Dec. 9, 2013
Article written by ESPNW writer Mechelle Voepel.
The NCAA women's volleyball tournament field was pared down to 16 teams over the weekend. The SEC was eliminated, the Big Ten was vindicated (not that it needed to be), and there was a very happy visiting team flying out of Hawaii, which doesn't happen all that much.
Here are five takeaways from the early rounds as we look back on that and look ahead to this weekend's regional action.
Who are you calling a 'small' conference?
No offense to the West Coast Conference or the Patriot League. We say "small" to denote "non-major" or "non-BCS," of course, but there was nothing little about the statements made by Brigham Young and San Diego of the WCC, and American of the Patriot League.
The Toreros and Cougars battled atop the WCC this season, with San Diego ultimately prevailing for the league title. The Toreros, who were ranked as high as No. 2 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll this season, then got the No. 9 seed in the NCAA tournament and were a host school for the early rounds.
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