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2014 AVCA Week 6 poll: Maroons replace Titans

No. 25 Chicago reentered the poll for the first time since the preseason on the heels of its four-set win over Washington-St. Louis, which fell four spots to eighth. The Maroons replace UW Oshkosh, which was swept by UW-Stout.

Unbeaten Hope remains the unanimous top team in the nation in this week’s poll. The Dutch are followed by Cal Lutheran, Emory, Calvin and Wittenberg.

Other Central and Midwest teams in the Week 6 poll: No. 9 Elmhurst; No. 12 St. Thomas; No. 14 UW-Stevens Point; No. 15 Nebraska Wesleyan; No. 20 Millikin; No. 21 Saint Benedict; No. 22 Carthage; No. 24 Augsburg.

Nebraska Wesleyan jumped seven spots after finishing its D III schedule unbeaten, including wins over Washington-St. Louis, Colorado College and Christopher Newport. Good job, good effort, voters. But it’s not high enough. NWU is still behind WUSTL, CC and CNU.

Central and Midwest team receiving votes this week: UW-Whitewater; Coe; UW Oshkosh; Cornell; Wartburg.

For comparison’s sake, here’s my Week 6 top 10, which offers the admittedly rosiest position for NWU.

-Ricky Nelson

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Written by Ricky Nelson

October 7, 2014 at 3:32 pm

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  1. Looking through the coaches votes this week and here are some observations:

    It looks like some coaches don’t vote each week. I counted six that didn’t vote week 6 and two (of the six) that haven’t voted since week 1 (gives us 57 valid ballots this week). AVCA still says there were 63 first place votes (“adjusted”). I wonder how AVCA allocates the rest of the 24 “adjusted” places for these 6 invalid ballots? Why not just count the valid 57 ballots!

    We have a coach voting Williams 3rd overall. Another at 4th overall. The next highest is 19th.

    NWU highest placement is 4th overall. They appear on 53 ballots (out of 57).

    MIT highest placement is 8th overall. Another coach at 13th and another at 18th. After that it’s 3 votes at 25 overall.

    Cornell has two coaches voting it in at 14th overall. Only 4 other coaches voted them in at all.

    Eastern shows up on 53 out of 57 ballots (pretty amazing to only be 19th overall).

    Wisconsin-Whitewater only shows up on 11 ballots but has a 10th overall vote.

    Top 4 schools with their worst vote placement: Hope (1), Cal Lutheran (4), Emory (7) and Calvin (11).

    Schools receiving one vote: Bowdoin (24), Pacific (20), Southwestern (24), Springfield (23), Susquehanna (25) and Washington & Lee (22)

    DIIIFan

    October 7, 2014 at 4:01 pm

  2. Thanks. I didn’t see that the ballots were published.

    I’ll just mention that some of your findings run counter to my opinions.

    -Ricky Nelson

    Ricky Nelson

    October 7, 2014 at 4:11 pm

  3. It’s always nice to see the different perspectives, regardless of whether I agree. There will always be outliers that I (and almost everyone) will take issue with. But I think highly of many coaches around the country, and their thoughtful weekly ballots just reinforce my respect.

    -Ricky Nelson

    Ricky Nelson

    October 7, 2014 at 4:48 pm


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