NCAA Division I Volleyball - 1st Week of October

What Do You know about upsets?

What it means for the upsetter and the upsetty(?)


-        A win is a win is a win

-        Improve RPI (especially if it is a win away from home)

-        Increase team confidence

-        Finding what works for your players

-        Building momentum



-        A loss

-        Decrease RPI

-        Hurts team confidence

-        Learning player weaknesses

-        Rebuilding confidence

When does an upset means less?

-        If you are beating an injured opponent

o    And even then, for the upsetter – you got the win and proved that you are able to execute a game plan

o   For the upsetty – if you are dealing with long term injuries you may be a little worried. But if you have a couple short term injuries then the worry should dissipate


Recent Upsets

#17 Utah over #9 Washington in Seattle, WA (27-25) (26-24)(21-25)(23-25)(16-14)


Washington State over #25 Colorado in Pullman, WA (25-23)(25-19)(22-25)(30-28)

Arizona over #15 USC in Tucson, AZ (25-23)(25-17)(26-24)

Iowa over #22 Michigan in Iowa City, IA (21-25)(25-22)(25-15)(25-21)

Marquette over #12 Creighton in Milwaukee, WI (25-18)(25-15)(25-21)


Alone at the Top

-        At least three conferences have just one team undefeated at the top

Stanford --> Pac-12

Nebraska --> Big Ten

Marquette --> Big East


Rocking the Top 25 of the AVCA Coaches Poll

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Two conferences have over half the teams in the Top 25 Coaches Poll and it probably won’t be a shock which ones.

Pac-12 has seven


Big 10 also has seven

But neither is currently sitting as #1, that spot belongs to SEC powerhouse Florida (11-0). See the entire Top 25

ICYMI: Florida head coach Mary Wise took over the title of Most All-Time Division I Volleyball Wins Among Female Head Coaches surpassing former BYU coach Eaine Michaelis (1969-2001). Wise currently sits in eighth place all-time in wins in Division I, and 14th overall in NCAA history (divisions I-III). Read more at