Deeper look at men’s volleyball NCAA Tournament selection criteria

All the conference tournament quarterfinal matches are finished, and after the results no one should envy the job the NCAA men’s volleyball selection has to determine the at-large bid and Final Four field.

Below is the entry from the 2013 NCAA men’s volleyball championship handbook on how the three-person volleyball selection committee determines the at-large team and seeding for the NCAA Tournament.


Automatic qualifiers will be determined by a method selected by each conference office. The remaining at-large team will be selected using the following criteria (in no priority order):
– Won-lost results;
– Head-to-head competition;
– Results versus non-conference opponents;
– Home and away results;
– Results against common opponents;
– Results against teams already qualified and other teams under consideration; and
– Eligibility and availability of student-athletes for NCAA championships.

The selection committee does not consider match results against NAIA teams, such as Concordia and Hope International. Only matches against NCAA teams factors into the criteria.

Some selection committees in the past have placed a greater emphasis on a certain categories. For instance, the 2010 committee said they placed a greater emphasis on head-to-head results and a team’s record against other teams being considered. However, there is no requirement that categories be weighed differently.

No team is a lock at this point in the season and everyone from the lone at-large and to tournament seeding is still undecided.

Here is how BYU, Long Beach State UC Irvine and UCLA match up against each other using the selection committee criteria and giving equal weight to each category. Also included is how the two leading at-large front-runners match up against Lewis and Penn State for NCAA Tournament seeding possibilities.

[Editor’s note: Teams projected to qualify or be under consideration are BYU, Long Beach State, UC Irvine, UCLA, Penn State, Lewis. The amount of teams under consideration will continue to decrease or change as it gets closer to Selection Sunday on April 28.]

At-large bid (BYU vs. UC Irvine)
Won-lost results:
BYU 23-4; UC Irvine 23-6. Edge: BYU
Head-to-head competition: BYU defeated UC Irvine twice. Edge: BYU
Non-conference record: BYU 1-1; UC Irvine 4-0. Edge: UC Irvine
Home record: BYU 15-2; UC Irvine 12-3. Edge: BYU
Road record: BYU 8-2; UC Irvine 8-3. Edge: BYU
Record vs. common opponents: BYU 20-3; UC Irvine 21-4. Edge: BYU
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: BYU 5-3; UC Irvine 6-3. Edge: UC Irvine
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: BYU

At-large bid (BYU vs. Long Beach State)
Won-lost results:
BYU 23-4; Long Beach State 23-7. Edge: BYU
Head-to-head competition: Split two matches against each other. Edge: Push
Non-conference record: BYU 1-1; Long Beach State 4-1. Edge: Long Beach State
Home record: BYU 15-2; Long Beach State 12-4. Edge: BYU
Road record: BYU 8-2; Long Beach State 9-2. Edge: Long Beach State
Record vs. common opponents: BYU 21-2; Long Beach State 19-6. Edge: BYU
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: BYU 5-3; Long Beach State 2-5. Edge: BYU
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: BYU

At-large bid (BYU vs. UCLA)
Won-lost results:
BYU 23-4; UCLA 21-10. Edge: BYU
Head-to-head competition: Split two matches against each other. Edge: Push
Non-conference record: BYU 1-1; UCLA 4-2. Edge: UCLA
Home record: BYU 15-2; UCLA 9-5. Edge: BYU
Road record: BYU 8-2; UCLA 9-4. Edge: BYU
Record vs. common opponents: BYU 21-2; UCLA 18-9. Edge: BYU
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: BYU 5-3; UCLA 4-4. Edge: BYU
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: BYU

At-large bid (Long Beach State vs. UC Irvine)
Won-lost results:
Long Beach State 23-7; UC Irvine 23-6. Edge: UC Irvine
Head-to-head competition: UC Irvine won season series 3-0. Edge: UC Irvine
Non-conference record: Long Beach State 4-1; UC Irvine 4-0. Edge: UC Irvine
Home record: Long Beach State 12-4; UC Irvine 12-3. Edge: UC Irvine
Road record: Long Beach State 9-2; UC Irvine 8-3. Edge: Long Beach State
Record vs. common opponents: Long Beach State 20-4; UC Irvine 18-6. Edge: Long Beach State
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: Long Beach State 2-5; UC Irvine 6-3. Edge: UC Irvine
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: UC Irvine

At-large bid (UC Irvine vs. UCLA)
Won-lost results:
UC Irvine 23-6; UCLA 21-10. Edge: UC Irvine
Head-to-head competition: UC Irvine leads season series 2-1. Edge: UC Irvine
Non-conference record: UC Irvine 4-0; UCLA 4-2. Edge: UC Irvine
Home record: UC Irvine 12-3; UCLA 9-5. Edge: UC Irvine
Road record: UC Irvine 8-3; UCLA 9-4. Edge: UC Irvine
Record vs. common opponents: UC Irvine 20-5; UCLA 19-7. Edge: UC Irvine
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: UC Irvine 6-3; UCLA 4-4. Edge: UC Irvine
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: UC Irvine

