Monday, September 16, 2013

NCAA | Washington volleyball jumps to #3 in national media poll

AVCA poll elevates Penn State #1 and Cinderella team San Diego #2

Last week, Volleyblog Seattle rated San Diego two spots higher than the coaches, and three higher than other media. We were even bigger outliers with Arizona State, ranking the Sun Devils #11 compared to #20 for the media and unranked by the coaches.

This weekend, San Diego beat last week’s #1 USC, and Arizona State took care of last week’s #2 Texas.

Undefeated Washington rises to #3, the highest of any Pac-12 team this week. Cal head coach Rich Feller and George Mason head coach Pat Kendrick each named the Huskies #1. This year, 60 D1 coaches participate in the AVCA poll; Jim McLaughlin is not among them. Also:
  • 16 coaches selected Washington #2, including Penn State’s Russ Rose
  • Nebraska’s John Cook, Texas’ Jerritt Elliott, and Illinois’ Kevin Hambly were among those who ranked Washington #4.
  • Stanford’s John Dunning placed UW at #5.
  • Utah’s Beth Launiere and Florida’s Mary Wise selected Washington at #6.
  • Both USC’s Mick Haley and UCLA’s Mike Sealy pegged the Huskies at #7.
  • Marshall University’s (West Virginia) Mitch Jacobs rated Washington 9th, lowest of any ballot


The coaches are still missing the boat on Arizona State, a team just one controversial call away from being undefeated.

This week’s AVCA poll:

WEEK FOUR
AVCA Coaches
School
(First Place votes)
Volleyblog
Seattle
This Week
Last Week
1
3
Penn St (45)
2
2
9
San Diego (13)
1
3
6
Washington (2)
3
4
5
Florida
9
5
1
Southern California
4
6
2
Texas
8
7
10
Hawai’i
7
8
8
Stanford
11
9
4
Minnesota
5
10
7
Michigan
10
11
11
UCLA
13
12
12
Nebraska
16
13
13
Ohio St
12
14
15
Michigan St
15
15
18
North Carolina
17
16
14
Illinois
NR
17
16
Florida St
18
18
NR
Arizona St
6
19
19
Kentucky
NR
20
20
Oregon
NR
21
22
Purdue
NR
22
NR
Colorado St
NR
23
24
Creighton
NR
24
NR
Ohio
NR
25
17
Iowa St
NR
NR
25
Wisconsin
14
NR
NR
Kansas St
19
NR
23
California
20

Others Receiving Votes and appearing on two or more ballots:Texas A&M 96; California 92; Oklahoma 88; Western Kentucky 58; Kansas State 40; Pepperdine 17; Wisconsin 17; St. Mary's (CA) 16; Cal State Northridge 4


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