New NCAA Rankings
The NCAA released updated rankings for a few of their fall sports, and of course, the rankings did not disappoint.
Women's soccer had new rankings released. With the ACC being the only conference in field hockey currently playing there was not a Top 15/25 released.
For volleyball, the Cards moved up to #9, breaking the Top 10 for the first time in Dani Busboom Kelly's tenure. We do have to take that with a grain of salt as many conferences are not playing volleyball, creating a bit of a skew in the rankings. Reigning champion and runner-up Stanford and Wisconsin are not currently playing, for example.
Games have been updated through Oct. 6, although the NCAA website has an error with Louisville still at 0-1, although they meant to show 2-1. Louisville moved up in the rankings after sweeping Boston College on Friday and then downing the Eagles 3-1 on Saturday. Their sole loss was a season opening sweep against Notre Dame. The sweep sounds bad, but they lost the three sets by two points, three points, and two points, respectively.
Seven ACC programs are in the Top 15 with Notre Dame leading the charge at #5. Syracuse sits one spot ahead of the Cards at #10. #11 Pitt, #12 Miami, #13 Georgia Tech, and #14 Duke round out the rest of the ACC in the rankings while Florida State was in the receiving votes category.
The Cards host Syracuse in a two-match big-time showdown. Like the first match, attendance will be extremely limited but is shaping up to be one for the record books. I think most of us would love to be a fly on the wall... or a head... for these two matches.
Women's Soccer climbed into the rankings to #13 after being unranked in the previous poll. The Cards hold a 3-1 record after dominating performances in all three wins and a tight battle in their loss Florida State.
There are seven ACC schools in the rankings. North Carolina holds the top spot with a 4-0 record while Florida State sits right behind them, also with a 4-0 record. Clemson fell from #3 down to #6 after a pair of losses. Duke moved up to #7 in the polls. Virginia held their spot at #10. The Cards are the next ACC school at #13 and Notre Dame is behind them at #14.
Field hockey does not have an official ranking, but you could make a strong case for Louisville to be #1, right? The Cards took down reigning champion North Carolina, defeated Final Four team Boston College, and defeated a powerhouse program in Duke twice. They have the only overall undefeated record and sit at 3-0 in the ACC. So, congrats to the Cards on their #1 ranking?!
We will see volleyball on Friday and Saturday back in town, in which Worldwide and I will be present for the matches. Somewhere, Worldwide is jumping with excitement as he gets to head back into L&N Federal Credit Union Arena.
Happy Thursday and Go Cards!