New RPI up, Hawaii No. 8. just weird

October 31st, 2011

Illinois No. 1, followed by Nebraska, Iowa State, Texas, UNI, Minneosta, Stanford and Hawaii

UCLA at No. 9.

I think it’s just screwy how you can lose and move up, and keep losing, in the case of Minnesota (13-8). and still don’t understand the UNI ranking. guess the MVC has become such a powerhouse.

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  • Warrior15 October 31, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    for UNI … MVC, for some reason, has been rated pretty solidly by the RPI.

    but regardless of the RPI for the conference, UNI had a very good non-conference schedule (as far as RPI is concerned), which is boosting their overall schedule (much like Hawaii’s nonconference schedule is making up for its weaker conference schedule). so in a way, UNI is kind of like Hawaii… though UNI doesn’t have a history of consistently going deep into the tournament like Hawaii.

    UNI’s schedule is rated the 16th strongest. Hawaii’s is 22. (According to the “nitty gritty” sheets for the RKPI on the Rich Kern web site.)

    That kind of schedule will put you up there in the RPI rankings, for sure…

  • masteruke October 31, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    As I said in earlier blogs UNI’s RPI and AVCA rankings are very suspecious and also Minnesotas remaining in the top 20. A few weeks ago the rational for making Illinois
    #1 was because of their won loss record. Considering there are only two teams now that have only one loss UH
    and UNI is either going to be #1. I’ll answer myself, NO WAY. AVCA and the NCAA wiil say strength of schedule
    before won loss record. Therefore either a PAC 12 or BIG
    10 team should be #1.

  • LC November 2, 2011 at 7:22 am

    New Mexico State is blaming their losses on bad calls by officals and travel.I find it funny that he has never complained about travel to Idaho and Utah State before.

  • Ainokea November 2, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Well technically mike jordan has played volleyball in his past life…….right? Despite his size. Hahahahahahahah

  • Beauston November 2, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Random thought…

    Im sure the coaching staff have something planned for the Wahine while they enjoy their 1 week break now and another break after NMSU game until the WAC Tourney on 11/21. It just brings me to the edge knowing other good teams with this kind of schedule in the past had fallen into complacentcy after a long winning streak and when its time back to game time, they werent able to turn it back on when needed. The Wahine got some work in scouting at least the top ten teams on the poll right now and game plan for post season so we can do better than than 2nd round.

    • LC November 2, 2011 at 3:03 pm

      “It just brings me to the edge knowing other good teams with this kind of schedule in the past had fallen into complacentcy after a long winning streak and when its time back to game time, they werent able to turn it back on when needed.”

      I was thinking the same thing Beauston ,hope it dosen’t happen.

    • Warrior15 November 2, 2011 at 4:11 pm

      in so many ways, this really wasn’t an ideal WAC conference schedule …

      • Beauston November 2, 2011 at 7:01 pm

        Im just hoping and praying Shoji and team have the same thoughts the back of their minds utilizing this break to REALLY set up some plan on how to get back to Final Four. With the way everyone’s playing right now, like Cindy said, there is no real dominant team. The road for the Wahine I think will be a lot harder during the 1st rounds through NCAA Sweet 16, once we get to the Final Four, we have a real sensible chance of winning.

  • jmy November 2, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Purdue just beat Illinois in 4.

  • Warrior15 November 2, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Illinois just lost again … goes down in 4 to Purdue, who has waited all season to be welcomed into the top 10. this win just might do it.

  • LC November 3, 2011 at 8:30 am

    I watched Iowa State and OK on ESPNU yesterday.I was impressed with Iowa State ,not national champs material but quite possibly an elite 8 team.With a present #3 RPI they might get a very good seeding.

  • po'okela November 3, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    didn’t iowa state get beat badly by texas recently?

  • OrbitalripZ (call me OZ) November 3, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    (Gotta post this under this “weird” title as the blog has taken its annual fall break.)

    In the WHO CARES department:

    Top Matchup of the Weekend
    For the first time this season, I do not see a Clash-of-the-Titans matchup worthy of national attention.

    After this past weekend’s spooks and ghouls-gone-wild matches, it’s back to the lull before the storm as more and more teams begin to realize their dreams of a NCAA Championship are over.

    It’s always possible that we could see a Big Ten or Pac-12 beleaguered team get its house in order, if just for a night — Washington continues to blow hot and cold — but don’t count on it. Snooze you lose, but even this weekend’s snoozefest is unlikely to catch a top team off guard.

