Conference action has begun for everyone except for the Big West, and as we continue to go head first into the most important portion of the schedule, the rankings will continue to fluctuate. As of now, this is how the landscape of conferences in NCAA Men’s Division I-II Volleyball sit with team’s in the VolleyMob and AVCA rankings:
|VM TOP 20||VM AVG. RK||AVCA (15)||AVCA AVG. RK|
Once again the MPSF takes the cake with the most ranked while the Big West, led by three of the top four in the country, has the highest average standing in the polls. The MIVA comes in closely behind while the EIVA sits beyond that. Going further, the Conference Carolinas and Independent teams failed to make a mark on the rankings.
The MIVA provides an interesting challenge with four teams in the top 13 and three in serious contention for an at-large should they not win the league. If they’re unable to crack into the NCAA Tournament as an at-large team though then expect it to come from one of the two west coast leagues, as the MPSF and Big West are dominating the rankings.
Of course, with just five conferences plus independents, it’d be easier for two conferences to dominate the landscape, but the fact that 65 percent in the VolleyMob Top 20 come from those two west coast leagues is darn impressive. The MIVA is holding up the midwestern and eastern leagues, but the EIVA needs to pick things up as Penn State is looking like a potential runaway.