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DII Rankings and Tournament Info

There are 310 DII women’s volleyball programs, spread all across the USA. Don’t forget the DII National Championship in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on the campus of the University of Sioux Falls from December 8th through the 10th. Now, on to the Net Set DII Ranking for November 22, 2016.

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School Conf. Location 2016 W-L NS Index AVCA Poll Pablo Rank
1 Concordia-St. Paul Golden Bears Northern Sun St. Paul, MN 29-2 1.00 1

1

T2

Nebraska-Kearney Lopers MIAA Kearney, NE 35-1 2.50 2 3
T2 SW Minnesota State Mustangs Northern Sun Marshall, MN 26-5 2.50 3

2

4

Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs Northern Sun Duluth, MN 25-4 4.00 4 4
5 Winona State Warriors Northern Sun Winona, MN 26-5 5.50 6

5

6

Wheeling Jesuit Cardinals Mountain East Wheeling, WV 38-2 6.50 4 9
7 Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves Great Northwest Anchorage, AL 29-2 7.00 9

5

8

Augustana Vikings Northern Sun Sioux Falls, SD 26-5 7.50 7 8
T9 Angelo State Rams Lone Star San Angelo, TX 31-3 9.50 12

7

T9

Wayne State Wildcats Northern Sun Wayne, NE 24-7 9.50 8 11
11 Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish Sunshine State W. Palm Beach, FL 28-3 11.00 10

12

12

Washburn Ichabods MIAA Topeka, KS 28-6 12.00 11 13

13

West. Washington Vikings Great Northwest Bellingham, WA 21-7 13.00 16 10
14 Central Oklahoma Bronchos MIAA Edmond, OK 30-4 13.50 13

14

15

Ferris State Bulldogs GLIAC Big Rapids, MI 28-5 15.00 15 15
16 Lewis Flyers GLVC Romeoville, IL 25-7 17.50 18

17

T17

Central Missouri Jennies MIAA Warrensburg, MO 23-10 18.50 17 20
T17 CSU San Bernardino Coyotes CCAA San Bernardino, CA 24-4 18.50 14

23

19

Northern State Wolves Northern Sun Aberdeen, SD 16-12 19.50 21 18
20 MSU-Denver Roadrunners Rocky Mountain Denver, CO 25-4 20.50 19

22

21

Tarleton State Tex-Anns Lone Star Stephenville, TX 26-6 21.50 27 16
22 Colorado Mines Orediggers Rocky Mountain Golden, CO 24-6 22.00 20

24

23

North Alabama Lions Gulf South Florence, AL 29-5 22.00 25 19
24 Rockhurst Hawks GLVC Kansas City, MO 27-6 24.50 22

27

25

Arkansas-Ft. Smith Lady Lions Heartland Ft. Smith, AR 24-5 25.00 26

24

Net Set DII Rankings and the Net Set Index are an average from these two polls and rankings. The Net Set Ranking is a numerical average based upon the performances of teams in these polls or rankings. In the Net Set Ranking, the team’s position in each of the polls/rankings is summed and then averaged to create a Rank Index. This Rank Index is then arranged, or ranked, in ascending order, with the lowest Rank Index determining the number 1 team and so forth.

1. The AVCA Coaches DII Poll, 11/21/2016 (https://www.avca.org/polls/di-women/index.html). AVCA, or the American Volleyball Coaches Association, publishes an outstanding weekly poll for each volleyball division from its member coaches in that division.

2. The Pablo DII Rankings, 11/21/2016. (http://www.richkern.com/vb/FreePage.asp). The Pablo Rankings are an incredibly ingenious ranking system that operates on a probabilistic, algorithmic approach and are the most accurate mathematical model available today.

The bracket has been established for the DII National Volleyball Championship, with the finals to be hosted in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on the campus of the University of Sioux Falls from December 8th through the 10th. Sixty-four qualifying teams are divided equally among the eight regions shown below. The eight regional champions will advance to the quarterfinals on December 8th. For the entire bracket, go to this link: (http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/volleyball-women/d2).

