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DI Rankings 11/21/2016

The Net Set Ranking is a numerical average based upon the performances of teams in four other polls or rankings. In the Net Set Ranking, the team’s position in each of the four polls is summed and then averaged to create a Net Set Index. This net Set Index is then arranged, or ranked, in ascending order, with the lowest Net Set Index determining the number 1 team in the Net Set Ranking, and so forth. By combining polls and rankings into a single index number, we obtain both the mathematical benefits of the rankings and the human performance insights of the coaches from the polls.

Net Set #

School Conference 2016 W-L NS Index AVCA Poll RichKern Poll NCAA RPI

Pablo Rank

1

Nebraska Big 10 26-1 1.50 1 1 3 1
T2 Minnesota Big 10 23-4 2.50 2 2 4

2

T2

Wisconsin Big 10 24-3 2.50 3 3 1 3
4 Texas Big 12 21-4 4.75 5 5 2

7

5

Kansas Big 12 25-2 6.75 4 4 6 13
T6 BYU WCC 26-3 8.25 10 6 8

9

T6

Washington Pac 12 24-4 8.25 7 7 11 8
T8 Florida SEC 24-3 8.50 9 9 5

11

T8

UCLA Pac 12 23-5 8.50 8 8 12 6
10 Stanford Pac 12 19-7 9.00 12 10 9

5

T11

North Carolina ACC 25-3 12.25 6 13 10 20
T11 San Diego WCC 24-4 12.25 11 11 13

14

T13

Michigan State Big 10 23-7 13.50 14 14 14 12

T13

Penn State Big 10 20-9 13.50 15 12 23

4

15

Hawaii Big West 22-5 16.50 13 15 28 10
16 Michigan Big 10 21-9 17.50 18 16 17

19

T17

Oregon Pac 12 19-8 18.25 19 17 21 16
T17 Utah Pac 12 20-9 18.25 17 18 20

18

19

Missouri SEC 23-5 18.75 22 23 7 23
20 Creighton Big East 24-6 19.50 21 24 18

15

21

Kentucky SEC 22-6 21.25 23 29 16 17
22 Florida State ACC 22-5 24.00 16 19 26

35

23

Purdue Big 10 17-12 24.75 35 21 22 21
24 Western Kentucky C-USA 30-2 25.00 20 28 15

37

25

Texas A&M SEC 19-8 28.75 30 30 24

31

What is the difference between a “poll” and a “ranking” when applied to sports teams? A poll, sometimes known as a rating, involves an opinion of the team’s performances by people who are knowledgeable about both the sport involved and the teams in question. Hence a poll is a vote and a subsequent ordering of teams based upon this vote. A ranking usually involves a mathematical calculation based on the performances of the teams in question and the performances of their opponents. Therefore, a ranking is a statistical concept which evaluates the performances of teams. In general, polls and rankings complement each other because each represents a different viewpoint and a different “skill set” in terms of evaluating volleyball.

Net Set Rankings and the Net Set Index are an average from these four polls or rankings.

1. The AVCA Coaches Poll, 11/21/16 (https://www.avca.org/polls/di-women/index.html). AVCA, or the American Volleyball Coaches Association, publishes an outstanding weekly poll for each volleyball division from its member coaches in that division. Thus, DI coaches are voting on the teams in the DI poll.

2. The Rich Kern Poll, 11/21/16 (http://www.richkern.com/vb/FreePage.asp). Richkern.com has a free portion and a much larger premium service. The premium service is well worth the modest subscription fee of $25.00 annually. This poll has been around for a long time and the pollsters are journalists and volleyball fans who really know their stuff. To see the Rich Kern Poll intact, and lots of other neat volleyball stuff, go to: (http://www.richkern.com/vb/rankings/FreePageRankings.asp).

3. The Pablo Rankings, 11/21/16 (http://www.richkern.com/vb/FreePage.asp). The Pablo Rankings are an incredibly ingenious ranking system that operates on a probabilistic, algorithmic approach and analyzes and measures the difference in abilities between two teams overall and in a match. In terms of accuracy and predictive analytics, the Pablo Rankings are the most accurate mathematical model available today. You can find a detailed explanation of the Pablo Rankings at this web location.

http://www.richkern.com/vb/rankings/PabloFAQ.asp . View the Pablo Rankings, the best pure statistical ranking available, at RichKern.com:

(http://www.richkern.com/vb/rankings/FreePageRankings.asp).

4. The NCAA RPI Index, 11/21/16 (http://www.ncaa.com/rankings/volleyball-women/d1/). The RPI ranking is one of the discriminators for determining the at-large bids to the National Championship Tournament. Here is the basic formula for the RPI rankings currently used by the NCAA. Please note that several variations of this formula exist, but the one below is the basic formula.

RPI = (Winning %*.25) + (Opponent’s Winning %*.50) + (Opponent’s Opponents Winning *.25)

(Winning % is calculated by dividing team’s wins by the number of games played.)

As you can see from this formula above, 75% of the RPI comes from how a team’s opponents performed (aka Strength of Schedule), while only 25% of the RPI is based on the team’s actual performance. To see the all NCAA Division I RPI Index rankings, go to this web location:  http://www.ncaa.com/rankings/volleyball-women/d1/ncaa-womens-volleyball-rpi).

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