As the season is slowly coming to an end, we see the polls are shifting less and less. The top 7 teams from last week stayed in the same spot, but there were a lot of changes in the rest of the poll. For this reason, we have decided to highlight a couple of matches that will have an effect in the middle of the polls. Our two matches will be an in state rivalry between Michigan State and Michigan, and another in state battle between Stanford and UCLA. Here is how each team compares below:


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In our first matchup, we have the Michigan State Spartans hosting their rival, the Michigan Wolverines. This is the first matchup of the season between these two teams. Michigan State is currently 21-5, while Michigan is 20-6, so both teams are not only similar in their record, but in their ratings as well. They both have the same overall rating, but Michigan State performs better in 3 skill categories to Michigan’s 2. Our predictions have Michigan State favored over Michigan 56.94%-43.06%.

The second matchup is between Stanford and UCLA. These two teams faced off a couple of weeks ago, with UCLA winning the match 3-1. Since then, Stanford is 5-0, while UCLA is 4-1, with a lost coming from an unranked opponent. From our ratings, Stanford appears to be the better team in this matchup. They have a higher attacking, digging, and overall score than UCLA, and look forward to their home court advantage, where they are 4-1 against ranked opponents. Stanford is favored to win 69.29%-30.71%.

 

Tune in to these match ups to see how each team performs!

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Corley Bagley

Corley Bagley

Director of Analytics

VolleyMetrics

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