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  1. TigersTigers

    Volleyball 2021

    A very good match tonight. What satisfies me is the fact that we played pretty well, and it just wasn’t enough to win. Outside of the first set, it was well-contested, and Penn State certainly had to think harder than they would have wanted to. By now we’ve established ourselves as a mid-major power, but we’re still not quite good enough to challenge the big boys. We should have a team that is fairly similar in quality next year, hopefully we can get back to this point again.
  2. TigersTigers

    Volleyball 2021

    After waiting two years for it, the team will finally get the rematch against Penn State they've been hoping for. This is the best chance we'll ever have to beat them, they're an unseeded team this time and are significantly weaker than they were two years ago. We're certainly not favorites, but this is absolutely a winnable match.
  3. TigersTigers

    What a comeback by Volleyball!!!!!!!!

    Absolutely crazy match. The best thing about it was both teams played great. It was extremely high-quality volleyball, and certainly a worthy final. A thrilling win, and it all played out in front of a great home crowd.
  4. TigersTigers

    Volleyball 2021

    The regular season comes to a close this weekend with two home matches against middle-of-the-pack Northeastern. Two wins guarantees the #1 overall seed for the CAA tournament, two losses means no first-round bye. Northeastern is capable of beating Towson twice, they were one of the preseason favorites before getting absolutely decimated by injuries and Covid unavailability. When they are actually able to put all their best players on the floor at the same time, they are very strong.
  5. TigersTigers

    Volleyball 2021

    Huge double-header coming up this weekend on the road against JMU. Both teams sit at 9-3, tied atop the CAA standings. If Towson wins both matches, it'll pretty much guarantee a first round bye for the conference tournament (top 2 seeds get byes, 3-6 play in the quarterfinals, 7-9 are eliminated). JMU has looked better than Towson so far this season, but the Tigers will be boosted by the full return of their best offensive player, Nina Cajic, who had missed the last 8 matches with a broken hand before returning on Sunday for some limited action against Delaware.
  6. TigersTigers

    Volleyball 2021

    Not the end of the world. It's better for them to have a loss anyway, takes some of the pressure off. A COVID-induced change has been made to the competition format this season. Similar to basketball, teams now play both games against the same team in one weekend. They capitalized on the newfound chance for immediate revenge, winning 3-1 this afternoon.
  7. TigersTigers

    Volleyball 2021

    It’s my time to shine! No, none of those matches were upsets. Navy, Princeton, Loyola and FAU were all good wins, but at this point Towson is a top-50 team that should be beating most mid-majors. I was a little disappointed to see no Power-5 teams on the schedule this year. Not only do we have a quality team, but our track record against the P5 the last couple of years has been quite good. Overall, the non-conference schedule was weaker than it should’ve been for a team that was expected to be this strong going in to the year.
  8. TigersTigers

    Vball to face Dayton in NCAAs

    It’s a winnable matchup, but will be tougher than last year. Dayton is gigantic, with a handful of starters that are 6’4” or taller. We will be considered the underdogs here.
  9. TigersTigers

    Women's VB off to Another Good Start

    I'm kind of baffled by this, but there was not a minimum game requirement to make the CAA tournament this year. As a result, Towson has actually made the tournament as the top seed in the North with a sterling regular season record of 2-0. They'll play Charleston in the first round, who went 4-4 but still managed to come out second in a wacky South Division. Northeastern plays JMU in the other semifinal.
  10. Following back-to-back 3-0 victories over Delaware, the team is now 2-0 in conference and 4-0 overall. Despite having to replace 5 of the 7 starters from 2019, the team has retooled nicely and looks like a title contender again. One particular standout has been Nina Cajic, who is an early ROTY candidate. The format for this spring season is, unsurprisingly, different than usual. The league is split up into North and South divisions. The North has Towson, Delaware, Hofstra, and Northeastern while the South has Elon, W&M, Charleston, UNCW, and JMU. Each team plays 8 conference matches against only teams in their division. At the end of the abbreviated season, the top two teams from each division make the CAA tournament, which is hosted by Towson this season. There is an NCAA tournament this spring as well, although it will have 48 teams instead of 64.
  11. TigersTigers

    Women's VB in the NCAA Tournament

    And that brings this brilliant season to an end. A spirited fight tonight against a superior opponent. Given the talent in the gym right now, this team could not have done any better than they did. As for next year, it seems a tad unreasonable at this point to expect a repeat. They still have plenty of talented attackers, but the biggest challenge will be replacing Marrisa Wonders. She is leaving massive shoes to fill, and there isn't really a clear frontrunner on the team now.
  12. TigersTigers

    Women's VB in the NCAA Tournament

    Extremely tense and kind of strange match. Neither team played their best. The word that comes to mind when thinking of this Towson performance is “gritty.” If ever there was a time to beat Penn State in volleyball, this is it. This is not a vintage PSU team (although still significantly better than us, let’s not make two ways about it)
  13. TigersTigers

    Women's VB in the NCAA Tournament

    Dismissive? Absolutely, but in the context of the bracket as a whole, it is 100% true. There are higher-seeded teams than PSU with waaaaay more difficult potential second round matchups. The draw worked out very favorably for us in two ways: 1) getting a match we can actually win, and 2) if we do win, we get PSU, who is one of the weaker seeded teams. It was favorable for PSU in the sense that they would have to play either us or American in the second round. Conversely, Wisconsin will probably have to play UCLA, Pitt would have to play Cincy, and Minnesota would have to play Creighton. All of the teams mentioned are a clear cut above Towson. The ones who this tweet really disrespects is American.
  14. TigersTigers

    Women's VB in the NCAA Tournament

    The team was drawn against American, the Patriot League Champs who are a very good team. Should they win in the first round, they would play the winner of Princeton and #11 Penn State.
  15. The team checked into the final regular season RPI release at #36, breaking the school record they had set 2 weeks ago. This, combined with their great win-loss record, combined with their wins over at least 2 tournament teams (this could grow to 3 or 4 come Selection Sunday), means that they should get a first-round match that is winnable. They probably won't be favored, but they can expect the equivalent of a seed somewhere in the 9-12 range if this were the basketball tournament. For those of you who are new to College Volleyball (Which is almost all of you. Welcome! It's a lot of fun, trust me): The NCAA committee formats the tournament by seeding only the top 16 teams in the country. Each of these 16 hosts an opening-weekend quartet of teams. Outside of the top 16, the rest of the field is divvied up by relative strength, and also vaguely by geographical region (This isn't a huge identifier or rule, but the NCAA won't be paying to fly Towson out to Hawaii for the first round. It is 90% likely that they are sent somewhere East of the Mississippi). As a result, each of the 16 sites has one seeded host team and three unseeded visiting teams. From the look of things, the most likely destinations are Pitt, Penn State, or Kentucky. Because of this format, they would be all-but guaranteed to have to play one of the top 16 teams in the country by the second round, so the ceiling for this team right now is probably the round of 32. Beyond that, they would have to pull off a huge upset. No matter what, this is a great moment for a program that had been falling just short for almost a decade.

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