So far this NCAA Women’s volleyball season, Texas and Penn State have stood out from the rest of the pack: Both are undefeated, both have, for the most part, dominated their opponents, and they are perched atop the current AVCA poll, with all 60 of the first place votes.
We aren’t counting any chickens, hatched or otherwise. Neither Penn State or Texas is guaranteed any victories in the NCAA tournament, let alone a spot in the NCAA Tournament finals. Nonetheless, we were curious as to how they match up statistically — invoking the “lies, damn lies, and statistical comparisons” qualifier. So, drawing no conclusions, and not suggesting there is any predictive value to this comparison, here is a link to team and individual statistics (at the conference level, and then at the NCAA level) for Penn State and Texas: http://www.dignittanyvolleyball.com/?p=4190
(also includes nice video on how seemingly certain goals can be missed).