Showing posts with label Top 20. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Top 20. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

NCAA | Washington moves to top 5 in media poll

Pac-12 continues to dominate voting

Washington's Jenni Nogueras (9) and Jenna Orlandini (purple jersey) celebrate a point against Oregon
-Volleyblog Seattle photo by Leslie Hamann
Reporters mostly agreed with coaches in the November 20, 2012 Volleyball Magazine media poll. Media ranked UCLA slightly higher than Oregon. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

NCAA | Washington Volleyball 8th in media poll, 14th in RPI

Five Pac-12 teams in top eight
Reporters mirrored coaches in the October 30, 2012 Volleyball Magazine media poll. Both placed the same schools in their respective Top 20s, and the top 13 were identical.

Meanwhile, the NCAA’s RPI continues to baffle. The top five teams in the Pac12 are a collective 84-3 against all other opponents (not counting, of course, when they play each other. (Early in the season, UCLA barely lost in 5 at Nebraska, Stanford barely lost in 5 at Penn State, and Stanford lost in 4 at Hawai’i.)

84-3. They pretty much only lose to each other. 

Monday, October 29, 2012

NCAA | How the Top 20 fared

Washington's Kelly Holford
-courtesy Shutter Geeks Photography

How the Top 20 fared, October 22-28, 2012

Several upsets this week, none of them earthshaking:
  • #1 Penn State lost to #4 Nebraska (2-3)
  • #4 Nebraska lost to #20 Ohio St (1-3)
  • #5 Washington lost to #6 UCLA (1-3)
  • #5 Washington lost to #7 USC (2-3)
  • #11 Florida lost to #12 Florida St (0-3)
  • #18 Kansas lost to unranked Iowa St (1-3)

Worth noting:
  • #14 San Diego lost back-to-back 5-set squeakers, last week to St. Mary’s, this week to Santa Clara (13-15 in both fifth sets). In the past month, Santa Clara (17-8) has defeated Pepperdine, BYU and San Diego, all top-20 teams at the time.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

NCAA | How the Top 20 fared

How the Top 20 fared, September 24-30, 2012

Another busy week …
  • St. Mary’s (8-7) hands #11 BYU (15-1) its first loss of the season … just one day after the Gaels also knocked off #18 Pepperdine.
  • Pepperdine had a bad week: the Waves also lost to Santa Clara
  • With BYU’s loss, there are only two undefeated Division 1 schools remaining: #2 Oregon and #5 Washington. Those two teams meet in Eugene a week from Saturday.
  • #1 Penn State absolutely crushed #10 Minnesota, including 25-8 in the second set.
  • Both #3 USC and #4 UCLA lost … both to Washington.
  • #13 Purdue keeps on winning … which could be significant down the line for Washington’s RPI (since the Huskies beat the Boilermakers 3-0)

USC's Katie Fuller (22) attacks against the Washington block of Amanda Gil (1) and Krista Vansant
-Volleyblog Seattle photo by Leslie Hamann

Sunday, September 23, 2012

NCAA | How the Top 20 fared

How the Top 20 fared, September 17-23, 2012

Crazy numbers this week:
  • Number two beat number one and number four beat number three.
  • Number two would have become number one, except it lost to number seven.
  • Numbers ten, twelve, eighteen and twenty also lost

Washington's Jenna Orladinia
-Volleyblog Seattle photo
by Leslie Hamann

And you thought YOU worked hard:
  • Seattle University has played six five-set matches this season, including the last five in a row. The Redhawks are 3-3 in five-set matches in 2012.
  • #17 San Diego lost a set to San Francisco 33-35. The next night they won a set against Santa Clara 32-30.
  • #10 Louisville won its first two sets against Notre Dame 25-16, 25-16 … then went on to lose the fifth set 3-15. It was only Louisville’s second loss of the season.
  • #8 Hawai’i played its first road matches of the season—and its first matches in the Big West Conference. The Wahine Rainbow went 3-0 this week, but were pushed to five sets by both Cal State Northridge and Cal State Fullerton.
  • Five teams fell from the ranks of the unbeaten this week, including #2 USC (0-3 to #7 Oregon), #12 Kansas State (0-3 to Oklahoma), Michigan State (2-3 to #16 Purdue); South Carolina (1-3 to Auburn then 1-3 to #20 Tennessee) and Northwestern (1-3  to Wisconsin, then 1-3 to #11 Minnesota).
  • Only three undefeated teams remain (of 327 Division 1 schools): #5 Washington (11-0), #7 Oregon (11-0) and #14 BYU (14-0)

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