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2015 AVCA Week 9 poll: Emory takes over at top

Emory, previously ranked second, swept then-No. 1 Juniata last week. Emory received 62 first-place votes, while Juniata somehow got one top vote and lists second in the AVCA Week 9 poll.

Third-ranked Washington-St. Louis, fourth-ranked Calvin and Wittenberg round out this week’s top five.

Other Central and Midwest region teams in the Week 9 top 25: No. 11 UW-Whitewater; No. 13 Carthage; No. 14 UW-Stevens Point; No. 17 Elmhurst; No. 18 UW-Oshkosh; No. 22 Chicago; No. 24 Illinois Wesleyan.

Central and Midwest region teams receiving votes this week: Gustavus Adolphus; UW-Eau Claire; Wartburg; Bethel.

My Week 9 top 10

-Ricky Nelson


Written by Ricky Nelson

November 3, 2015 at 2:02 pm

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  1. Taking another stab at the West RAC results before the tournaments all start and the NCAA makes their selections.

    Looking at the results from last week, it’s obvious that the West RAC is putting more stock into head-to-head wins. CMS being ranked ahead of Cal Lu only happens because they just beat them. SU ahead of UTD only happens because SU held a head-to-head advantage. I don’t want to beat a dead horse, but the West RAC did this last year (having SU ahead of CC) and the NCAA squashed them come selection time. It will be interesting to see if the same thing happens again.

    #1 Colorado College. They did nothing to suggest they should be dropped from this spot.

    #2 UTD. I had them here last week but the RAC took SU. UTD beat SU this past week and even though this means they split their matches, recent head-to-head should move them up.

    #3 Southwestern. I could be VERY wrong here. Previously #2 with a win over La Verne but a loss to UTD this week. They hold a head-to-head over CMS. If the RAC wants to put Cal Lu here then fine, but it means jumping CMS for no apparent reason.

    #4 CMS. When the RAC moved CMS ahead of Cal Lu last week they basically blocked Cal Lu from getting into the top 3 this week.

    #5 Cal Lu. I expect they will win their conference tournament and be moved up to a 2 or 3 seed. It will all work out in the end.

    #6 ETBU. Welcome to the show East Texas! Dropped a match to Hendrix this week but I think their two losses to UTD look better now. Regardless, they move ahead of La Verne and are now primed for selection. Need to make the ASC finals. Another loss to UMHB will hurt…a lot.

    #7 Whitworth. They have already secured the NW automatic bid. Congrats Pirates! RAC could put them ahead of ETBU but their placement really doesn’t matter.

    #8 Trinity. Tough one! Trinity just beat La Verne and LV is coming off 3 losses in 4 matches. But TLU is 3rd in the SCAC…not Trinity. And TLU’s best wins are against Trinity but a .478 SOS! Pac Lu is another option but they lost to Trinity, too. I think the West RAC valuing head-to-head means Trinity is here. If La Verne can beat CMS in the SCIAC tourney, then it might be enough to get back into the mix. TLU needs to reach the SCAC final to have a prayer. None of this matters if the Slugs win the GSAC, which brings me to…

    Prediction: Most important game in the west will be the GSAC final (Agnes Scott versus Santa Cruz). Slugs win and I think there is one less West spot to fill. Also has ramifications as to whether the regional is played in SoCal or Texas.


    November 3, 2015 at 3:07 pm

  2. This would be laughable from coaches in an intramural league. In an NCAA sanctioned sport, not so much. Has the Russian figure skating judge from the USSR days found a new life as a voting member of AVCA?Frankly embarrassing.


    November 3, 2015 at 4:13 pm

  3. Yes, it was Juniata’s first D III loss, but Emory throttled JC. I’m with you. It’s a head-scratcher.
    More importantly, I hope the regional rankings are better this week.

    Ricky Nelson

    November 3, 2015 at 5:06 pm

  4. Not sure how Juniata held on to number 2 over Wash. Wash took Emory to 5 and Juniata got beat up badly in 3. Wash’s other loss was to Cal Lutheran while Juniata’s was to a .500 D2 team (Clarion). Hard to compare on the second losses but head to head seems pretty clear. How they got a 1st place vote over Emory is even harder to understand.


    November 3, 2015 at 5:07 pm

  5. Like I mentioned before, I’m curious where the Central RAC positions Augsburg. That decision will take some finesse.
    The Midwest? Give me:
    1. UWW
    2. Carthage
    3. UWSP
    4. UWO
    5. IWU
    6. UWEC
    7. Elmhurst
    8. Chicago
    Millikin could sneak into the last few spots without a problem from me.

    Ricky Nelson

    November 3, 2015 at 5:16 pm

  6. I’m with you. I had JC fourth behind Emory, WUSTL and Calvin.

    Ricky Nelson

    November 3, 2015 at 5:18 pm

  7. Best guess, RIcky. Does Bethel need to beat St. Ben’s on Thursday to advance? I would guess that they do. Or can you see a scenario with Gustavus, St. Ben’s and then Bethel moving on.


    November 3, 2015 at 9:29 pm

  8. Without seeing the rankings, my sense is that BU needs to at least make the final.

    Ricky Nelson

    November 3, 2015 at 9:31 pm

  9. I would agree. So I will wait until Thursday to ask if Bethel needs to win that final.


    November 3, 2015 at 9:48 pm

  10. Even then, a lot depends on the rest of the country. If you’re a Royals fan (or any potential bubble Pool C team), root for chalk in all conference tourneys.

    Ricky Nelson

    November 3, 2015 at 10:00 pm

  11. The conspiracy theorist in me notices that the DIII ballots are still not available this week. Are they not happy that the actual number of ballots is being reported? :)

    It also appears that DI and DII uses the same method of adjusting the point totals.



    November 5, 2015 at 9:13 am

  12. Conspiracy thwarted.

    48 ballots for week 9.

    Emory (47, 1)
    Juniata (1, 26, 8, 8, 4, 0, 0, 1) – A 1st and 8th?
    Wash-StL (0, 15, 22, 9, 1)
    Calvin (0, 4, 11, 23, 10)
    Wittenberg (0, 0, 1, 0, 9, 32, 5, 1)

    Congrats to the voter who jumped Emory over Wash-StL from 3rd to 2nd and left Juniata at 1. Unusual thought process there.



    November 6, 2015 at 9:34 am

  13. StatsGuy – You made me go dig up that ballot. Something not “Wright” there. Did you notice Wisconsin Lutheran (11-15) ranked 10th on his ballot? How about Misericordia (12-22) coming in at 23? In Texas, we just say, “bless his heart”, and move on.


    November 6, 2015 at 11:42 am

  14. DIII,

    I really don’t dig that deep. Just kind of keep an eye on the top-end. There are always a few interesting ballots.



    November 6, 2015 at 2:59 pm

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