The Hawaii women’s volleyball team opened at No 36 in the first Ratings Percentage Index of the season today, an early indicator that the Rainbow Wahine are unlikely to host an NCAA subregional.
Hawaii (14-1, 4-0 Big West), which moved up to No. 8 in today’s AVCA Coaches Top 25 poll, would need to have a Top-16 RPI at the end of the regular season in order to host the first and second rounds. The Rainbow Wahine’s RPI is the lowest for a one-loss team with the exception of Arkansas State (15-1), which is at No. 16.
Florida (9-4), which lost to Hawaii three weeks ago, is No. 5 in the RPI. UCLA (11-3), the only team to beat the Wahine, is at No. 3.
In the Top 25, USC (16-0) moved up a spot to No. 1 and received 59 of 64 first-place votes. Texas (13-1, 1 vote) also moved up one spot to No. 2 while former No. 1 Penn State (15-2, 2 votes) dropped to No. 3 following its first loss of the season.
Nebraska (12-2) stayed at No. 4, followed by Arizona State (15-0, 2 votes), the Sun Devils trading places with Washington (13-1) for fifth and sixth, respectively Stanford (8-4), which went 1-1 last week, moved up a spot to No. 7 with Ohio State (14-2) up four spots to No. 9, helped by its win over Penn State.