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Ricky Nelson’s 2016 Week 2 top 10

The AVCA poll comes out Tuesday.

My rank, (my Week 1 rank, AVCA Week 1 rank), record, key results last week
1 (1,1). Cal Lutheran 8-0 W: Emory; UW-Whitewater.
2 (2,4). Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 8-0 W: Emory; Washington-St. Louis.
3 (5,3). Calvin 6-0 [None].
4 (6,7). Hope 6-0 [None].
5 (9,5). Colorado College 8-0 W: Texas Dallas; Springfield.
6 (10,NR). UW-La Crosse 9-0 W: Northwestern.
7 (4,2). Juniata 6-1 W: Christopher Newport; Carnegie Mellon. L: Wittenberg. 
8 (NR,25). Carnegie Mellon 7-1 W: Wittenberg; Christopher Newport. L: Juniata.
9 (NR,15). UW-Stevens Point 9-0 W: Bethel; Saint Benedict.
10 (NR,8). Wittenberg 4-2 W: Juniata; Christopher Newport. L: Carnegie Mellon.
Dropped out: No. 3 Christopher Newport (4-3); No. 7 Bethel (8-1); No. 8 Emory (4-3).

The 2016 Standout Stats page is updated as well as it can be.

-Ricky Nelson


Written by Ricky Nelson

September 11, 2016 at 3:27 pm

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  1. just out of curiosity, why don’t you do a top 25 and not just the top 10?


    September 11, 2016 at 6:17 pm

  2. I only do a top 10 during the season simply because it’s easier to do. I can tell you that Southwestern would have been #11 for me this week.

    -Ricky Nelson

    Ricky Nelson

    September 11, 2016 at 6:27 pm

  3. Interesting first two weeks. A number of preseason favorites and even perennial top 25 teams have struggled out of the gate.

    Southwestern at #11 means there are 4 west teams in your top 11. My take on the west after two weeks is that it’s not as deep as in the past. You still have Cal Lu, CMS, CC, UTD, SU and probably Trinity but after that it gets a little thin. Maybe a Puget Sound and a La Verne follow that group but that’s a big difference between a Cal Lu/CMS and a Puget Sound. Maybe having the top 2 teams (IMO and yours) in the nation in the same region clouds my outlook on the rest of the region.

    Anyway, the ASC looks to be a one horse race (UTD), the Northwest looks to be a bit of a mess, the SCAC looks to have another 3 headed monster (CC, SU and Trinity) and the SCIAC will feature two of the best matches of the year and maybe not much else although La Verne can still prove me wrong.


    September 11, 2016 at 11:22 pm

  4. It’s similar in my neck of the woods.

    I thought the CCIW was going to possibly be the best conference in the country. Still plenty of time, but I’ve had good looks at what I’d consider the three best CCIW teams. Only IWU has impressed.

    Bethel was without who I think is their most important player for much of the weekend, WUSTL had serious issues against DePauw when I watched, the tops of the IIAC and NACC are not as strong as they have been, and Northwestern lost to a pair of good WIAC teams. I have not yet seen Carthage or Gustavus this season.

    The WIAC is better than I thought this season. UWL, UWW, UWSP, UWEC and UWO have had some nice wins already. I have not had a chance to see UWSP, but I have watched the others either in person or online. The WIAC had four teams in the NCAA field last year, and I won’t count out that league getting five teams this season. The WIAC season is going to be bloody.

    So says I two weeks into a season in which I predicted Buena Vista to win the IIAC and be a fringe top-25 team without knowing the Beavers wouldn’t return their setter.

    -Ricky Nelson

    Ricky Nelson

    September 12, 2016 at 12:03 am

  5. You are probably correct in dropping Bethel out of your top 10. Losing Stern very early in the tournament was a huge setback, however the Royals were plucky in hanging with Stevens Point on their home court, followed up immediately with a convincing victory over conference rival St. Ben’s. The Royal’s resolve will continually be tested with matches vs. Gustavus and Eau Claire this week, while the extent of Stern’s injury still unknown.


    September 12, 2016 at 10:44 am

  6. BU is off to a great start, but there are more than 10 teams with better resumes than the Royals at this point of the season. I sincerely hope Stern gets well soon. She is one of the region’s best players and one of the most fun players to watch in all of D III.

    -Ricky Nelson

    Ricky Nelson

    September 12, 2016 at 12:51 pm

  7. Washington-St Louis notes for the day…

    They have been ranked in the final poll every year since 1992 (as far back as AVCA has on their website).

    “Worst” ranking was a 13 in 2013.

    Will this be the year they fall out of the Top 25?


    September 12, 2016 at 3:35 pm

  8. I looked up WUSTL’s poll history today too. According to me, WUSTL should not be ranked this week. However, I have full faith that the Bears will be ranked in the 15-20 range.

    -Ricky Nelson

    Ricky Nelson

    September 12, 2016 at 4:27 pm

  9. I am with you both that WUSTL will probably leave the top 25. They are not the same team they have been in the past. Cal Lu is a machine that hasn’t lost a step or a set so far. Can’t wait to see how CMS plays them. Colorado lost some good players still hard to tell if they are as strong but seemed to do well with UT Dallas, their first test. We will see more in a few weeks when they face SW and Trinity who I believe will rejoin the top 25. LaVerne sure dropped at the end of last year but they seem okay after their loss of Yaxley but their loss to Puget Sound is troubling. We will see. Sorry I mostly follow the West region A dad’s bias.

    D3 dad

    September 12, 2016 at 9:14 pm

  10. Don’t be sorry about knowing a region well, D3 dad. I doubt there are many people who have a good grasp on all eight regions and the 400+ teams. Thank you for checking in.

    -Ricky Nelson

    Ricky Nelson

    September 12, 2016 at 9:31 pm

  11. WASH U is struggling mightily so far this season with 15/19 frosh soph on roster and loss of national POY. Brutal tournament coming this week.


    September 12, 2016 at 11:00 pm

  12. Would be tough to find a team with a more challenging schedule then the Wittenberg Tigers the first 3 weeks of the season. Hope, Carnegie Mellon, Juniata, Christopher Newport, Cal Lutheran, Elmhurst and Calvin. Tigers are young with 13 of 20 on team frosh or Sophs.


    September 13, 2016 at 8:04 am

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