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Ricky Nelson’s 2013 Week 9 top 10

The AVCA Week 9 poll comes out Tuesday.

My rank, (my Wk 8 rank, AVCA), record, last wk results
1 (1, 2). Calvin (27-1) Two conference sweeps. 
2 (2, 1). Hope (28-1) Two conference sweeps.
3 (3, 3). Cal Lutheran (28-1) W: Chapman.
4 (4, 4). St. Thomas (26-2) W: Northwestern; St. Mary’s (Minn.).
5 (5, 6). Emory (28-3) W: Juniata; Trinity (Texas); Berry.
6 (6, 5). Elmhurst (32-4) W: DePauw. 
7 (7, 9). Juniata (28-4) W: Trinity (Texas). L: Emory.
8 (9, 8). Washington-St. Louis (25-5) W: Buffalo St. 
9 (10, 13). Augsburg (28-3) W: Concordia-Moorhead.
10 (NR, 7). Saint Benedict (24-2) One conference win.
Dropped out: No. 8 Colorado College (30-3).

My top 5 matches of the week:
11/5 Elmhurst vs. Millikin
11/5 Wheaton vs. Carthage
11/5 Principia vs. Fontbonne
11/6 Webster vs. Westminster (Mo.)
11/5-10 Each conference tourney match

It’s time voters recognize UW-Stevens Point. Winners of 18 straight, the Pointers (29-4) have been underrated for most of the year. For the record, I have UWSP 13th this week.

-Ricky Nelson


Written by Ricky Nelson

November 3, 2013 at 2:07 pm

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  1. Hmm…CC gets dropped out of the Top 10 because I assume Trinity lost to both Juniata and Emory? Since CC lost to Trinity twice and should be ranked behind them, they get dropped? I actually don’t have any problem with this logic, if that was what was used, but CC did beat Augsburg earlier in the year and only have 2 DIII losses (both to Trinity). So, if you drop CC then you should also drop Augsburg IMHO.

    Interesting that Trinity goes out and smokes Emory and Juniata in the first game of both matches only to lose those matches. Wonder if they just surprised both teams or if major adjustments were made.


    November 4, 2013 at 9:08 am

  2. All valid criticisms. Those reasons played a large part. Augsburg has also played a tougher overall schedule than CC and AC is the No. 1 seed in perhaps the country’s best conference this year.

    Many others may disagree with the last reason, but the MIAC would have to be on everyone’s short list.

    -Ricky Nelson


    November 4, 2013 at 1:32 pm

  3. Regarding “Augsburg has also played a tougher overall schedule than CC…”:

    Per last week’s regional ranking sheets, CC is 7-2 against “all division ranked opponents” while AC is 3-3. SOS is on AC’s favor, however (.537 to .565).

    As a side note, Trinity sits at .620 SOS and 12-3 (now 13-5) against ranked opponents.

    I’m still going Trinity, CC and AC in that order. :-)


    November 4, 2013 at 5:14 pm

  4. […] on the side of the nine voters who thought Calvin should have been the No. 1 team this week. I also think Augsburg, the No. 1 seed in arguably the best conference in the country this year, […]

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