NEWVA Releases Final Regional Poll of 2016

BEVERLY, Mass. - November 17, 2016 - After winning the NCAA Division III New England Regional Tournament, Tufts claimed seven first place votes and top position in the final NEWVA Regional Poll. 

Final NEWVA Regional Poll

1. Tufts (27-3 overall, 18-1 in-region), 105 points, seven first place votes

Tufts finished runner-up in the NESCAC Championship, falling in five sets to Middlebury, but earned an at-large bid and the right to host the NCAA Division III New England Regional Tournament. The Jumbos beat Maine Maritime (3-0), UMass Boston (3-1), and Springfield (3-1) to advance into the NCAA Quarterfinals where they will take on No. 7 Southwestern (Texas). That match is Thursday, November 17 at 6:30 p.m. EST at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Kolf Sports Center. 


2. UMass Boston (29-5 overall, 22-3 in-region), 96 points

UMass Boston captured their seventh Little East Championship after dropping Eastern Conn. St. (3-1) in the semifinals and Plymouth St. (3-0) in the championship match. The Beacons continued into the NCAA New England Regional where they handed Johnson & Wales (R.I.) their first loss of the season before falling to the eventually regional champions Tufts in four sets. 


3. Springfield (29-6 overall, 21-4 in-region), 92 points

Despite exiting the NEWMAC Tournament in the semifinals with a loss to Clark in straight sets, Springfield made a run at the NCAA New England Regional title by beating the conference champions of the CCC in Endicott (3-1) and the NEWMAC in MIT (3-1) to reach the championship match. The Pride fell 3-1 to Tufts to end their 2016 season.    


4. MIT (29-5 overall, 23-3 in-region), 83 points

MIT captured their fifth NEWMAC Championship by defeating Clark 3-1 to take the conference's automatic qualifier into the NCAA New England Tournament. The Engineers bested the MASCAC champions, Framingham St., in straight sets and battled their NEWMAC rival Springfield to a 3-1 loss to end their regional run. 


5. Johnson & Wales (33-1 overall, 33-1 in-region), 66 points

Johnson & Wales' historic 2016 season continued through the GNAC Tournament as the Wildcats swept through Suffolk and Simmons before beating Rivier 3-1, marking their seventh conference championship and an automatic qualifier into the NCAA New England Tournament. JWU's undefeated season came to a close, however, in the first round as they were knocked out 3-0 by UMass Boston.