Friday, June 14, 2013

Pac-12 | Washington’s 2013 preseason schedule lacks marquee opponents

Illinois heads list of 8 nonconference matchups

The Washington Huskies will have a lean and not-so-mean nonconference volleyball schedule this fall:





2012
DATE
LOCATION
OPPONENT
CONF.
RPI
W-L
Aug 30
Portland
Boise St.
Mtn West
141
17-15
Aug 31
Portland
Gonzaga
WCC
182
  9-20
Aug 31
Portland
Portland St.
Big Sky
77
21-11
Sep 3
Seattle (UW)
Seattle U
WAC
227
  9-19
Sep 13
Champaign, IL
Illinois
Big Ten
37
14-16
Sep 15
Chicago, IL
Loyola Chicago
Horizon
174
17-12
Sep 19
Seattle
Coppin St
Mid-Eastern
285
11-14
Sep 20
Seattle
Cal St Northridge
Big West
76
21-10

The biggest name of the bunch is Big Ten power Illinois. Two years ago, the Illini lost to UCLA in the National Championship Finals. Last year, the team earned a respectable 37 RPI, despite finishing with a losing record, and failing to qualify for the 64-team NCAA tournament.

In fact, not a single 2013 preseason opponent made the 2012 tournament, making this one of the weakest overall nonconference schedule in Jim McLaughlin’s 13 seasons as Washington head coach. The 2004 season comes close … and that was the first of three seasons in a row that the Huskies reached the Final Four.

As we pointed out on Tuesday (Preseason volleyball schedule coming into focus), fans of Pac-12 volleyball will see very few marquee matchups this preseason. Volleyblog Seattle has learned that at least one powerhouse team declined an invitation to play in Seattle, perhaps at Key Arena, site of this December’s 2013 Final Four. This breaks a fairly regular tradition of at least one big preseason tournament each year at the site of the NCAA Championships.

Several coaches tell us that big-time teams from the Midwest and East seem disinclined to wander into Pac-12 territory, unwilling to travel far to risk their RPI. So far, only one top-50 RPI team is scheduled to travel to a Pac-12 venue this fall, #25 Kansas State at California.

In Washington’s case, team’s may be eyeballing the Huskies’ recent nonconference record: 100 wins against just 2 losses (Texas in 2006 and Hawai’i in 2008, both on the road, both by 2 points in the fifth set). 97 of those 100 wins were 3-0 Husky sweeps.

