Not surprisingly, Creighton, BYU and San Diego remained 1-2-3 in the VolleyballMag.com Mid-Major Poll presented by the NIVC.
Creighton got 25 of the 26 first-place votes cast, with the other going to BYU.
Cal Poly moved up from No. 6 to fourth after going 2-1, losing to AVCA then-No. 14 Oregon but beating Duquesne and then former AVCA No. 23 Wichita State in five. Wichita State dropped two notches in this poll to No. 6.
Colorado State had another big week and moved up four spots to No. 5 after victories over Ball State, then-AVCA No. 16 Michigan and Idaho State.
North Texas made it in at No. 23 and Towson broke through at No. 25.
Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: New Mexico State 29; Rice 29; Princeton 28; Radford 26; Xavier 25; Coastal Carolina 22; James Madison 21; Illinois State 16; Seton Hall 14; VCU 13; Butler 12; Central Arkansas 10; Southern Miss 10; Stephen F Austin 9; Navy 6; Providence 5; New Mexico 4; Arkansas State 3.
14 teams mentioned on only one ballot for a total of 69 combined points.
Dropped Out: Xavier 24; Coastal Carolina 22.
The VolleyballMag.com Mid-Major Poll includes all teams not in the “power-five” conferences (ACC, SEC, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12).
The pollsters: Kristin Belzung, Stony Brook; Keylor Chan, Samford; Dietre Collins-Parker, San Diego State; Dan Conners, UC Davis; Steve Florio, Fort Wayne; Matt Ginipro, Appalachian State; Greg Goral, Campbell; Kris Grunwald, Connecticut; Tom Hanna, Akron; Tommy Harold, Nicholls State; Venessa Hackett Jacobs, Southern; Justin Ingram, UIC; Mike Jordan, New Mexico State; Frank Lavrisha, San Francisco; Steve Loeswick, North Florida; 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; Kari Thompson, Southern Illinois-Carbondale; Jennifer Weiss, Harvard; Arlisa Williams, Georgetown; Sam Wolinski, Eastern Illinois.
The National Invitational Volleyball Championship (Nov. 26-Dec. 12, 2017) will be an annual tournament involving 64 of the nation’s top women’s Division I Volleyball teams. All games, including the semifinals and championship, are hosted by participating schools. Every round is single elimination. The event offers 32 automatic berths, one to each established conference, and 32 at-large berths. The NIVC field and bracket is announced late on the evening of the NCAA Tournament selections. The NIVC is committed to offering deserved opportunities to women’s volleyball programs; the event offers teams an opportunity to get more practices in, to experience playoff-atmosphere games, to play in front of passionate fans and to use their NIVC success and experience as a springboard to the next season.
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 30 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 is also rolling out a new “WNIT” concept in D-I volleyball (the NIVC), beginning in 2017, and launched a similar event in D-I softball (the National Invitational Softball Championships) in spring 2017. 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.
Triple Crown also operates one of the top club volleyball events in the country, the TC Volleyball NIT, which hosts more than 400 of the top teams in the country and is played at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.