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.
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Conference tournament men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

The men’s volleyball conference tournament brackets are all set — now let the April Madness ensue.

The conference tournament quarterfinals matches begin this weekend in the MIVA and MPSF as teams battle to make the four-team NCAA Tournament field. UCLA and Pepperdine highlight tonight’s matches with both teams looking to end postseason droughts, while out in the Midwest, Ball State and IPFW renew an in-state rivalry but this time in the conference tournament.

Check out the conference tournament matches and top regular season matches from around the nation to follow tonight.

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Conference tournament men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

Consider tonight a small sampling of the postseason.

With most conference tournament quarterfinals matches scheduled for Saturday, Loyola and Quincy will open the MIVA Tournament quarterfinals in tonight’s only postseason match. In addition, Penn State looks to close out its regular season by capturing an out-right EIVA regular season title.

Check out the conference tournament matches and top regular season matches from around the nation to follow tonight.
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MPSF announces Player of the Year, all-conference teams

BYU after getting the most conference wins in program history and its first MPSF regular season tittle in almost 10 years has now picked up the top individual conference awards.

The conference announced Thursday that BYU All-American outside attacker Taylor Sander is the 2013 MPSF Player of the Year, while the Cougars outside attacker Ben Patch won the 2013 MPSF Freshman of the Year award.
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Finalists announced for Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Blocker of the Year

A nationwide voting committee selected UC Santa Barbara middle attacker Dylan Davis, Long Beach State middle attacker Taylor Gregory and Ball State middle attacker Matt Leske as finalists for the 2013 Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Blocker of the Year.

The Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Blocker of the Year is annually awarded to the NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball player with the best front-row defensive performance during the regular season.
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Finalists announced for Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Server of the Year

A nationwide voting committee selected USC setter Micah Christenson, UCLA outside attacker Gonzalo Quiroga and Loyola outside attacker Joseph Smalzer as finalists for the 2013 Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Server of the Year.

The Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Server of the Year recognizes the top individual serving performance from a NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball player during the regular season.
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