San Diego State and San Francisco Win Top NCVF Divisions

By Bill Kauffman (bill.kauffman@usav.org) | April 15, 2017, 11:27 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (April 15, 2017) – San Diego State University captured the NCVF Collegiate Club Volleyball Championship in Men’s Division I on Saturday night, while University of San Francisco claimed the Women’s Division I title in Kansas City, Missouri, on the final day of the competition.

Out of the 10 division titles, Cal Poly captured two golds (Women’s Division IAA and Men’s Division III). Ohio State reached the finals in three of the 10 championship matches including the Men’s Division I and Women’s Division I, but secured just one title (Women’s Division III). A total of 442 teams competed in the three-day event, which is divided into divisions based on enrollment.

Men’s Division I
San Diego State defeated Ohio State A 25-20, 25-18 to win the Men’s Division I title and avenged an earlier loss to the Buckeyes in the flight championship bracket. San Diego State finished the tournament with a 7-2 record. The Aztecs defeated fourth-seeded Wisconsin A 25-18, 17-25, 16-14 in the quarterfinals and Purdue A 21-25, 26-24, 15-11 in the semifinal round to reach the title match. Andrew Freiha of San Diego State was named the most valuable player for Men’s Division I. Ohio State, which was undefeated heading into the finals before ending with an 8-1 record, defeated three-time defending champion and second-seeded Wisconsin-Oshkosh 25-20, 15-25, 15-12 in the quarterfinals and top-seeded Marquette A 17-25, 26-24, 16-14 in the semifinals to land a spot in the championship match.

Women’s Division I
San Francisco knocked off defending champion Ohio State A 28-26, 27-25 in the Women’s Division I championship match. San Francisco, 9-1 in the tournament, defeated Notre Dame 25-15, 25-22 in the quarterfinals and fended off top-seeded Texas A 25-22, 18-25, 15-9 in the semifinals to move into the championship match. San Francisco’s Miranda Roberts was named the most valuable player for Women’s Division I. Ohio State A, which ended the tournament 8-1 after entering the gold-medal match undefeated, topped Wisconsin A 25-20, 25-19 in the quarterfinals and reached the finals by edging fourth-seeded Marquette A 25-16, 21-25, 15-12 in the semifinals.

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Men’s Division IAA
Delaware A capped an undefeated tournament by sweeping Cornell A 25-20, 25-18 in the Men’s Division IAA gold-medal match. Delaware, which finished the tournament 9-0 as the second seed, earned its spot into the championship match by rallying past DePaul A 22-25, 25-21, 15-6 in the quarterfinals and sweeping Louisville 25-23, 25-17 in the semifinal round. AJ Schaeffer of Delaware A was named most valuable player of Men’s Division IAA. Cornell A, which lost two of its first three matches and finished with a 7-3 overall record, reached with consecutive three-set wins over Stevens Institute of Technology 25-22, 18-25, 15-12 in the quarterfinal round and Florida State 22-25, 25-22, 16-14 in the semifinals.

Women’s Division IAA
Top-seeded Cal Poly captured the Women’s Division IAA title by knocking off Tennessee 25-23, 13-25, 15-13 in the gold-medal match. Cal Poly, which was 8-1 overall in the tournament and avenged its only loss to Tennessee, advanced to the title match by defeating Stanford 25-23, 25-14 in the quarterfinals and UC Santa Barbara 25-21, 15-25, 19-17 in the semifinals. Cal Poly A’s Julia Sullivan as selected most valuable player for the Women’s Division IAA. Tennessee, which was 8-2 overall in the tournament including a sweep over Cal Poly in the flight championship round, held off Miami 25-15, 20-25, 15-8 in the quarterfinals and Oklahoma State 25-23, 18-25, 15-7 in the semifinals to reach the championship match.

Men’s Division IAAA
North Dakota State won the Men’s Division IAAA title by sweeping second-seeded Illinois-Chicago 25-21, 25-21 in the championship match. North Dakota State, which lost its opening match of the tournament before reeling off nine straight victories to finish 9-1, topped Auburn 25-23, 25-22 in the quarterfinals and George Washington 25-17, 25-9 in the semifinal round to book its ticket to the title match. North Dakota State’s Alex HIlley was named the division’s most valuable player. Illinois-Chicago, which finished 7-3 overall, moved into the title match by defeating Geneva 25-20, 25-22 in the quarterfinals and Alabama 25-22, 25-18 in the semifinals.