    Matches to Watch:
    11/04 (Fri) : #6 Penn State at #15 Minnesota (Big Ten)

    [FAQ] When Illinois hosted Purdue and PSU welcomed Minnesota to Rec Hall, the home teams took care of business handily. So can Purdue and Minnesota be the perfect host and return the favor? Purdue answered that question on Wednesday. Now it’s Minnesota’s turn.

    Of the 12 teams in the Big Ten, #2 Nebraska (18-2/11-1), #5 Illinois (21-3/10-3), #6 PSU (17-5/10-2), and #11 Purdue (21-3/10-3) will go down to the wire in the race for the league crown. We could see 7 or 8 Big Ten schools — 8 are listed in the top 38 in the current power ratings — when the NCAA sends out its coveted invites to The Dance.

    11/05 (Sat) : Marquette at Cincinnati (Big East)

    [FYI] Marquette (20-6/10-0) leads the 15-team conference, followed by Louisville (17-7/9-1) and Cincinnati (18-8/8-2). Though none of these Big East teams are ranked in the AVCA’s Coaches Top 25 Poll, all are likely — but not more than likely — to receive a berth in the NCAA’s Showtime!

    11/06 (Sun) : #34 North Carolina at #18 Florida St (ACC)

    [BTW] Florida St (19-4/13-0) leads, but North Carolina (19-5/11-2),#26 Miami (19-3/10-3) and #37 Duke (15-7/9-4) are all contenders that have a chance to state their cases.

    [Note] North Carolina’s Kaylie Gibson is one of 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award for volleyball. As is her formidable opponent Kanani Danielson, who now trails Gibson in the voting. You have through November 21 to cast your online vote(s) for Kanani so do it as she has given her all for you. Yes, you.

  • Beauston November 3, 2011 at 5:41 pm
  • wahinefan November 4, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Not much being happening here, does anyone have any practice updates? Has Shoji decided on a starting line up?

    • Hot November 4, 2011 at 3:15 pm

      Huh? I thought the lineup was already set? Both lineups he used have the same personnel. Danielson and Croson outside, Hewitt and either Hartong or Adolpho in the middle, Uiato at setter, Hartong or Satele opposite, Blake at libero. Maeda, Goodman and Stauber getting limited duty. It’s the same 11 people, whatever the starting rotation is. Glad that Satele has started the last few matches, but the continued use of Blake at libero is a head-scratcher. Thought that Maeda would’ve gotten a look by now. I’ve seen enough of Blake, want to see Maeda or Griffiths back at libero and Stauber playing back row for Satele. Goodman will sub for Uiato up front. But that’s just mey opinion.

      • NT November 4, 2011 at 6:04 pm

        I want to see Maeda and Griffiths at libero too. But I think wahinefan was referring to the Blake/Adolpho/Hartong on the right is one line up and the Maeda/Hartong/Satele line up since they’re both different line ups.

        • Hot November 4, 2011 at 6:33 pm

          It could be the old lineup with Hartong at MB and Satele opposite. The one constant in both lineups is Blake at libero.

    • Cindy Luis November 6, 2011 at 3:14 pm

      Ann and I are both on the mainland. and the team has had a few days off. will catch up with them when i get back tuesday.

  • gobows November 5, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Kanani is almost 3 points behind… for her folks!
    And let’s hope volleyball is on all the teams’ minds…..

  • hi November 6, 2011 at 11:04 am

    I dont know if this was mentioned earlier, but what happened with the sink or swim game between the mens volleyball team and the womens water polo team.

    • Cindy Luis November 6, 2011 at 2:49 pm

      HI I have been on the mainland. not sure what happened with the men’s vb-WWP match. get back to work tuesday

  • LC November 6, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Sunday Thoughts

    Considering we had a bye week tomorrows RPI will be based solely on how much our opponents helped us or hurt us.

    With NMS and Idaho both having 2 matches left a Idaho sweep and a NMS split with create a 2nd place tie in the regular season.

    Did the WAC web site ever say anything about Hawai`i cinching the regular season title ?

    AVCA Poll – With Penn State and Illinois both dropping one match this weekend I guess there will be some movement .

    WAC POW – No prediction this week,I really didn’t follow any WAC matches.

    Yesterday I voted for Kanani and when I hit the submit button the other girls vote went from 34.1 to 34.2.That thing is a joke.

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