Milestones on tap around Division I
Notes: Ten undefeated teams remain; Tulsa hot spot for tourney
Washington head coach Jim McLaughlin won his 500th career match covering stints as the men's coach at USC, the women's coach at Kansas State and now 12 years and counting at Washington. He is the only coach to win both a men’s (USC, 1990) and women’s (Washington, 2005) national title as head coach. Washington is 8-0 this season and has yet to drop a set.
Other coaches and players who reached milestones recently include:
• Rice’s Nancy Cole who reached 1,000 career kills this past weekend at Ole Miss. She is the 13th Rice player to reach that mark.
• Bowling Green’s Paige Penrod, who had 30 kills against Utah. She is the first BGSU player to record at least 30 kills in a match in 11 years.
• Colorado Head Coach Liz Kritza who joined the ranks of 100 career wins after a solid performance in the Maddie Bingaman Memorial Tournament.
Celebration in Miami
Miami (Fla.) is probably still celebrating after posting its first win against a top-10 team, as the Hurricanes defeated No. 6 in-state rival Florida State 3-1. Alex Johnson was recognized by the conference office on Monday, earning ACC player of the week after she collected 16 kills and 16 digs in the upset win. Miami will be put to the test again this weekend, when it travels to the KFC Yum! Center -- the home of the 2012 DI Women’s Volleyball Championship -- to face No. 12 Louisville in addition to UNLV and Middle Tennessee.
The Golden Hurricane Classic, hosted by Tulsa, looks to be one of the top tournaments happening this weekend, featuring three ranked teams in No. 10 Minnesota, No. 19 Kansas State and No. 20 Dayton. Things get under way on Friday at 8 p.m. ET with Tulsa taking on Kansas State.
Wisconsin on the verge of milestones
Head coach Pete Waite needs just four more wins for career win No. 300 at Wisconsin. Waite is 296-132 (.691) in his 14th season at UW. He is also 562-234 (.706) in his 25th season overall. Waite ranks 21st among active coaches in number of career wins and 26th in career winning percentage. In addition, junior Annemarie Hickey is just 50 digs shy to reach 1,000 for her career. The 5-8 libero is currently averaging 5.17 digs per set and would need approximately 10 sets to reach 1,000 digs.
Conference play begins
On Wednesday, league action kicked off in the Southeastern Conference with Missouri knocking off No. 17 Tennessee. Conference weekend play continues around the league, highlighted by Texas A&M (8-1) hosting Ole Miss in the Aggies’ first SEC match. League play also opens for the Western Athletic Conference, among others.
• No. 1 Nebraska takes on former Big-12 foe No. 25 Iowa State on Saturday. Iowa State is coached by former Nebraska player Christy Johnson-Lynch.
• There are 10 undefeated teams left in the country including BYU, Central Arkansas, Kansas State, Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Oregon, South Carolina, Southern California and Washington.
• With a win against Presbyterian on Wednesday, the Furman Paladins extended their home winning streak to 18 matches.
• Colorado State will host its annual White Out on Saturday as it takes on defending national champion UCLA, currently ranked No. 2, at Moby Arena. Last season’s White Out proved to be a success as the Rams posted a come-from-behind victory against No. 5 Nebraska in front of a conference-record 6,750 fans.