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Park Pirates On Top In NAIA

Applied to sports teams, a poll (sometimes called a rating) involves an opinion of a team’s performances by someone who is knowledgeable about both the sport involved and the team in question. A poll is therefore an informed opinion and a subsequent ordering of teams based upon this informed opinion. A ranking involves an analysis, either mathematical or statistical, based on the performance of a team and the performances of its opponents. A ranking is therefore a mathematical or statistical analysis which evaluates the performances of teams. Polls and rankings complement each other because each represents a different viewpoint and a different “skill set” in terms of evaluating volleyball performance.

Here’s the Net Set Top Ten NAIA Rankings, based upon the NAIA Coaches Poll of February 21 and the Pablo Ranking of February 20.

NS Rank

School

Conf. / Group

Location

W-L

NS Index

NAIA Poll 2/21

Pablo Rank 2/20

1

Park Pirates

UG #3

Kansas City, Missouri

11-0

1.00

1

1

2 Tie

Grand View Vikings

HAAC

Des Moines, Iowa

9-3

2.50

2

3

2 Tie

Missouri Baptist Spartans

UG #3

St. Louis, Missouri

12-2

2.50

3

2

4

Ottawa Braves

UG #3

Ottawa, Kansas

11-1

4.00

4

4

5

Warner Royals

UG #1

Lake Wales, Florida

8-4

5.00

5

5

6

Lourdes Gray Wolves

UG #2

Sylvania, Ohio

10-4

6.50

6

7

7 Tie

Benedictine Mesa Redhawks

UG #2

Mesa, Arizona

6-3

8.50

9

8

7 Tie

Hope International Royals

UG #2

Fullerton, California

10-7

8.50

11

6

9

Missouri Valley Vikings

HAAC

Marshall, Missouri

10-6

9.00

7

11

10

Clarke Crusaders

HAAC

Dubuque, Iowa

10-4

9.50

10

9

And, waiting in the wings should any of the current NAIA Top Ten falter, are the Robert Morris Eagles (10-4) and the Cardinal Stritch Wolves (15-2), both out of the CCAC. Both teams are having excellent seasons, as their stats show. Additionally, both teams must be considered credible threats to reach the NAIA National Invitational Championship tournament on April 19 through April 22.

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Conference/Group Legend

CCAC – Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference

HAAC – Heart of America Athletic Conference

UG #1 – Unaffiliated Group #1 consisting of Appalachian Athletic Conference, Mid-South Conference, River States Conference, and Sun Conference

UG #2 – Unaffiliated Group #2 consisting of California Pacific Conference, Golden State Athletic Conference, and Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference

UG #3 – Unaffiliated Group #3 consisting of American Midwest Conference, Great Plains Athletic Conference, and Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference

The Net Set Ranking is a mathematical, numerical average based upon performances of teams in three other polls/rankings. In the Net Set Ranking, the team’s position in each of the three other polls is totaled 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, the next lowest Net Set Index determining the number 2 team, 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 coaches and journalists from the polls.

Net Set Rankings and the Net Set Index are a mathematical average from these three polls/rankings.

1. The NAIA Coaches Poll (2/21/2017). The NAIA, or the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, publishes an outstanding bi-weekly poll for men’s volleyball its member coaches. Thus, NAIA Coaches are voting on the teams in the NAIA poll, providing their unique insights since these are the coaches who have seen the NAIA teams up-close and personal. The latest NAIA Coaches Poll is available on the NAIA website at NAIA.org.

2. The Pablo Rankings (2/6/2017). 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 probabilistic model available today. You can find a detailed explanation of the Pablo Rankings, as well as the actual Pablo Rankings, on the MiddleHitter website at MiddleHitter.com.

In the Net Set NAIA Top Ten Ranking, Park is the unanimous Number 1. Grand View drops to a tie for Number Two with Missouri Baptist after losing a controversial five set match to Park. Ottawa and Warner come in at Numbers 4 and 5 respectively. And, just so you don’t have to scroll up for review, here’s the Net Set NAIA Top Ten for February 22 once again.

NS Rank

School

Conf. / Group

Location

W-L

NS Index

NAIA Poll 2/21

Pablo Rank 2/20

1

Park Pirates

UG #3

Kansas City, Missouri

11-0

1.00

1

1

2 Tie

Grand View Vikings

HAAC

Des Moines, Iowa

9-3

2.50

2

3

2 Tie

Missouri Baptist Spartans

UG #3

St. Louis, Missouri

12-2

2.50

3

2

4

Ottawa Braves

UG #3

Ottawa, Kansas

11-1

4.00

4

4

5

Warner Royals

UG #1

Lake Wales, Florida

8-4

5.00

5

5

6

Lourdes Gray Wolves

UG #2

Sylvania, Ohio

10-4

6.50

6

7

7 Tie

Benedictine Mesa Redhawks

UG #2

Mesa, Arizona

6-3

8.50

9

8

7 Tie

Hope International Royals

UG #2

Fullerton, California

10-7

8.50

11

6

9

Missouri Valley Vikings

HAAC

Marshall, Missouri

10-6

9.00

7

11

10

Clarke Crusaders

HAAC

Dubuque, Iowa

10-4

9.50

10

9

LET’S GROW VOLLEYBALL!

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