INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Committee released a top-10 ranking several weeks ahead of its Selection Sunday on Wednesday evening, Nov. 1. The committee announcement was showcased during ESPNU’s broadcast of the Texas vs. Kansas State volleyball match.
Using the selection criteria and results through games as of Sunday, October 29, Pennsylvania State University earned the top ranking in the nation with a 21-1 record. They are followed by fellow Big Ten Conference members, the University of Nebraska, Lincoln (18-4), and University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (21-2) at second and third, respectively. The Pac-12 Conference’s Stanford University (19-2) ranked fourth followed by the University of Kentucky (19-2) of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) to round out the top five.
“After the great feedback from last year’s top-ten ranking announcement, the DI Women’s Volleyball committee chose to continue the engagement with the volleyball community during regular-season play. The ranking is a chance for the committee to provide insight to fans ahead of Selection Sunday,” said Lisa Peterson, chair of the committee and Deputy Athletic Director/SWA at the University of Oregon.
The remainder of the top-10 includes the University of Florida (18-1) another SEC member, at sixth, University of Texas at Austin (17-2) of the Big 12 Conference, seventh, and the University of Washington (18-5), a Pac-12 member at eighth. The University of Oregon (14-6), also of the Pac-12 is No. 9 followed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison (15-6) from the Big Ten Conference in the 10th position.
“There are still a number of regular season and conference tournament matches to be played,” said Peterson. “In the interim, we will continue to seek input from our Regional Advisory Committee members ahead of the discussions that we will have during selection weekend. We look forward to gathering together in a few weeks to re-evaluate the teams that will eventually compete in the 2017 DI Women’s Volleyball championship tournament.”
The ranking is based on the criteria used to select and seed the 64 teams for the Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship and includes strength of schedule, Rating Percentage Index, head-to-head competition, results versus common opponents, significant wins and losses and locations of contests.
The ranking announcement is part of the continued team evaluations that will culminate with the final bracket, revealed during the selection show on Sunday, November 26, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
First and Second round competition will be held at 16 non-predetermined campus sites November 30-December 2 with the winning team from each of the 16 second rounds advancing to the regional round.
Regionals for the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship will be held at four non-predetermined campus sites December 8-9. At each site, four teams compete in single-elimination regional semifinal competition. The two advancing teams then compete against each other in single-elimination regional final.
The winning team from each of the four regions will advance to the DI Women’s Volleyball Championship at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. The national semifinals will be held December 14 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Eastern time and will air live on ESPN2. The national championship will take place December 16 at 9 p.m. Eastern time and will also air live on ESPN2.
Here are the Top 10 rankings with records through Oct. 29 games: