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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

TeamPoints
1Nebraska416
2Penn State409
3UCLA385
4Texas365
5Washington363
6Florida353
7Stanford334
8Santa Clara320
9USC306
10California290
11Wisconsin283
12Tennessee249
13Hawaii246
14Purdue230
15Ohio222
16Ohio State215
17BYU185
18LSU173
19Missouri148
20Pepperdine143
21Utah129
22Cal Poly115
23Texas A&M105
24Minnesota82
25Long Beach State73
26Arizona69
27Louisville64
28Michigan57
29Notre Dame47
30Kansas State43
Others receiving votes
31New Mexico State34
32San Diego21
33ARKANSAS15
34Oregon8
35Kansas4
36Rice4
37Missouri State2
38Northern Iowa2
39Kentucky1

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

RankTeamPointsRegionConference
1Texas0.7558576CentralBig 12
2Nebraska0.7447869CentralBig 12
3Purdue0.7377916MideastBig Ten
4Penn State0.7373304MideastBig Ten
5Arizona State0.7274788PacificPac-10
6UCLA0.7205365PacificPac-10
7USC0.7161961PacificPac-10
8LSU0.7137192SouthSoutheastern
9Wisconsin0.7117875MideastBig Ten
10Florida0.7015719SouthSoutheastern
11Illinois0.6847049MideastBig Ten
12BYU0.6835909WestMountain West
13Arkansas0.6749252SouthSoutheastern
14Hawaii0.6705329WestWestern Athletic
15California0.6646409PacificPac-10
16San Diego0.6629333PacificWest Coast
17Oregon0.6611825PacificPac-10
18Ohio0.6610492MideastMid-American
19New Mexico State0.6544612WestWestern Athletic
20Texas A&M0.6493359CentralBig 12
21Stanford0.6491267PacificPac-10
22Michigan0.6433052MideastBig Ten
23Colorado0.6409119CentralBig 12
24Washington0.6402243PacificPac-10
25Florida State0.6398292EastAtlantic Coast
26Tennessee0.6367319SouthSoutheastern
27Utah0.6346884WestMountain West
28Cal Poly0.6335177WestBig West
29San Francisco0.6321439PacificWest Coast
30Ohio State0.631188MideastBig Ten


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