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AVCA Rankings--October 15, 2018

carrolltonsker

Husker Immortal
10 Year Member
I am a little surprised that we stayed at #5 in the rankings after losing to PSU. The Nittany Lions moved ahead of us in the polls. That is a loss that we should not have.

AVCA COACHES
Through Games OCT. 15, 2018
RANK SCHOOL TOTAL POINTS ADJUSTED 2018 RECORD PREVIOUS RANK
1 BYU (60) 1596 18-0 1
2 Stanford (4) 1539 16-1 2
3 Minnesota 1472 14-2 3
4 Penn State 1316 15-3 9
5 Nebraska 1304 15-3 5
6 Pittsburgh 1293 20-0 6
7 Illinois 1196 16-3 7
8 Texas 1170 11-4 4
9 Wisconsin 1088 12-4 8
10 Creighton 1008 16-4 10
11 Florida 980 17-3 11
12 Cal Poly 896 17-1 12
13 Michigan 812 17-2 13
14 Southern California 746 14-5 15
15 Kentucky 697 12-4 16
16 Oregon 561 12-6 14
17 Purdue 549 15-4 17
18 Marquette 526 17-4 19
19 Washington 495 13-5 18
20 UCLA 479 10-5 20
21 Louisville 299 15-4 22
22 Kansas 170 13-4 NR
23 Washington State 157 13-5 21
24 Baylor 131 12-6 24

Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: Northern Iowa 55; Cincinnati 39; Utah 35; Arizona State 20; South Carolina 15; Pepperdine 14; Missouri 9; Tennessee 6; Colorado 5; UCF 5; Iowa 2; Loyola Marymount 2

Four teams mentioned on only one ballot for a total of seven combined points.

Dropped Out: Arizona State 25

https://www.ncaa.com/rankings/volleyball-women/d1/avca-coaches
 

Undertow

Inactive as of 11-01-2018
I was a little surprised that Nebraska stayed at No. 5. I had predicted that they would fall to No. 6 and that Penn State AND Pittsburgh would jump over them. Instead the coaches did the B1G a solid, by moving the B1G team (The Cult That IS Penn State), who won two matches against ranked teams (Purdue and Nebraska) and pushed them up to No. 4, kept Nebraska in their same slot even though Big Red split their matches, and didn’t move Pittsburgh up even though they won twice against mediocre competition in their weak conference. I had predicted that Pitt would move to 4, but I’m glad the coaches are taking into account conference strength.

BYU won twice against inferior opponents while Stanford was beating the ranked Washington schools at home. Even though the gap between the two is dwindling, I don’t see BYU surrendering the top slot. The Cougars are in for a rude awakening come tournament time though, when their 2nd round opponent will be miles better than anyone in their conference; their toughest opponent since non-conference play.

Minnesota concluded the week by beating the Illinois schools at home, including a sweep of 7th ranked Illinois, and stayed solidly at 3. They are the only B1G conference team with no losses in conference play; all other B1G teams have at least 2 conference losses.

UT@SUCKS lost for the first time in conference, to the Jayhawks at Lawrence. KU had a mediocre 6-4 non-conference, but has steadily improved in conference play and are now the only unbeaten conference team in the Big 12. The Pollsters punished the Shorthorns and dropped them all the way from 4th to 8th. Illinois split their week by beating Wisconsin in 4 (a good match where 3 of sets went to deuce, including one that ended 35-33) and remained at 7th. Wisconsin also split and ended up in 9th. Creighton had two victories (Villinova and Georgetown), Florida had two wins (the match against Georgia went 5), Cal Poly (they play in the Big West if you’re keeping track) only had one match and won easily, and Michigan impressively beat Purdue and Indiana and are tied for 2nd in the conference with only 2 losses. Soooo……..10, 11, 12, and 13 remain status quo for another week. Even though Purdue split with the Michigan schools, they remain at 17.

