It’s vball’s version of March Madness


So many teams that could just as easily go out in the second round or make it to Omaha. It’s like our version of March Madness.

To wit on another wacky Sunday:

Florida lost at Texas A&M in five on Sunday. Syracuse won at Pitt in four. SMU, which was rolling, lost in five at Temple. Wisconsin easily swept visiting Ohio State, and Arizona knocked off visiting UCLA in five, while USC had to go five to win at Arizona State.

And on and on …

Quite a few bids were handed out Sunday. There’s no way we got them all, but here’s a good bit and, as I point out all the time, where else you gonna find information compiled like this?

All these teams get to take the week off and wait for Sunday’s selection show on ESPNU.

Here’s the DVB attempt at a roundup with links to the respective stories.

No. 21 Western Kentucky is in after beating UTSA in four to win the Conference USA title. WKU has won eight matches in a row and is definitely one of those teams that can mess up a bracket.

Speaking of teams that can mess up a bracket, Arkansas State is in. The Redwolves, a very impressive 28-1 after going 16-0 in the Sun Belt Conference, had to go five against a team it had already battled twice, Appalachian State.

Nothing was going to stop Ohio on Sunday night as the Bobcats decimated Northern Illinois to win the MAC. That’s the Bobcats celebrating in the main photo above, courtesy of Ohio.

Ohio Bobcats Volleyball (Calvin Mattheis | Ohio Athletics)
Ohio Bobcats Volleyball (Calvin Mattheis | Ohio Athletics)

Dayton beat St. Louis to take the Atlantic 10.

Jackson State beat Alabama State to win the SWAC. JSU won for the third time in five years, despite a losing record of 15-21.

Howard won the MEAC championship, defeating Bethune-Cookman. It was Howard’s eighth MEAC title but first since 1994.

Denver won the Summit League by beating Nebraska-Omaha in five. So much for the home team playing in the NCAA Championships. The Omaha faithful will have to hope that other team from Nebraska makes it.

Cleveland State won the Horizon League after sweeping Valparaiso.

New Mexico State won the WAC by sweeping CSU Bakersfield.

Fairfield won the MAAC. The Stags beat Marist for the school’s eighth MAAC title and 12 victory in a row.

American University won the Patriot League title by sweeping Army, but the scores of the first and third sets were both 26-24. It’s American’s 13th league title in 15 years.

We almost had a great story as my friend Greg Goral and his Campbell Fighting Camels, seeded seventh, made it to the Big South final. But in the end Coastal Carolina, the best team in the league, came away with an easy sweep. It was the first time a Big South team won the league in back to back years since 2011.

UNCW won its first Colonial Athletic Association title by crushing College of Charleston.

Beach time in Trinidad and Tobago

There was an FIVB beach tournament that saw Americans Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena win on the men’s side, and Canadians Jamie Broder and Kristina Valjas win the women’s title.


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