By Cindy Luis
Hawaii's five-set loss to UC Santa Barbara cost the Rainbow Wahine seven spots in the NCAA's Ratings Percentage Index released today.
Hawaii was at No. 3 last week in the first RPI of the season. The computer-generated power rankings are used by the NCAA selection committee for seedings and brackets of the postseason tournament.
The RPI measures wins, losses, strength of schedule and opponents' strength of schedule.
The Wahine (16-2) also dropped four places in the AVCA Coaches Top 25 poll today, falling from No. 5 to No. 9. The top four teams remained unchanged with USC (16-1) staying at No. 1 with 50 first-place votes.
Behind the Women of Troy are Florida (17-1, 5 votes); Texas (12-2, 3 votes) and Penn State (14-2). New No. 5 Michigan State (17-1, 2 votes) moved up two spots followed by Washington (13-1), Stanford (12-3) and Nebraska (12-3).
In the RPI, Texas, which lost to Hawaii in the opening match of the season, remained at No. 1. Rounding out the Top 10 are Penn State, Florida, USC, Stanford, Nebraska, Creighton, Washington and Michigan State.
UC Santa Barbara, which was at 102 last week, jumped to No. 75 after its win over the Wahine.