It’s time for some “BICS & Quicks” or a way to deliver some important volleyball items rapidly, or as the names imply, “quickly.” A quick set, also known as a ”Quick” or a “51” or a “one”, is an extremely fast-paced set 1’ to 2 ‘ above and near the net, where the hitter is approaching the setter and is usually in the air before the setter delivers the ball. A “BIC” or back row quick, is a low set in the middle of the court near the ten foot line delivered to a back row player to execute as an offensive attack. The BIC is similar to a “pipe” but is set lower and faster than the pipe to add more surprise to the attack. A quick is usually executed by a middle hitter, but a BIC is often executed by the backrow opposite or a backrow outside hitter. The Bic and the Quick both require exact timing and coordination between setter and hitter and both are deadly offensive weapons.
Quick 1. NAIA Women’s National Volleyball Championship.
Hastings College won the 2016 NAIA Women’s National Volleyball Championship Saturday night, 12/3/2016, with a 3-2 (23-25, 15-25, 25-16, 25-22 & 15-6) victory over the Dordt Defenders in the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa. The Hastings Broncos came back from a 2-0 deficit to claim the title in their first ever trip to the championship match. Hastings College is a liberal arts college of approximately 1,200 undergraduate students located in Hastings, Nebraska. The Broncos were tied for the number one rank in the final NAIA Net Set NAIA ranking.
Quick 2. NCAA DIII Women’s National Volleyball Championship.
Calvin College won their third NCAA Women’s National Volleyball Championship two weekends ago (11/19/2016) in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-21) victory over the Bears of Washington University in St. Louis. Calvin College is a college of approximately 4,000 undergraduate students located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Knights were ranked number one in the final Net Set DIII rankings.
Quick 3. Mid-Majors Fare Well in DI Women’s National Volleyball Championship.
The NCAA DI Women’s Volleyball Championship is ongoing (see BIC 2 below), but Mid-Major universities have fared well in this tournament so far. For volleyball, the term Mid-Majors includes all volleyball teams not in the “Power Five” conferences of the ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Pac-12, and SEC. Of the 64 teams making the tournament, 34 were Mid-Majors. Seven of these Mid-Majors won their first round matches (Boise State, BYU, Coastal Carolina, Creighton, Hawai’i, SMU, and UNLV) while two of these seven (BYU and Creighton) have advanced to the “Round of Sixteen.” BYU and Creighton were ranked one and two respectively in the last Net Set Mid-Major ranking.
BIC 1. NCAA DII Women’s National Volleyball Championship.
Eight teams are still standing in the NCAA DII Women’s National Volleyball Championship, which will transition to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, December 8th for the quarterfinals, semifinals, and the finals. The eight remaining teams will be seeded by NCAA DII Women’s Volleyball Committee. And, here they are, by Region.
1. Atlantic Region Champion – Wheeling Jesuit University Cardinals
2. Central Region Champion – Concordia University – St. Paul Golden Bears
3. East Region Champion – American International College Yellow Jackets
4. Midwest Region Champion – Lewis Flyers
5. South Region Champion – Palm Beach Atlantic University Sailfish
6. Southeast Region Champion – University of South Carolina – Aiken Pacers
7. South Central Region Champion – Angelo State University Rams
8. West Region Champion – University of Alaska – Anchorage Seawolves
BIC 2. NCAA DI Women’s National Volleyball Championship.
The DI tournament has reached the quarterfinals and play now moves to the four regional sites of Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Texas, which corresponds to the top four seeds in the tournament. Here’s the 16 teams left, by region.
1. Nebraska Regional – #1 Nebraska, #8 Washington, #16 Penn State, and unranked Arizona.
2. Minnesota Regional – #2 Minnesota, #7 North Carolina, #10 UCLA, and #15 Missouri.
3. Wisconsin Regional – #3 Wisconsin, #8 Stanford, unranked Florida State, and unranked Ohio State
4. Texas Regional – #4 Texas, #12 Michigan, #13 BYU, and unranked Creighton
LET’S GROW VOLLEYBALL!