Top 25 scores 9-30

September 30th, 2012
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hard to believe we’re looking at Oct. already.

No. 3. USC def. Washington State 3-0

No. 6 Nebraska def. Arizona State 3-1

No. 7 Stanford def. ASU, 3-1

No. 11 Florida def. Mississippi State 3-0

No. 14 Florida def. Duke 3-1

No. 17 Louisville def. PItt 3-0

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  • OrbitalRipZ September 30, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    OUT OF 330 NCAA D-1 TEAMS, 2 FROM THE PAC-12 REMAIN THE ONLY UNDEFEATEDS LEFT STANDING

    13-0 OREGON (#2/Top 25 Coaches Poll) … Led by junior setter Lauren Plum (last week’s AVCA National Player of the Week and also an AVCA National Player of the Week as a sophomore), the Ducks used unranked Colorado and unranked Utah as floor mops. This was the Ducks 4th sweep in league play in as many tries.

    Next up: Team Jim Moore (8th season as UO’s head coach) must now swim to the shark-infested Bay Area, where California on Wednesday and Stanford on Friday await.

    13-0 WASHINGTON (#5/Top 25 Coaches Poll) … For the first time since 2006, the Huskies produced a consecutive beating of Top 5 opponents: 3-2 over UCLA followed by a sweep over USC.

    While Old School coaches will always argue, “It all begins with the pass,” Rally Scoring Era coaches like to say, “It all begins with the serve or serve and pass.” Jim McLaughlin speaks for the Rally Scoring Era coaches: “The most important thing is how we serve, so we’re going to put a premium on that.” And serve the stitches out of the ball the Dawgs did, disrupting the opponents’ vaulted pass-receive system time and time again.

    I’ve said the following the last 2 weeks so saying it for a 3rd week in a row won’t come as a surprise: look for Washington to crack the Top 3. It’s a question of whether it’ll be the #2 or #3 team in the nation.

    Next up: The Huskies goes on a matter-of-fact road trip, facing Utah on Friday and Colorado on Sunday.

  • OrbitalRipZ September 30, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    CINDY LUIS, head up!

    Your statement, “hard to believe we’re looking at Oct. already,” reminds me that the FIRST NCAA RANKING OF 2012 will be out sometime on Monday, October 1.

    Any Wahine fan wish to put his/her head on the chopping block and venture a guess as to Hawai’i’s power position?

    (And if you’re going to play, please voice your opinion BEFORE the rankings are released today on various sites.)

    • OrbitalRipZ September 30, 2012 at 10:56 pm

      BTW: For those who are newbies to collegiate vball, the power rankings are called “NCAA Women’s Volleyball RPI,” where RPI stands for Rating Percentage Index though I have heard RPI being defined as “Relative Power Index” by some vball experts.

      • Cindy Luis September 30, 2012 at 11:27 pm

        hard to figure out where UH will be. somewhere between 15-18? but computer is what is it is. info imputed by who knows who. but BCS-scewed (influenced) info. Just IMHO. when’s the last time the SEC won an NCAA women’s volleyball title? Not that the NCAA hasn’t tried by the bracket set up.
        There is such a bias that when you look at the the makeup of the selection committee they have actually designated non-BCS representative. as if that has anything to do with volleyball.

        • Warrior-15 October 1, 2012 at 10:05 am

          Cindy – I, like you, am not a fan of the RPI. But we’re at its mercy.

          I would disagree that it has a BCS bias though. The knock on the RPI — for volleyball, and a few other sports — is that it has a regional bias. Perhaps that aligns with some BCS conferences, but it doesn’t equate or result in a bias for the BCS (at least in volleyball).

          Look at teams from the Missouri Valley Conference for volleyball (teams like Northern Iowa, Wichita St and Missouri St). The RPIs for MVC teams have been surprisingly strong. They typically get 3 (even 4 teams) invited to the NCAA tournament. And no one would mistake the MVC for a BCS conference.

          Teams from middle America to the east coast have a larger pool of schools against whom they can schedule. A larger pool means the ability to schedule more teams with good win/loss records. And the “win/loss record” is the statistic that dominates the RPI formula.

