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 have to work to break into the top 4 in the polls as they are 65 points behind 4th place. Last week there were 6 teams that gained above 200 points in the poll and there was a 40 point gap between 6th and 7th. After a sweep at the hands of Stanford, Hawaii sees itself on the outside looking in and Loyola’s upset loss to Ohio State dropped them 3 spots in the rankings and allowed Stanford to charge into the top 4 with 251 points, which is closer in points to top ranked LBSU than to 5th ranked Hawaii.
It will be a hard task for teams to break into the top 4 as they have claimed their spots on the top of the mountain. Stanford is by far, according to the VMRI, the best team in the nation with LBSU and UCLA not too far behind and with a decent lead on the rest of the poll. BYU has always been the interesting story throughout the year. They started as statistically one of the worst in the nation but somehow still found a way to win some matches. They have found their groove though with 6 straight sweeps and have statistically been the 3rd best team over the last 3 weeks.
Here is the VMRI for all weeks
Here is the VMRI for the past three weeks
Stay tuned for next week as Stanford and UCLA face off on Sunday, Ohio State faces the potentially dangerous Lopes from Grand Canyon twice, and BYU travels to play the newest addition to the polls Cal Baptist. There could be some major shakeups.