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2016 AVCA Week 4 poll: Eau Claire enters top 25

Calvin remained the top-ranked team with 41 first-place votes in the AVCA Week 4 poll.

Second-ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps garnered seven top votes while fourth-ranked Cal Lutheran received one. Rounding out the top five were third-ranked Southwestern and fifth-ranked Wittenberg.

Central and Midwest region teams in the Week 4 top 25: No. 11 UW-Stevens Point; No. 12 UW-Whitewater; No. 15 Washington-St. Louis; No. 18 Elmhurst; No. 19 UW-La Crosse; No. 21 Illinois Wesleyan; No. 22 Northwestern; No. 23 UW-Oshkosh; No. 24 UW-Eau Claire; No. 25 Millikin.

Central and Midwest region teams receiving votes this week: Gustavus Adolphus; Bethel; St. Thomas.

For comparison’s sake, here’s my Week 4 top 10.

For the record, my 11-25 teams this week would roughly be: Elmhurst; UW-Stevens Point; Juniata; Trinity (Texas); Washington-St. Louis; Mary Washington; Northwestern; St. Thomas; UW-Eau Claire; Colorado College; Texas Dallas; Eastern; Christopher Newport; Ohio Northern; UW-Oshkosh. Apologies to Gustavus Adolphus, Hendrix, Illinois Wesleyan, Millikin and a few others.

-Ricky Nelson


Written by Ricky Nelson

September 27, 2016 at 12:04 am

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  1. Ricky,

    Agree more with your poll. Witt beat Cal Lu, Hope beat Witt and I think Carnegie-Mellon should be ranked higher in AVCA poll than Christopher-Newport who they beat in 3. Carnegie-Mellon also beat Witt in 3 (so maybe they should be ranked higher than Witt).


    September 27, 2016 at 3:03 pm

  2. Yeah…the common opponent argument gets tougher to map out as more games get played. Truth is these ladies have their ups and downs (as we all do) and a lot of these teams aren’t separated by much to begin with.

    We all know the poll moves slowly. Especially for those teams out of the Top 25 that go on a streak. Takes a long while to move up. Case in point is the Trinity and Colorado College rankings but there are others.

    One interesting tidbit about CC. They typically play a bunch of games at home (or in Colorado) to start a season before going on an out-of-state road trip. Last 3 years, when they do go on that road trip and play a good team, they tend to struggle:

    2014 – California trip loss to La Verne
    2015 – Texas trip loss to ETBU
    2016 – Texas trip loss to Trinity and SU

    In each case CC was undefeated prior to the road trip against DIII schools. And, of course, they rebound nicely and make the NCAA tournament.


    September 27, 2016 at 3:45 pm

  3. Great comments folks, to complement Ricky’s always on point observations and impeccable detail. The “human” factor in D III provides fascinating story lines.


    September 27, 2016 at 6:19 pm

  4. There were 43 participating voters this week. There are only 48 ballots in the spreadsheet this week instead of the 49 from the previous 3 weeks.

    Unadjusted Values
    Calvin (35) – 1066
    CMS (7) – 1037
    Southwestern (TX) (0) – 955
    Cal Lutheran (1) – 911
    Wittenberg (0) – 868


    September 28, 2016 at 10:52 pm

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