The final eight teams are set. The 2019 DII women's volleyball championship finals begin Thursday, Dec. 12 in Denver, Colorado.
But how did we get here? This is where you can find everything you need to know for the 2019 DII women's volleyball championship from the full schedule, scores, format, history and round by round recaps.
UNDEFEATED TRACKER: Track the final two undefeated teams run for a perfect season
🚨2019 DII women's volleyball semifinals: Seeds, schedule announced 🚨
The eight remaining teams in the championship finals are seeded Nos. 1-8 once they reach the final site in Denver. Below is the seeding and matchups for the quarterfinals on Thursday, Dec. 12 (all times Eastern).
- No. 6 Carson-Newman vs. No. 3 Rockhurst, 2 p.m.
- No. 7 Gannon vs. No. 2 Nebraska-Kearney, 4:30 p.m.
- No. 5 Saint Leo vs. No. 4 Regis, 7 p.m.
- No. 8 Molloy vs. No. 1 Cal State San Bernardino, 9:30 p.m.
2019 DII women's volleyball championship: Regional final Saturday
- The Nebraska-Kearney vs. Concordia-St. Paul match could have earned top billing of the day, and the two certainly delivered. After exchanging 25-19 sets, the two battled back and forth. The fifth and decisive set was a war in itself. Once again, the Lopers fell behind early, but came back to win 15-13, remain undefeated and move on to the semis.
- No. 5 Saint Leo was back at it, taking down No. 3 Barry 3-2 to advance to the quarterfinals. It is the Lions first South Region Championship and they took down the No. 1, 3 and 4 seeds to accomplish it.
- Speaking of successful five seeds, Rockhurst is back in familiar territory, reaching the quarterfinals for the second time in three years. How did the Hawks do it? By sweeping No. 1 Lewis in the second round and then doing the same to No. 2 Hillsdale in the regional final.
- No. 2 Gannon knocked out No. 1 Wheeling in straight sets. It was a battle of the last two regional champions, and this time around it went to Gannon who returns to the quarterfinals for the second time in three years.
- Azusa Pacific took Cal State San Bernardino to the limit, but the Cougars upset run came to an end in the West Region final. The Coyotes jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but Azusa Pacific came right back, highlighted by a thrilling 33-31 third set. The Coyotes were able to hold off the Cougars 15-10 in the final set.
Here is the full scoreboard from the third round:
Saturday, Dec. 7
- No. 5 Saint Leo 3, No. 3 Barry 2
- No. 2 Gannon 3, No. 1 Wheeling 0
- No. 3 Carson-Newman 3, No. 4 Augusta 0
- No. 1 Molloy 3, No. 3 Bridgeport 1
- No. 1 Regis 3, No. 2 Colorado School of Mines 0
- No. 1 Nebraska-Kearney 3, No. 3 Concordia-St. Paul 2
- No. 5 Rockhurst 3, No. 2 Hillsdale 0
- No. 1 Cal State San Bernardino 3, No. 6 Azusa Pacific 2
DII women's volleyball championship: What to read
- If you are curious how the 64 teams got into the bracket and what remains ahead, be sure to check out our essential guide to the DII women's volleyball tournament. It is a comprehensive look from the selection process to the national championship match: A complete guide to the DII women's volleyball championship
- Twenty-three teams earned an automatic bid to the postseason by winning either their regular-season championship or conference tournament. We tracked those automatic qualifiers here: Your 2019 NCAA DII tournament automatic bids
2019 DII women's volleyball championship: What you missed, so far
- Barry made sure that 2019 will crown a new national champion. The Bucs eliminated defending champs Tampa in an intense 3-2 battle. Barry jumped out to a two-set advantage before Tampa came storming back. The fifth set was no easy task, as Tampa and Barry went back and forth until the Bucs prevailed 21-19 for the decisive set.
- One day after the No. 1 seeds went 8-0, we saw a few struggle to advance, if at all. Augusta and Wingate played three lopsided sets back and forth before a tightly-contested 15-13 fifth set by Augusta led to the first big upset of a No. 1 in the tournament. Shortly after, Saint Leo had it much easier, sweeping No. 1 Lynn from the 2019 championship. Later, Rockhurst and Lewis battled. Neither team were strangers to deep runs in the tournament, but Friday saw No. 5 Rockhurst end No. 1 Lewis' run in straight sets.
- Nebraska-Kearney and Cal State San Bernardino are still perfect on the season. The Lopers were able to stay that way in straight-sets over Northern State. The Coyotes pulled through in four sets against Alaska Anchorage.
