The youngest college men’s volleyball conference has surpassed one of the oldest in the conference rankings.
The Conference Carolinas at No. 3 finished one-spot ahead of the EIVA in the season’s inaugural conference RPI rankings that the NCAA released this week.
A conference’s RPI is determined by a mathematical formula that uses the combined winning percentage, opponents’ winning percentage and opponents’ strength of schedule of all the teams in the conference.
The Conference Carolinas, which finished the 2015 RPI rankings in last place among the four college men’s volleyball conferences, leads the EIVA by about two-thousandths of percentage points for the No. 3 ranking.
Despite having a better opponents’ winning percentage and opponents’ strength of schedule than the Conference Carolinas, the EIVA is fourth in combined winning percentage at .403
The MPSF leads the conference RPI rankings, while the MIVA is at No. 2.
Conference RPI rankings (as of March 20)
1. MPSF — .5667
2. MIVA — .5157
3. Conference Carolinas — .4511
4. EIVA — .4486