NCAA Volleyball Tournament Playoffs 
Teams, Seeding, Ranking, Schedule and Controversy

2017 Women's NCAA Volleyball Championships

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. 

The NCAA Volleyball Tournament:

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 

championship tournament.

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. 

The NCAA Volleyball Tournament:

32 of the 64 teams are automatically included in the tournament

because they earned the right, by finishing first in their season ending

conference championships. 

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.  

NCAA Volleyball Tournament
2017 Automatic Berth Qualifiers 

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

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

Horizon League: Cleveland State

Ivy League: Princeton

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference: Fairfield

Mid-American Conference: Miami (Ohio)

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference: Howard

Missouri Valley Conference: Missouri State

Mountain West Conference: Colorado State

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

32 At Large Bids


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

  • how teams are seeded and ranked in the tournament
  • which teams are hosting the regionals which are what the third and fourth rounds of the NCAA volleyball tournament are called
  • which teams will have to travel to play
  • and in which bracket are each of the teams placed in?  

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

watching the NCAA volleyball selection show last week

These teams are chosen, some times controversially by a committee that

considers each team's

  • season ending national ranking, 
  • season ending win-loss record, 
  • opponent strength 
  • strength of the team's playing schedule. 

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

easy teams. 

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.

Watch The NCAA Women's
Volleyball Selection Show Special Again

Their selections are kept secret until they announce everything live on

TV during the NCAA Volleyball Selection show. 

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.

The NCAA Volleyball Tournament:

When does everything take place? 

Here's the breakdown for the schedule of events for the 2017 Womens

NCAA Volleyball Schedule

  • NCAA Volleyball Selection Show: 

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.  

  • First and Second Rounds: 

Thursday, Nov. 30 through Saturday, Dec. 2 

There are 16 university team playing sites picked to host the four team, 

single-elimination competitions. 

The 16 second-round winners advance to the regionals.

  • 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

The NCAA Volleyball Tournament:

Who's playing against whom in the first and second rounds of the

upcoming NCAA Volleyball tournament beginning tomorrow, Thursday,

November 30, 2017? 

First Round: 2017 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Tournament: Schedule

Thursday, Nov. 30

  • Miami (Fla.) vs. Charleston (at Florida), 4:30 p.m. ET
  • High Point vs. Purdue (at Utah), 6:30 p.m.
  • No. 2 Florida vs. Alabama State, 7 p.m.
  • No. 11 Utah vs. Cleveland State, 9 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 1:  5 pm matches scheduled: 

  • VCU vs. Pitt (at Penn State), 5 p.m. ET
  • Wisconsin vs. Marquette (at Iowa State), 5 p.m.
  • Western Kentucky vs. Notre Dame (at Kentucky), 5 p.m.
  • Missouri State vs. Michigan State (at Creighton), 5 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 1 5:30 pm matches scheduled: 

  • Florida State vs. Washington State (at Nebraska), 5:30 p.m.
  • Northern Iowa vs. Louisville (at Minnesota), 5:30 p.m.
  • Oregon State vs. NC State (at Texas), 5:30 p.m.
  • Colorado vs. James Madison (at Baylor), 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 1 6:00 pm matches scheduled: 

  • Kennesaw State vs. Oregon (at BYU), 6 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 1 7:00 pm matches scheduled: 

  • Kansas vs. Missouri (at Wichita State), 7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 1 7:30 pm matches scheduled: 

  • No. 1 Penn State vs. Howard, 7:30 p.m.
  • No. 4 Kentucky vs. East Tennessee State, 7:30 p.m.
  • Colorado State vs. Michigan (at Stanford), 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 1 8:00 pm matches scheduled: 

  • No. 5 Nebraska vs. Stony Brook, 8 p.m.
  • No. 7 Minnesota vs. North Dakota, 8 p.m.
  • No. 9 Creighton vs. Coastal Carolina, 8 p.m.
  • No. 11 Texas vs. Fairfield, 8 p.m.
  • No. 12 Baylor vs. Miami (Ohio), 8 p.m.
  • No. 14 Iowa State vs. Princeton, 8 p.m.
  • San Diego vs. LSU (at USC), 8 p.m.
  • Illinois vs. Hawaii (at Washington), 8 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 1 8:30 pm matches scheduled: 

  • Denver vs. Cal Poly (at UCLA), 8:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 1 9:00 pm matches scheduled: 

  • No. 13 BYU vs. American, 9 p.m.
  • No. 16 Wichita State vs. Radford, 9 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 1 10:00 pm matches scheduled: 

  • No. 3 Stanford vs. CSU Bakersfield, 10 p.m.
  • No. 10 USC vs. Central Arkansas, 10 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 1 10:30 pm matches scheduled: 

  • No. 8 Washington vs. LIU Brooklyn, 10:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 1 11:00 pm matches scheduled: 

  • No. 15 UCLA vs. Austin Peay, 11 p.m.

The NCAA Volleyball Tournament:

Why is there controversy this year surrounding the seeding of teams like

Nebraska and Texas for this year's NCAA volleyball tournament

championship playoffs? 

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 

rankings as of November 27

  • Penn State  win/loss record is 29 -1.  1600 points
  • Texas             win/loss record is 24 - 2  1490 points
  • Florida.        win/loss record is 25 - 1. 1473 points
  • Stanford.     win/loss record is 26 - 3  1425 points

The top four named last Sunday by the Selection committee for the

tournament were:

  • Penn State 
  • Florida
  • Stanford
  • Kentucky

The case for Texas: 

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. 

Penn State













Iowa State


Wichita State

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


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