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Ricky Nelson’s 2014 final top 10

The AVCA poll comes out on Tuesday.

My rank, (my Wk 11 rank, AVCA Wk 11 rank), record, key results last week
1 (2, 2). Hope 34-2 National champion. 
2 (6, 5). Emory 39-4 National runner-up. 
3 (1, 1). Calvin 31-4 National semifinalist. 
4 (8, 6). Wisconsin-Stevens Point 33-5 National semifinalist. 
5 (5, 4). Wittenberg 29-4 Regional finalist.
6 (3, 3). Cal Lutheran 29-3 Regional semifinalist.
7 (7, 7). Washington-St. Louis 35-6 Regional finalist.
8 (9, 14). Carthage 37-4 Regional finalist.
9 (NR, 9). Christopher Newport 34-4 National quarterfinalist.
10 (NR, 17). Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 27-7 National quarterfinalist.
Dropped out: No. 4 Nebraska Wesleyan (22-7); No. 10 St. Thomas (24-7).

-Ricky Nelson


Written by Ricky Nelson

November 24, 2014 at 9:08 pm

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  1. As always Ricky…great coverage. Your consolidated links makes this the first site I come to for all of my DIII volleyball needs. The information contained on the different pages is always entertaining. Thank you!

    Interesting Top 10. Obviously (outside the top 4) you are balancing the season with the NCAA results. Since the NCAA doesn’t even out the regions you have to do this, but I’m curious about Cal Lu and NWU. Both had great seasons and prior to the tournament they were #3 and #4 in your rankings. NWU losses in the first round to a team basically playing a home game and Cal Lu losses in the second round at home. Cal Lu hangs in the Top 10 and NWU is bounced. I watched part of both matches where these teams lost and neither looked that inspired. Just seems like both get bounced or both stay or are you saying that you think you had NWU too high in your rankings prior to the tournament?

    Just discussion fodder because you know I’m always pulling for the Texas teams and the west!


    November 25, 2014 at 9:10 am

  2. Thank you for the kind words.

    Regardless of where I had a team before the tournament, my baseline judgement was that a team has to win a match in the tournament to be considered for the top 10.

    CLU lost to a hot, ranked Trinity team. At home, but to an under-ranked team. NWU lost to a legitimate No. 8 seed that was not ranked, albeit, as you mentioned, essentially on the road. UNW was easily the best No. 8 seed in the tournament – and I like UNW a lot – but a top 10 team needs to win that match.

    Tough call. I had an internal debate and decided NWU was No. 11, which is still pretty good.

    I don’t think I had NWU too high before the tournament. But in my opinion, losing in the first round as a No. 1 seed undoes quite a bit of the regular season.

    -Ricky Nelson

    Ricky Nelson

    November 25, 2014 at 9:43 am

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