I love NCAA volleyball tournament time.
Because the strongest players and teams rise to the occasion. After four
months from August through September, October and November of
local and regional competition, the real show begins.
Let's get started.
I decided to flip the script a little bit and start with the "What" so this all
makes sense from the beginning.
What is the NCAA Volleyball tournament?
This season ending final championship tournament is sponsored by the
National Collegiate Athletic Association in each of its divisions.
Although there are Division II and Division III championships, in this case
I'm talking about the top of the top which is the Division I Women's
Here's how it works.
The playoff tournament is single elimination format which means when
the tournament begins, once your team loses your team is out and your
season is officially over for 2017.
Only 64 teams are allowed in the championship NCAA Volleyball
tournament each year.
First there's a first round of 64 teams which becomes 32 teams that will
compete in the second round.
The third round also called the "Regionals" has 16 teams competing at
four different sites, while the fourth round also known as the
Elite Eight round has the top 8 teams remaining in the tournament.
The fifth round better known as the semifinal round is famously called the
"Final Four" with the four remaining teams in the tournament all
competing under the same roof in two separate matches which usually
takes place the second week in December.
The sixth round are the finals where the last two teams standing compete
against each other on national television in hopes of winning and being
crowned the NCAA volleyball tournament champions for 2017.
32 of the 64 teams are automatically included in the tournament
because they earned the right, by finishing first in their season ending
There are 33 collegiate conference members in the NCAA all across the
US each with championship tournaments held at the end of their regular
conference seasons which end in November.
By Thanksgiving weekend, the first place conference championship
winners are declared because they won their conference
So if your team is a conference champion first place winner, then you
and your teammates know you all qualified for an automatic berth
into the NCAA volleyball tournament championship playoffs.
Since last weekend was the Thanksgiving holiday, we already know the
complete list of all the 2017 conference champions.
I've listed the winning teams below:
America East Conference: Stony Brook
American Athletic Conference: Wichita State
Atlantic Coast Conference: Louisville (head-to-head tiebreaker vs. Pitt)
Atlantic Sun Conference: Kennesaw State
Atlantic 10 Conference: VCU
Coach Schunzel has been to five NCAA Tournaments as a coach and player, and he's excited for his team to get to experience how special it is. pic.twitter.com/8qh7bYmu2x— Kennesaw State VB (@KSUOwlsVB) November 29, 2017
Big East Conference: Creighton
Big Sky Conference: North Dakota
Big South Conference: Radford
Big Ten Conference: Nebraska
Big 12 Conference: Texas
Big West Conference: Cal Poly
Colonial Athletic Association: James Madison
Conference USA: Western Kentucky
ICYMI: The Dukes will face Colorado in the first round of the @NCAAVolleyball Championship in Waco, Texas on Friday at 5:30 p.m. ET.— JMU Volleyball (@JMUVolleyball) November 27, 2017
Check out some photos from last nights watch party! #GoDukes
Horizon League: Cleveland State
Ivy League: Princeton
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference: Fairfield
Mid-American Conference: Miami (Ohio)
So proud of @MiamiOH_VBall team regular season & @MACSports Champions. Grit on the court, service in community & great team GPA demonstrate true Miami spirit! Honored that you represent @MiamiUniversity in NCAA v @BaylorVBall. #MiamiOH will loudly cheer Friday! #RiseUpRedHawks pic.twitter.com/eqUAkgFStu— Greg Crawford (@PresGreg) November 28, 2017
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference: Howard
Missouri Valley Conference: Missouri State
Mountain West Conference: Colorado State
Bison Draw Penn State in the NCAA Tournament https://t.co/qYuuPKpbPF— Howard Athletics (@HUBisonSports) November 27, 2017
Northeast Conference: LIU Brooklyn
Ohio Valley Conference: Austin Peay
Pac-12 Conference: Stanford
Patriot League: American
Southeastern Conference: Florida (beats Kentucky on head-to-head sets won)
Southern Conference: East Tennessee State
Southland Conference: Central Arkansas
Southwest Athletic Conference: Alabama State
The Summit League: Denver
Sun Belt Conference: Coastal Carolina
West Coast Conference: San Diego (won tiebreaker vs. BYU)
Western Athletic Conference: CSU Bakersfield
No. 9 nationally ranked @USDVolleyball (24-4, 17-1), winner of the WCC Championship and currently on a 14-match win streak, will find out their first round opponent and site during the NCAA Tournament Selection Show, airing at 6 p.m. on ESPNU. pic.twitter.com/EDEIbg8vV5— USD (@uofsandiego) November 26, 2017
How are the other 32 teams chosen that make up the 64 team field?
