This will be the last blog post of the 2016 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Regular Season. Teams are wrapping up conference play, but for most conferences, the final standings will come down to this week. In this post, we will feature two match ups who could determine the 1st place team in the Big 10 and the Pac 12: Minnesota vs. Nebraska and UCLA vs. Washington. All four teams are fighting for the top spot in their respective conferences, so prepare for great matches between these teams. Below are the predictions and ratings for each team:
In the Big 10, Nebraska is currently #1 with a 17-1 conference record, while Minnesota is #3 with a 15-3 record. Their first matchup was played in Nebraska where the Corn Huskers barely pulled off a 3-2 victory over the Gophers. This time, the match will take place in Minnesota, where the Gophers are 11-0 this season. As you compare both teams, you can see that Nebraska has the advantage in every skill category except serving. Even with a perfect home record for Minnesota, Nebraska is predicted to win this match up with a win percentage of 64.91%-35.69%.
In the other match up, we have a battle between two first place teams in the Pac-12. Both UCLA and Washington are sitting at 14-4 in conference play. This will be the first time these teams will face off this year, and it could not have come at a better time when the final standings are on the line. In our ratings, UCLA is the better team. Washington only scores higher in serving and attacking, but because of their home court advantage, the ratings give them the slight advantage over UCLA, 55.50%-44.50%.
Make sure to watch these matches, and the ones below to see how conference standings finish off:
BYU @ Loyola Marymount, Nov. 22nd
UCLA @ Washington, Nov. 23rd
Nebraska @ Minnesota, Nov. 23rd
Wisconsin @ Minnesota, Nov. 26th
Kansas @ Baylor, Nov. 26th