Next, we’ll see who is here in the women’s championship division! It looks to be very competitive.
Pool A has 2016 Round of 16 participant Texas and Open participant Vermont. Both teams went undefeated through the entire season. UC-Davis joins the group to see if they can be the ones to put the first “L” of the season on their group opponents.
Pool B contains 2016 Finalist North Carolina which had 1 loss all season through 15 matches. If they wish to get back to the final they must go through Quarterfinalist Penn State and SMU.
Pool C features 2016 Semifinalist Ohio State. They are joined by Round of 16 participant Gonzaga and Ithaca College.
Pool D will have 2016 Defending National Champions UC-Santa Barbara. Should they wish to repeat they will have to face Championship participants Florida and Open quarterfinalist Ohio.
Pool E will contain the 2016 Open Champion Virginia Tech. Can they come into the championship division and win the title? They will have to face 2016 Quarterfinalist Texas A&M and Northeastern.
Pool F has 2016 Quarterfinalist Colorado State. Championship participant Delaware and Georgia round-up the group.
Pool G contains 2016 Round of 16 participant Colorado “Gold” who has gone undefeated and untied this year. Washington University-St. Louis is also so far undefeated. They will be joined by Michigan.
Finally, Pool H features two 2016 Round of 16 participants Wisconsin and Colorado School of Mines. Cal Poly rounds out the group.
By my count we have in play:
- The 2016 national champions (UCSB)
- The 2014 national champions (Ohio State; freshmen are now seniors)
- The 2016 finalist (North Carolina)
- The 2015 finalist (Colorado State)
- The 2016 open champions (Virginia Tech)
- The 2014 open champions (Michigan; freshmen now seniors)
- 5 undefeated teams
Sounds like fun. Who’ll win?
I want to know.
Let’s find out beginning Thursday.