At-large bid (Long Beach State vs. UCLA)
Won-lost results:
Long Beach State 23-7; UCLA 21-10. Edge: Long Beach State
Head-to-head competition: Split two-match season series. Edge: Push
Non-conference record: Long Beach State 4-1; UCLA 4-2. Edge: Long Beach State
Home record: Long Beach State 12-4; UCLA 9-5. Edge: Long Beach State
Road record: Long Beach State 9-2; UCLA 9-4. Edge: Long Beach State
Record vs. common opponents: Long Beach State 19-6; UCLA 18-9. Edge: Long Beach State
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: Long Beach State 2-5; UCLA 4-4. Edge: UCLA
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: Long Beach State

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Penn State vs. Lewis
Won-lost results:
Penn State 20-7; Lewis 19-9. Edge: Penn State
Head-to-head competition: Penn State defeated Lewis. Edge: Penn State
Non-conference record: Penn State 7-6; Lewis 9-5. Edge: Lewis
Home record: Penn State 12-1; Lewis 10-1. Edge: Penn State
Road record: Penn State 7-5; Lewis 9-5. Edge: Lewis
Record vs. common opponents: Penn State 11-4; Lewis 12-3. Edge: Lewis
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: Penn State 1-2; Lewis 1-2. Edge: Push
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: Push

Penn State vs. Loyola
Won-lost results:
Penn State 20-7; Loyola 20-9. Edge: Penn State
Head-to-head competition: Penn State defeated Loyola. Edge: Penn State
Non-conference record: Penn State 7-6; Lewis 9-5. Edge: Loyola
Home record: Penn State 12-1; Loyola 12-3. Edge: Penn State
Road record: Penn State 7-5; Loyola 6-4. Edge: Loyola
Record vs. common opponents: Penn State 11-5; Loyola 10-5. Edge: Penn State
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: Penn State 1-2; Loyola 0-2. Edge: Penn State
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: Penn State

Penn State vs. Ball State
Won-lost results:
Penn State 20-7; Ball State 21-5. Edge: Ball State
Head-to-head competition: Ball State defeated Penn State. Edge: Ball State
Non-conference record: Penn State 7-6; Ball State 11-0. Edge: Ball State
Home record: Penn State 12-1; Ball State 12-2. Edge: Penn State
Road record: Penn State 7-5; Ball State 9-3. Edge: Ball State
Record vs. common opponents: Penn State 13-3; Ball State 11-4. Edge: Penn State
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: Penn State 0-3; Ball State 1-0. Edge: Ball State
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: Ball State

BYU vs. Penn State
Won-lost results:
BYU 23-4; Penn State 20-7. Edge: BYU
Head-to-head competition: Have not played each other this season. Edge: Push
Non-conference record: BYU 1-1; Penn State 7-6. Edge: Penn State
Home record: BYU 15-2; Penn State 12-1. Edge: Penn State
Road record: BYU 8-2; Penn State 7-5 Edge: BYU
Record vs. common opponents: BYU 7-2; Penn State 2-2. Edge: BYU
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: BYU 5-3; Penn State 1-2. Edge: BYU
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: BYU

UC Irvine vs. Penn State
Won-lost results:
UC Irvine 23-6; Penn State 20-7. Edge: UC Irvine
Head-to-head competition: UC Irvine defeated Penn State. Edge: UC Irvine
Non-conference record: UC Irvine 4-0; Penn State 7-6. Edge: UC Irvine
Home record: UC Irvine 12-3; Penn State 12-1. Edge: Penn State
Road record: UC Irvine 8-3; Penn State 7-5 Edge: UC Irvine
Record vs. common opponents: UC Irvine 4-1; Penn State 1-1. Edge: UC Irvine
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: UC Irvine 6-3; Penn State 1-2. Edge: UC Irvine
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: UC Irvine

Long Beach State vs. Penn State
Won-lost results:
Long Beach State 23-7; Penn State 20-7. Edge: Long Beach State
Head-to-head competition: Have not played each other this season. Edge: Push
Non-conference record: Long Beach State 4-1; Penn State 7-6. Edge: Long Beach State
Home record: Long Beach State 12-4; Penn State 12-1. Edge: Penn State
Road record: Long Beach State 9-2; Penn State 7-5 Edge: Long Beach State
Record vs. common opponents: Long Beach State 6-4; Penn State 4-3. Edge: Long Beach State
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: Long Beach State 2-5; Penn State 1-2. Edge: Penn State
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: Long Beach State

UCLA vs. Penn State
Won-lost results:
UCLA 21-10; Penn State 20-7. Edge: Penn State
Head-to-head competition: UCLA defeated Penn State. Edge: UCLA
Non-conference record: UCLA 4-2; Penn State 7-6. Edge: UCLA
Home record: UCLA 9-5; Penn State 12-1. Edge: Penn State
Road record: UCLA 9-4; Penn State 7-5 Edge: UCLA
Record vs. common opponents: UCLA 3-4; Penn State 2-3. Edge: Penn State
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: UCLA 4-4; Penn State 1-2. Edge: UCLA
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: UCLA