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2017 AVCA Week 3 poll: Wittenberg ascends to No. 1

Wittenberg is the new No. 1 team in all the land, according to the AVCA’s Week 3 poll. Wittenberg claimed 28 first-place votes and 1,615 poll points to narrowly edge out No. 2 Southwestern’s 30 first-place votes and 1,590 poll points.

Following the top-ranked Tigers and No. 2 Pirates in the Week 3 poll are third-ranked Colorado College, fourth-ranked Emory and fifth-ranked Trinity (Texas).

Central and Midwest region teams in the Week 3 top 25: No. 8 Millikin; No. 10 Gustavus Adolphus; No. 11 Wisconsin-Whitewater; No. 12 Northwestern; No. 17 Wisconsin-Stevens Point; No. 18 Washington-St. Louis; No. 19 Illinois Wesleyan; No. 21 St. Thomas; No. 25 Cornell.

Gustavus is in the top 10 for the first time in program history.

Central and Midwest region teams receiving votes this week: Wisconsin-La Crosse; Dubuque; Aurora; Chicago; Bethel; Wisconsin-Oshkosh; Elmhurst; Luther; Wartburg.

My Week 3 top 10 had Northwestern instead of Juniata.

-Ricky Nelson

Written by Ricky Nelson

September 19, 2017 at 12:33 am

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  1. Why are Wash U and Cal Lu still ranked?!?

    Cal Lu lost to Chapman. “Well who did Chapman beat?” “Oh, they beat Cal Lu so they must be good.”



    September 19, 2017 at 2:49 pm

  2. Ricky, you WordPress Jedi, you.

    I wondered how you always buried this post under your game day post even when your game day post is published first. It looks like you can manipulate the published time? You’ll have to email me how you do this. Publish but don’t make public? Then make public later? Back date the publish time?

    The vote was so close and with SU getting more first place ballots, I went and looked at the individual ballots. Four voters had SU outside the Top 5 where as I think every other voter had Wittenberg, SU and CC in the Top 5 (in some order). Two of these voters had the exact same order for the first 22 picks. Always interesting when looking at the ballots.


    September 19, 2017 at 2:51 pm

  3. Question, should Aurora have been ranked in the Top 25? Quality wins include ranked Illinois Wesleyan and Calvin. They are 2-3 versus ranked teams.


    September 19, 2017 at 2:52 pm

  4. Noreaster – I understand your thinking there but Chapman also swept Whittier (who had previously beaten Trinity). I agree Cal Lu isn’t a normal Regal team this year but they still seem to carry their reputation. I saw at least one ballot that still had them at #8. Sad.


    September 19, 2017 at 3:06 pm

  5. Noreaster,
    I wish I could ignore the AVCA poll as it stands now. A minority of voters apparently don’t care, but the rest of us must care. There are many, many coaches who put forth reasonable weekly ballots. We can only hope everyone magically gets engaged and produces a poll worthy of our expectations.

    -Ricky Nelson

    Ricky Nelson

    September 19, 2017 at 5:21 pm

  6. Anon @ 2:52 p.m.
    I wouldn’t go so far as saying Aurora SHOULD be in the top 25. I do think AU should be getting more votes than some teams currently ahead of them.

    The AVCA poll is not the most fluid thing in the world, so it could be a matter of time before the pollsters recognize what the Spartans have accomplished so far. Then again, a 7-5 record without a recent pedigree of postseason exposure hinders the cause.

    Unbeaten Dubuque is probably in a similar situation. But at 12-0 with wins over Cornell, Aurora and Luther, the UD Spartans may have a bigger gripe than the AU Spartans.

    -Ricky Nelson

    Ricky Nelson

    September 19, 2017 at 5:43 pm

  7. Ok, we’ll can anyone tell me the case for Southwestern to be ahead of Wittenberg? They actually had more first place votes.


    September 20, 2017 at 6:04 am

  8. Noreaster,
    Not I. I’ll leave it to anyone else to justify. It’s not implausible. Just not how I would have voted.

    Now for the numerous folks who voted La Verne ahead of unbeaten MIT … that was already decided in favor of MIT, 3-2.

    I wish that was the only obvious injustice in the Week 3 AVCA poll, but MIT and La Verne are separated by more than 200 points? C’mon. Either results have meanings or they don’t.

    -Ricky Nelson

    Ricky Nelson

    September 20, 2017 at 7:34 am

  9. I’m a poll voter and I can’t tell you how frustrating it is that others aren’t taking the time to research/putting in the effort before submitting their votes. Strength of Schedule HAS to be taken into consideration here. If we look at 20-25 and the RV teams, you have teams that are simply receiving votes because of record (Johnson and Wales, W&L, Scranton, Gettysburg, etc.) but have proven nothing, teams that are traditionally good but are struggling this season with bad losses and/or no significant wins (Cal Lu, Hope, Eastern, Wash U, Mary Washington, Randolph Macon, Ithaca, etc.), and then teams with good wins and/or high SOSs that maybe should be getting more looks (i.e. MIT, Johns Hopkins, Stevens, Aurora, Whittier, Luther, Berry, etc.). I’d love to here your thoughts, Ricky. Particularly your Top 25 looking at SOS.


    September 20, 2017 at 8:46 am

  10. D3nut,
    Preaching to the choir there. My top 25 would be similar to anyone else’s who has been paying attention. I have no problem with disagreements. My problem is with the obvious disregard of the results to date.

    -Ricky Nelson

    Ricky Nelson

    September 20, 2017 at 9:00 am

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