Crunch time in league play
Notes: Selection Show set for Sunday at 4 p.m. ET on ESPNU
Six more automatic qualifying spots are up for grabs as conference action winds down this week before selections on Sunday. It’ll be a tight race for these conferences:
ACC: No. 12 Florida State and No. 23 Miami (Fla.) are tied atop the ACC with 17-2 regular season records. The two squads face off on Friday afternoon, November 23, at 1 p.m. ET in Tallahassee to determine the regular season ACC champion.
Mountain West: San Diego State and Colorado State are tied atop the Mountain West Conference standings heading into the final week of league play with identical 17-3 conference records. San Diego State hosts Nevada on Tuesday, Nov. 20, while Colorado State hosts New Mexico on Friday, Nov. 23.
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Big Sky: Portland State won the regular season conference championship with a 17-3 record. They are the No. 1 seed in the Big Sky tournament that is being played at Northern Colorado on Nov. 23-24.
Missouri Valley: Creighton won their first Missouri Valley Conference regular season title with a 17-1 mark in league play. They are the top seed in the Missouri Valley tournament that is taking place Nov. 22-24 at Missouri State.
WAC: Utah State won the regular season WAC league championship with a 15-3 conference record. They are the No. 1 seed in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament that concludes Nov. 21 at UTSA.
Conference AQ Wrap-Ups
Twenty-six teams have officially punched their ticket to the Division I Women’s Volleyball championship. Here’s a recap of how the new additions got there:
Big Ten: No. 1 Penn State won the regular season conference championship for the 15th time since joining the Big Ten in 1991. The Nittany Lions won their ninth Big Ten title in 10 years with a 17-1 conference mark.
Pac-12: Despite having their 22-match winning streak snapped by No. 4 USC, No. 2 Stanford defeated No. 7 UCLA 3-1 to clinch the regular season Pac-12 title. Stanford currently has a 17-1 league record heading into the final week of conference play. The Cardinal have won six of the past seven conference championships and 15 titles overall.
West Coast: No. 16 BYU and No. 18 San Diego shared the regular season West Coast Conference championship with identical 13-3 records. San Diego defeated BYU 3-2 Monday evening to gain a share of the crown. However, in only its second year in the league, BYU gained the WCC’s automatic NCAA tournament bid by virtue of winning the league tiebreaker.
America East: Binghamton had to come from behind in sets two and three to down Albany (N.Y.) 3-0 in the America East tournament championship match. It is Binghamton’s third tournament championship and NCAA tournament berth, with the other coming in 2005 and 2009.
Atlantic-10: No. 13 Dayton came from two sets down to beat Xavier 3-2 in the Atlantic-10 tournament championship. It was Dayton’s fourth consecutive A-10 tournament title and eighth in 10 years. The Flyers also won their fourth consecutive regular season A-10 crown with a perfect 13-0 record in league play.
Atlantic Sun: East Tennessee State entered the Atlantic Sun tournament as the No. 3 seed, but came away with the title with a 3-2 win against North Florida. It was the first Atlantic Sun tournament title and NCAA tournament berth in school history for East Tennessee State.
Big East: No. 9 Louisville defeated Marquette 3-0 in the Big East tournament championship match. The Cardinals also won the regular season conference title. They were the first Big East team since 2007 to have swept both the regular season and conference tournament championships.
Big South: Liberty defeated Coastal Carolina 3-1 in the Big South tournament title match. It was the seventh Big South tournament championship for Liberty (25-7), who also won the regular season title.
Colonial: Hofstra finished at just 6-6 and in fourth place in the regular season. However, they defeated the top-two seeds in the league en route to their second conference tournament championship. Their other title came in 2006. Hofstra came from behind and downed No. 1 seed and regular season champion Towson 3-2 in the tournament semifinals. They then came from behind again to beat No. 2 seed Delaware 3-2 in the title match.
Conference USA: Tulsa swept both the regular season and Conference USA tournament titles. The Golden Hurricane defeated UCF 3-0 in the title match. It was their second conference tournament crown (2007) and their third consecutive regular season championship.
