Three exhilarating days of DIII volleyball comes to an end in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. While eight teams entered Kolf Sports Center with championship aspirations, only one is left standing, as the Calvin Knights are your 2016 DIII volleyball national champs.
Thursday evening’s first day of action ended in historic fashion. DIII history was made, as all four matches of the quarterfinals went to the limit. It took eleven and a half hours and 20 sets of volleyball to cut the field down to four. It was a field that saw four different Eagles soar, three newcomers make their championship weekend debuts and four at-large bids enter their names as contenders for the title. When the final point was settled, Calvin, UNW, Washington-St. Louis and Southwestern (Texas) remained standing.
Friday’s semifinals had quite the opposite feel of the previous evening. Instead of the four remaining teams going the maximum amount of sets, they went the minimum, as Calvin swept semifinals first-timers UNW and Wash U did the same to Southwestern, who were also making their semifinals debut. It set the stage for two of DIII volleyball’s more storied programs. Wash U would be looking for their 11th national title while Calvin was looking for their third in seven years.
Saturday would see the Knights come out in dominating fashion, taking the first two sets behind the same score of 25-21. With the Bears on the ropes, they fought gallantly in the final set, forcing several ties, but the Knights simply proved to be too much. Like the first two sets, the third set finished 25-21. The Knights were the last team standing.
Coming into Oshkosh, the eight teams knew that they would have to win three rigorous matches in a three day span against the best teams in the country to earn bragging rights. The Calvin Knights did just that, and for that, they are your 2016 DIII volleyball national champions.
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|Division III Women's Volleyball Championship|
|Calvin 3, Emory 2||GameCenter | Full Replay|
|Northwestern-St. Paul 3, Eastern 2||GameCenter | Full Replay|
|Southwestern (Texas) 3, Tufts 2||GameCenter | Full Replay|
|Washington-St. Louis 3, Mary Washington 2||GameCenter | Full Replay|
|Calvin 3, Northwestern-St. Paul 0||GameCenter | Full Replay|
|Washington-St. Louis 3, Southwestern (Texas) 0||GameCenter | Full Replay|
|Calvin 3, Washington-St. Louis 0||GameCenter | Full Replay|