Women’s Division IAAA
North Carolina State defeated Ohio 27-25, 26-24 in the Women’s Division IAAA championship match. The Wolfpack, which finished the tournament 8-1, defeated top-seeded Arizona State A 25-19, 25-21 in the quarterfinals and Saginaw Valley State 25-19, 25-20 in the semifinals to earn a ticket to the finals. North Carolina State’s Brie Saur was named the Women’s Division IAAA most valuable player. Ohio, which took its first loss of the tournament in the title match and finished 8-1, edged North Dakota State 25-21, 21-25, 15-5 in the quarterfinals and George Washington 25-19, 25-19 in the semifinals to advance to the title match.

Men’s Division II
Saint Louis A defeated top-seeded Messiah 23-25, 25-17, 15-8 to capture the Men’s Division II gold medal as both teams entered the title contest with undefeated records. Saint Louis A, which ended the tournament with a 9-0 record as the second seed, rallied past Davenport 27-29, 25-20, 16-14 in the quarterfinals before edging Wisconsin-River Falls 25-22, 26-28, 15-8 in the semifinal round. Brenden Stealey of Saint Louis A was chosen most valuable player in Men’s Division II. Messiah, which finished the tournament 8-1 and was the defending champion in the division, handled Lincoln 25-9, 25-17 in the quarterfinals and held off Claremont 25-17, 26-28, 16-14 in the semifinal round.

Women’s Division II
Butler claimed the Women’s Division II title with a 25-17, 25-17 victory over top-seeded Wisconsin-LaCrosse to start the day’s championship matches. Butler, which finished with a 7-1 record, reached the title match by defeating Wisconsin River Falls 25-20, 25-17 in the semifinals and fifth-seeded Wisconsin-Oshkosh 25-14, 25-12 in the quarterfinals. Butler’s Rachel Pierce was tabbed the Women’s Division II most valuable player. Wisconsin-LaCrosse, which finished the tournament 6-2, advanced to the title match by edging Wisconsin-Stout 25-13, 24-26, 16-14 in the quarterfinals and Sonoma State A 25-21, 25-19 in the semifinals.

Men’s Division III
Cal Poly B overcame a slow start to defat Virginia Tech 19-25, 25-23, 15-5 in the Men’s Division III gold-medal match. Cal Poly B, which ended the tournament 9-1 as the second seed, swept Southern California B 25-20, 25-22 in the quarterfinals and Penn State B 25-23, 25-18 in the semifinals to move into the championship match. Cal Poly’s Conor Mckeogh was tabbed the Men’s Division III most valuable player. Virginia Tech B, which was undefeated entering the title match before finishing 8-1, rallied past top-seed Arizona B 18-25, 25-17, 15-12 in the quarterfinals and came from behind to defeat Stevens Institute of Technology 18-25, 26-24, 18-16 in the semifinal battle to advance to the title match.

Women’s Division III
Top-seed Ohio State B captured the Women’s Division III title by defeating fifth-seeded Michigan State B 25-18, 25-22 in the gold-medal match. Ohio State B went undefeated with an 8-0 record without having lost a set. The Buckeyes defeated Grand Valley State B 25-17, 25-17 in the quarterfinals and Cal Poly 25-16, 25-15 in the semifinals to reach the title match. Ohio State’s Jessica Lim was chosen the Women’s Division III most valuable player. Michigan State B, which finished 7-2, topped second-seeded Colorado State B 17-25, 25-19, 15-12 in the quarterfinals and Iowa B 25-14, 22-25, 18-16 in the semifinals to earn their ticket to the title match.

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All-Tournament Teams

Men’s Division IA: MVP – Andrew Freiha (San Diego State). First-Team> – Chandler North (Marquette A); Dani Rivera-Aparicio (Marquette A); Dave Hancock (Purdue A); Travis Hudson (Wisconsin-Oshkosh); Josh Geary (Ohio State A); Peter Edwards (Ohio State A); Alec Tollgaard (San Diego State). Second Team – Adrian Williams (Cal Poly A); Kian Peterson (Indiana A); Wes Blodig (Illinois A); Danny Kingstad (Wisconsin A); Rob St. Claire (Purdue A); Karlis Abuls (Ohio State A); Ib Almoaiqel (Penn State A).

