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AVCA 2013 Week 3 poll: Auggies ranked for first time

Calvin was already No. 1 last week with 46 of 48 first-place votes. Sweeping No. 2 Hope made the Knights unanimous in the AVCA Week 3 poll. Hope stayed at No. 2, followed by St. Thomas, Emory and Cal Lutheran.

No. 6 Elmhurst, Juniata, Mount Union, Washington-St. Louis and Colorado College round out the top 10.

Other Central and Midwest teams in the Week 3 top 25: No. 12 Saint Benedict; No. 17 UW-Whitewater; No. 18 Chicago; No. 21 Augsburg; No. 24 Carthage.

Augsburg, the only new team in this week’s top 25, is ranked for the first time program history. No. 24 UW-Stevens Point exited the top 25.

Central or Midwest teams receiving votes: Nebraska Wesleyan; Cornell; UW-Stevens Point; Concordia-Moorhead; Edgewood; Coe.

Can’t say I disagree with the top of the 48-voter collective. If you forgot, have a look at my Week 3 top 10.

It’s great to see who votes for whom (see Voter Ballots). The most interesting part to me is how each voter sets the hierarchy within his or her own region and the volume of teams from those regions.

Unrelated to my most interesting part of published ballots, here’s the top portion of my favorite published AVCA ballot from Week 3:
1. Calvin
2. Juniata
3. Colorado College
4. Mount Union
5. Stevenson
6. Roger Williams
7. Springfield
8. Hope
9. Saint Benedict
10. CMS
11. Nebraska Wesleyan
12. Stevens

-Ricky Nelson


Written by Ricky Nelson

September 24, 2013 at 3:04 pm

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  1. Although the Top 10 are somewhat interesting I find the next 15 more intriguing. I looked at the teams with 4 or more losses (7 total) to see if I think they are properly ranked. (Side note – Odd that none of these schools were included in your “favorite published AVCA ballot”. Wonder why?) :-)

    #11 Wittenberg (7-5) has only one quality win (defined as a win over a Top 25 or vote getting team) while all 5 losses are to “quality” teams. Seems a tad overrated.

    #13 Otterbein (13-4) has wins over Chris Newport and W&L while all 4 losses are to quality teams (includes an NAIA school). Again, seems a tad overrated.

    #14 Puget Sound (7-4) has a couple of nice wins with all four losses coming to quality teams. Might move them back a few spots if at all.

    #16 Pacific Lutheran (6-4) has a couple of nice wins with three losses being “quality”. Would probably move them back into the 20s.

    #18 Chicago (10-5) has a win over Chris Newport but two losses to unranked teams. I would move them out of the Top 25.

    #19 Christopher Newport (9-7) really only has one quality win (W&L) with all 7 losses being “quality”. If I’m willing to move Chicago out then they would go, too.

    #24 Carthage (8-6) would be moved out. One quality win against a team they also lost to later in the year. Two losses to unranked teams.

    Not saying that wins/losses is all that you need to look at (like a particular voter may have done), but I think some of these schools with reputations need a strong look when they start dropping a few games. In the end, we can all just hope it gets sorted out by selection time.


    September 24, 2013 at 4:32 pm

  2. We disagree on Chicago — I’d have them somewhere around 20 — but I don’t think CNU or Carthage were deserving of the top 25 this week. I’m not sold on Salisbury in the top 25 right now either.

    I think the three teams I would have put in instead are Nebraska Wesleyan, Mary Hardin-Baylor and Williams.

    UW-Stevens Point would be in there for me next week.

    -Ricky Nelson


    September 26, 2013 at 2:53 am

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