Horizon League: Cleveland State won its first Horizon League tournament title since 2007, downing UIC 3-1 in the championships match. The Vikings also won the regular season league title with a 13-1 conference record.
Metro Atlantic: Fairfield earned its first NCAA tournament berth since 2001, coming from two sets down to beat Siena 3-2 in the MAAC tournament championship match. The Stags also won the regular season MAAC title.
MAC: Bowling Green earned its first NCAA tournament berth in 21 years when they came back from a 2-0 deficit in the MAC tournament championship match to defeat Northern Illinois 3-2. The Falcons fought off two championship points for NIU in the third set to become just the second team in MAC tournament history to come from a 2-0 deficit and claim the conference tournament championship.
MEAC: The UMES Lady Hawks won their second MEAC tournament title in a row by defeating Florida A&M 3-2 in the final. UMES has now also won outright or shared six regular season conference or conference division titles in a row.
Northeast: After winning the regular season conference title with a perfect 16-0 mark, LIU Brooklyn downed Central Connecticut State 3-1 in the Northeast Conference tournament championship match. It was the first tournament title for the Blackbirds after winning six in a row from 2004-09.
Ohio Valley: In its first year in the league, third-seeded Belmont upset regular season champion Morehead State (16-0 during the regular season) 3-1 to claim the OVC tournament championship. The win broke Morehead State’s 24-match winning streak.
Patriot: With a 20-18 score in the final set, Colgate twice completed a 3-2 victory against American in the Patriot League tournament championship match. Colgate twice had to rally from a set down to win their first tournament title since 1999.
Southern: The College of Charleston picked up its seventh Southern Conference tournament championship in 11 years with their 3-2 win against Furman in the title match. The Cougars had finished in second place in the SoCon South Division during the regular season.
Southland: Central Arkansas gained the first NCAA tournament bid in school history by virtue of winning the Southland Conference tournament championship with a 3-1 victory against Oral Roberts in the final. The Sugar Bears also shared the regular season league title with Sam Houston State as the two schools sported identical 15-3 records in the conference.
Sun Belt: No. 17 Western Kentucky won its second of back-to-back Sun Belt Conference tournament championships with a 3-0 win against North Texas in the final. The Lady Toppers, who ran their winning streak to 24 in a row, dropped just a single set to conference opponents this year in 15 regular season and three conference tournament matches.
SWAC: Jackson State won its second consecutive SWAC tournament championship, beating Alabama A&M 3-1 in the final. It was a rematch of the 2011 tournament championship.
Summit League: IPFW won their second Summit League tournament championship, defeating IUPUI 3-0 in the title match.
Shoji reaches 1,100 wins
Hawaii head coach Dave Shoji won the 1,100th match of his career with Rainbow Wahine’s 3-0 win against UC-Davis. He is just one of four coaches in NCAA history in all three divisions to reach that plateau.
Results from What to Watch Wednesday
Arkansas at LSU
Behind a pair of double-double performances from Roslandy Acosta and Jasmine Norton, Arkansas registered a four-set win against LSU (25-22, 25-13, 23-25, 25-12) in Baton Rouge, La. Norton finished the night with a match-high 15 kills and 10 digs, while Acosta totaled 11 kills and 12 digs.
Arizona State at No. 5 Washington
A hungry Arizona State team came into Alaska Airlines Arena and spoiled the regular season home finale for the fifth-ranked Huskies, as ASU used late runs in the third and fourth sets to earn a 3-1 win. With the win, Arizona State snapped a 19-match losing streak against the Huskies. It's also the first Husky loss to any team not ranked in the top-10.
Last Regular Season TV Games and Selection Show (ET)
Friday, Nov. 23 at 1 p.m.: Miami at Florida State on ESPN3
Friday, Nov. 23 at 11 p.m.: Stanford at California on Pac-12 Network
Friday, Nov. 23 at 9 p.m.: USC at UCLA on Pac-12 Network
Sunday, Nov. 25 at 4 p.m.: Selection Show on ESPNU