Florida Misses the Cut While Nebraska Leads, Wisconsin Climbs: NCAA Volleyball Analysts Re-Rank Sees Major Shifts

Published 12/04/2023, 9:18 AM EST

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The 2023 NCAA DI women’s volleyball championship is going on. The national semifinals and finals will take place at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida on December 14 and December 17 respectively. However, the list of the women’s volleyball tournament 64-team field has been cut down to 16 teams that will play in the regional semifinals.

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The first and the second rounds of the women’s volleyball tournament ended successfully and now the third round of this tournament will be played on December 7, Thursday. Ahead of the Regional Semifinals, one of the most popular hosts of NCAA.com, Michelle Chester re-ranked the 16thvolleyball tournament teams. It was based on their performance and wins in the tournament. Let’s take a look at how interestingly NCAA Digital gave the ranking to the teams.

Michelle Chester re-ranks top 16 teams

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In the second round of the women’s volleyball championship, Washington State faced Dayton offensively and won four sets in the playoff. According to her perspective, Michelle Chester released her roster for the 16 teams which was later tweeted by NCAA Women’s Volleyball on their official handle @NCAAVolleyball. The caption in the tweet reads ‘”Nebraska holds strong at No. 1, but how does  @michellachester view the rest of the field as she re-ranks the remaining field of 16. 🤔.”

NCAA Women’s Volleyball’s latest tweet also featured Michelle’s statement in a short 3-minute video clip. NCAA Digital reporter kept Nebraska as the No. 1 team in her re-ranking list. “I’ve got Nebraska at number one, a sweep over LIU, and Missouri to stay in that top spot without a debate, in my opinion. I moved Wisconsin up to number two after two dominating sweeps over Jackson State and Miami. I think those two are pretty undisputed up there, and then it gets tricky,” Michelle Chester added.

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Apart from that, Michelle also decoded the rankings of other teams. She further explained that Pitt had the toughest battle with UFC in the tournament’s second round. Hence, she picked it up as the No-3 team on her list.

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Michelle Chester decodes the ranking process

Chester gave a detailed understanding of how she went forth with the rankings. “Four was tough, so I ended up going with Oregon because they handled both rounds in sweeps,’’ she added. Furthermore, she explained, “I did drop Stanford to number six after getting pushed to five on their home court by Houston…Kentucky’s up at number seven.” She revealed the positions of other teams, with Texas at number eight, followed by Tennessee at nine, and Arizona occupying the tenth position.

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Again further into the rankings, Arkansas was eleventh. Creighton closely followed at 12 after sweeping Minnesota. Next up, it was Pursue at 13 for Chester, and Washington State at 14. The 15th and 16th positions were occupied by Georgia Tech and Penn State respectively. Chester concluded her statement by adding that the regional starts next Thursday.

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Shivangi Agrawal

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