Chart toppers making noise
Notes: Showdowns loom in Pac-12, Big Ten; Goals reached
In this week’s latest national statistical rankings, seven individuals are leading the way. Check out their numbers right here:
Aces per set -- Christine Edwards, Jackson State (1.04). Edwards has led the Tigers to an overall record of 14-11. Thanks in large part to Edwards, Jackson State is also ranked No. 1 in aces per set as a team (2.19).
Assists per set -- Lauren Plum, Oregon (13.02). Plum and the No. 3-ranked Ducks logged 3-0 wins at Arizona and Arizona State on the same weekend for the first time in program history behind Plum’s 13.02 assists per set. Her total has propelled Oregon into the top spot in the team category.
Blocks per set -- Faimie Kingsley, Denver (1.72). Despite standing only 5-9, Kingsley has registered a total of 131 blocks on the year. The Pioneers are a perfect 5-0 at home.
Digs per set -- Dani Shepard, Penn (6.38). Shepard’s defensive efforts have guided Penn to the top spot in the digs-per-set category (21.09). The Quakers are 10-9 this season and have won four of their last five matches.
Hitting percentage -- Chelsey Feekin, Wichita State (.462). Earning her second Missouri Valley Conference Player-of-the-Week award, Feekin led the Shockers to a 2-0 record last week, including road wins at Southern Illinois and Evansville. She recorded her second triple-double of the season and has led the nation in this category the last two weeks.
Kills per set -- Tyler Henderson, Tulsa (5.24). Last week, Henderson was named the AVCA National Player of the Week after again leading Tulsa in kills per set and points per set. The Golden Hurricanes are 16-8 overall and in first place in Conference USA with a 9-1 mark.
Points per set -- Edina Begic, Arkansas-Little Rock (5.68). Begic has started all 22 matches for the Trojans and averages almost three points more than the second-ranked player on her team. UALR is 6-3 in Sun Belt action.
Top-rated showdown set in Big Ten
Sunday will feature a huge match with No. 1 Penn State taking on a tough No. 4 Nebraska. The teams occupy the top two spots in the Big Ten standings with Nebraska looking to avenge a four-set loss in State College earlier in the season. Penn State is now 21-1 after defeating Iowa on Wednesday. The Nittany Lions have won 20 or more matches each of the 32 years that the NCAA has sponsored women’s athletics, including winning at least 30 matches 22 times.
PSU stands fourth in hitting among all Division I teams (.305) and fifth in kills (14.69 per set). Junior middle hitter Katie Slay is fourth in hitting percentage (.445). Sophomore setter Micha Hancock is fifth in aces per set (0.51). Nebraska is third in the country in hitting at .309. Senior outside hitter Gina Mancuso leads the Huskers offensively with 3.42 kills per set, while senior outside hitter Hannah Werth (3.31 digs per set) and junior middle blocker Hayley Thramer (1.24 blocks per set) control the defense.
Results from What to Watch on Wednesday
No. 1 Penn State at Iowa
It was smooth sailing for top ranked Penn State, which swept Iowa 3-0. Nittany Lion junior Deja McClendon led all players with 11 kills and 12 digs.
Baylor at No. 8 Texas
Make it 11 victories in a row for Texas, as the Longhorns took control and defeated Baylor 3-1. UT remains in first place in the Big 12 with a perfect 9-0 conference mark and are two matches ahead of Kansas in the standings.
Missouri at Georgia
The Bulldogs earned their fourth consecutive Southeastern Conference win with a 3-0 sweep against Missouri. Jasmine Eatmon led the Bulldogs offensively, going 6 for 11 without committing an error for an attack percentage of .688, the second highest by a Bulldog this season.
Arizona at No. 2 Stanford
After its last three matches went to five sets, No. 2 Stanford recorded a sweep against visiting Arizona. Freshman middle blocker Inky Ajanaku led the team with 11 kills on 19 swings with just one error (.526) to go with four blocks.
• Jennifer Hamson set the BYU record for most kills in a three-set match, finishing with 21 in its match against St. Mary’s (Calif.).
• Columbia senior Megan Gaughn made history as she became the first player iin program history to reach the 1,000-kill and 1,000-dig marks. Following her dominating 16-kill, 18-dig performance vs. Cornell, Gaughn has recorded an impressive career double-double, accumulating 1,170 kills and 1,007 digs. Her efforts earned her the Ivy League Player of the Week.
Senior Class Award down to 10 finalists
Ten NCAA women’s volleyball players who excel both on and off the court were selected as finalists for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award. The award winner will be announced during the Division I championship weekend, which will take place Dec. 13 and 15 in Louisville, Ky.
|SENIOR CLASS AWARD FINALISTS|
|Alaina Bergsma, Oregon||Rachael Kidder, UCLA|
|Dana Cranston, Colorado State||Rachel Krabacher, Dayton|
|Ashley Frazier, Kentucky||Gina Mancuso, Nebraska|
|Altrese Hawkins, Memphis||Sam Serley, UAB|
|Rachel Iaquaniello, Eastern Michigan||Ariel Turner, Purdue|
No. 7 USC collected the 900th win in the history of the program with the teams' 3-0 shutout of Colorado last weekend. It is the 23rd Division I school with 900 or more wins in program history. The Trojans are the fifth team to achieve the mark this season, joining Pacific, Arkansas State, Lamar and Texas A&M.
Conference Win Streaks
No. 9 Hawaii ran its Big West Conference win streak to 65 consecutive matches with its five-set win against Pacific last weekend. The mark is tied for the 15th-best in Division I history. Northern Iowa currently owns a 33-match home conference winning streak, but saw its overall 64-match Missouri Valley Conference win streak come to an end earlier this season at the hands of Creighton.
The fifth-ranked Washington Huskies have a road trip this weekend that no one would envy. Washington travels down I-5 to Los Angeles for a pair of matches against top-seven ranked foes. Washington visits No. 7 USC Friday evening at 9 p.m. ET and drops by UCLA at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday afternoon. Both matches will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network. Washington has lost just twice all season, both times against schools now ranked in the top three in the country (No. 2 Stanford and No. 3 Oregon). The Huskies lead the country in blocks per set (3.35) and will need to be on top of their game defensively to get through the matches, with all three teams jockeying behind Stanford and Oregon in the Pac-12 standings.
Coppin State celebrates most wins in a season
Ariel Richard led four players in double figures with 13 kills as Coppin State broke the school record for wins in a season with a 25-19, 17-25, 25-19, 25-13 victory against Bethune-Cookman. Coppin State raised its record to 9-10 overall surpassing the previous record of eight wins set by the 1990 and 2006 teams.
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. 26||NC State at Wake Forest||7 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Oct. 26||Michigan at Purdue||8 p.m.||Big Ten Network|
|Oct. 26||Washington at USC||9 p.m.||Pac-12 Network|
|Oct. 26||Washington State at UCLA||11 p.m.||Pac-12 Network|
|Oct. 28||Oregon at Utah||1 p.m.||Pac-12 Network|
|Oct. 28||North Carolina at Wake Forest||1 p.m.||RSN|
|Oct. 28||Alabama at Tennessee||1 p.m.||SportSouth/FS Southwest/FS Midwest|
|Oct. 28||Mississippi State at LSU||2 p.m.||CSS (Comcast)|
|Oct. 28||Washington at UCLA||3 p.m.||Pac-12 Network|
|Oct. 28||Texas at Oklahoma||3 p.m.||ESPNU|
|Oct. 28||Penn State at Nebraska||4 p.m.||Big Ten Network|