The highest 11 spots had been kind of the identical on this week’s VolleyballMag.com Tremendous 16 Media Ballot, however there was some minor motion.
Two groups dropped out and we welcomed again Purdue, Dayton and Kansas:
Rank, Group, Factors (Final week)
1. Nebraska, 192 (1)
2. Stanford, 179 (2)
3. Wisconsin, 163 (3)
4. Pittsburgh, 156 (6)
5. Louisville, 139 (4)
6. Oregon, 133 (5)
7. Texas, 123 (7)
8. Kentucky, 104 (8)
9. Tennessee, 97 (9)
10. Arkansas, 75 (10)
11. Washington State, 57 (12)
12. Purdue, 42 (NR)
13. Creighton, 37 (14)
14. Penn State, 32 (15)
15. Georgia Tech, 29 (11)
T-16. Dayton, 18 (NR)
T-16. Kansas, 18 (NR)
First place votes: Nebraska acquired all 12
Additionally receiving votes: Arizona State, BYU, Florida State, Western Kentucky
Dropped out: Arizona State, BYU
Earlier VBM Tremendous 16 Media Ballot Outcomes
Emily Ehman @emilyehman) — Large Ten Community, ESPN analyst; former Northwestern DS
Ed Sturdy (@VBMagazine) — VolleyballMag.com tremendous Tweeter
Michella Chester (@michellachester) — THE volleyball voice of NCAA.com
Daniel Gillman (@DanielGillman/@SixRotations) — host of Six Rotations for the AVCA, Cal Poly play-by-play
Lincoln Arneal (@Lincoln_VB) — Nebraska beat author for Huskers Illustrated and co-host of Volleyball State podcast
Sam Gore (@sambgore) — veteran broadcaster/studio host who does ESPN volleyball play-by-play, host of the Fifth Set throughout the NCAA Match
Mick Haley (@Michaelhaley6) — ESPN analyst, former national-championship coach at Texas and USC and 2000 Olympic coach
Dennis Punzel (@DennisPunzel) — Wisconsin beat author for the Wisconsin State Journal, creator of Level! Wisconsin
Abby Benton (@numberonevolleyball) — performed at DII Catawba and DIII William Peace and has 48.6K Instagram followers and greater than 90K on TikTok
Anne Marie Anderson (@AnneMAnderson, @annemarieandersontv) — Emmy Award winner, volleyball play-by-play veteran who works NCAA matches for the Pac-12 Community, Large Ten Community and ESPN; performed at Hofstra, the place she nonetheless ranks within the high 10 in blocks
Shelby Coppedge (@shelbycoppedge) — ESPN analyst, former Texas A&M-Corpus Christi DS
Lee Feinswog (@VBMagazine) — editor of VolleyballMag.com
Benton: 3-6 was tremendous arduous! I put Oregon within the 3 spot as a result of they received each their matches this week and a kind of was a ranked win vs. Arizona State. I put Wisconsin at 4 as a result of though they misplaced to Purdue, not having Smrek performed a big position. I put Pitt above Louisville as a result of I simply can’t put a group with comparatively zero likelihood of profitable the ACC title above a group who has seemingly clinched at the very least a share of the title. Different notes embody sliding Georgia Tech down after shedding to Miami, after which I had a tricky time deciding whether or not to have Kansas or BYU within the ultimate slot. A part of me additionally wished to place Florida State within the combine since they seemingly have at the very least a share of the ACC title. Perhaps subsequent week 🙂
Arneal: The ACC and SEC races have actually muddled the rankings. Pitt will get elevated to the highest 5 after profitable the most effective matches of the yr in 5 units over Louisville. Florida State has been enjoying properly however has some puzzling non-conference losses. I’ve the highest three SEC groups clustered across the backside of the highest Ten. Kentucky at Arkansas is the most effective match this week because the stakes of Wisconsin-Nebraska have been lowered.
Wisconsin doesn’t fall previous No. 3 regardless of shedding with out Anna Smrek. The fourth regional host comes all the way down to Texas vs. Pitt. The Longhorns may be harm by Ohio State and Minnesota not being their traditional selves this yr and taking just a little shine off these non-conference wins. Pitt’s pair of wins towards Kentucky look higher every week.
Punzel: Not a variety of modifications once more this week. Looks as if the most effective groups have recognized themselves fairly properly. I bumped Stanford up a spot to No. 2 forward of Wisconsin, which I saved at 3 as a result of all three of its losses have come towards excessive stage groups. All the opposite contenders have extra losses with at the very least one towards a non-elite group. I dropped BYU this week and added Purdue at No. 13. Needs to be a enjoyable week forward.
Ehman: 1-3 stays (Nebraska, Stanford, Wisconsin). Pitt, Louisville, Texas and Oregon may actually be any order and I believe I’d say “yeah that is sensible.” I’ve received Pitt at 4 — higher losses than the remaining and the Louisville win was essential.
Gilman: I believe just a few groups secured their spot as seeds this weekend (Purdue, Arkansas, Kansas) with just a few extra searching for massive finishes to their season (Georgia Tech, particularly with a matchup with Louisville). In fact Badgers-Huskers can be unimaginable however Wednesday is likely one of the greatest days of the yr, Georgia Tech-Louisville, Arizona State-Washington State, Kentucky-Arkansas.
Chester: Plenty of robust choices this week. Had a tough time deciding if I ought to transfer down Wisconsin for an additional loss this week to Purdue. However finally, I didn’t really feel anybody else’s schedule and win/loss resumes justified going forward of Wisconsin’s. To not point out the 2 losses had been with out Anna Smrek and to 2 groups which might be enjoying very well proper now. After the Badgers — Pitt, Louisville and and Oregon had been practically inconceivable to order. May justify a number of completely different variations and want they could possibly be a three-way tie. Pitt will get the sting with the newest win over Louisville and GT. Oregon has been enjoying very well so gave them a really slight edge over Louisville, although I flopped them a number of occasions earlier than touchdown her
Kentucky will get the sting for me over Washington State. Each have seven losses and good wins, however the Wildcats have been dominating recently, whereas a lot of the cougars losses have come up to now few weeks. Tennessee strikes again in with Georgia Tech falling out after one other loss through sweep to Miami.
Sturdy: If Wisconsin had been wholesome, I’d hold them at No. 3 forward of Pitt, however the Panthers are higher proper now, and the resume is healthier — Pitt is a transparent top-4 total seed in the event that they win out. Very excited for the Arkansas-Kentucky rematch on Wednesday, because the Hogs are one of many few groups who’ve really pushed UK throughout their prolonged profitable streak. Purdue was matching massive wins with questionable losses all over October however seems to be to have turned a nook and could be a harmful menace to a top-8 group in a regional semifinal proper now. Additionally thought-about: Dayton, Penn State, WKU.
Feinswog: The massive query for me was Wisconsin. The Badgers solely have three losses, all on the street, and the final two with out Anna Smrek. And all she did Sunday upon her return was have 10 kills with two errors in 12 swings and 5 blocks. I nonetheless suppose Nebraska, Wisconsin and Stanford are the most effective groups, however went with Louisville at No. 3 — I’ll clarify — and Wisconsin fourth and Pittsburgh at 5. Pitt received swept at Louisville and Louisville misplaced in 5 at Pitt. I put Kentucky, Tennessee and Creighton forward of Texas and included Florida State at 15 and WKU at 16. And, sure, I’m awful at this.