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Lady’Back volleyball garners national recognition

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Lady’Back volleyball garners national recognition

Jump toCSTV/AVCApoll|| Jump to RichKern.com poll || Jump toRichKern.com RKPI FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas volleyball team is out to a 7-1 start this year and the program is getting some national recognition for their efforts. Arkansas received eight votes in this week’s CSTV/AVCA Top 25 Coaches Poll and are among the "others receiving votes" in the national poll. The Lady’Backs fared even better in the RichKern.com poll this week garnering 15 points and would be ranked 33rd in the on-line poll. In addition, Arkansas’ tough schedule is being recognized by RichKern.com as the 13th-best in the country at this point in the season. "Our pre-conference schedule has given us the chance to play teams in other conference and test ourselves against several really good programs," said Arkansas head coach Chris Poole. "I probably pay more attention to the power rankings than any other because it mirrors what the NCAA uses for postseason selection. We’re right where I want to be for this time of year and the poll recognition is great for the current team and for the program as a whole." The CSTV/AVCA coaches poll is the most widely used volleyball poll and the Lady’Backs are named among the nation’s best teams this year. In fact, several of Arkansas’ 2006 opponents are also in the rankings. Southeastern Conference rival Florida is ranked sixth this week while Tennessee is 13 and LSU is 18th. BYU, a team the Lady’Backs faced last week in Kansas, checks in at No. 19 while Kansas is also getting votes. The RichKern.com poll also has Florida at No. 6 followed by No. 12 Tennessee, No. 17 BYU and No. 18 LSU. Kansas and Kentucky are also getting votes in that poll. The RKPI, a simulation of the NCAA RPI ranking system, lists LSU at No. 8, followed by No. 10 Florida, No. 12 BYU and No. 26 Tennessee. The Lady Razorbacks open SEC play this weekend with a pair of road matches at Kentucky on Friday and at No. 13 Tennessee Sunday. Both matches will air live in the Northwest Arkansas area on KXUA, 88.3 FM and on LADYBACKS.COM.

CSTV/AVCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll
2006 POLL # 2:
September 11, 2006

Rank

School (First-Place Votes)

Total Points

2006 Record

Last Week

1

Nebraska (47)

1486

7-0

1

2

Penn State (12)

1423

8-0

2

3

UCLA (1)

1358

9-0

3

4

Washington

1235

8-1

5

5

Texas

1196

5-2

7

6

Florida

1184

6-1

6

7

Stanford

1101

6-1

8

8

Santa Clara

1100

6-1

4

9

Southern California

1032

9-0

10

10

California

870

9-0

13

11

Wisconsin

867

6-1

11

12

Hawai’i

836

5-3

9

13

Tennessee

778

8-1

12

14

Purdue

761

9-0

14

15

Ohio State

524

8-0

19

16

Ohio

523

6-2

17

17

Missouri

484

6-3

15

18

LSU

424

8-1

22

19

BYU

413

7-1

16

20

Pepperdine

339

4-4

18

21

Utah

265

6-2

24

22

Michigan

239

10-0

NR

23

Cal Poly

162

6-3

25

T-24

Arizona

98

7-2

21

T-24

Kansas State

98

8-2

NR

Others Receiving Votes and appearing on two or more ballots: Long Beach State 89; Louisville 84; New Mexico State 81; Texas A&M 73; Dayton 28; San Francisco 24; San Diego 19; Minnesota 16; Duke 13; Notre Dame 10; Arkansas 8; Kansas 5; Northern Iowa 5; Maryland 4; Rice 4.

Rich Kern Top 25 Poll — Sept 11, 2006

Team Points
1 Nebraska 416
2 Penn State 409
3 UCLA 385
4 Texas 365
5 Washington 363
6 Florida 353
7 Stanford 334
8 Santa Clara 320
9 USC 306
10 California 290
11 Wisconsin 283
12 Tennessee 249
13 Hawaii 246
14 Purdue 230
15 Ohio 222
16 Ohio State 215
17 BYU 185
18 LSU 173
19 Missouri 148
20 Pepperdine 143
21 Utah 129
22 Cal Poly 115
23 Texas A&M 105
24 Minnesota 82
25 Long Beach State 73
26 Arizona 69
27 Louisville 64
28 Michigan 57
29 Notre Dame 47
30 Kansas State 43
Others receiving votes
31 New Mexico State 34
32 San Diego 21
33 ARKANSAS 15
34 Oregon 8
35 Kansas 4
36 Rice 4
37 Missouri State 2
38 Northern Iowa 2
39 Kentucky 1

RKPI (Rich Kern Percentage Index)

This is a simulation of the NCAA RPI ranking system which is one of the tools the Selection Committee uses to pick teams for the NCAA Championships.September 11, 2006

Rank Team Points Region Conference
1 Texas 0.7558576 Central Big 12
2 Nebraska 0.7447869 Central Big 12
3 Purdue 0.7377916 Mideast Big Ten
4 Penn State 0.7373304 Mideast Big Ten
5 Arizona State 0.7274788 Pacific Pac-10
6 UCLA 0.7205365 Pacific Pac-10
7 USC 0.7161961 Pacific Pac-10
8 LSU 0.7137192 South Southeastern
9 Wisconsin 0.7117875 Mideast Big Ten
10 Florida 0.7015719 South Southeastern
11 Illinois 0.6847049 Mideast Big Ten
12 BYU 0.6835909 West Mountain West
13 Arkansas 0.6749252 South Southeastern
14 Hawaii 0.6705329 West Western Athletic
15 California 0.6646409 Pacific Pac-10
16 San Diego 0.6629333 Pacific West Coast
17 Oregon 0.6611825 Pacific Pac-10
18 Ohio 0.6610492 Mideast Mid-American
19 New Mexico State 0.6544612 West Western Athletic
20 Texas A&M 0.6493359 Central Big 12
21 Stanford 0.6491267 Pacific Pac-10
22 Michigan 0.6433052 Mideast Big Ten
23 Colorado 0.6409119 Central Big 12
24 Washington 0.6402243 Pacific Pac-10
25 Florida State 0.6398292 East Atlantic Coast
26 Tennessee 0.6367319 South Southeastern
27 Utah 0.6346884 West Mountain West
28 Cal Poly 0.6335177 West Big West
29 San Francisco 0.6321439 Pacific West Coast
30 Ohio State 0.631188 Mideast Big Ten


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