Three coaches a win shy of milestone
Notes: Charleston's Shelton has shot at 2,000 digs for career
Three DI women’s volleyball coaches are just one win away from reaching impressive milestones in their coaching careers. They are Miami (Ohio)’s Carolyn Condit (599 career wins), Indiana’s Sherry Dunbar (199 career wins) and New Mexico’s Jeff Nelson (99 wins with the Lobos).
Condit will get a shot at reaching her 600th win Friday night as the RedHawks host Indiana State as part of the Miami Best Western/Sycamore Inn Invitational. Dunbar and the Hoosiers take on Stephen F. Austin in her attempt to collect her 200th career win, while Nelson looks to lead the Lobos to victory against Georgia Southern in the Sheraton Airport/Comcast Lobo Invitational.
Shelton is a Star: College of Charleston's senior libero Emily Shelton will have a shot to be just the second player in school history to reach 2,000 digs for her career. Last weekend, her 48 kills helped her surpass the Cougars Volleyball Wall of Famers Stephanie Ballard and Claudia Fann. She currently sits second all-time with 1,604 career digs. This season, Shelton ranks third in the conference with 5.18 digs per set and 114 total digs.
Block Party for Plourde: Colorado State senior Megan Plourde, who led the nation in blocks a year ago with 1.71 per set, recorded her 500th career block last Sunday in a four-set win against Oklahoma. She is just the third Ram to record 500 or more blocks, and could become the school’s all-time blocking leader by the end of the season.
Florida Frosh: Živa Recek set the Florida freshman record for kills in a three-set match (22 vs. then-No. 2 Texas) last weekend and tied herself for third all-time in kills in a three-set match. She was named SEC Freshman of the Week and was the only freshman honored on the Nike Big Four Classic All-Tournament Team.
Record Breaking Watch: Holy Cross senior Megan Lynch is 51 digs away from 1,000 which would make her the first Crusader to ever post 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs for her career. Lynch already set the school record in all-time career kills with 1,271 on Aug. 31.
University of Central Florida libero Meredith Murphy is just 61 digs shy of the school record (1,644) as the Knights take on Fairfield, Sacred Heart and Dartmouth this weekend in the SHU Hampton Inn Shelton Invitational in Fairfield, Conn. Last year she averaged a school-record 4.48 digs per set.
Siena junior Taylor Akana has 998 career kills in just 64 matches played. She will most likely become the fastest Saint to reach 1,000 kills this weekend. Akana was the MAAC Offensive Player of the Year as a sophomore, and is the league’s Preseason Player of the Year this season.
Dayton on a Roll: The Dayton Flyers are ranked 10th in the latest AVCA Coaches' Poll, the highest in program history. Dayton began the season receiving votes, but made the jump to No. 11 last week after defeating No. 7 Illinois, No. 11 Pepperdine and Ohio at the Flyer Classic. The previous high ranking came when UD was ranked No. 12 during the week of Oct. 15, 2007, and Nov. 22, 2010. This is the 49th consecutive week the Flyers have either been ranked or receiving votes in the poll. UD’s streak of receiving votes dates back to Nov. 23, 2009.
Ranked Team Match-Ups: Will we see some shake-ups in the rankings after these ranked team match-ups this weekend?
• No. 1 Nebraska hosts No. 19 Kentucky, Saturday, 5 p.m. ET, as part of Nebraska’s Ameritas Players Challenge
• No. 3 UCLA visits No. 9 Hawaii, Sunday, 11 p.m. PT, as part of Hawaii’s Verizon Volleyball Challenge
• No. 4 Texas hosts No. 14 Minnesota, Friday, at 7:30 ET
• No. 5 USC hosts No. 17 San Diego, Friday, 10 p.m. ET, as part of the USC Classic Tournament
• No. 11 Purdue takes on No. 24 Louisville, Friday, 4:30 p.m. ET, as part of the Big Ten/Big East Challenge
• No. 23 Michigan takes on No. 25 Northern Iowa, Saturday, 6 p.m. ET, as part of Marquette’s Ambassador Hotel Golden Eagle Classic