Alternative data: Standings if NCAA used FIVB point system

There is more than one way to determine conference standings.

While NCAA men’s volleyball uses the traditional win-loss record metric as the basis for its standings, the FIVB for international matches uses a point system as a tiebreaker for teams with the same record. The system awards a team three points for a match won in a three or four games, two points for a match won in five games, one point for a match lost in five games and zero points for a match lost in three or four games.

Off the Block special contributor Jonathan Bates compiled what the college men’s volleyball conference standings would look like entering the final week of the regular season if the NCAA adopted the FIVB point system as the primary metric for determining a team’s conference ranking.

MPSF
Team FIVB points Current Rank Record
1. Long Beach State 46 1 15-2
2. BYU 42 2 14-2
3. Hawai’i 38 3 12-4
4. UCLA 36 5 10-6
5. UC Irvine 26 4 -11-5
6. CSUN 24 10 5-12
7. Pepperdine 23 6 7-9
8. UC Santa Barbara 22 9 5-11
9. USC 20 8 6-10
10. Stanford 17 7 7-9
11. UC San Diego 13 11 3-13
12. Cal Baptist 8 12 2-14
MIVA
Team FIVB points Current Rank Record
1. Ohio State 40 1 14-0
2. Lewis 33 2 11-3
3. Grand Canyon 31 3 11-5
4. Loyola 28 4 8-6
5. Ball State 24 5 -8-6
6. McKendree 18 6 4-10
7. Lindenwood 13 6 4-10
8. Fort Wayne 12 8 2-12
9. Quincy 11 8 2-12
EIVA
Team FIVB points Current Rank Record
1. Penn State 23 1 8-2
T-2. St. Francis 21 2 6-4
T-2. Princeton 21 4 6-5
4. Harvard 20 2 6-4
5. NJIT 19 4 -6-5
6. George Mason 18 6 5-5
7. Sacred Heart 16 6 5-5
8. Charleston 2 8 0-12
ConfCarolinas
Team FIVB points Current Rank Record
1. Barton 46 1 15-2
2. King 43 2 14-2
3. Mount Olive 42 3 14-3
4. Limestone 33 4 11-5
T-5. Lees-McRae 21 5 -7-9
T-5. Emmanuel 21 8 4-13
7. Belmont Abbey 20 7 7-10
8. North Greenville 19 5 7-9
9. Erskine 12 9 3-13
10. Pfeiffer 1 10 0-15