          • Cindy Luis October 1, 2012 at 1:55 pm

            Agree with you about the odd bias towards the MVC. sadly you look at the seletion committee and very few have any volleyball knowledge, just a stepping stone to another ‘bigger’ committee.’ my point was that the committee is designated as BCS conferences and non-BCS affiliation. what that has to do with volleyball is beyond me.

    • Warrior-15 October 1, 2012 at 9:51 am

      We already have a fairly good idea where Hawaii’s RPI rating is. An RPI simulator is on the Rich Kern web site (called the RKPI), which is fairly accurate.

      This week, Hawaii’s RPI is 21.

      It’d down one from last week’s 20 rating. The week before Hawaii was at 11.

      At this rate, Hawaii will not host.

      The win/loss records of teams in the Big West continue to be troublesome. Only 2 other teams, besides Hawaii, have winning records (Pacific and Northridge). All this is affecting Hawaii’s RPI signficantly (plus the West-coast heavy non-conference schedule for Hawaii).

      The Big West teams may be better and put up more of a fight in conference than the WAC did. But Hawaii needs the Big West teams to have better win-loss records as well. Or else, Hawaii will lose out in the end, in the RPI landscape.

      • OrbitalRipZ October 1, 2012 at 12:51 pm

        I could be mistaken, but access to the RKPI pages is by paid subscription only.

        The RichKern Poll is a free web page. His poll (for Oct 1) lists Hawai’i @ #8 — the same as the AVCA Poll.

        Washington finally made the Top 3, though I continue to eat mynah bird (Hawai’i version of crow) in saying that the AVCA voters would reward U-Dub with the #2 spot.

        • OrbitalRipZ October 1, 2012 at 12:55 pm

          Orb, you need glasses! Oregon and Washington are tied for 2nd, what? My disrespect for the AVCA voters is soooo last 5 minutes ago. No mynah bird for dinner tonight, thank you very much.

        • Warrior-15 October 1, 2012 at 1:32 pm

          Some parts of Rich Kern are free. The page for the rankings, includes RKPI simulated ratings (just not for all NCAA teams).

          http://www.richkern.com/vb/rankings/rankc.asp?VBYear=2012&Div=DI&week=6-Oct+1+

          • OrbitalRipZ October 1, 2012 at 2:06 pm

            Above link just takes the non-member of the site to the home page only.

          • Warrior-15 October 1, 2012 at 3:37 pm

            Orbit – my bad … i could be mistaken about what’s free (or not free) on the Rich Kern web site.

  • roofer68 October 1, 2012 at 9:32 am

    A match score I didn’t see posted yet, Saint Mary’s beat undefeated BYU 3-1 on the 29th. Should help UH’s RPI.

    • Warrior-15 October 1, 2012 at 9:54 am

      Something is clicking for St. Mary’s. They also beat Pepperdine the night before.

      They play San Diego this week too.

  • Warrior-15 October 1, 2012 at 10:42 am

    The official RPI is out: http://web1.ncaa.org/app_data/weeklyrpi/2012WVBrpi1.html

    And Hawaii is 21.

    USC subregional, here we come! ;-)

    • Cindy Luis October 1, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      It is soooooo early to predict where and if Hawaii would go for the first-second round. much depends on who puts in for a bid as well. Both Shoji and Haley have expressed displeasure at the continued ‘pairing’ of the two teams in the same bracket 08 & 09 … not that it means anything.
      Hawaii has good wins over teams ahead of them such as Stanford and St. Mary’s.

      • OrbitalRipZ October 1, 2012 at 2:23 pm

        For newbies to NCAA D-1 vball, you want to be ranked in the Top 16 or close to the 16th-ranked team to be one of the 16 Subregional (rounds 1-2) hosts.

        As Cindy says, several factors come into play, like bids.

        But I think it’s fair to say that NCAA will want its 4 preselected hosts of a Regional to host and win its subregional, so that all 4 regionals will be ensured strong local media coverage and will bepacked with fans.

        This year’s Regional hosts are Nebraska (rpi #3), Purdue (rpi #10), Texas (rpi #15), and California (rpi #48). Further, the NCAA Championship is being played in Kentucky (rpi #17), and one can expect the NCAA Selection Committee will want the Wildcats to go deep into

        • OrbitalRipZ October 1, 2012 at 3:02 pm

          Cindy, can you delete this Oct 1, 2012 at 2:23pm. Thanks.

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