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2016 AVCA Week 6 poll: IWU falls from top 25

Unbeaten Calvin and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps remain the top two teams in the AVCA Week 6 poll. Top-ranked Calvin received 41 first-place votes while CMS claimed the remaining eight.

Rounding out this week’s top five are third-ranked Wittenberg, fourth-ranked Southwestern and a tie for fifth between Emory and Hope.

Central and Midwest region teams in the Week 6 top 25: No. 11 UW-Whitewater; No. 13 UW-Stevens Point; No. 15 UW-La Crosse; No. 17 Elmhurst; No. 21 UW-Oshkosh; No. 22 UW-Eau Claire; No. 23 Millikin; No. 24 Northwestern.

Central and Midwest teams also receiving votes this week: Illinois Wesleyan; Bethel; Gustavus Adolphus; St. Thomas; Chicago.


My Week 6 top 10

-Ricky Nelson


Written by Ricky Nelson

October 11, 2016 at 12:02 am

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  1. Kudos to Trinity for finally getting into the top 25… Well deserved. I said it early…. they are back. I still have a problem with some of the top ten teams. Colorado and UT Dallas have been in the top 10 the entire year but have not challenged themselves. Now maybe they deserve it but we won’t really know until the end of the season or next week when they finally play some other top 25 or top 35 or so teams based on votes. Every team below them in the top 25 have played other top 25 teams with some wins and some losses. Colorado has lost to the few top 25 teams they played, Southwest and Trinity, and has only beaten UT Dallas who may only be there because they haven’t played or beaten anyone in the top 35 or so. I am sure they are decent teams and the coaches may know better but they sure seem to be getting pass on their rankings by not challenging themselves.

    Calvin looks unstoppable and CMS, although undefeated, always seems slow in the first set and a bit inconsistent. I would love to see the two face off at some point. I love the Last Team Standing and have to try to watch a Johnson & Wales match…

    D3 dad

    October 12, 2016 at 9:45 am

  2. The problem with the west and it will always be a problem is the travel. In order to properly rank the west teams (in the west) they must play each other outside of their conference. Well, there are three distinct areas in the west – Texas, northwest and SoCal. That doesn’t even factor in Colorado College. To properly rank the region there needs to be some cross-pollination, which I think the region does reasonably well, but this means travel (i.e., flying). I mean, I really don’t have an issue ranking the west right now based on results to date.

    With that said, the issue is games outside the region. The west teams (that are serious about NCAA at-large bids) really need to have two weekends where they play non-west region teams. There don’t seem to be a lot of west schools that can afford even one trip after making the in-region trip. Best case, a school travels in-region once, has other in-region schools travel to their area, travel out-of-region and have out-of-region schools travel into their area. That kind of schedule really only seems to happen with SU, Trinity, CMS and Cal Lu. (CC is the exception to the rule because they have to travel everywhere.)

    Of course, the cloud over all of this is that when it comes to NCAA selection time, the more “proven” quality west teams there are, the worse it is for the NCAA because once you fill up the west region they will have to fly teams to other regions. I am of the belief that the NCAA has in the past and will in the future take teams that don’t have to fly over teams that do even when the flying team is better. This is where the perception of “east coast bias” comes in (again, in my opinion).

    So, when we talk about the west and the fact that we really don’t know how good the region is outside of CMS and Cal Lu, I would have to agree. Taking away CMS and Cal Lu, the biggest out-of-region wins for the west are Elmhurst (by Trinity) and La Verne’s wins over Hendrix and WUSL. CC, UTD and SU all have important out-of-region games still on the schedule so there is that.

    Lastly (sorry to ramble)…La Verne is the interesting school come West RAC ranking time next week. I have them at #8 due to their losses to Puget Sound (my west ranked #7) and Trinity (#4). But, they do have nice wins over Cal Lu (#2) and (as stated above) WUSL and Hendrix. Let’s say the West RAC agrees with me come selection time. Does La Verne get in over a team from the east that don’t have those quality wins if it means flying an extra west region team? I know what my answer is.


    October 12, 2016 at 10:32 am

  3. Yeah.Great insights. I think you nailed it. Travel costs are what I also feel the NCAA cares about. This explains last years (western region) nightmare pool of death (6 out of eight teams AVCA ranked 14 or higher) and sadly we may have another one this year. I am hoping SW stays highly ranked along with CMS to see if they rank the two in the top 4 because that is all the nCAA seed at the DIII level. I doubt it will happen and we will probably end up with another pool of death with CMS, Cal Lu, Colorado, Southwest, and Trinity (and maybe LaVerne) all in one pool of eight. Any one of these teams could be sent to that northeast pool from last year and, hate to say it, but almost cruise to the round of eight.

    You are also right that this pooling of the best west coast teams, which end up knocking each other out, add to the “east coast bias” feelings. I spoke to one Wash U dad last year who was really upset that they, last years #1 seed, got sent into the pool.

    D3 dad

    October 12, 2016 at 11:26 pm

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