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2015 AVCA Week 4 poll: WUSTL moves up to #2

Unbeaten Juniata maintained its spot atop the AVCA Week 4 poll, followed by Washington-St. Louis, Emory, Christopher Newport and Calvin.

Other Central and Midwest region teams in the top 25: No. 8 Carthage; No. 12 UW-Stevens Point; No. 13 UW-Whitewater; No. 15 Elmhurst; No. 16 Chicago; No. 19 UW-Oshkosh; No. 24 Augsburg.

Central and Midwest region teams receiving votes this week: Saint Benedict; Illinois Wesleyan; Wartburg; Dominican; Saint Mary’s (Minn.).

Was holding out hope that I’d see Concordia (Minn.) somewhere. If you didn’t see it, here is my top 10 this week.

-Ricky Nelson


Written by Ricky Nelson

September 29, 2015 at 2:16 pm

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  1. Expected a bigger bump for the mighty Titans after beating Whitewater. As always, the voters have their own unique take on it, I guess.

    Now for the west there was a lot of movement after some important results this week. No choice but to bump Cal Lu up to #1 after their dismantling of CMS at home. CMS also lost to La Verne in a close 5-set match so I’m going to jump Colorado College all the way up to #2. They were impressive against Southwestern and are the class of the SCAC right now. However, their previous loss to ETBU still hangs heavy (WHAT! No votes for ETBU in the AVCA poll? Ugh!). I can’t put La Verne behind CMS for this week so we’ll have La Verne at #3 and CMS at #4. (Welcome to the Top 25 La Verne!) What to do with UTD, ETBU and SU as they have all beaten each other? For this week, I will go SU at #5, UTD at #6 and ETBU at #7. ETBU should be ranked higher but a loss to UMHB this week hurts here (although UMHB played out of their minds). Whitworth stays at #8. I’m really stuck on these 8 right now in some order. Santa Cruz (5-7) is the problem child as their move to the GSAC means a probable automatic bid if they win their tournament. That leaves at least one of these 8 teams at home come NCAA selection time.

    Surprises of the week were plentiful. Cal Lu’s lopsided win over CMS. UMHB rising from the ashes to take down ETBU. Trinity losing to U of Dallas and is now fighting for the 5th seed in conference.


    September 29, 2015 at 2:35 pm

  2. Can you explain how the voting works? Looks like there are 64 coaches potentially voting. I say potentially because the most that have voted in any one week is 52. 51 voted this week, yet there are 63 first place votes?


    September 29, 2015 at 10:37 pm

  3. I do not know for sure. My assumption has been that missing ballots are carried over from prior weeks in some form of aggregate. But no, I cannot explain how it works.
    -Ricky Nelson

    Ricky Nelson

    September 29, 2015 at 10:41 pm

  4. I looked at that week 2. It appears that they take the voted ballots and come up with the Top 25 order. Then they fill out the missing ballots with that Top 25 order. So, for this week Juniata gets an extra 12 first place votes (from the missing ballots). You’ll notice that the AVCA lists the total points as “Total Points Adjusted”. I assume this is what they mean by “Adjusted”. The only thing this really impacts is that the difference in votes between teams is inflated by the number of missing ballots.


    September 30, 2015 at 9:41 am

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