The 2022 DII females’s beach ball champion, previewed

November 17, 2022

It’s time. Fifty percent the brace will certainly offer it up and also obtain the 2022 DII females’s beach ball event rolling on Thursday, Nov. 17. Prior to they do, allow’s take a region-by-region consider the 64 interplay for the 2022 championship game.

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As long as present statistics and also warm touches contributed in the conversation listed below, so did background. In order to attempt and also discover current patterns, I had a look back to 2016 and also the previous 5 braces (keep in mind, there was no main event in 2020) to see if we can collect some added information for the groups handy.

Atlantic Area

Group to defeat: Gannon. Isn’t it constantly Gannon this moment of year? The Knights have actually been to 3 of the last 4 finals and also enter this year’s event as the No. 1 seed, making organizing honors for the event. Gannon completed strong once more, going 26-5 and also shutting the period on a 14-game winning touch and also beating Clarion in the PSAC national championship.

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Group to view: Fairmont State. There are a couple of really worth enjoying below. Elizabeth City State is fresh off its initial CIAA champion and also very first time back to the dancing given that 2008. Indiana () is heading back to the event for the very first time given that 2017 led by a new head instructor. The 21-12 West Freedom Hilltoppers are making program background with its opening night ever before. Yet the Combating Falcons of Fairmont State was among the shock groups a couple of weeks back, and also have yet to yield, making the 5 seed with an initial quote given that 2016 and also betting meeting competing Charleston (WV). The Golden Eagles have actually beat Fairmont State both times this period, most just recently in the MEC event. Currently, we can see exactly how the Falcons manage the rubber suit.

Central Area

Group to defeat: Concordia-St. Paul. It does not truly matter what year it is; the Golden Bears are constantly the group to defeat, aren’t they? The nine-time nationwide champs go into the event 26-5 and also the No. 2 seed. They have an extremely intriguing competition versus a hard Nebraska-Kearney team in the preliminary, yet the phase is likewise established for a possible rematch of in 2014’s local last versus Washburn.

Group to view: Wayne State (Neb). Right here, also, there are groups aplenty with intrigue. Northwest Missouri State appeared of no place in 2014 to make its opening night given that 2010 and also saw to it it really did not need to wait that lengthy once again for a return. Yet the Wildcats are an excellent tale. If you recognize the background of the NSIC and also females’s beach ball, it’s quite legendary as one of the benchmark seminars in the sporting activity. Wayne State went 19-1 in the NSIC to assert its initial normal period title. The Wildcats complied with that up with a rather spectacular opening loss in the NSIC event, yet still made the No. 1 total seed in the Central. Allow’s see exactly how they react versus No. 8 Harding.

East Area

Group to defeat: American International. Simply consider the Yellow Coats return to over the previous 5 competitions. They progressed to the last 8 in 2016 and also 2018 and also remained in the local finals in 2017 and also 2021. Does that mean various other groups desperate? Not, yet it’s quite clear that the roadway to the quarterfinals in the East undergoes American International.

Group to view: Southern New Hampshire. Daemen is constantly a great group to view. The Wildcats were final-eight bound last period and also have the firepower to do it once again. Need to they locate a means to satisfy American International in the local finals it would certainly note the 3rd time given that 2016, which makes up a main competition. Yet allow’s view the Penmen. It has the ingredients of an unreal period. They currently won their initial NE10 event video game ever before, and also currently look down a Bentley group making its 3rd straight look.

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Midwest Area

Group to defeat: Lewis? Yes, that’s an enigma mostly since the Big 4 below (that’s what we’ll call them a minimum of) are the groups to defeat. Historically talking, Rockhurst has actually remained in 3 of the previous 5 local finals, while Lewis has actually done the very same. Toss No. 7 Hillsdale in this mix and also you have a group that has actually been to back-to-back local finals. The group the Chargers defeated in 2014, Ferris State, made its 2nd journey to the local finals over the last 5 years also. It appears to be a rotating door of these Midwest Area superpowers that progress, so you need to defeat among them, right?

