MPSF, MIVA tournament fields set; EIVA, Conference Carolinas finishing up

The MPSF has a bracket.

So does the MIVA.

Postseason play is upon us for half the NCAA-men’s wannabes, while the EIVA and Conference Carolinas still have regular-season business to take care of before eliminations begin.

We will talk about it all on Thursday with a video chat on on Thursday of this week with former USC head coach Bill Ferguson and Northern Illinois women’s coach at TV analyst Ray Gooden.

But in the meantime …

Mountain Pacific Sports Federation

Top-ranked BYU (19-3) emerged, a two-game leader of UCLA, Long Beach State and Stanford, all three of which finishing at 17-5 in a league that had no margin for error this season.

Also in the eight-team field are UC Santa Barbara (14-8), Pepperdine (12-10), Hawaii (11-11) and, by virtue of a tiebreaker, UC Irvine (7-15). UCI, which lost to Long Beach in five, didn’t learn it was in until late Saturday when Hawaii beat Cal Baptist.

BYU photo of Tim Dobbert and Prince Jarman blocking

Here are the final standings:

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And here is the MPSF tournament bracket:

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Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association

When the regular season ended, second-ranked Ohio State held the top spot, finishing 14-1 and goes into the MIVA tournament as the favorite. The Buckeyes finished with a three-game lead over Loyola and Ball State (both 12-4), who were two games ahead of Lewis (10-6).

Here are the final MIVA standings:

MIVA 2016 final standings

And here is how the MIVA tournament unfolds:

MIVA playoff bracket

This is from Ohio State:

The Ohio State University men’s volleyball team laid claim to the 2016 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) outright regular season championship Saturday night with a 3-0 decision (25-19, 25-22, 25-23) over Lindenwood (5-17, 3-13). The MIVA crown-clinching victory marks the 16th consecutive Buckeye victory overall. Top-seeded Ohio State (24-3, 14-1) has earned the right to host each of its MIVA Tournament contests.

-Ohio State now owns a MIVA-best 25 regular season championships all-time

-First MIVA title since 2012

-First outright MIVA title since 2011

-Ohio State’s 16-match winning streak is the longest since a 17-match victorious stretch (15 vs. Division I-II opponents) en route to the 2011 NCAA National Championship

-Ohio State’s 16-match winning streak is the longest vs. Division I-II opponents since 20 consecutive in 1998


Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association

Penn State rules.

With an 11-1 record, the Nittany Lions are three full games ahead of Saint Francis and upstart George Mason, both at 8-4.

From Penn State and it’s quite simple:

On senior night in Rec Hall, No. 11 Penn State men’s volleyball downed Sacred Heart 3-1 (25-20, 23-25, 25-18, 25-18 ) to clinch their 18-consecutive EIVA regular season championship Saturday night.

Penn State, of course, is the host of the NCAA Championships, but there are still two more regular EIVA dates ahead before the tournament that starts April 21.

Here are the EIVA standings with those remaining matches outstanding:

EIVA standings 4-9-16

And here is the remaining EIVA schedule:

EIVA remaining 2016 schedule 4-9-16

Conference Carolinas

There are still two more matches left in Conference Carolinas regular-season play, with Belmont Abby at Lees-McRae and Pfeiffer at Barton on Tuesday. The latter is a big one.

After Saturday, Erskine remained atop the league at 15-3, followed by Barton and Pfeiffer, both at 14-3.

The quarterfinals are next Saturday, April 16, at the home of the higher seed, with semifinals April 22 and the final the next day at the highest-ranked of the four remaining teams. That could be problematic, because no CC teams were in the most recent AVCA poll, but Erskine got votes.

Here are the Conference Carolinas standings:

Conference Carolinas standings 4-9-16


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