Tuesday, November 12, 2013

NCAA | Washington volleyball among elite in media poll

Huskies in top 3 of all national polls and RPI
  • next: UCLA @ #3 Washington | November 13 | 6PM | Pac 12 Networks


As often happens late in the season, the Volleyball Magazine media poll, the AVCA coaches’ poll and the NCAA’s RPI rankings start to align. Washington is now a solid #3 across the board.
 
Washington's Jenna Orlandini (4) and Cassie Strickland (8)
-photo by Shutter Geeks Photography
The RPI starts to diverge after the top 7. The formula relies heavily on the record of a team’s opponents (and its opponents’ opponents), penalizing those who have not played a particularly tough schedule. That’s why the RPI is generally unimpressed with the fact that Colorado State is still undefeated. It’s also why it remains smitten with Creighton, a team that dared play (and lose to) California, UCLA and Hawai’i, with victories over BYU, Cal State Northridge and Kansas.

This week, for fun, here’s a reminder of the teams who managed to defeat the top teams in the various rankings. Notice, in particular, how often Texas, Penn State and Washington show up in that column …
  
VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE MEDIA POLL FOR WEEK OF NOVEMBER 11

Volleyball Mag.
AVCA
Coaches
Poll
RPI
Volleyblog Seattle
School
(VBM First Place Votes)
Losses
This Week
Last Week
1
1
1
1
3
Texas (5)
Hawai’i, Ariz St
2
2
2
2
2
Penn State (3)
Texas, Mich St
3
3
3
3
1
Washington (2)
Colo
4
4
4
5
4
Southern Cal
San Diego, Ariz, Washington
5
6
7
6
6
Missouri
[none]
6
5
5
4
7
Florida
Penn St, Mizzou
7
7
6
7
5
Stanford
Fla, Texas, USC, Washington, USC
8
8
8
14
10
San Diego
Texas, BYU, St. Mary’s
9
10
10
19
11
Colorado St
[none]
10
11
9
8
8
Nebraska
Auburn, Texas, Mich St, Purdue
11
9
11
15
9
Minnesota
Kntcky, Nebr, Penn St, Wisc, Nebr
12
12
12
12
12
Hawai’i
San Diego, UCSB, Nrthrdge, UC Davis
13
15
13
17
13
Duke
Fla, Minn, NC St
14
14
14
16
NR
Wisconsin
Kans, Nebr, Penn St, Mich, Ill, Purdue, Nebr
15
19
15
26
15
North Carolina
Duke, Fla St, Miami
16
20
17
9
17
Kentucky
Fla St, Ill, Pepp, Fla, Georgia, Mizzou
17
17
22
24
16
Florida State
Ill, Ohio St, Tex A&M, Fla, Ga Tech, Duke, Va Tech
18
13
16
28
NR
Michigan State
Pacific, Minn, Wisc, Mich, Ind, Penn St, Ill
19
18
19
29
NR
Michigan
Fla St, Ohio St, Penn St, Ill, Nebr, Minn, Purdue, Penn St, Ill
20
NR
NR
20
20
California
Kan St, UC Davis, Stanford, USC, Utah, Washington, USC
NR
16
18
32
NR
Purdue
USC, W Ky, Wisc, Minn, Penn St, NWstrn, Minn, Penn St, Ohio St
NR
NR
24
30
14
BYU
Creighton, Bowl Green, Okla, St. Mary’s, S Clara
NR
NR
NR
52
18
Cent. Arkansas
Ariz, Penn St, Marquette
NR
NR
NR
33
NR
Oregon
Ohio, Mich St, Mich, Washington, Ariz, USC, Stanf, Cal, Ariz St, USC
NR
NR
21
37
19
CS Northridge
Creighton, UCLA, Washington, UCSB
NR
NR
NR
21
NR
Oklahoma
Pacific, Miami, Texas, Kansas, Texas, Kan St, Iowa St
NR
NR
NR
25
NR
Arizona
Kansas, Hawai’i, Ariz St, Cal, Washington, Colo, Utah, Ore, Washington
NR
NR
NR
10
NR
Creighton
Cal, UCLA, Hawai’i, Butler, Marq, St Johns
NR
NR
NR
11
NR
Marquette
BYU, USC, Penn St, Fla, Creighton,
NR
NR
23
13
NR
Kansas
Cent Ark, Creighton, Texas, Iowa St, Texas
NR
NR
NR
22
NR
Utah
BYU, USC, Washington, Stanf, Ore, Washington, Wash St, Cal, Stanf
NR
NR
25
18
NR
Illinois
Long Beach, San Diego, Washington, Texas, NC, Duke, Nebr, Mich St, Purd, Penn St, NWstrn, Nebr

Others receiving Volleyball Magazine votes: Purdue, Cal State Northridge, BYU, Central Arkansas
Volleyblog Seattle is one of ten national voters in the weekly Volleyball Magazine Division 1 Women’s Volleyball Poll.



NOTES:
  • Former Washington setter Jenna Hagglund was on the roster, but Alicia Glass got most of the playing time as the US National Team was swept 3-0 (26-24, 26-24, 25-20) by Brazil in the opening round of the FIVB Grand Champions Cup in Nagoya, Japan. Most of the USA roster is comprised of athletes who did not participate in last summer’s London Olympics. 



Photos courtesy Shutter Geeks Photography


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