- Below is the complete schedule for the second round:
Second round, Friday, Dec. 6 (all times Eastern):
- No. 3 Barry 3, No. 2 Tampa 2
- No. 3 Carson-Newman 3, No. 7 Flager 1
- No. 2 Gannon 2, No. 6 Shepherd 0
- No. 3 Bridgeport 3, No. 7 Holy Family 0
- No. 3 Concordia-St. Paul 3, No. 2 Minnesota Duluth 0
- No. 2 Hillsdale 3, No. 6 Michigan Tech 1
- No. 2 Colorado School of Mines 3, No. 3 Angelo State 1
- No. 1 Wheeling 3, No. 5 Millersville 0
- No. 5 Saint Leo 3, No. 1 Lynn 0
- No. 4 Augusta 3, No. 1 Wingate 2
- No. 1 Molloy 3, No. 4 Saint Anselm 2
- No. 6 Azusa Pacific 3, No. 2 Western Washington 2
- No. 1 Nebraska-Kearney 3, No. 4 Northern State 0
- No. 5 Rockhurst 3, No. 1 Lewis 0
- No. 1 Regis 3, No. 4 Arkansas-Fort Smith 0
- No. 1 Cal State San Bernardino 3, No. 4 Alaska Anchorage 1
The first round of the NCAA DII tournament got underway on Thursday, Dec. 5. Here's what you may have missed:
- Tournament heavyweights Concordia St.-Paul and Tampa both moved on to the regional semifinals. It was smooth sailing for the defending champion Spartans, who swept their way to the second round, but Concordia-St. Paul had a real fight, going the full five sets with Washburn.
- Two No. 6 seeds advanced in upset fashion in the early games. Shepherd took down East Stroudsburg 3-2, while Michigan Tech made a statement sweeping UMSL in straight sets. Two No. 7 seeds partook in the largest upsets of the day thus far as No. 7 Flagler swept its way to victory over No. 2 Queens (NC) and No. 7 Holy Family ousted No. 2 Bentley three sets to one. Azusa Pacific joined the upset part at night, as the No. 6 seed took out Cal State L.A.
- All eight No. 1 seeds advanced, and quite easily at that. At least for the most part. Seven of the eight seeds combined to go 21-1 with only Molloy dropping a set. Regis jumped out to an early 2-0 lead before MSU Denver came storming back to force a decisive fifth set. But the Rangers moved on to Friday's second round. No. 1 seeds Nebraska-Kearney and Cal State San Bernardino remained perfect on the season.
Here is the complete scoreboard from Round 1:
Thursday, Dec. 5 (all times Eastern)
- Shepherd 3, East Stroudsburg 2
- Bridgeport 3, Georgian Court 1
- Barry 3, West Florida 1
- Carson-Newman 3, Anderson (SC) 0
- Concordia-St. Paul 3, Washburn 2
- Michigan Tech 3, Missouri-St. Louis 0
- Angelo State 3, West Texas A&M 1
- Gannon 3, Seton Hill 0
- Holy Family 3, Bentley 1
- Tampa 3, Alabama Huntsville 0
- Flagler 3, Queens (NC) 0
- Azusa Pacific 3, Cal State L.A. 0
- Hillsdale 3, Indianapolis 2
- Minnesota Duluth 3, Central Missouri 1
- Colorado School of Mines 3, Tarleton State 0
- Millersville 3, Shippensburg 2
- Saint Anselm 3, New Haven 1
- Saint Leo 3, Embry-Riddle 0
- Augusta 3, USC Aiken 0
- Western Washington 3, Hawaii Hilo 0
- Northern State 3, St. Cloud State 0
- Rockhurst 3, Ferris State 2
- Arkansas-Fort Smith 3, Texas A&M-Commerce 2
- Wheeling 3, Fayetteville State 0
- Molloy 3, Adelphi 1
- Lynn 3, Spring Hill 0
- Wingate 3, Emmanuel 0
- Alaska Anchorage 3, UC San Diego 2
- Nebraska-Kearney 3, Oklahoma Baptist 0
- Lewis 3, Saginaw Valley State 0
- Regis 3, MSU Denver 2
- Cal State San Bernardino 3, Central Washington 0
DII women's volleyball championship: History
The Tampa Spartans are back in the field, looking to defend their 2018 national championship. The Spartans are the No. 2 seed in the South and will face Alabama Huntsville in the first round. The winningest team in DII women's volleyball championship history — Concordia-St. Paul — is also back in the field, facing off against Washburn — a fellow 2018 finals team — in the first round.
