Watch List

In my posts, you will come across the term “Watch List”, which simply means the West Region teams that I believe are in position to garner a Pool C bid come November selection time (if they do not win the automatic Pool A bid). If you need a rundown on Pool A and C bids then check out the FAQ page. I decided to make this a permanent page as it gives me a little more freedom to keep this updated without polluting the main page. This will be a fluid list and I’ll try to update it with wins/losses and signature wins/losses. The “(#)” are the number of sets in the match. Records are in-division only.

Teams removed since last update:  Austin College 

Teams added since last update:  None

Note – I’m leaving Chapman on although they haven’t done enough. I still wanted to see if they make the SCIAC tournament before removing.

NOTE – In-Depth write-ups are below the table.

Signature
School Wins Losses Wins Losses
CMS 23 4 Juniata(3)
La Verne(5)
UTD(3)
Pac Lutheran(5)
Whittier(3)
Chapman(3)
Whittier(3)
Millikin(4)
Trinity(4)
Emory(4)
Chapman(5)
Colorado College 27 0 Whittier(3)
Ithaca(4)
Berry(3)
Hope(4)
Calvin(3)
Trinity(3)
Southwestern(5)
Southwestern(5)
Trinity(3)
La Verne 18 8 UTD(5)
UWEC(5)
Brockport(5)
Cal Lu(5)
Springfield(3)
Chapman(3)
Whittier(4)
MIT(5)
CMS(3)
Whittier(5)
Austin(4)
Scranton(5)
CMS(5)
Chapman(5)
Oxy(4)
Pacific Lutheran 18 4 St. Thomas(3)
Clarkson(4)
Cal Lutheran(3)
Pacific(4)
CMS(5)
Whittier(3)
Whitman(5)
Pacific(3)
Southwestern 24 3 Elmhurst(3)
C. Newport(5)
Whitewater(4)
UTT(4)
Trinity(5)
Trinity(4)
CC(5)
CC(5)
Trinity 26 5 Whitewater(3)
Southwestern(4)
CMS(4)
UMHB(4)
UMHB(4)
Calvin(3)
Whittier(5)
CC(3)
SU(5)
CC(3)
UMHB 25 3 Susquehanna(4)
Hendrix(4)
UTD(3)
UTT(4)
H-Simmons(3)
Trinity(4)
Trinity(4)
UT Tyler 22 6 Susquehanna(3)
Hendrix(5)
UTD(4)
TLU(3)
Belhaven(5)
UTD(3)
Southwestern(4)
McMurry(4)
UMHB(4)
Whittier 18 9 Ithaca(4)
Pac Lutheran(3)
Trinity(5)
La Verne (5)
Colorado(3)
Augustana(3)
Chapman(3)
Cal Lutheran(5)
CMS(3)
Scranton(4)
Cal Lutheran(4)
CMS(3)
La Verne(4)

In-Depth Looks

(Ranked Wins calculation was manual by me. I think I’m right but I’m wrong a lot…as you know. Ranked wins is current. SOS is the published number from last week.)

Chapman – Removed this week. I think they are going to have to win their conference for a bid.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps – 23-4 / .591 SOS / .700 RW. Still with the #2 position but it will be interesting to see if Whittier’s problems mean that the Trinity H2H loss will be factored back in. I’m betting not. CMS is a very strong team and will get a Pool C bid if they falter in the SCIAC tournament. If things hold, they will also host the regional.

Colorado College – 27-0 / .596 SOS / 1.000 RW.  Golden.

La Verne – 18-8 / .591 SOS / .444 RW. The victory over Whittier may have saved them. They are still on track with a Pool C bid. Winning their semi-final match wouldn’t hurt.

Pacific Lutheran – 18-4 / .557 SOS / .600 RW. One win or one loss by Whitworth and they get a Pool A bid. No worries.

Southwestern – 24-3 / .556 SOS / .500 RW. Even a loss to Centenary probably doesn’t derail their Pool C bid. They are a virtual lock.

Trinity – 26-5 / .579 SOS / .500 RW. Same story as Southwestern.

Mary Hardin Baylor (UMHB) – 25-3 / .508 SOS / .500 RW. Their chances would have been better with a Whittier victory over La Verne. Assuming they lose the ASC tournament, they should be fine but their low SOS is a real problem.

UT Dallas – Removed this week. They get a little luck that it’s the East Divisions turn to host the ASC tournament. I think they need to win it to get a bid.

UT Tyler – 22-6 / .506 SOS / .500 RW. Must make the finals in the ASC to have a chance. It would help if La Verne loses their semi-final match. If they are the mystery 9th team in the West then that SOS really hurts when compared to other regions.

Whittier – 18-9 / .597 SOS / .500 RW. So interesting to me. They will still push all the right selection criteria buttons but they are the 5th team in the SCIAC while ranked #3 in the entire West. Call me crazy, but I think the RAC will have no choice but to drop them but they will be left high enough where I think they will still get a Pool C bid. Those hoping Whittier would drop out of the rankings will not get their wish.

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