Each of the 32 NCAA Division I women’s volleyball conference champions receives an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.
With 20 conference tournaments taking place last weekend and five regular season champs already determined according to their conference records, 25 of those automatic bids are already spoken for.
This week, the Big East and Missouri Valley conferences will play their postseason tournaments and crown a champion on Saturday.
Also still in play are the conference titles for four of the Power Five leagues (ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, and SEC) and the WCC.
In the ACC, Pittsburgh and Louisville are tied for the top spot in the standings with 16-2 records. If they remain tied after the last week of regular season play, Louisville would win the title thanks to its head-to-head victory over the Panthers on October 27.
Texas is guaranteed at least a share of the Big 12 title. The 22-2 Longhorns are 14-0 in the Big 12; however, one of their two remaining matches of the regular season is against Baylor, which at 13-2 in-conference is Texas’ closest challenger.
Penn State and Nebraska are tied on top of the Big Ten standings, each with a 17-1 league record. Nebraska, however, has a head-to-head leg up on the Nittany Lions, after opening the conference season with a straight-set defeat of Penn State.
In the SEC, it’s all about Florida and Kentucky. Both teams are 15-1, and they’ve split their two head-to-head meetings this fall. If both teams win their remaining two matches, Florida would win the title, as the Gators beat the Wildcats in straight sets, while it took Kentucky four sets to win its match.
See below for the full list of conference champions that will receive automatic bids into the NCAA tournament.
|America East||Stony Brook|
|American Athletic Conference||Wichita State|
|Big Sky||North Dakota|
|Big West||Cal Poly|
|Conference USA||Western Kentucky|
|Horizon League||Cleveland State|
|Missouri Valley||Missouri State|
|Mountain West||Colorado State|
|Ohio Valley||Austin Peay|
|Sun Belt||Coastal Carolina|