Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Pac-12 | Volleyball power rankings for week six

Huskies on top; #2 USC hosts Stanford on Friday
  • next: #1 Washington @ Colorado | October 4 | 6:00PM (Pacific) | Pac-12 Networks


In case you missed it, the six teams that won their rivalry matches last week each had to turn around and face another of the five winners … and vice versa. That guaranteed that only three teams would end the week 2-0. Washington (over Oregon) and Stanford (over Arizona State) passed last week’s biggest tests.

Washington is tops in this week's Pac-12 power rankings
-photo by Shutter Geeks Photography
This week’s marquee match is Friday’s Stanford @ USC showdown. Lots of freshmen and sophomores in the spotlight for this one … we look for a USC win, 3-1.

UCLA will be a bit desperate for a win; the Bruins’ match against Stanford is tonight at 7:30 on the Pac-12 Networks. Oregon could be a bit anxious as well, traveling south to face an Arizona team that should be playing better, and an Arizona State team that should blow the Ducks out of the gym.

The Huskies’ next opponent, Colorado, has a strong setter in sophomore Nicole Edelman and two solid attackers in juniors Taylor Simpson and Kelsey English. Senior Nikki Lindow leads the conference with 1.52 blocks/set.

Washington is tops in Pac-12 hitting percentage (.337), sixth in opponent hitting percentage (.161) and third in blocks/set (2.84) The Huskies lead the conference (and the nation) in service aces per set (2.09).

WEEK SIX PAC-12 POWER RANKINGS …


CONF
ALL

1
Washington
2-0
10-0
Nation’s #1-ranked team is doing it by taking care of the small stuff: tough serving plus strong passing equals great hitting (#3 in nation)
2
USC
2-0
12-1
Nation’s #2-ranked team is led by a soph and two frosh … will that help or hurt in Friday’s huge showdown with Stanford?
3
Stanford
2-0
9-2
Nation’s #7-ranked team showed grit against ASU; face floundering Bruins tonight in Pauley before cross-town trip to Galen.
4
Arizona St
1-1
12-2
Nation’s #15-ranked team missed a golden opportunity on the Farm; Gardner is the real deal, but team passing was Achilles heel
5
Utah
1-1
12-2
No shame in losing to USC & BYU, but Utes need a signature win; hoping Huskies light-headed from altitude of polls and SLC.
6
California
1-1
8-3
Bears gave Cardinal more than many expected, then shut down ‘Cats. Need a win against Bruins if they lose against Trojans.
7
Colorado
1-1
9-3
Buffs bounce through tough loss to Utah, then historic win against UCLA, then big stumble at Wyoming. Who will UW see Friday?
8
Washington St
1-1
14-1
Cougs’ only loss is to the nation’s number one team. Need at least a Rocky Mountain split to stay in the conversation.
9
Oregon
1-1
8-4
When Ducks win, they support one another. When Ducks lose, they act like strangers. May need some kumbaya among the cactus.
10
UCLA
0-2
9-3
Beatdown in Boulder ends a 12-match roadtrip. Will Home Sweet Home be enough to conquer Cards, if not Bears?
11
Arizona
0-2
8-3
Wildcats’ woes start with anemic hitting, despite having what should be two of the Pac-12’s best hitters. Need to roast Ducks.
12
Oregon St
0-2
9-4
Had WSU on the ropes at home, but couldn’t close the deal. Will be a long season unless Beavs win matches like that one.




Photos courtesy Shutter Geeks Photography


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