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 shows that a few other changes should have happened.
CSUN played top 10 foes Pepperdine and Stanford last week and got swept by both to drop their third and fourth consecutive matches versus ranked opponents. After the third week of play CSUN was sitting at 8th overall in the VMRI with a record of 7-0. Now they find themselves at 7-4 and a 23rd spot in the VMRI. Their fate in the polls will be decided this week as they face two other MPSF teams with a losing conference record, USC and Cal Baptist.
The other difference in the VMRI that we see is that IPFW sits in the 11th position. The eye test doesn’t look good for IPFW as they have only lost in their matchups versus ranked opponents. Their high rating would suggest that they have performed very well in their other matchups and played decently in their losses. They have the chance to validate their high VMRI spot in the next 10 days with wins over ranked opponents Ball St, Lewis, and Loyola.
Check out our Match of the Week post for a more in-depth look at the great matchup coming up between Hawaii and Stanford this week.