Washington only undefeated team left
Notes: No. 1 Penn State aims to extend 10-match win streak
No. 2 Washington is the last undefeated team in the country, sitting at 15-0 and 6-0 in Pac-12 play. It won’t be an easy weekend for the Huskies as they travel to Oregon State and No. 5 Oregon. The Huskies and Beavers meet in Corvallis on Friday at 10 p.m. ET, while the highly anticipated match-up between Washington and Oregon -- which lost its first match of the year last weekend -- will take place Saturday at 10 p.m. ET.
The Huskies are off to their best start since 2009. The 15-0 start marks the fifth time in 12 seasons under coach Jim McLaughlin that UW has won at least its first 15 matches.
300 for Haley
USC head coach Mick Haley earned his 300th with the Women of Troy with a 3-1 win against Arizona State. He now has at least 300 wins with two different schools, USC and Texas. Haley is in his 12th season at the helm of the Trojans' program.
Gardner takes school record
Bethune-Cookman’s Krysta Gardner registered 18 kills in her last outing to push her into sole possession of the school record for career kills. A senior from Ashburn, Va., Gardner became just the second Lady Wildcat to reach the 1,000-kill mark, joining Melissa Sanders, who held the previous record at 1,060. Gardner also recorded her 100th career service ace earlier this season.
Record for Reis
Senior libero Kara Reis not only broke Fairfield’s career record for digs against Marist on Oct. 7, but she also served 20 consecutive points. Reis’ streak of 20, which was two points shy of the Division I record, came in the second set against the Red Foxes and ranks as the second-highest single-match performance. Reis also finished with 22 digs on the day, bringing her career total to 1,696.
Other notable performances
• Hofstra senior setter Catalina Charry moved into eighth place on the school's assists chart and is now just one assist shy of becoming only the eighth player in program history to reach 2,000 career assists. She now has 1,999 after passing Maria Lindstrom (1,945 from 1984-87).
• Morehead State senior setter Caitlin Clark recently became the seventh player in school history to reach 2,000 career assists when she had 36 in a win at SIU Edwardsville on Oct. 6.
• Niagara senior Kari Honomichl is tied for the program's all-time aces record (139) after picking up three aces in the win against Canisius last week. She also needs 15 kills to tie for third place in career kills (1,310) on the school chart.
Twice as nice
Two players in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference -- Siena’s Lesli Akeo (1,983) and Canisius’ Allyson Severyn (1,997) -- will likely join the 2,000 dig club in their next match. Only three players in league history have more than 2,000 digs.
Tilts between conference leaders
Several conferences have matches between the schools that sit atop the conference standings. In the Mountain West, UNLV leads the way, however, the Running Rebels host second-place Colorado State on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET. The match will be televised on CBS Sports Network. The MAC features a contest between the leaders of the two divisions as West Division leader Central Michigan hosts Bowling Green on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET. Idaho State and Portland State occupy the top two slots in the Big Sky Conference with Portland State visiting ISU on Friday at 10 p.m. ET.
Closer look at No. 1
Penn State remained No. 1 in the rankings and ran its winning streak to 10 matches with a pair of conference wins last weekend, including a five-set thriller against then-No. 21 Illinois. Penn State hosts No. 12 Purdue and Indiana on Oct. 12-13 at Rec Hall. Junior Katie Slay was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week by leading the team in blocks with 14, averaging 1.75 blocks per set. She also led the team with 26 kills on a team-best .458 hitting percentage and averaged 3.25 kills per set.
No fives here
There are 12 Division I teams which have yet to play a five-set match this season. Northern Arizona leads the way in winning percentage with a clip of .824, while Northwestern (.706) and Clemson (.667) round out the top three in this statistic.
TV Matches #Growthegame
If you are wanting to catch some of the action on TV this weekend, here’s a rundown of the matches you can catch on TV.
|Oct. 12||9:00 p.m.||UCLA at Stanford||Pac-12 Network|
|Oct. 12||8:30 p.m.||Kansas at Texas||Longhorn Network|
|Oct. 12||8:00 p.m.||Purdue at Penn State||Big Ten Network|
|Oct. 12||11:00 p.m.||USC at Cal||Pac-12 Network|
|Oct. 14||1:00 p.m.||Mississippi State at Missouri||ESPNU|
|Oct. 14||5:00 p.m.||UCLA at Cal||Pac-12 Network|
|Oct. 14||8:00 p.m.||Minnesota at Nebraska||ESPN2|
|Oct. 14||6:00 p.m.||Arizona at Colorado||Pac-12 Network|
|Oct. 14||4:00 p.m.||Colorado State at UNLV||CBS|