (19-9, 11-5, RPI 82), Center Tennessee (20-8. 11-5, RPI 106) and UTEP (20-8, 11-5, RPI 68). The one manner CUSA will get two groups into the NCAA Match is somebody has to upset WKU. And what an upset that might be.
The event quarterfinals are Friday. Click on right here for the Conference USA Championship website.
Wright State (19-10, 15-3, RPI 87) gained the convention by two video games over Inexperienced Bay (15-15, 13-5, RPI 195) and Milwaukee (21-11, 13-5, RPI 119). Wright State and Milwaukee play Saturday in opposition to the Friday winners of Milwaukee vs. Cleveland State and Northern Kentucky vs. Oakland, respectively. The ultimate is Sunday. It’s winner take all.
Click on right here for the Horizon League Championship website.
Yale (19-3, 14-0, RPI 64), using a 15-match profitable streak, ran away from the pack, ending three video games forward of Princeton (14-8, 11-3, RPI 115). Princeton performs Brown on Friday, adopted by Yale vs. Harvard. The ultimate is Saturday and it’s winner take all.
Click on right here for the Ivy League Tournament website.
Fairfield (20-6, 16-2, RPI 160) gained by two video games over Quinnipiac (19-9, 14-4, RPI 222). It’s one and executed as Fairfield awaits the Friday winner of the match between Marist and Iona and Quinnipiac will get the winner of Niagara vs. Rider.
Click on right here for the MAAC Championship website.
Western Michigan (27-2, 17-0, RPI 39) has been the crew to beat all 12 months, however this guarantees to be an ideal event that begins Saturday in Kalamazoo. First the league has to complete the common season, which incorporates six matches Wednesday and they’ll issue into event seeded after WMU, which has gained 17 in a row. Ball State (16-12, 13-4, RPI 128) completed second to WMU within the West, whereas Buffalo (22-7, 12-5, RPI 93) and Ohio (17-12, 12-5, RPI 83) are tied for the East lead. Buffalo performs at Akron on Wednesday and Ohio is at Kent State.
You would need to assume that if WMU loses within the event it should get an at-large. Click on right here for the MAC Championship website.
Coppin State (24-4, 13-1, RPI 145) gained by two video games over Howard (15-13, 11-3, RPI 179). The eight-team event that begins Friday consists of South Carolina State, Maryland Jap Shore, Norfolk State, Morgan State and North Carolina Central. The semifinals are Saturday and Sunday’s ultimate is on ESPNU.
Click on right here for the MEAC Championship website.
Northern Iowa (23-6, 17-0, RPI 40) has gained 18 in a row and must be thought of for an at-large if it doesn’t win the event. Everybody else is one and executed. Drake is second (21-8, 14-3), 4 video games up on Southern Illinois, UIC and Valparaiso. After Wednesday’s final regular-season matches, which incorporates Drake at UNI, the event begins Sunday. The ultimate is on November 22.
Click on right here for the Missouri Valley Championship website.
Utah State (22-5, 15-1, RPI 16) leads the league by a whopping 5 video games. And the Aggies, who’ve gained 12 in a row, are assured of an at-large NCAA bid. Three groups are tied for second, New Mexico (18-9, 10-6, RPI 120), Colorado State (16-11, 10-6, RPI 67) and Fresno State (16-11, 10-6, RPI 163). There are three extra regular-season enjoying dates earlier than the event begins November 22. The one manner the MWC will get two groups in is that if Utah State will get upset.
Click on right here for the Mountain West Championship website.
The highest 4 groups made the event, together with Sacred Coronary heart (12-14, 11-3, RPI 288) and Fairleigh Dickinson (13-16, 11-3, RPI 310), which tied for first. Within the event that begins with semifinals Friday, Sacred Coronary heart performs LIU and FDU faces Saint Francis U, which is 15-10 and the one crew within the eight-team convention with an total profitable report.
Click on right here for the Northeast Conference Championship website.
The league race remains to be undecided. Jap Illinois (23-4, 13-3, RPI 73) leads, a recreation forward of Southeast Missouri (20-7, 12-4, RPI 127), with Morehead State and Lindenwood three video games again. EIU completed the common season with back-to-back house matches in opposition to Western Illinois, whereas Southeast Missouri is house for 2 matches with Lindenwood.
