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Late recap tonight

A situation has arisen, and my Wednesday recap will be late. I’m not sure when it will be up. Good thing that there’s a light schedule.

-Ricky Nelson

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Written by Ricky Nelson

November 2, 2011 at 5:56 pm

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  1. Ricky,
    Just curious what your thoughts are on the West Region Rankings that came out today that has Whitworth #3, Puget Sound #4, and PLU #6, when in conference, PLU is 2 games ahead of Puget Sound? Puget Sound beat PLU 2 out of 3 times this year, but PLU won the last match against them. Also, UPS has lost 2 times out of 3 to Whitworth, while PLU has beaten Whitworth 2 out of 3 times. Take strength of schedule aside, PLU is 2 matches ahead of Puget Sound in conference. I don’t get it!

    Beth

    November 3, 2011 at 8:08 pm

  2. I think the committee has those three NWC teams in the correct order. Here are the numbers, which you probably know. You know the HTH info.
    3. WU 17-6 in-region, .525 SOS, 3-4 vs. in-region ranked
    4. UPS 17-5 in-region, .525 SOS, 5-3 vs. in-region ranked
    6. PLU 17-4 in-region, .495 SOS, 3-3 vs. in-region ranked

    I’ve written screeds against the validity of West Region SOS numbers as compared to other regions for Pool C bids (http://volleytalk.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=general&action=display&thread=39630&page=7), but it’s a fair criterion when comparing West teams to each other. A difference of .30 is vast. But because the West SOS numbers can fluctuate wildly due to few different opponents, a lot can change in a few matches. For example, UPS’s SOS will take a significant hit in its last two matches. WU’s will take a decent hit as well, but PLU’s will also go down and won’t be over .500 come selection time. UPS and PLU could give the national committee a lot to debate. I agree that it’s a thin margin, but I would also give the edge to UPS as it now stands.

    Sometimes you can point to one or two matches that mean all the difference in the end. UPS really helped itself by traveling to Cal Lu and winning matches against Chapman and CMS. Take away those two matches, and UPS is maybe in a coin flip with PLU. PLU’s trip to Texas didn’t help the resume. Right now PLU’s sweep over LeTourneau sticks out as a particularly huge detriment. It would have also helped if PLU swept the season series against L&C since the others failed to as well.

    I’ve watched a lot of online NWC volleyball this year. All three contenders are worthy NCAA teams. It will be a white-knuckle Monday in the Pacific Northwest, huh? And you know darn well that the NCAA is going to save the West bracket until the end, or near the end. Good luck.

    -Ricky

    uwoshvball

    November 3, 2011 at 10:22 pm


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