Tuesday, September 17, 2013

NCAA | Washington climbs to #2 in latest media volleyball poll

Huskies one of only 11 undefeated teams remaining; lead nation in service aces

Washington is #2 in the latest media poll
-photo by Shutter Geeks Photography
After just three weeks of nonconference play, only 11 Division 1 teams (out of 328) remain undefeated. In the Pac-12, that list includes Washington, Washington State and Utah. USC, Arizona State and Cal all lost their first matches of the season over the weekend.

Other undefeateds include Ohio State, North Carolina, Missouri, Colorado State, American, Jacksonville, Buffalo and DePaul.

This week’s NCAA D1 statistical rankings are incomplete, since last weekend’s stats for several schools—including Washington—are not yet included. Even so, Washington is number one in the nation in aces per set, at 2.5. The Huskies are hitting .339 as a team, clearing placing them in the top ten. UW is also among the national leaders in assists per set (13.2) and blocks per set (2.6).

This season’s fourth weekly Volleyball Magazine media poll elevates Washington to #2, including one first-place vote. The Huskies leapfrogged USC, Texas and Minnesota in this week’s tally. Six Pac-12 schools are in the media top 20, though how Oregon stays in there remains a mystery. Volleyblog Seattle seems to be the only voter who truly believes in Arizona State.

VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE MEDIA POLL FOR WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 17

Volleyball Mag.
School
(First Place Votes)
AVCA
Coaches
Poll
Volleyblog Seattle
This Week
Last Week
1
3
Penn State (7)
1
2
2
5
Washington (1)
3
3
3
10
San Diego (2)
2
1
4
1
Southern California
5
4
5
8
Hawai’i
7
7
6
2
Texas
6
8
7
9
Florida
4
9
8
7
Stanford
8
11
9
4
Minnesota
9
5
10
6
Michigan
10
10
11
11
UCLA
11
13
12
12
Nebraska
12
16
13
13
Ohio State
13
12
14
20
Arizona State
18
6
15
19
North Carolina
15
17
16
14
Michigan State
14
15
17
15
Florida State
17
18
18
16
Illinois
16
NR
19
18
Oregon
20
NR
20
NR
Wisconsin
NR
14
NR
NR
Kansas State
NR
19
NR
NR
California
NR
20

Others receiving Volleyball Magazine votes: Kentucky, Iowa State, Kansas State, California, Purdue, Colorado State, Missouri, Texas A&M, Creighton, Oklahoma, Ohio
Volleyblog Seattle is one of ten national voters in the weekly Volleyball Magazine Division 1 Women’s Volleyball Poll.



Photos courtesy Shutter Geeks Photography


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