HISTORY: DII programs with most titles
Below is the complete history of the championship match.
|2018||Tampa (33-4)||Chris Catanach||3-2||Western Washington||Pittsburgh, Pa.|
|2017||Concordia-St. Paul (34-3)||Brady Starkey||3-0||Florida Southern||Pensacola, Fla.|
|2016||Concordia-St. Paul (32-4)||Brady Starkey||3-0||Alaska Anchorage||Sioux Falls, S.D.|
|2015||Wheeling Jesuit (39-4)||Christy Benner||3-0||Palm Beach Atlantic||Tampa, Fla.|
|2014||Tampa (33-1)||Chris Catanach||3-0||S'west Minnesota State||Louisville, Ky.|
|2013||Concordia-St. Paul (35-3)||Brady Starkey||3-0||BYU-Hawaii||Cedar Rapids, Iowa|
|2012||Concordia-St. Paul (34-4)||Brady Starkey||3-2||Tampa||Pensacola, Fla.|
|2011||Concordia-St. Paul (34-2)||Brady Starkey||3-0||Cal State San Bernardino||Cal State San Bernardino|
|2010||Concordia-St. Paul (32-4)||Brady Starkey||3-1||Tampa||Louisville, Ky.|
|2009||Concordia-St. Paul (37-0)||Brady Starkey||3-0||West Texas A&M||Concordia-St. Paul|
|2008||Concordia-St. Paul (37-1)||Brady Starkey||3-2||Cal State San Bernardino||Concordia-St. Paul|
|2007||Concordia-St. Paul (36-4)||Brady Starkey||3-1||Western Washington||Washburn|
|2006||Tampa (35-1)||Chris Catanach||3-1||North Alabama||West Florida|
|2005||Grand Valley State (32-1)||Deanne Scanlon||3-1||Nebraska-Kearney||Nebraska-Kearney|
|2004||Barry (34-1)||Dave Nichols||3-1||Truman||Barry|
|2003||North Alabama (33-7)||Matt Peck||3-0||Concordia-St. Paul||Cal State San Bernardino|
|2002||BYU-Hawaii (27-2)||Wilfred Navalta||3-0||Truman||West Texas A&M|
|2001||Barry (32-2)||Dave Nichols||3-0||South Dakota State||Grand Valley State|
|2000||Hawaii Pacific (28-0)||Tita Ahuna||3-0||Augustana (S.D.)||Augustana (S.D.)|
|1999||BYU-Hawaii (30-2)||Wilfred Navalta||3-0||Tampa||Battle Creek, Mich.|
|1998||Hawaii Pacific (31-5)||Tita Ahuna||3-1||North Dakota State||Kissimmee, Fla.|
|1997||West Texas A&M (37-1)||Debbie Hendricks||3-2||Barry||Cal State Bakersfield|
|1996||Nebraska-Omaha (35-2)||Rose Shires||3-2||Tampa||Central Missouri|
|1995||Barry (34-2)||Lenid Yelin||3-1||Northern Michigan||Barry|
|1994||Northern Michigan (32-4)||Mark Rosen||3-1||Cal State Bakersfield||Cal State Bakersfield|
|1993||Northern Michigan (38-1)||Jim Moore||3-1||Cal State Bakersfield||Northern Michigan|
|1992||Portland State (36-1)||Jeff Mozzochi||3-2||Northern Michigan||Portland State|
|1991||West Texas A&M (36-2)||Jim Giacomazzi||3-0||Portland State||West Texas A&M|
|1990||West Texas A&M (38-1)||Kim Hudson||3-0||North Dakota State||Cal State Bakersfield|
|1989||Cal State Bakersfield (21-15)||David Rubio||3-0||Sacramento State||Cal State Bakersfield|
|1988||Portland State (36-5)||Jeff Mozzochi||3-0||Cal State Northridge||North Dakota State|
|1987||Cal State Northridge (35-6)||Walt Ker||3-2||Central Missouri||Nebraska-Omaha|
|1986||UC Riverside (29-7)||Sue Gozansky||3-0||Cal State Northridge||Sacramento State|
|1985||Portland State (36-5)||Jeff Mozzochi||3-1||Cal State Northridge||Portland State|
|1984||Portland State (33-4)||Jeff Mozzochi||3-0||Cal State Northridge||Portland State|
|1983||Cal State Northridge (30- 6)||Walt Ker||3-2||Portland State||Florida Southern|
|1982||UC Riverside (31-5)||Sue Gozansky||3-0||Cal State Northridge||Cal State Northridge|
|1981||Sacramento State (28-6)||Debby Colberg||3-0||Lewis||UC Riverside|