Maverick Maniac's Musings

September 24, 2009

MIAA Volleyball, the Real Standings

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jon Green @ 10:16 am

Well in the MIAA this year there appears to be 6 very good volleyball  teams.  Right now it looks like there might be two tiers. Emporia State, Washburn, and Central Missouri are all ranked in the top 10, while Pittsburg State, Truman State, and Nebraska-Omaha are all in the 15-25 range.

That said, anyone of these teams could probably conceivably win the conference, and the standings are going to be fun to watch all year. Right now UNO is on top at 4-0, the only undefeated team in conference, but UNO has played 3 home games to 1 away, and that away game was against a fairly beatable Missouri Southern. So how can we know who really is winning the conference right now…

I’d say that if you want to win the MIAA this year you need to beat all 5 teams not in this top level group (Northwest Missouri State, Missouri Western, Missouri Southern, Southwest Baptist, and Fort Hays State).  Home and away you need to win to keep pace.   Additionally you need to win your home games against the other big competitors.  Any wins you pick up on the road at competitors are gravy on top.

So I’m scoring it -1 for any loss at a bottom level team, -1 for any home loss to a top level team, and +1 for a road win at a top level team.

So far this year the only teams to get a road win at a top level team were Pittsburg State @ Central Missouri and Emporia State @ Truman State.  So my standings are as such.

  • Emporia State and Pittsburg State (+1)
  • Nebraska-Omaha and Washburn (0)
  • Central Missouri and Truman State (-1)

This weekend will give us Central Missouri @ Washburn, Pittsburg State @ Truman State, and Nebraska-Omaha @ Emporia State, so we’ll see where this goes.  This ranking helps give a picture of how a team has done in comparison to a team that finishes sweeping the lower level and splitting the top level teams.

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