The event begins Monday with quarterfinals, the semifinals are Tuesday and the winner-take-all ultimate on Wednesday.
Click on right here for the Ohio Valley Conference Championship website.
Southeastern Louisiana (26-4, 17-1, RPI 98) gained the regular-season by a recreation over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (21-9, 16-2, RPI 162). The one different crew within the eight-team league with a profitable report is HCU (18-12, 13-5, RPI 169). The event in Corpus Christi begins Thursday with HCU and fourth-place McNeese ready for Friday’s quarterfinals. Southeastern and TAMUCC get byes into Saturday’s semifinals and the winner-take-all ultimate is Sunday.
Click on right here for the Southland Conference Championship website.
Alabama State (17-12, 16-0, RPI 225), which went 1-12 in pre-conference, hasn’t misplaced since. Prairie View (18-12, 13-3, RPI 258) completed second, simply forward of Florida A&M (16-13, 12-4, RPI 249). The quarterfinals are Friday, the semifinals Saturday and the winner-take-all ultimate on Sunday on ESPNU.
Click on right here for the SWAC Championship website.
The Summit League
Omaha (13-13, 12-4, RPI 139) completed its common season and is a half recreation up on South Dakota (17-9, 11-4, RPI 111), Denver (12-11, 11-4, RPI 172) and Kansas Metropolis (20-7, 11-4, RPI 148). South Dakota performs at South Dakota State tonight, and Wednesday Kansas Metropolis is house for St. Thomas and Denver entertains Oral Roberts. So seeding for the event remains to be to be determined. Motion will get underway Sunday with the winner-take-all ultimate on Tuesday.
Click on right here for The Summit League Championship website.
This has been a season-long battle among the many prime groups as they head to Foley, Alabama, for the event that begins Wednesday. Coastal Carolina (19-9, 14-2, RPI 63) gained the East by two video games over James Madison (19-8, 12-4, RPI 24). Texas State (19-8, 12-4, RPI 35) and Troy (14-12, 12-4, RPI 77) and South Alabama (21-7, 12-4, RPI 37) tied for the West lead.
JMU, Texas State and South Alabama might all get at-large bids in the event that they don’t win, which might be a primary for the convention to have three groups, or, if a darkish horse emerges, 4.
Texas State, Coastal, South Alabama and JMU are already into Friday’s quarterfinals.
Click on right here for the Sun Belt Championship website.
Pepperdine (18-6, 14-0, RPI 36) has gained 17 in a row and clinched the title and the NCAA computerized bid that goes with it. The Waves had been first in.
Now the WCC has to hope for the most effective from Loyola Marymount (18-6, 11-3, RPI 49) to get a second crew in. LMU must win its final two matches in opposition to Saint Mary’s and Santa Clara to remain in consideration for an at-large. San Diego (15-10, 11-4, RPI 65) will develop into the primary crew to make the NCAA nationwide semifinals one 12 months and fail to make the event the following since defending-champion Stanford in 2020/21 (Price noting: Stanford completed 2-8 within the COVID-marred spring of 2021. Earlier than that, one other crew coached by Kevin Hambly, Illinois, performed within the title match in 2011 however didn’t make the event in 2012. Earlier than that it was USC in 1986).
Pepperdine has a non-conference match at SMU (RPI 25) of the American Athletic Convention on Monday that, with a victory, might assist its NCAA tourney seeding.
Stephen F. Austin (27-3, 16-0, RPI 38) ran away with the title, ending three video games forward of Grand Canyon (20-7, 13-3, RPI 96). The one manner the WAC can get two groups in is for somebody to upset SFA, which is using a 16-match profitable streak.
The event quarterfinals are Thursday at Utah Valley. Click on right here for the WAC Tournament website.
The WAC additionally offered us with the primary teaching change of the season. Seattle U fired Michelle Cole on Monday after 4 seasons and this was her greatest, with double the variety of wins from the 12 months earlier than. Seattle completed 8-19 this season, 3-13 within the WAC, giving Cole a four-year report of 18-58.
Cease us when you’ve heard this earlier than: “A nationwide seek for a brand new head coach will start instantly,” the varsity stated in a information launch. Seattle U has by no means made the Division I NCAA Match however made it in Division II in 2003.
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