BICS and Quicks – Sunday 11/6/2016

Ivana Vanjak 7 / Photo by Rahim UllahPrinted 9/22/16

It’s time for some “Quicks & Bics” or a way to deliver some important volleyball items rapidly, or as the names imply, “quickly.” A quick set, also known as a ”Quick” or a “51” or a “one”, is an extremely fast-paced set 1’ to 2 ‘ above and near the net, where the hitter is approaching the setter and is usually in the air before the setter delivers the ball. A “BIC” or back row quick, is a low set in the middle of the court near the ten foot line delivered to a back row player to execute as an offensive attack. The BIC is similar to a “pipe” but is set lower and faster than the pipe to add more surprise to the attack. A quick is usually executed by a middle hitter, but a BIC is often executed by the backrow opposite or a backrow outside hitter. The Bic and the Quick both require exact timing and coordination between setter and hitter and both are deadly offensive weapons.

Before we move on to our devastating up tempo offense, though, here’s a PSA for all volleyball.

Dates and sites for all four Women’s National Volleyball Championships.

Dates Event Location Host Institution
11/17–11/19 NCAA DIII Oshkosh, WI University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
11/29–12/3 NAIA Sioux City, IA Briar Cliff University
12/8–12/10 NCAA DII Sioux Falls, SD University of Sioux Falls
12/15–12/17 NCAA DI Columbus, OH Ohio State University

Check the NAIA website for more details on the NAIA tournament.

Check the NCAA for more details on all three NCAA tournaments.

Division I –

Division II –

Division III –

Now, back to our devastating offense and the “BICS and Quicks.” Also, please remember that all ranks referenced in this blog refer to the Net Set Ranks, or NSR for short. The Net Set Ranks offer both the mathematical concepts of probability and statistics and the human perspective of the coach’s view by combining the results of numerous polls and rankings into a single number, or index.

Quick Set 1 – #1 Nebraska (NSR) goes 2-0 for the week.

Nebraska traveled to “Happy Valley” Friday night for a showdown with the # 12 Nittany Lions (NSR) of Penn State. Although the Huskers bent slightly during the match, they dug in and never broke, walking away with a 3-2 (22-25, 25-17, 25-23, 23-25, 15-11) victory in front of 5,564 boisterous fans in Rec Hall. The Huskers continued their hot streak on Saturday as they swept Rutgers in New Brunswick, NJ, 25-10, 25-14, 25-12, in the College Avenue gym on the Rutgers campus. The two victories propel Nebraska to 22-1 overall for the season and 13-1 in Big Ten play.

BIC 1 – Big Ten Standings, as of Sunday evening, 11/06/ 2016.

Big 10 # School Location  Big 10 Overall
1 Nebraska Huskers Lincoln, NE 13-1 22-1
2 Wisconsin Badgers Madison, WI 12-2 20-3
3 Minnesota Golden Gophers Minneapolis, MN 11-3 19-4
T4 Michigan State Spartans East Lansing, MI 10-4 21-5
T4 Penn State Nittany Lions State College, PA 10-4 18-7
6 Michigan Wolverines Ann Arbor, MI 9-5 20-6
7 Iowa Hawkeyes Iowa City, IA 8-6 18-8
8 Illinois Fighting Illini Champaign, IL 7-7 14-11
T9 Purdue Boilermakers West Lafayette, IN 5-9 15-10
T9 Indiana Hoosiers Bloomington, IN 5-9 16-11
T9 Ohio State Buckeyes Columbus, OH 5-9 15-11
12 Maryland Terrapins College Park, MD 2-12 10-16
13 Northwestern Wildcats Evanston, Il 1-13 8-18
14 Rutgers Scarlet Knights New Brunswick, NJ 0-14 4-23

Quick Set 2 – #18 Oregon stops #7 Washington (NSR) and Moves into tie for Pac-12 lead.

Oregon’s Ducks dominated the Washington Huskies in Seattle with a convincing 3-0 (25-21, 25-8, 25-22) road victory. With the victory, Oregon enters into a four-way tie with Washington, UCLA, and Stanford for first place in the Pac-12. As the standings below show, things are still “topsy-turvy” in the Pac-12.

BIC 2 – PAC-12 standings, as of Sunday evening, 11/06/2016.

Pac-12 # School Location Pac-12 Overall
T1 Washington Huskies Seattle, WA 10-4 20-4
T1 UCLA Bruins Los Angeles, CA 10-4 19-5
T1 Oregon Ducks Eugene, OR 10-4 17-6
T1 Stanford Cardinal Stanford, CA 10-4 16-6
T5 Utah Utes Salt Lake City, UT 8-6 17-8
T5 USC Trojans Los Angeles, CA 8-6 16-9
T5 Arizona Wildcats Tucson, AZ 8-6 16-10
8 Washington State Cougars Pullman, WA 7-7 17-9
9 Colorado Buffaloes Boulder, CO 5-9 13-11
T10 Oregon State Beavers Corvallis, OR 3-11 10-15
T10 California Golden Bears Berkeley, CA 3-11 9-15
12 Arizona State Sun Devils Tempe, AZ 2-12 9-17

Quick Set 3 – Big 12 still dominated by #9 Kansas and #4 Texas (NSR).

Kansas and Texas continue to roll in the Big 12 as the season winds down to a conclusion. Kansas has played one more conference match than Texas and therefore holds a statistical advantage over the Longhorns, but the two schools are virtually in a dead heat for the top of the Big 12.

BIC 3 – Big 12 standings, as of Sunday evening, 11/06/2016.

Big 12 # School Location Big 12 Overall
1 Kansas Jayhawks Lawrence, KS 11 – 1 22 – 2
2 Texas Longhorns Austin, TX 10 – 1 18 – 3
3 Baylor Lady Bears Waco, TX 7 – 3 19 – 7
4 Iowa State Cyclones Ames, IA 6 – 5 14 – 9
5 Kansas State Wildcats Manhattan, KS 6 – 6 17 – 8
6 Oklahoma Sooners Norman, OK 4 – 7 13 – 11
7 TCU Horned Frogs Fort Worth, TX 4 – 8 11 – 11
8 West Virginia Mountaineers Morgantown, WV 3 – 8 12 – 13
9 Texas Tech Red Raiders Lubbock, TX 0 – 12 10 – 17
10 Oklahoma State Cowgirls Stillwater, OK None None

Quick Set 4 – Oklahoma State University does not play women’s intercollegiate volleyball!

I was thoroughly shocked last week when I discovered that Oklahoma State University (OSU), a very large public university (21,046 undergraduate students according to US News & World Report) located in Stillwater, Oklahoma, does not sponsor women’s intercollegiate volleyball. What’s up with that?


Well, that’s another week of volleyball. Hope you enjoyed some of it. But, don’t despair, more great volleyball is ahead of us. Check out tomorrow’s post because there will be changes in the women’s college volleyball world!


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