I don’t trust poll voters.
Look no further than CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish and his weekly Poll Attacks column for reasons why to not trust them. Marquette volleyball was ranked #10 last week, and the Golden Eagles beat Xavier 3-1 in their only match since last week’s poll came out. Given that the Musketeers were 4-8 after that match ended, I had a weird feeling that the collective AVCA voters would decide that the Golden Eagles were not a top 10 team any longer because they lost one set.
That is not the case, as Marquette is ranked #10 in the country again this week. It’s MU’s third straight week as #10 and their fifth straight week as a top 10 program. That’s really cool.
Marquette earned 1,037 points in the polling this week. BYU, who still lost to Marquette at home in the first weekend of the season, are #9 again this week, earning 1,117 points. Washington is your #11 team this time around with 956 points.
Baylor continues to be the top ranked team on the Marquette schedule this week. The Bears are a perfect 13-0 on the year and thus are still ranked #1 in the country. Wisconsin was the big mover on the schedule this week, jumping from #13 back into the top 10 at #7. What’s with teams that Marquette beat in their building being ranked higher than the Golden Eagles, anyway? I mean, sure, the Badgers beat two top five teams in one week, including at #2 Nebraska. MU still beat Wisconsin, so that has to count for something here.
Where was I?
Oh, right, MU’s opponents in the poll. BYU is #9 as mentioned earlier, while Creighton moved up one spot to #13 this week. Illinois is your last MU opponent earning votes on more than one ballot this week, coming in at #18 in the country, one spot better than last week.
Hey, remember Creighton being ranked #13? Well, that means we get a top 15 battle at the McGuire Center on Saturday evening. The Bluejays will be MU’s second opponent of the weekend after the Golden Eagles host Providence on Friday night.
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