Top two teams set to meet again
Notes: Florida's Wiggins sets record for hitting percentage
One Two Punch Again
The top two teams in the nation face off against each other for the second time this season. No. 2 Oregon hosts No. 1 Stanford on Sunday. Both teams have more at stake than just their national rankings this week. The Cardinal is sitting alone atop the Pac-12 standings and is off to its best start to league play since 1998, while the Ducks are just a match out of first and looking to threaten the league crown with just four weeks remaining in the regular season. Each team has a match to play before facing each other on Sunday.
It is the second 1-2 showdown this season in Pac-12 play. Then-No. 2 USC defeated then-No. 1 UCLA in four sets back in September during the first week of league play. The only other year there has been two No. 1-No. 2 clashes in the same season in conference play was in 1992.
Results from Wednesday's What to Watch
Texas vs. TCU
Freshman middle blocker Molly McCage had a season-high 10 kills while hitting .833 and sophomore All-America outside hitter Haley Eckerman had 14 kills and 17 digs as No. 7 Texas earned a 3-0 sweep on the road against TCU (25-17, 25-16, 25-17). Texas (19-3, 11-0) picked up its 13th consecutive win as the team hit .423 for the match.
BYU vs. San Diego
In a match between two West Coast Conference powerhouses, four Cougars recorded double-figure kills and digs as No. 17 BYU defeated No. 18 San Diego 3-1 (25-12, 21-25, 25-23, 25-18). With the victory, the Cougars are now the No. 1 team in the conference.
Washington State vs. Colorado
Ver'Leea Hardaway's 15 kills and five blocks led Washington State to a 25-21, 25-9, 25-19 win against Colorado Wednesday night in Bohler Gym. It was the first conference win for the Cougars this season.
Illinois vs. Purdue
The No. 22 Boilermakers won their 13th consecutive five set match, coming from behind to top Illinois 3-2 on the road. Purdue won the match 26-24, 20-25, 21-25, 25-20, 15-9. Redshirt junior Catherine Rebarchak led the way offensively with a career-high 18 kills, while senior Ariel Turner added 13 and sophomore Kiki Jones chipped in 10.
Two Hitting Percentage Records Fall
Senior right side hitter Tangerine Wiggs set a school record for No. 13 Florida for hitting percentage in a match. In the Gators’ match last Friday against Mississippi State, Wiggs nailed 13 kills in 14 attack attempts without an error to set a new school percentage record of .929.
Also breaking a record was senior middle blocker Tayler Tolefree, who became the first player in Kansas history to achieve a perfect hitting percentage in a match, connecting on all 10 of her attack attempts against West Virginia on Monday night. She is just the third player in Big-12 history to do so.
Nebraska at NU Coliseum
No. 15 Ohio State defeated No. 4 Nebraska 3-1 on the road this past weekend. It was the first time in 21 years that the Buckeyes have downed Nebraska, who they last beat in 1991. Nebraska has lost just two times at home in the past three years and only six times in the past seven. It is the last season for Nebraska in NU Coliseum, its home since the Nebraska volleyball program began in 1975. Nebraska currently has a streak of 175 consecutive sellouts at NU Coliseum. The Huskers have had 19 unbeaten seasons there and have won more than 93 percent of their matches at the facility.
Other News and Notes
• VCU was a perfect 9-0 in the month of October. It is 23-3 on the season and stands tied for second in the Atlantic 10 standings in its first year in the conference at 9-2 in league play.
• No. 1 Stanford rose to the top spot in the rankings for the first time this year after beating Arizona and Arizona State at home last weekend. Stanford has now won 18 matches in a row and stands atop the Pac-12 standings with a perfect 12-0 league mark. It is the best start in conference play for the Cardinal since 1998.
• No. 2 Oregon swept Colorado and Utah on the road last weekend, improving their record to 20-1 on the season. They are the lone remaining team in Division I with just one loss and have won 20 matches for the fifth time under head coach Jim Moore.
• No. 3 Penn State’s five-week reign atop the AVCA Coaches Poll came to an end with a 3-2 loss to Nebraska last weekend. The loss was the first for the Nittany Lions in Big Ten play this season and snapped a 15-match winning streak.
• No. 20 Kansas is a perfect 13-0 at home this season, while No. 5 UCLA and No. 17 are both 8-0. The Jayhawks 13 wins tied a school record for most home wins in a season (1978, 1991).
• No. 7 Texas had just two attack errors and connected for a .571 hitting percentage – the second-best mark in school history – as they swept past Big-12 foe Oklahoma last weekend.
• No. 9 Hawaii is a perfect 12-0 in league play and stand atop the Big West Conference standings.
• No. 14 Dayton has won 33 consecutive Atlantic 10 matches at home. The Flyers last lost a league contest at home against Saint Louis in 2008.
Television Line Up #growthegame
Six Friday night matches paired with a Saturday night ESPN3 showing, as well as four Sunday matches highlight this weekend’s televised match-ups:
|Nov. 2||9 p.m.||California at Oregon||Pac-12 Network|
|Nov. 2||7 p.m.||Miami (Fla.) at North Carolina||ESPN3|
|Nov. 2||7 p.m.||Florida State at NC State||ESPN3|
|Nov. 2||8 p.m.||Kansas State at Texas||Longhorn Network|
|Nov. 2||10 p.m.||UCLA at Arizona||Pac-12 Network|
|Nov. 3||5 p.m.||Florida State at North Carolina||ESPN3|
|Nov. 4||2 p.m.||California at Oregon St.||Pac-12 Network|
|Nov. 4||1 p.m.||Miami (Fla.) at NC State||ESPN3|
|Nov. 4||4 p.m.||Stanford at Oregon||Pac-12 Network|
|Nov. 4||2 p.m.||Tennessee at Florida||CSS (Comcast)|