Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association:
In quarterfinal action this weekend, No. 15 Loyola-Chicago bested Grand Canyon in 3 games. They’ll take on Lewis, who swept Quincy in their quarter final match, on Thursday in the semifinal.
The other semifinal game features No. 10 Ohio State, who had a bye in the first round, playing No. 13 Ball State. Ball State defeated IPFW (Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne) in this weekend’s quarterfinal game.
Both semifinal games will take place on Wednesday, with the final being played on Saturday, May 1 between the winners of those matches. The winner of the MIVA tournament will get a spot in the NCAA tournament; Ohio State has grabbed that for the past two seasons.
Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association:
The EIVA quarterfinals saw George Mason sweep Rutgers-Newark, Princeton defeat Sacred Heart 3-1, and Springfield take down St. Francis 3-1.
This tournament continues on Thursday, when Princeton will play George Mason. The winner of that semifinal match will play the winner of an earlier Thursday game between Springfield and No. 12 Penn State, who had a bye this weekend.
As with the MIVA, the winner of this tournament will earn a spot in the final four.
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation:
Over the weekend No. 3 Cal State Northridge beat No. 6 USC in four games, advancing them to this Thursday’s semifinal where they’ll play No. 2 BYU. The Cougars were victorious over No. 7 UCLA, also in four games. (Note: This isn’t a typo. UCLA and UC Irvine finished the regular season tied for 7th place.)
My favorite to take it all, No. 1 Stanford, defeated last year’s NCAA champions No. 7 UC Irvine in four games. They take on No. 4 Hawaii, who managed to hang on for a five-game victory over No. 5 Pepperdine in their quarterfinal. The finals will take place on Saturday.
If Stanford can make it past Hawaii they’ve basically assured themselves at least the lone at-large spot in the NCAA tournament. If they can win against both Hawaii and who ever wins the other semifinal match, they’ll snag the only automatic spot in the MPSF.
Typically the at-large spot in the NCAA final four goes to an MPSF team (since the majority of top-10 teams come from that conference), but technically the at-large spot could go to any outstanding team in the country. Of the two remaining places belongs to the EIVA and one to the MIVA. These will go to the respective tournament winners.
By this time next week the final tournament bracket will be in place and we’ll be gearing up for the last few games of the men’s volleyball season. Good stuff.
Curious to see how we got here? Check out the NCAA archives.