Then we get to the quagmire that is the PAC-12. Oregon has to be the most schizophrenic team in the country. They establish themselves as the clear number 2 in the conference, then they lose to both Arizona schools at home dropping from 12 to 20 nationally. The next weekend they crush the SoCal schools sweeping each of them and moving up to 14. Then, this week, they split with the Mountain Schools, losing to Utah in 4 and drop to 16. USC and UCLA swept the Arizona schools but didn’t move a bunch in the polls. However, ASU dropped out of the top 25, and Arizona is clinging on AT 25. Washington State lost twice during the week including a BAD loss to California. They dropped 2 notches to 23.

Kansas moves into the poll at 22, and somehow Baylor remains in the top 25 even though they have 3 losses in a relatively weak conference and are 12 – 6 overall.

The PAC-12 is down to 7 teams in the top 25 with 6 of them in the 14 thru 25 range. The B1G has 7 teams also in the poll but they have 5 teams in the top 10 AGAIN with Michigan at 13 and Purdue at 17 to round out the conference. The Big 12 has 3 teams that are ranked, and no other conference has more than 2.

Nebraska lost a match they shouldn’t have at Cultist Valley. They were the superior team, the Blue and White literally tried to give set 1 away, but the Huskers said no dice. Now, ominous dark clouds are forming on the horizon for the Big Red and they are forming fast. The B1G Northern Tour is undoubtedly the toughest in D1 volleyball, opponent wise. The thing that makes it somewhat bearable is that both Minnesota and Wisconsin have updated their facilities. Friday night the Huskers will play in the newly expanded Wisconsin Field House in front of 7000 plus fans. The following night, the Gophers will draw over 5000 to recently renovated Maturi Pavilion. Both matches will have a high energy, electric atmosphere to them.

The Huskers probably need to take both matches to keep the dream of the B1G championship alive. For certain, they at least need to beat Minnesota and then hope for help. If that doesn’t happen, Nebraska will likely have to adjust their B1G goals and start looking more singularly in peaking for the Tournament.

To reflect a bit, this version of Nebraska Volleyball is entertaining to follow and watch. Albeit sitting a thousand miles away, the character and personalities of the players make the journey through the season enjoyable. Cook gave them Monday off. I had to smile when I saw their endeavor for a day without practice:


This team is easy to like and easier to get attached to. Regardless of what happens this weekend, when Sunday morning rolls around, I’ll still be pulling for the Fightin’ Schwarzenbachs. And keeping the faith.

Edit: For some reason I was conflating Purdue’s & Michigan’s schedule during the week of 10/01 with the week of 10/08 (this past week). To be precise, Purdue played the Michigan schools on 10/05 and 10/06 and split, losing to Blue and beating the Spartans. This past week, Purdue lost to Penn State on 10/10 but beat Iowa on 10/13 in 5. During the week of 10/01, Michigan beat the Indiana schools on 10/05 (Purdue) and 10/06 (Indiana). This past week, Michigan beat Ohio State on 10/12 and Maryland on 10/14. Apologize for the confusion.
 
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Ackos

Heisman
15 Year Member
RPI

1 Stanford Pac-12 16-1 6-1 2-0 8-0 0-0
2 BYU WCC 18-0 8-0 2-0 8-0 0-0
3 Illinois Big Ten 16-3 7-1 4-0 5-2 0-0
4 Southern California Pac-12 14-5 4-2 3-2 7-1 0-0
5 Pittsburgh ACC 20-0 4-0 2-0 14-0 0-0
6 Texas Big 12 11-4 4-3 3-0 4-1 0-0
7 Minnesota Big Ten 14-2 3-1 2-1 9-0 0-0
8 Kentucky SEC 12-4 4-2 0-2 8-0 0-0
9 Wisconsin Big Ten 12-4 4-3 3-0 5-1 0-0
10 Michigan Big Ten 17-2 5-1 1-0 11-1 0-0
11 Penn St. Big Ten 15-3 5-3 2-0 8-0 0-0
12 Nebraska Big Ten 15-3 3-1 0-0 12-2 0-0
13 UCF AAC 16-3 3-2 3-1 10-0 0-0
14 Washington Pac-12 13-5 4-3 4-0 5-2 0-0
15 Florida SEC 17-3 5-1 2-1 10-1 0-0
16 Purdue Big Ten 15-4 4-1 2-0 9-3 0-0
17 Washington St. Pac-12 13-5 6-4 2-1 5-0 0-0
18 Cal Poly Big West 17-1 4-1 6-0 7-0 0-0
19 Kansas Big 12 13-4 3-1 2-0 8-3 0-0
20 Creighton
 