WASHINGTON VOLLEYBALL
NONCONFERENCE MATCHES
UNDER COACH JIM McLAUGHLIN

2001 (7-2 / 11-16)
L
0-3
BYU (20-9)
Seattle
W
3-1
Purdue
Seattle
L
1-3
Texas (17-14)
Seattle
W
3-2
Denver
Denver
W
3-0
Illinois-Chicago
Colorado Springs
W
3-0
SE Louisiana
Colorado Springs
W
3-0
Air Force
Colorado Springs
W
3-0
Idaho
Seattle
W
3-1
Portland
Seattle
2002 (10-1 / 20-11)
W
3-0
Delaware
Oxford, OH
W
3-0
IPFW
Oxford, OH
W
3-0
Miami (OH)
Oxford, OH
W
3-0
San Diego State
Honolulu
W
3-0
San Francisco
Honolulu
L
1-3
Hawai’i (34-2)
Honolulu
W
3-0
North Texas
Denton, TX
W
3-0
Texas A& M
Denton, TX
W
3-0
Louisiana Tech
Denton, TX
W
3-0
SW Missouri State
Stockton
W
3-0
Pacific (19-13)
Stockton
2003 (10-0 / 23-9)
W
3-0
UM-Kansas City
Madison
W
3-0
New Hampshire
Madison
W
3-0
Wisconsin (22-11)
Madison
W
3-0
Mid. Tennessee St.
Fort Wayne, IN
W
3-1
Ohio
Fort Wayne, IN
W
3-0
IPFW
Fort Wayne, IN
W
3-0
Idaho State
Pocatello
W
3-0
Idaho
Moscow
W
3-0
Northern Arizona
Seattle
W
3-0
Utah Valley State
Seattle
2004 (8-0 / 28-3)
W
3-0
Butler
DeKalb, IL
W
3-0
Wisconsin-Milwaukee
DeKalb, IL
W
3-0
Northern Illinois
DeKalb, IL
W
3-0
Wichita State
Wichita
W
3-0
Arkansas
Wichita
W
3-0
Michigan State
Wichita
W
3-0
Montana
Boise
W
3-0
Boise State
Boise
2005 (9-0 / 32-1)
W
3-0
Gardner-Webb
Seattle
W
3-0
Montana State
Seattle
W
3-0
Davidson
Portland
W
3-0
Portland
Portland
W
3-0
North Dakota State
Fargo
W
3-0
Wisconsin-Green Bay
Fargo
W
3-0
Sam Houston State
Fargo
W
3-0
Hawai’i (27-7)
Honolulu
W
3-0
Hawai’i
Honolulu
2006 (10-1 / 29-5)
W
3-0
Ohio
Madison
L
2-3
Texas
Madison
W
3-0
Davidson
Davidson, NC
W
3-0
Morehead State
Davidson, NC
W
3-0
Liberty
Davidson, NC
W
3-0
Portland State
Seattle
W
3-0
UMBC
Seattle
W
3-0
North Dakota State
Seattle
W
3-0
Gonzaga
Seattle
W
3-0
Fresno State
Fresno
W
3-0
UC Davis
Fresno
2007 (11-0 / 27-4)
W
3-0
San Francisco
Seattle
W
3-0
Fresno State
Seattle
W
3-0
Cal State Northridge
Seattle
W
3-0
Gonzaga
Spokane
W
3-0
Boise State
Spokane
W
3-0
Morgan State
Spokane
W
3-1
Long Beach St
Long Beach
W
3-0
Florida State
Long Beach
W
3-0
North Florida
Jacksonville
W
3-0
Jacksonville
Jacksonville
W
3-0
New Orleans
Jacksonville
2008 (9-1 / 27-5)
W
3-0
Montana State
Bozeman
W
3-0
Portland
Bozeman
W
3-0
Gonzaga
Seattle
W
3-0
Boise State
Seattle
W
3-0
Portland State
Seattle
W
3-0
Pacific
Honolulu
W
3-0
Saint Mary’s
Honolulu
L
2-3
Hawai’i (31-4)
Honolulu
W
3-0
Seattle U
Seattle
W
3-0
San Diego
Seattle
2009 (10-0 / 24-6)
W
3-0
San Jose State
Seattle
W
3-0
Seattle U
@ Seattle U
W
3-0
San Diego State
Seattle
W
3-0
Boise State
Portland
W
3-0
Gonzaga
Portland
W
3-0
Portland State
Portland
W
3-0
Minnesota (28-9)
Tampa
W
3-0
Florida (25-6)
Tampa
W
3-0
UT-San Antonio
San Antonio
W
3-0
Mid. Tennessee St.
San Antonio
2010 (11-0 / 24-9)
W
3-0
Mercer
Seattle
W
3-0
Eastern Washington
Seattle
W
3-0
Portland State
Boise
W
3-0
Boise State
Boise
W
3-0
Gonzaga
Boise
W
3-0
Georgia
Athens, GA
W
3-0
Georgia Tech
Athens, GA
W
3-0
Florida Gulf Coast
Athens, GA
W
3-0
Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
W
3-0
Eastern Illinois
Pittsburgh
W
3-0
Robert Morris
Pittsburgh
2011 (8-0 / 24-8)
W
3-0
Prairie View A&M
Long Beach
W
3-0
UMBC
Long Beach
W
3-1
Long Beach St (23-7)
Long Beach
W
3-0
Portland State
Spokane
W
3-0
Gonzaga
Spokane
W
3-0
Boise State
Spokane
W
3-0
Seattle U
Seattle
W
3-0
Fresno State
Seattle




2012 (9-0 / 25-7)
W
3-0
Boise State
Seattle
W
3-0
Gonzaga
Seattle
W
3-0
Portland State
Seattle
W
3-0
Purdue
Houston
W
3-0
LSU
Houston
W
3-0
Rice
Houston
W
3-0
Seattle U
Seattle
W
3-0
Long Beach State
Seattle
W
3-0
Portland
Portland

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