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RE: VB in conference play
(10-07-2019 09:27 PM)Jonathan Sadow Wrote:  According to the unofficial RPI site, Rice's strength of schedule ranks 39th in Division I, which is helping keep up the Owls' lofty RPI. There may be some erosion of it because of the relative weakness of Rice's remaining schedule, but if the Owls keep winning, they may do well enough to earn a regional hosting position. Right now, Rice is rated so far above any other C-USA team that in Massey's system the Owls are projected to lose only 0.38 matches the rest of the regular season. This week's opponents, Southern Mississippi and Middle Tennessee, are the two-lowest rated teams in the conference, and Rice is listed as having a 100% chance of winning each match. In fact, the Owls' odds of winning any remaining C-USA match aren't below 89%, even the Western Kentucky one on November 10.

Since two of the teams above us are UTex and Baylor, is there a possibility that three Texas teams could host?
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RE: VB in conference play
(10-08-2019 09:41 AM)OptimisticOwl Wrote:  
(10-07-2019 09:27 PM)Jonathan Sadow Wrote:  According to the unofficial RPI site, Rice's strength of schedule ranks 39th in Division I, which is helping keep up the Owls' lofty RPI. There may be some erosion of it because of the relative weakness of Rice's remaining schedule, but if the Owls keep winning, they may do well enough to earn a regional hosting position. Right now, Rice is rated so far above any other C-USA team that in Massey's system the Owls are projected to lose only 0.38 matches the rest of the regular season. This week's opponents, Southern Mississippi and Middle Tennessee, are the two-lowest rated teams in the conference, and Rice is listed as having a 100% chance of winning each match. In fact, the Owls' odds of winning any remaining C-USA match aren't below 89%, even the Western Kentucky one on November 10.

Since two of the teams above us are UTex and Baylor, is there a possibility that three Texas teams could host?

Sure. There have been plenty of years where the state of California has had three (or more?) hosts. I'm guessing we may have to win out the rest of the season to be a host (or perhaps lose in the CUSA Championship?) but I imagine the athletic department is already working on preparing a bid.

There is still a lot of volleyball to be played but you could easily send SFA as a 2 seed to either Austin or Waco, Texas A&M to the other regional, and say Oklahoma to Rice as the 2 seed. Plus there are a lot of midwestern teams who have solid 2 seed resumes already as well.
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RE: VB in conference play
(10-09-2019 07:16 AM)Fort Bend Owl Wrote:  
(10-08-2019 09:41 AM)OptimisticOwl Wrote:  
(10-07-2019 09:27 PM)Jonathan Sadow Wrote:  According to the unofficial RPI site, Rice's strength of schedule ranks 39th in Division I, which is helping keep up the Owls' lofty RPI. There may be some erosion of it because of the relative weakness of Rice's remaining schedule, but if the Owls keep winning, they may do well enough to earn a regional hosting position. Right now, Rice is rated so far above any other C-USA team that in Massey's system the Owls are projected to lose only 0.38 matches the rest of the regular season. This week's opponents, Southern Mississippi and Middle Tennessee, are the two-lowest rated teams in the conference, and Rice is listed as having a 100% chance of winning each match. In fact, the Owls' odds of winning any remaining C-USA match aren't below 89%, even the Western Kentucky one on November 10.

Since two of the teams above us are UTex and Baylor, is there a possibility that three Texas teams could host?

Sure. There have been plenty of years where the state of California has had three (or more?) hosts. I'm guessing we may have to win out the rest of the season to be a host (or perhaps lose in the CUSA Championship?) but I imagine the athletic department is already working on preparing a bid.

There is still a lot of volleyball to be played but you could easily send SFA as a 2 seed to either Austin or Waco, Texas A&M to the other regional, and say Oklahoma to Rice as the 2 seed. Plus there are a lot of midwestern teams who have solid 2 seed resumes already as well.

Thanks.
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Ole Miss defeated #22 Missouri, 3-1. Texas (vs Kansas State) and SFA (vs New Orleans) also won tonight.
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Rice easily defeats USM 3-0.
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(10-11-2019 08:53 PM)Frizzy Owl Wrote:  Rice easily defeats USM 3-0.

Lennon had 0 kills on 7 attempts and didn't play 2nd or 3rd set. Every player and different lineups were used. Morgan and Bichelmeyer didn't play in the 3rd.
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Georgia upset Kentucky on the road in 5 sets - Kentucky's 1st SEC loss in 2 years. I really don't think the SEC is that great this year. Georgia got swept by Texas State, and Ole Miss is now the only undefeated team in that conference (Rice swept Ole Miss at their place). Honestly, Rice should be ranked ahead of any SEC team but that probably won't be the case Monday.
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(10-11-2019 09:53 PM)dragon2owl Wrote:  
(10-11-2019 08:53 PM)Frizzy Owl Wrote:  Rice easily defeats USM 3-0.

Lennon had 0 kills on 7 attempts and didn't play 2nd or 3rd set. Every player and different lineups were used. Morgan and Bichelmeyer didn't play in the 3rd.