carrolltonsker

Husker Immortal
10 Year Member
RPI

1 Stanford Pac-12 16-1 6-1 2-0 8-0 0-0
2 BYU WCC 18-0 8-0 2-0 8-0 0-0
3 Illinois Big Ten 16-3 7-1 4-0 5-2 0-0
4 Southern California Pac-12 14-5 4-2 3-2 7-1 0-0
5 Pittsburgh ACC 20-0 4-0 2-0 14-0 0-0
6 Texas Big 12 11-4 4-3 3-0 4-1 0-0
7 Minnesota Big Ten 14-2 3-1 2-1 9-0 0-0
8 Kentucky SEC 12-4 4-2 0-2 8-0 0-0
9 Wisconsin Big Ten 12-4 4-3 3-0 5-1 0-0
10 Michigan Big Ten 17-2 5-1 1-0 11-1 0-0
11 Penn St. Big Ten 15-3 5-3 2-0 8-0 0-0
12 Nebraska Big Ten 15-3 3-1 0-0 12-2 0-0
13 UCF AAC 16-3 3-2 3-1 10-0 0-0
14 Washington Pac-12 13-5 4-3 4-0 5-2 0-0
15 Florida SEC 17-3 5-1 2-1 10-1 0-0
16 Purdue Big Ten 15-4 4-1 2-0 9-3 0-0
17 Washington St. Pac-12 13-5 6-4 2-1 5-0 0-0
18 Cal Poly Big West 17-1 4-1 6-0 7-0 0-0
19 Kansas Big 12 13-4 3-1 2-0 8-3 0-0
20 Creighton
Not a big fan of the RPI. It always leaves me scratching my head in disbelief.
 

CrnhskrBob

Husker Immortal
15 Year Member
I am a little surprised that we stayed at #5 in the rankings after losing to PSU. The Nittany Lions moved ahead of us in the polls. That is a loss that we should not have.

AVCA COACHES
Through Games OCT. 15, 2018
RANK SCHOOL TOTAL POINTS ADJUSTED 2018 RECORD PREVIOUS RANK
1 BYU (60) 1596 18-0 1
2 Stanford (4) 1539 16-1 2
3 Minnesota 1472 14-2 3
4 Penn State 1316 15-3 9
5 Nebraska 1304 15-3 5
6 Pittsburgh 1293 20-0 6
7 Illinois 1196 16-3 7
8 Texas 1170 11-4 4
9 Wisconsin 1088 12-4 8
10 Creighton 1008 16-4 10
11 Florida 980 17-3 11
12 Cal Poly 896 17-1 12
13 Michigan 812 17-2 13
14 Southern California 746 14-5 15
15 Kentucky 697 12-4 16
16 Oregon 561 12-6 14
17 Purdue 549 15-4 17
18 Marquette 526 17-4 19
19 Washington 495 13-5 18
20 UCLA 479 10-5 20
21 Louisville 299 15-4 22
22 Kansas 170 13-4 NR
23 Washington State 157 13-5 21
24 Baylor 131 12-6 24

Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: Northern Iowa 55; Cincinnati 39; Utah 35; Arizona State 20; South Carolina 15; Pepperdine 14; Missouri 9; Tennessee 6; Colorado 5; UCF 5; Iowa 2; Loyola Marymount 2

Four teams mentioned on only one ballot for a total of seven combined points.

Dropped Out: Arizona State 25

https://www.ncaa.com/rankings/volleyball-women/d1/avca-coaches
I agree with the our Huskers staying at #5; we played 5 sets on their court, and it was highly competitive.
 
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