Thursday, October 10, 2013

Pac-12 | Volleyball power rankings for week seven

Huskies complete 3-1 road trip; look to add wins at home
  • next: Arizona @ #6 Washington |8PM |October 11 | Pac-12 Network


Last night in Berkeley, Colorado continued a telling trend. By dropping a 3-0 match to surging Cal, the Buffs haven’t yet lost a league contest at home, nor won a conference match on the road.

Washington's Kylin Munoz (24) and Lianna Sybeldon (10) block against Oregon
-photo by Shutter Geeks Photography

As the Pac-12 volleyball season enters its third week, 11 of the 12 teams have played at least one home match. The lone road-only team is Washington, which swept through the Palouse, Willamette Valley and Rocky Mountains with a 3-1 record.

As in most sports, Pac-12 teams want to maximize wins on the road and minimize losses at home. By those two measures, the Huskies have a slight leg up on the competition, even if it is so very early in the 2013 schedule:



ROAD WINS


HOME LOSSES
Washington
3

Washington
0
Stanford
2

Stanford
0
Oregon
2

USC
0
USC
1

Colorado
0
California
1

Arizona
0
Washington St
1

California
1
Arizona St
0

Arizona St
1
Colorado
0

Washington St
1
Utah
0

Oregon
1
Arizona
0

Utah
2
UCLA
0

UCLA
2
Oregon St
0

Oregon St
2

Washington has slipped behind Stanford in Pac-12 hitting percentage (.309), still good for ninth in the nation. UW dropped to eighth in opponent hitting percentage (.174), and fell to fifth in blocks/set (2.69) The Huskies lead the conference in aces/set (1.98), good for #2 in the nation (behind Sacred Heart)

The most impressive team in the past seven days has been Cal, with wins against UCLA and Colorado, and a whisper-thin 5-set heartbreaker at USC. Arizona also rose from the dead with two home victories against the Ducks and Beavers, while UCLA and Oregon State are headed for a showdown to see who will be the only winless team in conference play.

WEEK SEVEN PAC-12 POWER RANKINGS …


CONF
ALL

1
USC
4-0
14-1
Trojans barely tiptoe past Cal after sweeping Stanford. After 4 league matches, Bricio looks like toughest go-to hitter in Pac-12
2
Stanford
3-1
10-3
Cards rely heavily on their talented middles; when passing isn’t perfect, that’s a problem
3
Washington
3-1
11-1
Hard to win on the road in this league, but Huskies think they should be 4-0; UW needs all weapons against UA & ASU
4
California
3-2
10-4
Bears were one serve away from beating SC; Gehan needs more clutch hitting to complement her strong leadership
5
Colorado
3-2
11-4
Buffs will need to show they can be as passionate at sea level as they are a Mile High. Early 5-set loss at Utah could hurt later.
6
Arizona
2-2
10-3
‘Cats bounce back from week one flop with two wins against UO and OSU; will face UW’s first Pac-12 home court crowd Fri night
7
Oregon
2-2
9-5
Ducks headed nowhere until they surprised ASU; can they justify their Top 25 ranking by upsetting USC in Eugene?
8
Arizona St
2-2
13-3
On paper, Devils looked better than Ducks. Will now try to repeat last season’s upset in Seattle.
9
Utah
2-2
13-3
Utes leave cozy SLC confines for Bay Area and Willamette River; need a split each weekend to stay in the conversation
10
Washington St
1-3
14-3
Cougs learning that creampuff nonconference schedule doesn’t guarantee conference success.
11
UCLA
0-4
9-5
Bruins have talent but lack chemistry. Loss in Corvallis would be a new low but win in Eugene not out of the question.
12
Oregon St
0-4
9-6
In almost any other conference, Beavers would be competitive. This is the team UW doesn’t get to play twice.




Photos courtesy Shutter Geeks Photography


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