Notebook: Huskies Win in Hawaii
SET 'EM UP: Junior setter Courtney Thompson led No. 2 Washington to back-to-back victories at No. 6 Hawaii last weekend as she garnered her first Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week award.
Thompson averaged 17.17 assists per game while the Huskies hit .301 as a team in the two games. The native of Kent, Wash., also contributed 19 digs and five blocks. She leads the conference with 14.62 assists per game.
The Huskies two sweeps of the Rainbow Wahine was the first time an opponent beat Hawaii in back-to-back matches since 1992. The last time Hawaii lost two-straight matches at home was in 1993.
Washington has not lost a game this season, sweeping each of its opponents.
KNOCK 'EM DOWN: Kansas middle blocker Josi Lima tallied 40 kills in wins over No. 15 Texas A&M and Oklahoma as the Jayhawks got off to a 2-0 start in Big 12 Conference play last week. KU entered the latest CSTV/American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 poll at No. 24 with the victories.
Lima, a senior from Sao Paulo, Brazil, posted a match-high 19 kills and a .467 hitting percentage in a 3-0 win against the Aggies, and then tied her career-high with 21 kills as Kansas downed Oklahoma, 3-2. She was selected the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week for the first time of her career, and earned her Big 12 Player of the Week nod for the outstanding performances.
Lima averaged 5.0 kills, 5.56 points and 2.75 digs while recording a .426 hitting percentage in the two matches. She needs just 32 kills to become Kansas all-time leader in the category.
MAKING IT HAPPEN: Purdue remained unbeaten this season with a three-game sweep of No. 16 Tennessee on Sept. 17 to win the Mortar Board Premier championship.
The Boilermakers improved to 11-0 for the first time since 1985, gaining a No. 19 ranking in the latest CSTV/AVCA Top 25 poll. It is the highest Purdue has been ranked since Nov. 13, 1990, when the program was also tabbed 19th, and the first time the Boilermakers have appeared in the Top 25 since Sept. 6, 2004.
Purdue is the only undefeated team in the Big Ten Conference, and is a close second to Wisconsin with a .290 hitting percentage in the leagues statistics.
BEST START: Louisville continued to climb up the national rankings after winning the Green and Gold Challenge in Miami, Fla., last weekend. The Cardinal is now No. 7 in the CSTV/AVCA Top 25 poll " their highest ranking in program history.
With victories against Michigan State, Sacramento State and Miami, Louisville improved to 9-0, the best start in school history.
Senior outside hitter Lena Ustymenko recorded 57 kills, 35 digs, 10 service aces and a .333 hitting percentage in the Cardinals three victories to earn BIG EAST Volleyball Player of the Week. Ustymenko leads the league with 5.13 kills and 0.77 service aces per game.
NOTABLE: BYU downed No. 14 Ohio State, 3-2, on Sept. 17 to win the Buckeye Classic tournament and improve to 7-0 for the first time since 1987. Middle blocker Lindsy Hartsock was named MVP of the event after recording a .500 hitting percentage against the Buckeyes ¦ Arizona head coach Dave Rubio became the all-time winningest coach in Wildcat program history with a win against Connecticut on Sept. 16. After guiding the ˜Cats to two more victories in the Rhode Island Invitational last weekend, Rubios career record is 261-136 in 14 years at Arizona.