# Net Set DI Rankings - 11/7/16

By

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 Rank Index. This Rank Index is then arranged, or ranked, in ascending order, with the lowest Rank 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.

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, 11/07/16 (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, 11/07/16 (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, or lots of other neat volleyball stuff, go to: (http://www.richkern.com/vb/rankings/FreePageRankings.asp).

3. The Pablo Rankings, 11/07/16 (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:

4. The NCAA RPI Index, 11/07/16 (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. Quite frankly, that isn’t correct, statistically or logically. Nonetheless, it is used by the NCAA for seeding and at-large bids. To see the all NCAA Division I RPI Index rankings, go to this web location:

Now, on to the Net Set Ranking for 11/07/2016, which, once again shows some major changes in DI women’s college volleyball. Minnesota and Wisconsin are in a tie for second place, there are four Big Ten teams in the top ten, two Big 12 teams, Two West Coast Conference teams, one SEC team, and, surprisingly, only one Pac 12 team.

 Net Set # School Conference 2016 W-L NS Index AVCA Poll RichKern Poll NCAA RPI Pablo Rank 1 Nebraska Big 10 20-1 1.50 1 1 3 1 T2 Minnesota Big 10 17-4 2.50 2 2 4 2 T2 Wisconsin Big 10 18-3 2.50 3 3 1 3 4 Texas Big 12 17-3 4.50 5 4 2 7 5 Florida SEC 21-2 5.50 6 5 6 5 6 San Diego WCC 19-3 7.25 7 7 5 10 7 Stanford Pac 12 14-6 7.75 9 10 8 4 8 Kansas Big 12 20-2 8.50 4 6 10 14 9 BYU WCC 20-3 9.00 12 9 7 8 10 Penn State Big 10 17-6 11.25 10 8 22 5 11 Washington Pac 12 19-3 12.00 11 11 13 13 12 UCLA Pac 12 18-4 12.25 13 13 14 9 T13 Michigan State Big 10 19-5 14.00 15 14 15 12 T13 North Carolina ACC 19-3 14.00 8 12 9 27 15 Michigan Big 10 18-6 16.25 17 17 11 20 16 Oregon Pac 12 15-6 16.50 16 16 20 14 17 Creighton Big East 18-6 18.75 22 26 16 11 T18 Hawaii Big West 18-5 20.75 14 15 38 16 T18 Utah Pac 12 16-7 20.75 19 19 25 20 20 Mizzou SEC 21-4 21.5 21 27 12 26 T21 Arizona Pac 12 16-10 22.00 25 21 24 18 T21 Purdue Big 10 15-10 22.00 26 20 19 23 23 Kentucky SEC 18-5 24.25 24 30 18 25 24 Florida State ACC 18-3 25.00 18 18 26 38 25 USC Pac 12 16-9 25.25 28 22 34 17

## More Sports

50m

### Five Packers Role Players Who Are Making a Big Impact

The Green Bay Packers have reached their bye week with a 9-3 record. The team is in a good place holding a 3.5-game lead in the NFC North (…)

5hr

### The HOVG Podcast: John Owens and Dr. David Fletcher

November 30, 2021 2:12 am ·

This week, Shawn Anderson and Lou Olsen are joined by John Owens and Dr. David Fletcher. The authors of Chili Dog MVP talk (…)

7hr

### Bruins Marchand Suspended three games by the NHL Department of Player Safety

November 29, 2021 11:56 pm ·

On Monday, the National Hockey League Suspended Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand three games for slew-footing Vancouver Canucks (…)

7hr

### Louis Smolka Career Earnings

November 29, 2021 11:36 pm · By:

Louis Smolka Career Earnings (UFC earnings only – doesn’t include any undisclosed PPV bonuses or any other bonuses; Reebok (…)

8hr

### Manel Kape Career Earnings

November 29, 2021 10:41 pm · By:

Manel Kape Career Earnings (UFC earnings only – doesn’t include any undisclosed PPV bonuses or any other bonuses; Reebok (…)

12hr

### Minor League Mondays Affiliate Review: Salt River Rafters

November 29, 2021 6:34 pm ·

Now that the 2021 season is over, Minor League Mondays will take a look at each of the New York Mets’ minor league affiliates over the (…)

15hr

### New York Mets add Max Scherzer in franchise-altering deal

November 29, 2021 3:27 pm ·

It turns out that Steve Cohen took the flip-flopping of Steven Matz’s agent personally. The New York Mets’ owner has gone on a spending (…)

17hr

### The Livest Dog at UFC Vegas 44: Chris Curtis

November 29, 2021 1:31 pm ·

Name: Chris Curtis Opponent: Brendan Allen Odds: +260 (bet \$100 to win (…)

17hr

### UFC Vegas 44 Prelim Breakout Star: Azamat Murzakanov

November 29, 2021 1:26 pm ·

The Prelim Breakout Star is a once-per-event article that helps fans get to know those who will be entertaining them from the (…)

More zz The Net Set Blog