Wichita State, Missouri State move up in this week’s VBM Mid-Major Poll

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The top three — San Diego, BYU and Cal Poly — stayed the same, but after a few weeks of very little adjustments to the VolleyballMag.com Mid-Major Poll presented by the NIVC, there was plenty of one- or two-spot movement this week.

With Creighton losing a match but still winning the Big East, American Athletic-champion Wichita State moved up to No. 4. Missouri State, which finished the Missouri Valley regular season unbeaten, moved up to No. 5, while Creighton fell two spots to No. 6.

New this week is Butler, which finished third behind Creighton and No. 13 Marquette in the Big East.

The VolleyballMag.com Mid-Major Poll includes all teams not in the “power-five” conferences (ACC, SEC, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12).

The National Invitational Volleyball Championship (Nov. 26-Dec. 12, 2017) will be an annual tournament involving 32 of the nation’s top women’s Division I Volleyball teams. All games, including the semifinals and championship, are hosted by participating schools. Every round is single elimination. The NIVC field and bracket is announced late on the evening of the NCAA Tournament selections. The NIVC is committed to offering deserved opportunities to women’s volleyball programs; the event allows teams to get more practices in, to experience playoff-atmosphere games, to play in front of passionate fans and to use their NIVC success and experience as a springboard to the next season.
Rank School Points W/L Previous
1 San Diego 648 (24) 23-4  1
2 BYU 623 (2) 27-2  2
3 Cal Poly 595 26-2  3
4 Wichita State 570 26-3  5
5 Missouri State 530 26-5  6
6 Creighton 519 23-6  4
7 Western Kentucky 499 30-3  7
8 Colorado State 453 27-3  8
9 Hawai’i 427 20-7  9
10 VCU 409 30-2 11
11 Northern Iowa 399 25-7 10
12 North Texas 359 28-3 12
13 Marquette 349 21-8 13
14 Dayton 319 23-8 14
15 Denver 258 23-5 15
16 UC Irvine 232 20-7 16
17 Kennesaw State   214 21-4 18
18 North Dakota 203 30-7 17
19 Austin Peay 175 30-5 20
20 SMU 166 20-9 19
21 Miami (OH) 136 24-8 23
22 College of Charleston 98 27-5 21
23 Sacramento State  77 26-9 24
24 Rice 54 21-8 22
25 Butler 40 23-7 NR
Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: High Point 26; Coastal Carolina 13; Loyola Marymount 13; James Madison 11; Radford 11; Central Arkansas 7; Texas State 6. Two teams were mentioned on only one ballot for a total of 11 combined points.
Dropped Out: High Point 25
Previous polls: August 29September 5,  September 12, September 19, September 26, October 3, October 10, October 17, October 24, October 31, November 7, November 14
The pollsters: Kristin Belzung, Stony Brook; Keylor Chan, Samford; Dietre Collins-Parker, San Diego State; Dan Conners, UC Davis; Steve Florio, Fort Wayne; Matt Ginipro, Appalachian State; Greg Goral, Campbell; Kris Grunwald, Connecticut; Tom Hanna, Akron;  Tommy Harold, Nicholls State; Venessa Hackett Jacobs, Southern; Justin Ingram, UIC; Mike Jordan, New Mexico State; Frank Lavrisha, San Francisco; Steve Loeswick, North Florida; Don Metil, Towson; Kent Miller, Saint Louis; Anna Moreno Allison, Bucknell; Jennifer Petrie, San Diego; Kadie Platt, Houston; Mark Pryor, North Dakota; Dave Rehr, Arkansas State; Kari Thompson, Southern Illinois-Carbondale; Jennifer Weiss, Harvard; Arlisa Williams, Georgetown; Sam Wolinski, Eastern Illinois.

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About Triple Crown Sports: Based in Fort Collins, Colorado, Triple Crown Sports has been producing events in youth athletics and the college ranks for more than 30 years. TCS runs both the preseason and postseason WNIT basketball events and produces the men’s and women’s Cancun Challenge tournaments in November, which have been recognized by Sports Illustrated as a top-5 destination tournament for D-I basketball programs. Triple Crown is also rolling out a new “WNIT” concept in D-I volleyball (the NIVC), beginning in 2017, and launched a similar event in D-I softball (the National Invitational Softball Championships) in spring 2017. TCS youth fast-pitch tournaments (including the 900-team Sparkler/Fireworks event) draw the nation’s finest club programs, and hundreds of college coaches attend this TCS event and others for recruiting purposes.
Triple Crown also operates one of the top club volleyball events in the country, the TC Volleyball NIT, which hosts more than 400 of the top teams in the country and is played at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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