SEC Volleyball Blog – Week 4 – 10/18/2013
By: Phil Bush
SEC Digital Network
Topics for this week:
• Conference Strength and Power Rankings
• Key Matches This Week
Conference Strength and Power Rankings
The current power rankings for Southeastern Conference teams – out of 300+ Division I Schools is:
50. Texas A&M
88. Ole Miss
111. South Carolina
118. Mississippi State
What this means is that anyone who is in the 50 or so is setting themselves up for a positive rest of season. It also means when anyone in top part of the rankings plays another team, it’s time to break out the popcorn.
Top Conference Performers:
If you think this is all about how great the SEC is, but it is in a vacuum, guess again.
Team Performances (number is national ranking):
• Missouri – #2 in assists per set, #1 in hitting percentage, and #3 in kills per set- yes, the Missouri offense is deadly – Molly Kreklow leads the way for the Tigers.
• Tennessee #2 in digs per set – Ellen Mullins is that good.
• Mississippi State - #10 in digs per set.
• Florida - #6 in assists per set, #2 in hitting percentage and #3 in kills per set – Taylor Brauneis is the star here. (Note to all: Sunday’s match of Florida at Missouri is one to keep track of.)
• Molly Kreklow, Missouri: #2 in assists per set
• Taylor Brauneis, Florida: #7 in assists per set
• Sierra Wilson, Alabama, #8 in assists per set
• Briana Holman, LSU: #5 in blocks per set
• Chloe Mann, Florida: #1 in hitting percentage
• Whitney Little, Missouri #2 in hitting percentage
• Alex Holston, Florida: #5 in hitting percentage
(Do the math, folks: three of the top five hitters in the country are in the SEC.)
• Juliette Thevenin, South Carolina, #5 in kills per set
So, we can talk all we want to about strong or not in the nation- as the saying goes: Numbers don’t lie.
Key Matches for the Week:
All of these matches have one thing in common: Every team on this is in or right at the top 50 in the nation in power ranking. All of these matches will be good, and I think nearly all of them will go at least four sets, if not the full five.
• Texas A&M at Alabama
• Florida at Arkansas
• Georgia at Missouri
• LSU at Alabama
• Georgia at Arkansas
• Florida at Missouri
Florida and Georgia have really hard weekends on the road.
Missouri, Arkansas, and Alabama have really hard weekends at home.
As I will always say, if you have questions or suggested topics for The Rotation, please let me know.