Atlantic Region:

Hosted by Wheeling Jesuit University, Wheeling, West Virginia – Dec. 2-4

No. 1 Wheeling Jesuit (38-2) vs. No. 8 Shaw (22-7)

No. 2 Gannon (30-3) vs. No. 7 Fairmont State (21-13)

No. 3 Edinboro (23-8) vs. No. 6 Shippensburg (26-7)

No. 4 Pittsburgh-Johnstown (24-9) vs. No. 5 California (Pennsylvania) (22-9)

Central Region:

Hosted by Concordia University, St. Paul, St. Paul, Minnesota – Dec. 1-3

No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul (29-2) vs. No. 8 Southern Nazarene (20-10)

No. 2 Southwest Minnesota State (26-5) vs. No. 7 Wayne State (Nebraska) (24-7)

No. 3 Nebraska-Kearney (35-1) vs. No. 6 Augustana (South Dakota) (26-5)

No. 4 Minnesota Duluth (25-4) vs. No. 5 Winona State (26-5)

East Region:

Hosted by Daemen College, Amherst, New York – Dec. 1-3

No. 1 New York Institute of Technology (28-5) vs. No. 8 Adelphi (20-12)

No. 2 Daemen (23-7) vs. No. 7 Post (26-5)

No. 3 New Haven (19-8) vs. No. 6 Philadelphia U. (29-4)

No. 4 American International (25-6) vs. No. 5 Le Moyne (22-6)

Midwest Region:

Hosted by Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan – Dec. 1-3

No. 1 Ferris State (28-5) vs. No. 8 Truman (18-16)

No. 2 Findlay (21-9) vs. No. 7 Cedarville (26-8)

No. 3 Lewis (25-7) vs. No. 6 Ashland (23-10)

No. 4 Rockhurst (27-6) vs. No. 5 Saginaw Valley State (19-11)

South Region:

Hosted by Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, Florida – Dec. 1-3

No. 1 Palm Beach Atlantic (28-3) vs. No. 8 Kentucky State (22-17)

No. 2 Saint Leo (20-11) vs. No. 7 Florida Southern (20-10)

No. 3 Tampa (22-8) vs. No. 6 Lynn (20-10)

No. 4 West Florida (25-9) vs. No. 5 North Alabama (29-5)

Southeast Region:

Hosted by University of South Carolina Aiken, Aiken, South Carolina – Dec. 2-4

No. 1 South Carolina Aiken (28-4) vs. No. 8 Barton (22-8)

No. 2 Wingate (29-5) vs. No. 7 Queens (North Carolina) (20-9)

No. 3 Flagler (23-6) vs. No. 6 Lander (21-11)

No. 4 Armstrong St. (25-7) vs. No. 5 Lincoln Memorial (25-8)

South Central Region:

Hosted by Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas – Dec. 1-3

No. 1 Angelo State (31-3) vs. No. 8 Texas A&M-Kingsville (26-9)

No. 2 MSU Denver (25-4) vs. No. 7 Colorado Mesa (18-9)

No. 3 Tarleton State (26-6) vs. No. 6 Regis (Colorado) (18-11)

No. 4 Colorado School of Mines (24-6) vs. No. 5 Arkansas-Fort Smith (24-5)

West Region:

Hosted by University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage, Alaska – Dec. 1-3

No. 1 Alaska Anchorage (29-2) vs. No. 8 Chico State (23-7)

No. 2 Cal State San Bernardino (24-4) vs. No. 7 Central Washington (17-11)

No. 3 Western Washington (21-7) vs. No. 6 California Baptist (20-8)

No. 4 Simon Fraser (21-7) vs. No. 5 Northwest Nazarene (20-7)

What is NCAA Division II, or DII? Well, straight from the NCAA website we read the following explanation. “Division II institutions have to sponsor at least five sports for men and five for women, (or four for men and six for women), with two team sports for each gender, and each playing season represented by each gender. There are contest and participant minimums for each sport, as well as scheduling criteria — football and men’s and women’s basketball teams must play at least 50 percent of their games against Division II or Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) or Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) opponents. For sports other than football and basketball there are no scheduling requirements. There are no attendance requirements for football, or arena game requirements for basketball. There are maximum financial aid awards for each sport that a Division II school must not exceed. Division II teams usually feature a number of local or in-state student-athletes. Many Division II student-athletes pay for school through a combination of scholarship money, grants, student loans and employment earnings. Division II athletics programs are financed in the institution’s budget like other academic departments on campus. Traditional rivalries with regional institutions dominate schedules of many Division II athletics programs.”

(http://www.ncaa.org/about/who-we-are/membership/divisional-differences-and-history-multidivision-classification)

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