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Ricky Nelson’s 2016 Week 3 top 10

The AVCA poll comes out Tuesday.

My rank, (my Week 2 rank, AVCA Week 2 rank), record, key results last week
1 (2,2). Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 9-0 [None].
2 (3,3). Calvin 10-0 W: Juniata; Wittenberg.
3 (5,4). Colorado College 11-0 [None].
4 (6,18). UW-La Crosse 9-1 L: Viterbo.
5 (4,6). Hope 10-1 W: Millikin. L: DePauw. 
6 (10,8). Wittenberg 6-3 W: Cal Lutheran; Elmhurst. L: Calvin. 
7 (1,1). Cal Lutheran 10-2 W: Elmhurst. L: Wittenberg; Washington-St. Louis.
8 (NR,7). Southwestern 12-0 W: Trinity (Texas). 
9 (8,14). Carnegie Mellon 11-2 W: Ohio Northern. L: Ithaca.
10 (9,10). UW-Stevens Point 14-1 L: St. Thomas.
Dropped out: No. 7 Juniata (6-4).

The 2016 Standout Stats and 2016 Last Team Standing pages are updated.

Besides our friends at Notre Dame, who have not lost a set while playing opponents such as this, this, this, this and this, see which other teams are unbeaten plus their schedules through the end of September via the LTS link above.

-Ricky Nelson


Written by Ricky Nelson

September 18, 2016 at 3:03 pm

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  1. Absolutely love your blog Ricky. IMHO I think Calvin may grab the top spot and not just because of “East Coast bias”. Last week someone pointed out that one coach selected Cairn as their #2 pick when they obviously meant Calvin. I’m not sure how the voting relates to the vote tallies given, but my guess is that would have given Calvin the #2 spot instead of CMS as they were only 18 votes apart. CMS will deserve the #2 spot this week for sure and may garner some #1 votes. IMHO Calvin has had a slightly harder schedule. We will see how CMS handles Laverne and Cal Lu, who definitely took some hits, next week. I wish travel wasn’t so expensive but the SCAC teams, Colorado, Trinity, Southwestern, are hard to compare to others as they haven’t played many powers outside of SCAC. They will get tested among each though next week when they play. It will be interesting to see how WASHU fares as they may have saved their exit from the top 25 with their three 3-2 wins this weekend against good teams. Their record still looks sketchy even if their schedule was one of the toughest, but at least they challenge themselves.

    D3 dad

    September 18, 2016 at 7:58 pm

  2. I agree that Calvin has had a bit tougher schedule than CMS. Hot Take Alert: I just think CMS is better than Calvin right now.

    Non-Hot Take area: I’m not sure what to make of Juniata after last week, so that takes a bit of the shine off of Calvin’s sweep.

    -Ricky Nelson

    Ricky Nelson

    September 18, 2016 at 8:31 pm

  3. Here is my West Region report. Glad to see another West Region person (D3 Dad) on the blog!

    #1 CMS
    #2 Cal Lu
    #3 Colorado College
    #4 UTD
    #5 Southwestern
    #6 Trinity
    #7 Puget Sound
    #8 La Verne

    The Cal Lu results at Wittenberg were surprising. Not so much the Wittenberg match but the WUSL result. In the end, it won’t matter too much in the west rankings but that does give CMS (and La Verne) a common opponent they beat that Cal Lu lost to, but there will be enough head-to-head results by the end of the season for this not to be a factor. What these losses do, however, is make it less likely that the NCAA might consider splitting up CMS and Cal Lu and placing them in separate regions assuming the west region finds itself hosted in Texas. I know I’m getting ahead of myself, but these games are all building blocks that lead to the NCAA selection and bracket construction.

    My rankings above stayed the same except for swapping CMS and Cal Lu. This may change next week as CMS and Cal Lu go at it on Saturday. The other big match in the region is SU and CC (also on Saturday). Right now I just have too much respect for Cal Lu to drop them below 2nd in the west.

    The Northwest is only going to get their automatic qualifier into the tournament this year, but Puget Sound’s victory over La Verne is a huge hurdle for that team to overcome (not to mention their loss to Trinity). It appears that La Verne will be the 3rd best team in the SCIAC, but unless they can beat CMS and/or Cal Lu at least once this season they may be outside looking in come selection time (after being snubbed last year). Their saving grace are quality wins against possible tournament teams outside their region and it will be interesting to see what the West RAC does with respect to La Verne when their official rankings come out. Remember that Santa Cruz will not get a bid this year so only two So Cal teams in the tournament means the region will most likely be hosted elsewhere. Still early and a lot can (and will) change but just interesting what a come-from-behind 5-set loss can do to a team and a region.


    September 19, 2016 at 11:11 am

  4. After seeing both, I have to agree with Ricky and give the edge to CMS over Calvin. Stronger and more athletic–but not by much.


    September 19, 2016 at 11:15 pm

  5. […] My Week 3 top 10 [I’m not entirely sure how to convince voters that UW-La Crosse deserves to be ranked much higher than it is. Yes, the Eagles lost a highly competitive match to the fifth-ranked NAIA team. Yes, despite that loss, they’re still really deserving of a high ranking.] […]

  6. DIIFan you are absolutely right. The West will be a mess and Laverne just took a big hit getting beaten by Chapman. CMS plays Laverne in Laverne friday and have lost all three similar matches over the past three years so let’s see if they can kill that monkey on their back this year and of course CalLu Saturday. I truly don’t want to see CalLu and CMS in the same region at the NCAA tournament and definitely not in the same pool of death like last year. WASHU had the best gripe to be ranked #1 in the country and get sent sent into that pool last year. This is where “east coast bias” definitely gets its legs. Especially with the northeast pool having only one ranked team and I think it was #24 MIT.

    Like you said big weekend for the West region with Trinity,CC, and SW playing each other.

    D3 dad

    September 21, 2016 at 10:39 am

  7. IF the South Regional requires a flight, AND the West Region has more than six teams, then MAYBE CMS and CLU get split up. You know as well as I do that CMS and CLU are probably going to be in the same regional (perhaps sharing a flight somewhere).

    -Ricky Nelson

    Ricky Nelson

    September 21, 2016 at 10:28 pm

  8. Regarding splitting up CMS and Cal Lu, I was coming from a place where you might have the top 2 teams in the nation fighting it out in the same region. One being the defending champion.

    With the west not being as deep I agree Cal Lu and CMS will stay together (even if the host site is in Texas). Oh well, I can dream and then just laugh when the NCAA flies in Calvin and Wittenberg.


    September 22, 2016 at 12:46 pm

  9. Until recently, the NCAA had typically kept Calvin, Hope and Wittenberg in the same regional despite having options and the general consensus that it was unfair.

    It was unfair in the West last season, but at least that one made sense in terms of dollars. A 3.18 percent slice of the NCAA pie only stretches so far.

    -Ricky Nelson

    Ricky Nelson

    September 22, 2016 at 12:58 pm

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