Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Pac-12 | Volleyball Power Ratings for Week Two

Conference is 31-3 so far in preseason play; which coming matchups are hottest?
next: Canadian National Team @ #5 Washington [Exhibition matches]
  • Fri, Sept 6 | 7PM | Key Arena
  • Sat, Sept 7 | 6PM | Alaska Airlines Arena
Early-season power ratings are more art than science. In this week's Pac-12 rankings, we stick our necks out for ASU …



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1
USC
0-0
3-0
Ebony Nwanebu could be another in a long line of scary-good Trojan frosh; led the team to wins over two ranked teams.
2
Stanford
0-0
1-0
Cardinal have lots of scary-good sophomores; get their first real test this weekend against Florida and Texas.
3
Washington
0-0
4-0
Scary moment for Huskies when Vansant tweaked her ankle; Canadian Natl Team offers a peek at older, international players.
4
Arizona St
0-0
3-0
Sun Devils knocked off ranked Wichita St, but stays unranked by nation's coaches. We remain wary of ASU’s ascent until proven otherwise.
5
UCLA
0-0
3-0
Bruins pushed around by Loyola Marymount; big test Saturday against Hawai’i in Honolulu
6
Oregon
0-0
3-1
Ducks have decidedly different chemistry this season: will they melt or catch fire? Weekend matches at Michigan, Mich St could tell.
7
Arizona
0-0
2-1
‘Cats no pushover with Croson, Kingdon and Magil, but lost to Kansas, which lost to Central Arkansas, which lost to Arizona
8
California
0-0
2-0
Two workmanlike wins before a real test at Creighton; can Gehan provide leadership for this oh-so-young team?
9
Oregon St
0-0
3-0
Last season, Beavers shocked Penn State. Can they do the same this season vs Michigan and/or Michigan State?
10
Utah
0-0
3-0
Utes avoided an upset at the hands of Utah St, and needed four sets against Fairfield and N Iowa. Just two seniors on roster.
11
Washington St
0-0
3-0
Cougs have a lot of talented freshmen, led by Kyra Holt (49 kills); a weak nonconference schedule could build (false?) confidence.
12
Colorado
0-0
1-1
Buffs split a pair with respectable St. Mary’s, but odd preseason schedule will make them hard to peg.

USC stuffed Purdue on the Boilermakers' home court
-photo courtesy Purdue Athletics
And our new preseason feature continues, ranking this weekend's Pac-12 nonconference matchups from hottest (must-see) to coldest (yawn). Washington's two matches against Team Canada are exhibitions, and not included.
(2) STAN
(6) Texas
(2) STAN
(8) Florida
(10) UCLA
(9) Hawai’i
(12) ORE
(7) Michigan
(12) ORE
(20) Michigan St
OSU
(7) Michigan
OSU
(20) Michigan St
(3) USC
Marquette
(10) UCLA
Santa Clara
CAL
Creighton
(3) USC
TCU
CAL
Northern Colorado
(10) UCLA
New Mexico St
ASU
UNLV
(2) STAN
Pacific
WSU
Texas Tech
OSU
Eastern Michigan
UTAH
North Texas
CAL
South Florida
UTAH
Northwestern St
ARIZ
Utah Valley
ARIZ
Butler
COLO
Oakland
WSU
Eastern Washington
WSU
South Dakota
UTAH
Texas St
ASU
Gonzaga
ASU
Seattle U
WSU
Montana
ARIZ
Eastern Kentucky
UTAH
Prairie View A&M


3 comments:

  1. ? on exhibition matches. what rules do they play by? international or NCAA and what are major hiccups between rules

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  2. Great question. Headed to Key Arena right now, and will see which rules apply (although we suspect home court--NCAA--rules may be used.)

    The international game allows far fewer substitutions. There are also "technical" time-outs as soon as one team reaches 8 points and again when one reaches 16.

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    1. Thank you for the answer. How did we look, saw result at UW site

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