Big ups to Bowling Green
The Bowling Green Falcons won their ninth consecutive match and improved to 8-0 in MAC play by overcoming a 7-2 fifth-set deficit against Mid-American Conference West Division leader Central Michigan last week. The Falcons’ 112 digs were the most for the team in 12 years and setter Laura Avila more-than-doubled her career high of 17 digs with 36 in the victory, just two shy of the school record. Avila’s 36 digs are tied for the ninth most in a match in NCAA Division I this year.
Results from What to Watch on Wednesday
No. 22 Iowa State at No. 8 Texas
Texas sophomore All-America outside hitter Haley Eckerman had 23 kills, 12 digs and two aces Wednesday as the No. 8 Texas Longhorns rallied from an 0-2 deficit for a five-set win against the No. 22 Iowa State Cyclones (26-28, 18- 25, 25-17, 25-15, 15-9) in a Big 12 match. It was the first time that Texas has won after losing the first two sets of a match since the 2009 season opener against Long Beach State.
No. 1 Penn State at No. 20 Ohio State
Penn State juniors Ariel Scott and Katie Slay led the Lions with 14 kills piece en route to sweeping No. 20 Ohio State 3-0. Penn State hit .342 against the Buckeyes and totaled 53 kills, four aces, 53 digs and 7.0 total team blocks. The Nittany Lions held the Buckeyes to a .144 hitting percentage.
Utah at No. 6 UCLA
UCLA senior Tabi Love led all players with 18 kills, senior Rachael Kidder added 13 and freshman Becca Strehlow recorded her second double-double of the season with 41 assists and 11 digs to go with three aces, as the sixth-ranked Bruins swept Utah on at the John Wooden Center. Set scores were 25-22, 25-21, 25-18.
Into the ranks
Miami (Fla.), who is tied for first in the ACC standings, is ranked 24th in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association Coaches Poll released Monday. It is the 11th time in program history that the Canes have been in the top 25. The Hurricanes climbed as high as No. 20 twice last season and last appeared in the poll at No. 25 on Nov. 21, 2011. The program, which was reinstated during the 2001 season, first earned a ranking (No. 24) on Dec. 9, 2002, on the way to a Sweet 16 berth, finishing the year at No. 23.
Oregon knocks off unbeaten Washington
No. 3 Oregon handed No. 5 Washington their first loss of the season with a 3-1 victory in front of 3,978 fans last Saturday. The crowd was the second-largest in the history of Oregon volleyball. Senior outside hitter Alaina Bergma had 23 kills to pace the Ducks offensively, moving into 10th place on the all-time Oregon kills list with 1,099. Junior setter Lauren Plum dished out 57 assists and upped 10 digs for her fourth double-double of the season. Plum continues to lead the country in assists per set with a 12.98 average. The Ducks maintain the standing atop the nation in team assists per set (14.85) and kills per set (15.78) average.
Several 1-2 conference matchups
First place in the Pac-12 will be on the line as No. 2 Stanford (16-2, 8-0) takes their unblemished league record to Seattle to take on second-place No. 5 Washington Friday evening. The Cardinal are coming off a pair of wins against top-seven foes (3-0 vs. USC and 3-2 vs. UCLA) this past weekend and stand No. 1 in the latest RPI ratings. Stanford also handed No. 3 Oregon its only loss of the season earlier in the year. The Huskies lead the nation in blocking with a 3.33 blocks per set average.
SEC East Division leader and No. 11 Florida (15-2, 9-0) puts its undefeated SEC record on the line when it visits league newcomer Texas A&M Sunday afternoon. The Aggies (15-3, 7-2) stand atop the SEC West Division.
No. 15 Louisville at Marquette will take place on Sunday. The two teams stand 1-2 in the Big East standings. Louisville has won all six of its matches away from home this season, while the Golden Eagles are on a 10-match winning streak.
In the Colonial Athletic Association, it’ll be Towson vs. Northeastern on Sunday. Both teams are undefeated in conference play with 6-0 CAA records.
Finally, the OVC bragging rights are at stake for Morehead State and Southeast Missouri when they take battle each other on Friday. Both teams are undefeated in OVC action and lead their respective divisions.
Notable Performances from around the country
• St. John freshman outside hitter Karin Palgutova collected her third double-double of the season with a 19 kill, 11 dig performance against No. 15 Louisville on Friday, Oct. 12.
• Monique Mead at Georgia Tech reached the 2,000 career point mark in the team’s sweep of Wake Forest with 20 points for 2,026 total in her four years at Tech. Mead is the first Yellow Jacket to accomplish the feat in the last 10 years.
• Colorado State senior Megan Plourde, who led the nation in blocks per set a year ago moved into second place in CSU history for career block assists, and is 18 total blocks shy of moving into second place in total blocks.
• Morehead State senior middle blocker Annie Gruenschlaeger, became the school’s career leader in block assists on Oct. 13 at Tennessee Tech. She passed former teammate Emma Keough’s mark of 369 and now has 373 career block assists, which ranks seventh in Ohio Valley Conference history.
Coppin State Close to School Record
Coppin State tied the school record for victories in a season with a 25-23, 25-23, 25-15 victory against Howard last week in the Physical Education Complex. The Eagles raised their record to 8-9 overall and improved to 4-2 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference with the win. The Eagles tied the school record of eight victories shared by the 1990 and 2006 teams. Also, Coppin State moved to within one victory of tying the school record for conference wins in a season, which is five set by the 2005 team. Coppin State will attempt to break the school record for victories on Friday when it hosts rival Morgan State.
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. 19||9 p.m.||Stanford at Washington||Pac-12 Network|
|Oct. 19||7 p.m.||Miami at Clemson||ESPN3|
|Oct. 19||9 p.m.||Indiana at Wisconsin||Big Ten Network|
|Oct. 19||10 p.m.||Oregon State at Arizona State||Pac-12 Network|
|Oct. 19||8:30 p.m.||Florida State at Georgia Tech||RSN|
|Oct. 19||9:30 p.m.||Missouri at Ole Miss||SportSouth/FS Southwest/FS Midwest|
|Oct. 21||1:00 p.m.||Oregon State at Arizona||Pac-12 Network|
|Oct. 21||Noon||Florida State at Clemson||ESPN3|
|Oct. 21||1 p.m.||Miami at Georgia Tech||RSN|
|Oct. 21||4 p.m.||California at Washington||Pac-12 Network|
|Oct. 21||3 p.m.||Florida at Texas A&M||ESPNU|
|Oct. 21||3 p.m.||South Carolina at Ole Miss||CSS (Comcast)|
|Oct. 21||4 p.m.||Iowa at Northwestern||Big Ten Network|
|Oct. 21||3 p.m.||Nebraska at Illinois||ESPN2|