DIII Women’s Volleyball Top 25 – 11/2/16


There are 433 DIII women’s volleyball programs, spread all across the USA, and each school has some great volleyball being played there. DIII is the largest component of women’s college volleyball, larger than DI, DII, or NAIA. We are entering the conference tournament phase of DIII women’s volleyball, to be followed by regional tournaments and finally the DIII Women’s National Volleyball Championship, which is only two weeks away.

Event – NCAA DIII Championship

Dates – 11/17– 11/19

Location – Oshkosh, WI

Host Institution – University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Here’s the Net Set Rankings for November 2, 2016.

NS Rank School & Nickname Conference Location 2016 W-L AVCA Poll Pablo Rank NS Index
1 Calvin Knights MIAA Grand Rapids, Michigan 26-0 1 1 1.00
2 Texas-Dallas Comets ASC Dallas, Texas 22-2 3 2 2.50
3 Cal Lutheran Regals SCIAC Thousand Oaks, California 23-4 2 5 3.50
4 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athenas SCIAC Claremont, California 26-1 4 6 5.00
5 Emory Eagles UAA Atlanta, Georgia 27-5 8 3 5.50
6 Wittenberg Tigers NCAC Springfield, Ohio 18-5 7 9 8.00
7 Hope Flying Dutch MIAA Holland, Michigan 25-6 10 7 8.50
8 Colorado College Tigers SCAC Colorado Springs, Colorado 25-4 6 13 9.50
9 Southwestern Pirates SCAC Georgetown, Texas 29-3 5 15 10.00
10 Juniata Eagles Landmark Huntingdon, Pennsylvania 22-6 9 12 10.50
11 Eastern Eagles MAC St. Davids, Pennsylvania 21-4 12 10 11.00
12 Ohio Northern Polar Bears OAC Ada, Ohio 24-3 23 4 13.50
T13 Trinity Tigers SCAC San Antonio, Texas 25-7 16 14 15.00
T13 La Verne Leopards SCIAC La Verne, California 22-5 19 11 15.00
T13 Northwestern-St. Paul Eagles UMAC St. Paul, Minnesota 28-4 22 8 15.00
16 Wisconsin-Stevens Point “Pointers” WIAC Stevens Point, Wisconsin 26-6 17 16 16.50
17 Wisconsin-Oshkosh Titans WIAC Oshkosh, Wisconsin 27-6 20 17 18.50
18 Mary Washington Eagles CAC Fredericksburg, Virginia 27-5 15 23 19.00
19 Elmhurst Bluejays CCIW Elmhurst. Illinois 21-10 18 21 19.50
20 Carnegie-Mellon Tartans UAA Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 23-6 21 19 20.00
21 Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawks WIAC Whitewater, Wisconsin 20-9 11 30 20.50
22 Wisconsin-La Crosse Eagles WIAC La Crosse, Wisconsin 23-5 13 29 21.00
23 Hendrix Warriors SAA Conway, Arkansas 21-7 25 19 22.00
24 Washington-St. Louis Bears UAA St. Louis, Missouri 26-3 14 32 23.00
25 Millikin Big Blue CCIW Decatur, Illinois 24-11 28 23 25.50

Net Set (NS) DIII Rankings and the NS Index are an average from the two polls or rankings listed below. The NS Rank is a numerical average based upon the positions of teams in these polls or rankings. In the Net Set Ranking, the team’s position in each poll or ranking is summed and then averaged to create the NS Index. This NS Index is then arranged, or ranked, in ascending order, with the lowest NS Index determining the number 1 team, the second lowest NS index determining the number 2 team, and so forth.

1. The AVCA Coaches Poll (http://www.avca.org/polls/diii-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, DIII coaches are voting on the teams in the DIII poll, and these are the women and men who see these teams in action up close and personal, and undoubtedly one of the best sources on information for polls and ratings. To see the AVCA poll intact, with all 25 teams, first-place votes, adjusted ranking points, and other neat info, go to: (http://www.avca.org/polls/diii-women/11-1-2016.html).

2. The Pablo Rankings (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).

Also, here’s a quick analysis of the DIII conferences in this rating along with their full conference names and the number of teams each conference has in the rating. The Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) has the most teams in the poll (four) with Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Wisconsin-Whitewater, and Wisconsin-La Crosse. The Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC), the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC), and the United Athletic Association (UAA) all have three teams in the Net Set ranking.

Conference Abbreviation Full Name of Conference Teams in Ranking
ASC American Southwest Conference 1
CAC Capital Athletic Conference 1
CCIW Collegiate Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin 2
Landmark Landmark Conference 1
MAC Middle Atlantic Conferences 1
MIAA Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association 2
NCAC North Coast Athletic Conference 1
OAC Ohio Athletic Conference 1
SAA Southern Athletic Association 1
SCAC Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference 3
SCIAC Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3
UAA United Athletic Association 3
UMAC Upper Midwest Athletic Conference 1
WIAC Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 4

What is NCAA Division III, or DIII? Straight from the NCAA website we read the following explanation: “Division III institutions have to sponsor at least five sports for men and five for women, with two team sports for each gender, and each playing season represented by each gender. There are minimum contest and participant minimums for each sport. Division III athletics features student-athletes who receive no financial aid related to their athletic ability and athletic departments are staffed and funded like any other department in the university. Division III athletics departments place special importance on the impact of athletics on the participants rather than on the spectators. The student-athlete’s experience is of paramount concern. Division III athletics encourages participation by maximizing the number and variety of athletics opportunities available to students, placing primary emphasis on regional in-season and conference competition.”



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