Deeper look at men’s volleyball NCAA Tournament selection criteria

Things just become a whole lot more complicated for the men’s volleyball NCAA selection committee after all the conference tournament semifinals results that included Long Beach State beating UC Irvine to advance to the conference championship match.

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 and UC Irvine 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 24-4; UC Irvine 23-7. 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 16-2; UC Irvine 12-3. Edge: BYU
Road record: BYU 8-2; UC Irvine 8-3. Edge: BYU
Record vs. common opponents: BYU 21-3; UC Irvine 22-5. Edge: BYU
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: BYU 6-3; UC Irvine 6-4. 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 24-4; Long Beach State 24-7. 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 16-2; 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 22-2; Long Beach State 20-6. Edge: BYU
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: BYU 6-3; Long Beach State 3-5. 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 24-7; UC Irvine 23-7. Edge: Long Beach State
Head-to-head competition: UC Irvine won season series 3-1. 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 19-6. Edge: Long Beach State
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: Long Beach State 3-5; UC Irvine 6-4. Edge: UC Irvine
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: UC Irvine

SEEDING MATCH-UPS FOR NCAA TOURNAMENT


Penn State vs. Lewis
Won-lost results:
Penn State 21-7; Lewis 20-9. 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 13-1; Lewis 11-1. Edge: Penn State
Road record: Penn State 7-5; Lewis 9-5. Edge: Lewis
Record vs. common opponents: Penn State 12-4; 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 21-7; Loyola 21-9. 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 13-1; Loyola 13-3. Edge: Penn State
Road record: Penn State 7-5; Loyola 6-4. Edge: Loyola
Record vs. common opponents: Penn State 12-5; Loyola 11-5. 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

BYU vs. Penn State
Won-lost results:
BYU 24-4; Penn State 21-7. 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 16-2; Penn State 13-1. 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 23-7; Penn State 21-7. 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 13-1. 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 6-4; 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 24-7; Penn State 21-7. 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 13-1. 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 7-4; Penn State 4-3. Edge: Long Beach State
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: Long Beach State 3-5; Penn State 1-2. Edge: Penn State
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: Long Beach State

4 Replies to “Deeper look at men’s volleyball NCAA Tournament selection criteria”

  1. BYU is a lock right now for the at-large bid if they don’t win on Saturday. UC Irvine will be rooting for BYU to beat Long Beach. I don’t envy the selection committee at all. It would be a tough choice for the at-large bid if BYU beats Long Beach, but UC Irvine should probably get it based on winning 3 of 4 against Long beach this season.

  2. Just an observation in the criteria for Long Beach vs UCI, if Long Beach were to lose against BYU tomorrow night, their win percentage would be .750. UCI’s win percentage is .767, so UCI would also have the edge in that category too.

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