It is now safe to say that the women’s volleyball team is out of the running for hosting the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament. Mason can still play for second place, but the chances of that are quite slim.

If the VCU Rams were to finish as the conference leader, the Delaware Blue Hens would then take the second seed. However, Mason can still tie VCU with a 10-4 conference record, but the Rams are currently on a seven-game winning streak and have shifted their focus on contending with the Blue Hens for the top spot.

Earlier, we looked at Mason’s chances in taking the top or number two slot. It appears that the team will more likely contend for the third seed with the William & Mary Tribe. With the Rams and Blue Hens fighting for the top spot, Mason looks to hold on in the third spot.

If Mason wins their final match against the James Madison Dukes, the Tribe will need to win their remaining matches to force a tie. Since the two teams split the season series, no team will hold the advantage if they were to conclude with a tied record. The difference between the numbers three and four slots can be quite significant, depending on whether VCU or Delaware finishes on top.

While the Northeastern Huskies cannot get past Mason in the standings, the Huskies can still sneak into the postseason. Not only will the Huskies need to win their final two games, they will need the Tribe to lose their final two. The Tribe’s win against the Dukes strengthened their playoff position, putting the Huskies in a tough situation to reach the CAA Tournament.

Even though the pivotal match against VCU could have placed Mason higher in the standings, the big match this weekend was the win against the Tribe. For now, Mason has a half-game lead over the Tribe, but preventing the sweep was crucial if the two teams were to have identical conference records by the end of the season. There was a lot of hype entering this weekend, and even though it seems things have simmered down, much is anticipated next week as teams look to close out their season on a good note.