Group to view: Quincy. The Quincy Hawks are the No. 1 seed in the Midwest and also heading to their first-ever NCAA tourney. Allow that sink in … it might have not also sunk in for the Hawks yet. The Hawks remain in undiscovered region, ruining program documents to a 27-2 period. They arrived with win touches of 14 and after that 13 video games. Nevertheless, this group was jumped early from the GLVC event (by Lewis, certainly) and also currently we need to see exactly how they react on their house court as hosts of among the greatest suits in program background.

South Area

Group to defeat: Tampa Fl. It is an autumn DII Event year which suggests Tampa fl victories. While the Spartans are the safeguarding nationwide champs, they likewise won in 2018 (at the DII Event), 2014 (at the DII Event), and also 2006 (at the DII Event). You see a pattern below? Tampa fl isn’t merely the group to defeat in the South yet plainly has the biggest targets on its back in any type of area.

Group to view: Florida Southern. Eckerd is likewise an enjoyable tale below, back in the event for the very first time given that 2017. The Tritons will certainly have their hands complete with a great West Florida group … yet defeated the Argos previously this period. They likewise have victories versus No. 1 Tampa fl and also No. 2 Lynn on their return to. Yet have a look at this stat from the Mocs: They are 22-10 perpetuity in opening up rounded suits via their initial 32 DII females’s beach ball champions. No. 2 Lynn is great, yet if you like background, that has the noise of a dismayed created throughout it.

Southeast Area

Group to defeat: Lander. OK, inspect this out. In the above areas, we have actually reviewed some uniformity amongst the leading groups. Invite to the Southeast where there is definitely none. Going back to 2016, we have actually seen 5 various Southeast Area champs in 5 competitions. Because seeds Nos. 1-4 are 4 of those groups and also nobody appears to be able to repeat, allow’s select No. 5 Lander as the group to defeat. Occasionally you toss reasoning and also statistics gone and also select background, so why not the Bearcats?

Group to view: Augusta, Carson-Newman, Wingate, Flagler, and also USC Aiken. Those are the abovementioned last 5 Southeast Regional champs in coming down order from 2021 to 2016. Does any individual wish to return momentarily dosage of final-eight activity? That appears to be worth enjoying right there.

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South Central Area

Group to defeat: MSU Denver. The Roadrunners go into the event No. 1 in DII females’s beach ball and also No. 1 in the South Central. Right here’s why that is essential: In 2016, No. 1 Angelo State progressed to the quarterfinals, in 2017 it was No. 1 Regis, in 2018 it was No. 1 Tarleton State, in 2019 it was No. 1 Regis once again, and also in 2014 it was … No. 7 West Texas A&M, that defeated No. 1 MSU Denver. Plainly, the Roadrunners bore in mind that and also get on a goal with a one-loss period. MSU Denver is constantly dancing over the last few years, it simply seems like it’s time to relocate to the following degree.

Group to view: DBU. Speak about uniformity. The South Central has 7 groups back from in 2014 and also also includes a first-round rematch in between No. 1 MSU Denver and also No. 8 CSU Pueblo. The only group that had not been in the mix in 2014 was the Patriots, which makes them the wild card. DBU is back in the event for the very first time given that 2013. If we are taking a look at background, DBU has actually never ever defeated Colorado Mesa, its first-round challenger. Does not the postseason seem like the moment a rather unidentified breaks that touch?

West Area

Group to defeat: Western Washington. The last 2 times the Vikings made it past the West Area and also on the quarterfinals, they needed to take a trip to Pittsburgh (2018) and also Tampa fl (in 2014). Do not you believe the Vikings wish to remain closer to house and also play before Washington faithful at the DII Event this year? 9 gamers get on the lineup from in 2014’s team that made it to the semifinals, so there is lots of experience– and also drive– to arrive.

Group to view: Alaska Anchorage. A set of Seawolves need to really produce some interesting beach ball out West. Sonoma State is a great one to view below. Like the South Central, 7 groups return in the West, and also these Seawolves are the one beginner, making their opening night given that 2017. Yet I such as the Alaska Anchorage tale, going from No. 8 seed a year ago to No. 1 in the area. It’s the 2nd time given that 2016 that Alaska Anchorage has actually been a No. 1 seed. That time? It won the West.