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    SEC Volleyball Blog – Week 11 – 11/16/2012

    We are getting close to deciding the Conference Championship.

    •    Florida has a three-match lead in the SEC standings and the Gators can clinch a share of the SEC title with a win on Friday. If UF wins both of its matches this weekend, they will win the SEC crown outright. Florida can also claim the title outright with one victory if Tennessee and Texas A&M each suffer losses.

    Interestingly enough, Tennessee and Texas A&M play each other next Wednesday, Nov. 21.  Who will end up closer to the top is the question?

    •    A Texas A&M victory in any of its final three matches combined with a loss by Arkansas (which has four matches remaining) will give A&M the SEC Western Division title outright. A Texas A&M victory on Friday will clinch at least a share of the Western Division title for the Aggies.

    Once again, I want to remind you to look at the 2012 Senior Class Award: First you know how it is a clich├ę to say “Every Vote Counts”?  Well in this case it does!  Got to:

    http://www.seniorclassaward.com/vote/DI_volleyball_2012/

    Kentucky’s Ashley Frazier is the only SEC candidate and you can vote for each day. 

    Here is the brief on it from the NCAA:

    Ten NCAA® women’s volleyball student-athletes who excel both on and off the court were selected as finalists today for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate volleyball. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.

    Let’s help Ashley as only the SEC fans can!

    Let’s look next at the RPI for this week.  

    •    11. Florida
    •    16. Tennessee
    •    17. Texas A&M
    •    22. Kentucky
    •    25. Arkansas
    •    47. Missouri
    •    49. Auburn
    •    58. Georgia
    •    75. LSU

    Given this info, let’s look at the matches that matter:

    •    Auburn at Tennessee: How far as Auburn come? This will be a good match to find out where the Tigers are right now!  A few more wins might put them in the tourney as well.

    •    Missouri at Texas A&M: A&M has jumped up the RPI in recent weeks. These Tigers need to keep pushing.  Interesting having two former Big 12 Teams competing in a match that matters this late in the season.

    •    Auburn at Alabama: While Auburn might be favored, it would be unwise to think this is not an important match. Anytime these two get together, it is important.

    •    LSU: Improving, but with two tough road matches remaining: These Tigers first face Florida, then go to Knoxville.  LSU has improved so much; it will be interested to see how they compete here.

    •    Ole Miss at Mississippi State: When they met in Oxford, the Rebs won 3-1.  It’s been a hard year for these Bulldogs, but I am sure there will be fire in the eyes as these rivals meet up.