Match of the Week – Week 7
February 23rd, 2016
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by Corley Bagley

Because we are near the middle of the season, we decided to do something special for the match of the week. Instead of looking at an individual match up, we will, instead, look at 26 different matches taking place this week and try to correctly predict as many of them as possible. There are a few things to point out. All matches will have teams with complementary predicted win percentages. This is because we compare the teams head-to-head when generating Read More

Week 7 Trivia
February 23rd, 2016
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by Bri Hintze

Here is the trivia for last week, February 15-24. Hope you enjoy it. Play Week 7 Trivia on QuizRevolution.com now! SHARE THIS

Week 6 Poll Commentary
February 18th, 2016
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by Bri Hintze

Some tops teams made some moves this week, specifically Ohio State. They showed that they want to win the MIVA this year by sweeping 2015 NCAA volleyball championship contenders Loyola and Lewis. Ohio State has been the top rated team in the VMRI over the past 3 weeks as they have made a run up the poll. They sit in striking distance of the top 5 and have asserted their intentions of a championship run. However, they are going to Read More

Match of the Week – Week 6
February 17th, 2016
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by Corley Bagley

Match of the Week   Third-ranked UCLA is hosted by fourth-ranked Stanford this week. Both teams, 8-2 in MPSF play, are tied with Long Beach, who plays UC San Diego and UC Irvine this week, for control of the the MPSF. While this match takes place on Sunday at 7:00pm Pacific Time, UCLA plays at Pepperdine and Stanford hosts UC Santa Barbara earlier in the week. This match could determine who will be the leader of the MPSF going into Read More

Week 5 Poll Commentary
February 10th, 2016
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by Brett Ware

Poll Commentary   This week’s poll shows very little change from the past week as the Ball State, Ohio State and the UCLA, Hawaii matchups were the only matches that made an impact on the rankings. Ball State moved up a spot and Ohio State dropped two spots after BSU defeated OSU in five sets. UCLA lost their top spot in the rankings and Hawaii moved up to fourth after these two teams split matches in Hawaii. However, the data Read More

Week 5 Player and Match of the Week
February 9th, 2016
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by Brett Ware

Match of the Week   Hawaii once again is featured in our VolleyMetrics Match of the Week as they handed former AVCA No.1 ranked UCLA their first loss. This week they match up against VMRI No.1 Stanford in a battle of the statistically best in the nation. Stanford has only lost to current No.3 BYU and dropped a match last week to current No.1 LBSU. This is a team that is looking to prove that they belong in the top-5. Read More

Player of the Week, Rally of the Week & Poll Analysis
January 28th, 2016
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by Bri Hintze

Poll Commentary Once again there is a unanimous number one team in the country according to the AVCA coaches poll released on the 25th. Except now the team to beat is UCLA instead of BYU — the unanimous number one team in the country after the first week of play. After 3 weeks of play we are starting to see how teams have changed since last year and which teams appear as though they can compete for the national title. Read More

Match of the Week and Trivia- 1/25/2016
January 26th, 2016
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by Bri Hintze

Match of the Week   No. 1 UCLA hosts No. 2 Long Beach this week in the first top-two matchup of the year. How could you not choose this as the match of the week? UCLA is still undefeated and comes out of last week with 3-1 and 3-0 wins over Cal Baptist and USC. Long Beach split 2 home matches with No. 3 BYU last week. They lost the first match 3-1 but came back with a vengeance, beating Read More

Looking at the Data: Which Conference is the Strongest?
January 6th, 2016
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by Bri Hintze

  Throughout the season, we will publish posts on many different topics in this section of our blog. Since one debate that happens every year as a new season starts is about which conference is the best, we decided to start with a post about it. Often, one conference points to the out-of-conference records and another conference points to the number of teams at various stages of the national tournament. This is all well and good, but there are an Read More