Women’s Division IA: MVP – Miranda Roberts (San Francisco). First-Team – Kayla Tedrick (Ohio State A); Michelle DeHenning (Ohio Stata A); Angie Morello (Wisconsin A); Monica Roberts (Texas A); Annie Goerdt (Minnesota A); Megan McGuigan (San Francisco); Clare Niswonger (Marquette A). Second-Team – Juliette DiGiuseppe (Texas A&M A); Taylor Curtis (Ohio State A); Marisa Ejups (Michigan State A); Nicole Heimark (Wisconsin A); Ana Mooney (Texas A); Sydney Beyma (San Francisco); Michelle Konecki (Marquette A)

Men’s Division IAA: MVP – AJ Schaeffer (Delaware A). First-Team – Christian Garcia (Delaware A); Tyler Wojcik (Delaware A); David Gilroy (Delaware A); Edwin Diaz (Florida State); Tom Sarver (Louisville); Kirill Rudenko (Cornell A); Bradley Tiller (Cornell A). Second-Team – Matt Hunt (Stevens Institute of Technology); Brian Trusley (Binghamton); Kyle Rulka (Delaware A); Joe Hawsawi (DePaul A); Tyler Perini (Georgia Tech); Devin Decker (Florida State)

Women’s Division IAA: MVP – Julia Sullivan (Cal Poly A). First-Team – Emily Svennivik (Tennessee); Sheila Clapp (Cal Poly A); Kaitlyn Early (Tennessee); Hailey Brown (Winona State); Abigail Brown (West Virginia); Marissa Lisenbee (Miami); Tae Butler (Stanford). Second-Team – Emily Peterson (Wisconsin-Stevens Point); Rachel Gasper (Wisconsin-Stevens Point); Julia Cornay (Tennessee); Malin Kooiman (Cal Poly A); Keana Richards (Maryland); Cassidy Davis (Maryland); Joy Robinson (Stanford).

Men’s Division IAAA: MVP – Alex Hilley (North Dakota State). First-Team – Henry LeVee (George Washington); Derrick Covington (George Washington); Cole Herrmann (North Dakota State); Ryan Bernhardt (North Dakota State); Josh Farrell (Illinois-Chicago); Alex Yeung (Illinois-Chicago); Nate Mehl (Alabama).

Women’s Division IAAA: MVP – Brie Saur (North Carolina State). First Team – Ali Mitchell (George Washington); Xaria Jordan (George Washington; Hayden Lundahl (North Carolina State); Raquel Wellentin (North Dakota State); Kayla Anderson (Arizona State A); Alex Hall (Ohio); Haley Drake (Ohio).

Men’s Division II: MVP – Brenden Stealey (Saint Louis). First-Team – Pierce Moriarty (Wisconsin-Eau Claire); Nate Miller (Messiah); Logan Hunsberger (Messiah); Fotis Christacos (Saint Louis A); Ryan Hoyer (Saint Louis A); Earl Schultz (Claremont); Geoffrey Snyder (Wisconsin-River Falls). Second-Team – Nathaneal Vander Meer (Davenport); Sawyer Nennig (Wisconsin-Eau Claire); Cole Hoover (Messiah); Travis Hoover (Messiah); Alex Bresler (Claremont).

Women’s Division II: MVP – Rachel Pierce (Butler); First-Team – Rachel Hadley (Sonoma State A); Maddie Ramich (Wisconsin-Stout); Bre Nedden (Wisconsin-LaCrosse); Sam Lilly (Butler); Alli Duley (Wisconsin—LaCrosse); Jamie Maus (Minnesota-Duluth); Stephanie Williams (American).

Men’s Division III: MVP – Conor Mckeogh (Cal Poly B). First-Team – Andrew Amerman (Stevens Institute of Technology B); Kyle Faber (Stevens Institute of Technology B); Connor Dixon (Virginia Tech B); Kevin Harbula (Virginia Tech B); Michael Petralia (Cal Poly B); Alex Buchanan (Cal Poly B); Tony Mack (Wisconsin-Oshkosh B). Second-Team – Charlie De La Vara (Arizona B); Tim Ferriter (Stevens Institute of Technology B); Adam Landgraf (Wisconsin-Oshkosh B); Braeden Melton (Wisconsin-Oshkosh B); Nick Yee (Cal Poly B); Chris Yerina (Cal Poly B); Will Desaultelle (Penn State B).

Women’s Division III: MVP – Jessica Lim (Ohio State B). First-Team – Kira Rogozinski (Ohio State B); Morgan Thomas (Ohio State B); Alex Repasky (Michigan State B); Brittany Mankowski (Michigan State B); Jenna Stefan (Wisconsin); Meagan Neff (Grand Valley State B); Brianna Talt (Grand Valley State B). Second-Team – Corissa Kurth (Illinois B); Tatum Marshall (Ohio State B); Ally Austin (Michigan State B); Lexington Haider (Wisconsin); Hannah Stellmacher (Wisconsin); Claire Whitford (Grand Valley State B).