Good things are happening for NC State, which currently sits atop the ACC standings with a 13-1 and 3-0 ACC record. It is quite a feat for the Wolfpack, which not long ago lost 127 out of 128 ACC matches from 2001 to 2007.
Under third-year head coach Bryan Bunn, the Wolfpack made a remarkable turnaround, going 14-18 during his first season on the sideline, 20-13 his second and 13-1 so far this year. This year’s overall record matches the second-best start in school history, equalling last year’s team and the 1980 squad. The 3-0 record is the best start in ACC play since NC State went undefeated in regular-season conference matches in 1988 with a perfect 6-0 record.
The Wolfpack concludes its 13-game homestand with a pair of ACC matches this weekend against Clemson and Georgia Tech as it tries to continue its run toward matching the best start in school history, an 18-1 mark to open the 1979 campaign.
Still going strong
BYU, Oregon and Washington are still undefeated and looking to keep it that way heading into some tough matches this weekend.
BYU continues its undefeated season on the road as it travels to Saint Mary’s (Calif.) for conference play Saturday. The Cougars are fresh off a 3-1 win against San Francisco on Thursday. BYU is enjoying being atop the West Coast Conference standings, despite being picked to finish fourth.
Oregon had a stellar weekend, knocking off fellow unbeaten USC, marking the first time since 1990 that the Trojans lost a match to the Ducks at home. The win helped Oregon jump six spots to No. 2 in the AVCA poll this week, its highest ranking in program history. Head coach Jim Moore’s next victory will be the 500th in his career. That could come Friday at home against Utah.
Washington added a 12th win to its unblemished record after a thrilling victory against No. 4 UCLA on Wednesday. Krista Vansant had the final kill to cap the comeback against the defending national champion, and racked up a total of 31 kills, the most by a Husky since 2008.
Providence senior Cassie Muzzonigro will be looking to break the school career digs record of 1,599 this weekend. Sarah Katinger set the previous record of 1,577 before she graduated in 2002. The Friars are slated for two matches Friday vs. Binghamton and Sunday vs. UMBC as Muzzonigro enters 22 digs away from breaking the mark.
Senior CLASS Award nominees announced
Thirty NCAA women’s volleyball student-athletes who excel both on and off the court were selected as candidates over the weekend for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate volleyball. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.
The complete list of candidates can be found here. The award winner will be honored at the Women’s Volleyball Championship in Louisville, Ky., Dec. 13-15.
Eagles etch names in record book
Norfolk State senior Charlotte Armstead became the program’s all-time leader in kills against South Carolina State last weekend, surpassing Kim Mumford, who had 937 from 1992 to 1995. Armstead, a preseason All-MEAC team honoree has racked up a team-high 182 kills this season. Also making a name for herself was sophomore Noelle Eagles, who set the school record for digs in a match with 31 against Hampton.
Too tall Texas
No. 9 Texas leads the country in blocks with 3.3 per set. The Longhorns swept Baylor 3-0 in a mid-week showdown thanks to the help of Khat Bell and Sha’Dare McNeal, who combined for 11 blocks. Bell had a season-high six blocks, beating her previous best of five. Next up for Texas is in-state rival Texas Tech on Saturday.
Louisville hits the road
No. 17 Louisville plays its first road matches of the season this weekend when it travels to South Florida and Pittsburgh for Big East play. The Cardinals’ first 14 matches of the season were at home or a neutral site.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month on the horizon
With October just around the corner, Breast Cancer Awareness Month will kick into high gear and several Division I volleyball programs will take part. First up, No. 9 Texas hosts TCU on Wednesday, Oct. 3, in its annual Volley For A Cure Night. In addition, No. 21 Illinois hosts No. 22 Ohio State on Friday, Oct. 5, in its annual Breast Cancer Awareness Night. In conjunction with the event, the Illini Networkers, the volleyball booster club, have already started a silent auction that features 16 long-sleeve player jerseys, which will be worn by the Illini in the Breast Cancer Awareness match on Oct. 5.
RPI coming soon
The first Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) rankings will be published on Monday, Oct. 1. Check back to NCAA.com to view where each team ranks.
Volleyball TV #GrowtheGame
Six matches will be televised this weekend. Check out your favorite teams:
|Sept. 28||USC at Washington||Pac-12 Network||9 p.m.|
|Sept. 28||Ohio State at Minnesota||Big Ten Network||9 p.m.|
|Sept. 29||Illinois at Purdue||Big Ten Network||9 p.m.|
|Sept. 30||California at Arizona||Pac-12 Network||2:30 p.m.|
|Sept. 30||Wake Forest at Miami (Fla.)||ESPN3||1 p.m.|
|Sept. 30||Stanford at Arizona State||Pac-12 Network||9 p.m.|