This week’s Match of the Week is a Pac-12 showdown on Wednesday between #7 Washington and #9 Stanford. Stanford moved into the top ten with wins this past week against California and Oregon State, while Washington moved down three spots with a loss to in-state rival Washington State. These two teams face off this Wednesday at Washington. Here is the break down in our VolleyMetrics Rating Index:
A visual comparison of each teams’ skills can be seen from the diagram on the left. These two teams are similar in their play, but Stanford has a big edge on Washington in Passing and Serving. Our predictions give Stanford a 55.10% chance of beating Washington, even accounting for Washington’s home court advantage. From the start of the season, both teams were projected to have top-15 finishes; so far both have met those expectations. It’ll be interesting to see if Stanford can add to their five-game winning streak, or if Washington can bounce back from their loss and make a play to get back into the top-5 of the AVCA rankings.
Other important Matches:
Wisconsin @ Purdue
BYU @ San Diego, October 1
Minnesota @ Purdue