Tuesday, November 19, 2013

NCAA | Washington volleyball escapes media poll scramble

Check out which teams remain in rankings despite recent lack of success
  • next #3 Washington @ #5 Stanford | November 20 | 7:30 PM | Pac 12 Networks


Lots of movement this week in the Volleyball Magazine media poll, although Washington remains a strong #3 across the board.
The Washington Huskies remained #3 in the media poll, coaches' poll and RPI
-photo by Shutter Geeks Photography

Voters, as might be expected, punished #10 Southern California after the Trojans lost to both the Huskies and Cougars. Stanford, San Diego and especially Nebraska all moved in to fill the vacuum.

Losing, however, doesn’t hurt you if you’re in the middle of the Big Ten pack. For this week’s chart, we decided to assemble ranked teams’ records over the past ten matches. Check out the recent records of Wisconsin, Michigan State, Michigan and Purdue, then ask what it takes for lower-ranked voters to leapfrog them.

VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE MEDIA POLL FOR WEEK OF NOVEMBER 18

Volleyball Mag.
AVCA
Coaches
Poll
RPI
Volleyblog Seattle
School
(VBM First Place Votes)
Last 10
This Week
Last Week
1
2
2
2
2
Penn State (4)
WWWWWWWWWW
2
1
1
1
3
Texas (5)
WWWWWWWWWW
3
3
3
3
1
Washington (1)
WWWWWWWWWW
4
5
4
5
5
Missouri
WWWWWWWWWW
5
7
5
8
4
Stanford
WLWWLWWWWW
6
8
9
19
7
San Diego
WWWWWWWWWW
7
10
6
6
6
Nebraska
WLWWWWWWWW
8
9
10
18
9
Colorado St
WWWWWWWWWW
9
6
7
4
10
Florida
WWLWWWWWLW
10
4
8
7
8
Southern Cal
WLWLWWWWLL
11
11
11
14
11
Minnesota
WWLWWWWLWL
12
12
12
10
13
Hawai’i
WWLWLLWWWW
13
13
13
16
12
Duke
WWWWWWWWWW
14
14
15
15
NR
Wisconsin
LWWLWLLWLW
15
15
14
23
15
North Carolina
WWWWLLWWWW
16
16
16
9
17
Kentucky
WLWWWLWWWW
17
17
19
24
16
Florida State
WWLWWWWLWW
18
18
17
26
NR
Michigan State
LLLLWLWLLW
19
NR
21
32
14
BYU
WWWLWWWLWW
20
19
18
27
NR
Michigan
WLWWLWLWWL
NR
NR
20
17
NR
Illinois
LWLWLWWWWW
NR
NR
22
11
20
Kansas
WLWWLWWWLW
NR
20
23
28
NR
California
LWWWLWWWWL
NR
NR
24
21
NR
Iowa St
WWLWWWWWWW
NR
NR
25
41
NR
Purdue
WWWWLWLLLL
NR
NR
NR
56
18
Cent. Arkansas
WWWWWWWWWW
NR
NR
NR
12
NR
Creighton
WWLWLWWWWL
NR
NR
NR
13
NR
Marquette
WWWWWWWWWW
NR
NR
NR
20
NR
Arizona
WWLLLWWLWW
NR
NR
NR
22
NR
Oklahoma
LWWWWLLLWW
NR
NR
NR
25
NR
Utah
WLWWLLLLLW
NR
NR
NR
29
NR
Oregon
WWLLLWLWLW
NR
NR
NR
38
19
CS Northridge
WLWWWWWWWL

Others receiving Volleyball Magazine votes: California, Kansas, Central Arkansas, UC Santa Barbara, Cal State Northridge, Iowa State, Illinois
Volleyblog Seattle is one of ten national voters in the weekly Volleyball Magazine Division 1 Women’s Volleyball Poll.


NOTES:
  • In case you missed it, Washington’s Krista Vansant was named both the National Player of the Week and the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week after getting a combined 35 kills in home court victories against UCLA and USC, completing regular-season sweeps of both schools. Vansant is the first Washington player since Sanja Tomasevic to win the national Sports Import/AVCA award at least twice in her career. Earlier this season, sophomore middle Lianna Sybeldon also earned the national honor. Between them, Vansant, Sybeldon and Jenna Orlandini have won either the offensive or defensive Pac-12 award seven times this season.
  • Washington confirmed that three high school players have signed national letters of intent for next fall. Bellarmine Prep’s Courtney Schwan—recently named MVP of the state 4A tournament for the second year in a row—will be joined by two Southern Californians, Tia Scambray of Dana Point and Crissy Jones of Los Alamitos. Both Californians compete for Tstreet, the same junior club as current Huskies Cassie Strickland and Bailey Tanner (whose father, Troy Tanner, founded Tstreet.) None of the three freshmen on the current UW roster—Tanner, Carly DeHoog and Jade Finau—have seen match action this season, so the Huskies will effectively have six new players next season once they graduate Gabbi Parker, Jenni Nogueras, Jenna Orlandini and Kylin Muñoz.




Photos courtesy Shutter Geeks Photography


4 comments:

  1. Is there a possibility that UW will be a location for a 1st round or is that not even an option since the finals are here?

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    1. UW will be a 1st-2nd round location. The NCAA Tournament Selection Committee chooses the 64 tournament participants (count on at least 6 from the Pac-12), and then designates the top 16 (heavily--though not exclusively--determined by the final RPI ranking.) Those 16 seeds host the first two rounds of the tournament. Washington would have to go 0-4 in its final four matches (@ Stanford, @ Cal, Oregon St, Washington St) to fall out of the top 16. The locations for the 3rd/4th rounds are selected more than a year in advance; this time it's USC, Illinois, Kentucky and Nebraska (Omaha). As you mention, the Final Four is at Seattle's Key Arena, which in no way prevents the Huskies from being a Top 16 seed and 1st/2nd round host. The tournament bracket will be revealed a week from Sunday.

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  2. With the three new signees all playing outside or middle and last year's class having hitters and setters it looks like a move from OH to libero for everyone's favorite jump server. If we stay with a 6-2 we would need either Tanner or Finau to move into the vacant setter spot and two of the Fr/RS Fr. to step into the lineup as hitters. It sounds like the three just signed are the real deal as they are all top 20 recruits. I could see next year's lineup looking like Strickland at L, Tanner and Beals at S, Vansant, Nelson, DeHoog and a freshman at OH and Sybeldon and Wade in the middle.

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  3. Think of the rotations we could run with Bailey as a combnation setter/OH. Jim's mind must be going over every possible scenario.

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