The most chaotic day of the postseason has arrived as five conference tournament quarterfinal matches take place tonight.
BYU playing host to USC in a match with significant ramifications to the NCAA Tournament seeding and at-large bid races highlights the four MPSF Tournament quarterfinal matches. In addition, IPFW and Ohio State meet in the final MIVA Tournament quarterfinals match.
The decision of what teams earn the two at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament could be greatly influenced by conference tournament matches not involving those teams or even their conference.
Of the all the pieces of criteria used by the NCAA Tournament selection committee the one with greatest fluidity is record against teams already qualified for the NCAA Tournament or under consideration for an at-large bid.
Stanford was able to close the gap a little bit more but Loyola will remain at No. 1 entering the postseason in the college men’s volleyball national media poll.
Loyola received all but one first-place vote to beat-out No. 2 Stanford by 11 points and to finish the regular season atop the latest Volleyball Magazine media poll released Tuesday. Continue reading →
It took the final matches of a four-month regular season to determine all the seeds, but the postseason is now beginning in full force across the nation.
The Conference Carolinas will have its championship match on Wednesday, while MIVA and MPSF will have their conference tournaments quarterfinals starting Thursday. Here is the initial look and the historical information to know about every upcoming conference tournament match before you fill out your bracket. Continue reading →
It’s the final day of the regular season and there is still plenty on the line.
No. 9 UCLA and No. 10 Hawai’i will both play in must-win matches as they try to clinch the final berth in the MPSF Tournament. In addition, three teams still have a shot at the No. 5 seed for the upcoming MPSF Tournament.
To put it in the simplest terms possible, the MPSF standings is complete chaos.
There is a 2,048 possible outcomes to the 11 remaining MPSF matches in the final week of the regular season and each one of those outcomes could drastically affect seeding for the eight-team conference tournament.
Days away from the start of the postseason and the field is even tighter for a possible at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament
Off the Block has crunched the numbers using the same criteria as the selection committee to show how the top teams in the nation fare against each other in the race for the two at-large bids and NCAA Tournament seeding. Continue reading →
The push for the postseason is in full force throughout every conference.
No. 9 UCLA and No. 10 Hawai’i both play in critical conference matches as they try to lock-up the final spot in the MPSF Tournament. In addition, No. 3 Pepperdine has a chance clinch a conference tournament home match as it plays host to No. 8 USC.
Libero Chad Kingi had a career-high 24 digs to help No. 5 UC Santa Barbara defeat No. 7 Long Beach State 16-25, 25-21, 23-25, 25-23, 15-12 in a highly defensive conference match Thursday in Long Beach, Calif. Continue reading →