I noticed that looking at the stats. The Owls won 25-13, 14 & 21. The last set was mostly bench players playing. Southern Miss came into the match at 1-17, with its only win 3-2 over Alabama State, one of the worst teams in Division I. The Golden Eagles so far this season have won only three other sets in their other 17 matches, having now been swept 14 times. By contrast, Rice has only lost eight sets in 16 matches, five of these in the win over Texas and loss to Stephen F. Austin, and that's among the lowest total in Division I. Obviously, there's a big difference between the two programs right now.... Middle Tennessee, Sunday's opponent, is not much better, although they've only been skunked one this season and just beat Marshall 3-2 in what's probably their best win of the season.
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Number 8 had some really outstanding kills
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Owls win 1st two sets over MTSU, 25-18 and 25-17.

Owls up 8-1 in 3rd.
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Owls win 3rd set 25-10 and the match 3-0.

Way to take care of business Owls!
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Does that run our game/set winning streak to 19 games (since UT beat us in the 4th set way back when)? Six consecutive sweeps starting with TCU?

Pretty darn impressive, regardless to the level of competition.
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This dominance reminds me of Rice tennis in the late 60s. At the time, the SWC championship was decided by a playing head-to-head matches with the other 7 schools, 4 home and 3 away or vice versa. IIRC in each one you played 6 matches, 4 singles and two doubles, for a total of 42 points for the season. One year Rice was 42-0, and in the 42 matches did not lose a single set. And I think TexasU and maybe SMU or aTm were also nationally ranked.
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Adekunle with a monster effort today (18 kills, 1 error in 23 attempts). She also had a strong match against USM, so she should be the #1 candidate for POTW this week.

I think Rice will move up at least 1 spot in the polls this week (ahead of Hawai'i). Really, we should be ahead of some other teams, but until some of those coaches put us in the top 25 that haven't done so yet, that may be hard to do.
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AVCA posted their regional rankings on Twitter. Rice is in the midwest (?).

Midwest (top-10)
1. Rice
2. Western Kentucky
3. Wright State
4. Milwaukee
5. UTSA
6. Green Bay
7. Florida Atlantic
8. Illinois-Chicago
9. Marshall
10. Oakland

Here's the central and south regions:

Central (top-10)
1. Baylor
2. Texas
3. Iowa State
4. Oklahoma
5. South Dakota
6. Stephen F. Austin
7. TCU
8. Northern Iowa
9. Texas Tech
10. Illinois State

South (Top-10):
1. Kentucky
2. Florida
3. Missouri
4. Texas A&M
5. Georgia
6. Ole Miss
7. Tennessee
8. Florida Gulf Coast
9. South Carolina
10. Texas State

https://twitter.com/AVCAVolleyball/statu...3710083073
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(10-14-2019 09:17 AM)dragon2owl Wrote:  AVCA posted their regional rankings on Twitter. Rice is in the midwest (?).

Midwest (top-10)
1. Rice
2. Western Kentucky
3. Wright State
4. Milwaukee
5. UTSA
6. Green Bay
7. Florida Atlantic
8. Illinois-Chicago
9. Marshall
10. Oakland

Here's the central and south regions:

Central (top-10)
1. Baylor
2. Texas
3. Iowa State
4. Oklahoma
5. South Dakota
6. Stephen F. Austin
7. TCU
8. Northern Iowa
9. Texas Tech
10. Illinois State

South (Top-10):
1. Kentucky
2. Florida
3. Missouri
4. Texas A&M
5. Georgia
6. Ole Miss
7. Tennessee
8. Florida Gulf Coast
9. South Carolina
10. Texas State

https://twitter.com/AVCAVolleyball/statu...3710083073

Quite honestly, that's insulting. They classify us with only other G5 programs, as opposed to ranking us with the big boys (though those other two regions do include a couple G5 programs each). And what about Marquette?
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(10-14-2019 09:17 AM)dragon2owl Wrote:  AVCA posted their regional rankings on Twitter. Rice is in the midwest (?).

Midwest (top-10)
1. Rice
2. Western Kentucky
3. Wright State
4. Milwaukee
5. UTSA
6. Green Bay
7. Florida Atlantic
8. Illinois-Chicago
9. Marshall
10. Oakland

Here's the central and south regions:

Central (top-10)
1. Baylor
2. Texas
3. Iowa State
4. Oklahoma
5. South Dakota
6. Stephen F. Austin
7. TCU
8. Northern Iowa
9. Texas Tech
10. Illinois State

South (Top-10):
1. Kentucky
2. Florida
3. Missouri
4. Texas A&M
5. Georgia
6. Ole Miss
7. Tennessee
8. Florida Gulf Coast
9. South Carolina
10. Texas State

https://twitter.com/AVCAVolleyball/statu...3710083073

That is weird. The Texas schools are scattered across 3 regions. Rice & UTSA in the midwest. Baylor, UT, SFA, TCU & TT in the central. TAMU & TXST in the south. Maybe they should have just labeled Texas a region?
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Lol at those 'regions'. The Midwest is a bit weaker than the others obviously. But some of those rankings are real head-scratchers - how is Ole Miss 6th in the South when they're 5-0 in the SEC (which includes a 4-set win at Missouri?). They really should be no worse than 3rd in that region. SFA is another one getting low-balled (they should be ahead of both Iowa State and Oklahoma).
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It's not as insulting to me as to how those regions are set up - it's obviously done by conference. CUSA is considered to be in the Midwest, the Big 12 and Southland are in the Central and the SEC and Sun Belt are in the South.
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Rice RPI drops to 15 after going 2-0 last week.

https://www.ncaa.com/rankings/volleyball...eyball-rpi
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