Hawai’i, BYU, Creighton top first VolleyballMag.com Mid-Major Poll

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Hawai’i is the No. 1 team in the inaugural VolleyballMag.com Mid-Major Poll.

The Rainbow Wahine of the Big West Conference got nine of the 10 first-place votes. The other went to Creighton of the Big East, which is ranked third. The No. 2 team is BYU of the West Coast Conference.

The VolleyballMag.com Mid-Major Poll includes teams from the 27 non power conferences and is the first of its type in NCAA volleyball.

Hawai’i lost to Minnesota in the NCAA Tournament regional final last December and returns its top player, Big West player of the year Nikki Taylor.

“We’re honored to be ranked No. 1 in this inaugural poll and proud to represent the Big West Conference,” Hawai’i associate head coach Jeff Hall said. “The ranking is a testament not only to what our players accomplished last year, but also to the possibilities ahead.

“Now the hard part begins. We have a lot of work to accomplish and a very tough schedule, particularly early on. But I’m confident our team will be up to the challenge.”

BYU last season was ousted from the NCAA Tournament by eventual-champion Nebraska. Creighton was a big surprise on the national scene and lost to USC in the round of 16.

Rounding out the top 10 are Loyola Marymount, Western Kentucky, Colorado State, San Diego, Arkansas State, Wichita State and Marquette.

Rank School Total Points Adjusted First Place Votes Adjusted Win/Loss Record Previous Rank
1 Hawai’i 249 9 0-0 NR
2 BYU 234 0 0-0 NR
3 Creighton 222 1 0-0 NR
4 Loyola Marymount 217 0 0-0 NR
5 Western Kentucky 208 0 0-0 NR
6 Colorado State 200 0 0-0 NR
7 San Diego 197 0 0-0 NR
8 Arkansas State 173 0 0-0 NR
9 Wichita State 163 0 0-0 NR
10 Marquette 154 0 0-0 NR
11 Long Beach State 151 0 0-0 NR
12 Dayton 144 0 0-0 NR
13 Missouri State 107 0 0-0 NR
T-14 Northern Arizona 102 0 0-0 NR
T-14 Santa Clara 102 0 0-0 NR
16 SMU 83 0 0-0 NR
17 Villanova 67 0 0-0 NR
18 Southern Illinois 63 0 0-0 NR
19 Wyoming 59 0 0-0 NR
20 Lipscomb 55 0 0-0 NR
20 Ohio 55 0 0-0 NR
22 Boise State 49 0 0-0 NR
23 Northern Iowa 42 0 0-0 NR
24 Xavier 32 0 0-0 NR
25 American 24 0 0-0 NR

 

Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: Saint Louis 14; New Mexico State 11; Illinois State 10; UT San Antonio 8; Northern Colorado 7; Rice 7; Pacific 6; 9 teams mentioned on only one ballot for a total of 37 combined points.

The pollsters

— Dan Conners, UC Davis

— Brian Doyon, Montana

— Greg Goral, Campbell University

— Kris Grunwald, UConn

— Justin Ingram, Southern Illinois University

— Steve Loeswick, North Florida

— Kent Miller, Saint Louis University

— Coley Pawlikowski, Stony Brook

— Jennifer Petrie, University of San Diego

— Dave Rehr, Arkansas State University

The conferences from which the teams will come:

— America East

— American Athletic

— Atlantic Sun

— Atlantic 10

— Big East

— Big Sky

— Big South

— Big West

— Colonial

— Conference USA

— Horizon League

— Ivy

— Metro Atlantic

— Mid-American

— Mid-Eastern

— Missouri Valley

— Mountain West

— Northeast

— Ohio Valley

— Patriot

— Southern

— Southland

— Southwestern

— Summit

— Sun Belt

— West Coast

— Western Athletic

4 COMMENTS

  1. Ohio gets on it and isn’t even picked in the top 2 the East Division of the MAC, let alone the whole conference. It’s very clear which conference have reps voting and which don’t.

  2. Ohio gets on it and isn’t even picked in the top 2 the East Division of the MAC, let alone the whole conference. It’s very clear which conference have reps voting and which don’t.

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