Not surprisingly, BYU maintained its hold on first place in the VolleyballMag.com Mid-Major poll presented by the NIVC.
BYU collected all the first-place votes as it improved to 5-0 with three wins this past weekend, including an upset of AVCA Coaches Poll No. 1 Stanford.
Creighton moved up a notch to second and Cal Poly is up one spot to No. 3. Marquette is up to No. 4, while San Diego stayed at No. 5. The top 10 is rounded out by Northern Iowa, Wichita State, Cincinnati, and Colorado State and Denver, which are tied for ninth.
Cincinnati made a big leap from 17th to No. 8, while Denver is up five spots.
The biggest jump was by Portland, which at 6-0 moved from 23rd to No. 13.
There are three new entries into the top 25: UCF at No. 22, Illinois State at No. 24 and Pepperdine at No. 25.
The VolleyballMag.com Mid-Major Poll includes all teams not in the “power-five” conferences (ACC, SEC, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12).
Five teams in this week’s Mid-Major Poll are included in the AVCA’s poll: BYU at No. 3, No. 14 Creighton, No. 16 San Diego, No. 22 Cal Poly and No. 25 Marquette.
The 2018 National Invitational Volleyball Championship marks the second year of the revival of a Division I “NIT” event designed to bring another postseason opportunity into the sport’s calendar.
In 2017, Ole Miss defeated Texas Tech to win the NIVC title. The 2018 NIVC field will feature 32-40 teams. They will be selected after the NCAA Tournament makes announces its 64-team field. TNIVC will award berths to other deserving programs based on multiple factors, including RPI, overall record, strength of schedule and more. Much like the WNIT basketball event, matches are held at the participating schools.
The field will be announced late Sunday evening, November 25, 2018. The first round will start Thursday, November 29, with the championship match on Tuesday, December 11.
Selection — November 25
Round 1 & 2 — November 29-30, December 1-2
Round 3 — December 5-7
Semifinals — December 7-9
Championship — Tuesday, December 11, 7 p.m. Eastern
|Rank||School||Total Points Adjusted||First Place Votes Adjusted||Win/Loss Record||Previous Rank|
|18||College of Charleston||178||0||2-4||12|
Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: James Madison 39; Villanova 38; Rice 13; South Dakota 10; Santa Clara 9; St. Mary’s (Ca.) 2
18 teams mentioned on only one ballot for a total of 92 combined points.
Dropped Out: James Madison 13; North Texas 21; UC Santa Barbara 25
The pollsters: Kristin Belzung, Stony Brook; Keylor Chan, Samford; Dietre Collins-Parker, San Diego State; Steve Florio, Fort Wayne; Ray Gooden, NIU; Greg Goral, Campbell; Kris Grunwald, Connecticut; Ashli Hain, UCI Irvine; Tom Hanna, Akron; Venessa Hackett Jacobs, Southern; Justin Ingram, UIC; Mike Jordan, New Mexico State; Shaun Kupferberg, Howard; Frank Lavrisha, San Francisco; Don Metil, Towson; Kent Miller, Saint Louis; Anna Moreno Allison, Bucknell; Jennifer Petrie, San Diego; Kadie Platt, Houston; Mark Pryor, North Dakota; Dave Rehr, Arkansas State; Jim Smoot, Southeastern Louisiana; Kari Thompson, Southern Illinois-Carbondale; Jennifer Weiss, Harvard.
About Triple Crown Sports: Based in Fort Collins, Colorado, Triple Crown Sports has been producing events in youth athletics and the college ranks for more than 35 years. TCS runs both the preseason and postseason WNIT basketball events and produces the men’s and women’s Cancun Challenge tournaments in November, which have been recognized by Sports Illustrated as a top-5 destination tournament for D-I basketball programs.
Triple Crown produces the revived “WNIT” concept in D-I volleyball (the NIVC), which relaunched in 2017, and has operated a similar event in D-I softball (the National Invitational Softball Championships) in 2017 and 2018. TCS youth fast-pitch tournaments (including the 900-team Sparkler/Fireworks event) draw the nation’s finest club programs, and hundreds of college coaches attend this TCS event and others for recruiting purposes.