Every year usually during Thanksgiving weekend there's a NCAA
volleyball selection show on ESPN.
During that show the announcements are made about
Every year teams gather together at homes, local eateries and even
gyms to watch the televised announcements in hopes that their team
"wins a bid" in other words there team is selected to go to the
"dance":...which what the NCAA volleyball tournament is called "the
Take a look at how some teams around the country reacted to
These teams are chosen, some times controversially by a committee that
considers each team's
So if during the your team's season you played and beat tough teams
then that would count much more than playing against and beating
Based on all this info they "seed" the tournament brackets , which means
they place each team in a spot according to who they have figured out
should be ranked or seeded first, second third all the way to the 64th
team in the country.
Their selections are kept secret until they announce everything live on
If you missed this past Sunday's show on ESPNU here's a chance to watch
at the replay. You can check it out right here.
When does everything take place?
Here's the breakdown for the schedule of events for the 2017 Womens
NCAA Volleyball Schedule
Aired this past Sunday, Nov. 26 on ESPNU.
The 64-team single elimination tournament bracket with seedings,
match locations and times announced live and on air.
Thursday, Nov. 30 through Saturday, Dec. 2
There are 16 university team playing sites picked to host the four team,
The 16 second-round winners advance to the regionals.
Friday, Dec. 8 to Saturday, Dec. 9
There are four volleyball school playing sites picked to host the regional
teams competing in a single-elimination tournament format.
The four regional winners advance to the national semifinals.
National Semifinals and National Championship
Kansas City, Missouri:
Thursday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 16
Semifinal No. 1: 7 p.m. ET Thursday, Dec. 14 on ESPN/ESPN2
Semifinal No. 2: 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14 on ESPN/ESPN2
National Championship: 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 on ESPN2
Who's playing against whom in the first and second rounds of the
upcoming NCAA Volleyball tournament beginning tomorrow, Thursday,
November 30, 2017?
Thursday, Nov. 30
Friday, Dec. 1: 5 pm matches scheduled:
Friday, Dec. 1: 5:30 pm matches scheduled:
Friday, Dec. 1: 6:00 pm matches scheduled:
Friday, Dec. 1: 7:00 pm matches scheduled:
Friday, Dec. 1: 7:30 pm matches scheduled:
Friday, Dec. 1: 8:00 pm matches scheduled:
Friday, Dec. 1: 8:30 pm matches scheduled:
Friday, Dec. 1: 9:00 pm matches scheduled:
Friday, Dec. 1: 10:00 pm matches scheduled:
Friday, Dec. 1: 10:30 pm matches scheduled:
Friday, Dec. 1: 11:00 pm matches scheduled:
It won't change anything, but it could be therapeutic. https://t.co/mBZn5JCMG3— espnW (@espnW) November 27, 2017
Why is there controversy this year surrounding the seeding of teams like
Nebraska and Texas for this year's NCAA volleyball tournament
Despite a No. 2 ranking from the NCAA Selection Committee on Nov. 1, and an undefeated record and #B1G championship since then, the #Huskers will not be a Top 4 seed. Official bracket will be unveiled at 8 p.m. on @ESPNU. https://t.co/YG40wxshMh— Husker Volleyball (@Huskervball) November 27, 2017
The top four places in the tournament bracket are usually reserved for
the top four teams in the country.
The top four teams in the country are determined by the last AVCA
Coaches weekly poll which is voted on weekly by head coaches in
each of the collegiate conferences.
The top four teams in the country in the final AVCA Coaches Top 25
The top four named last Sunday by the Selection committee for the
The case for Texas:
Here’s an article from ESPN explaining why Kentucky volleyball received a higher seed than powerhouses Nebraska and Texas. https://t.co/gSvf5KO4Qf— Chris Leach (@chrisleachKYK) November 29, 2017
The case for Nebraska:
Here are the top 16 teams in order as ranked by the selection committee
for the NCAA volleyball tournament championship playoffs.
All we can do now is wait and see who's going to be at the top of their
game for the next four weeks.
Thank you for visiting this page. I'd love to know which teams are your
personal favorites and who you'll be rooting for when the tournament
Be sure to leave me a comment in the box below to let me know your
Remember to subscribe to our IVY email mailing list!
It's easy just scroll up to the box in the top right hand corner and leave
your name and email address for updates on new
information, videos and exciting pictures and breaking news on
Improve Your Volleyball.