It’s been a record setting season for the Bluejays, who recently set a school-record with 10 consecutive wins and jumped into the AVCA poll for the first time, receiving a No. 25 ranking on Monday. With two wins this weekend (vs. Indiana State and Illinois State), Creighton can clinch at least of share of its first MVC title in program history. Two-time first team all-MVC pick Megan Bober is coming off back-to-back triple doubles and is in line for All-America honors for the second time in three seasons.
Hawaii and Yale in the field of 64
With selections still two weeks away, two teams have already earned their spot in the field of 64 after winning the regular season title in their respective conferences. No. 7 Hawaii swept Cal Poly during the weekend to win the Big West conference title, while Yale defeated Princeton to clinch the AQ spot for the Ivy League. Of the 31 automatic qualifiers that make up the tournament field, nine do not hold tournaments, but rather the outright regular season winner represents the conference.
Results from What to Watch Wednesday
No. 5 Washington at Cal
A total team effort was required and delivered by the fifth-ranked Husky volleyball team, as Washington fought off a pair of match points to come from behind and defeat California 3-2 at Haas Pavilion. It was the second consecutive five-set victory for the Huskies (20-4, 11-4 Pac-12), who moved into third-place in the Pac-12 race with the huge road win.
Northwestern at No. 15 Ohio State
The No. 15 Ohio State women’s volleyball team held on for a 3-1 (25-17, 25-27, 25-23, 25-20) win against Northwestern at St. John Arena to improve to 19-8 overall and 10-5 in the Big Ten. Senior Mari Hole notched her 14th double-double of the year, having a team-best 19 kills with 13 digs.
Streaks still alive
Several DI women’s volleyball teams have put together some impressive streaks throughout the 2012 season:
• No. 1 Stanford and Morehead State are tied for the nation’s longest winning streak at 21 matches.
• No. 18 Western Kentucky is not too far behind with 19 consecutive wins of its own.
• No. 3 Texas is riding a 14-match unbeaten streak. The Longhorns are also undefeated in Big 12 play. Texas posted an undefeated conference mark on four occasions, but has not occurred since 2004.
• No. 17 BYU is undefeated at home (10-0) and has won three consecutive matches. The Cougars host Santa Clara for senior night on Saturday.
Haley needs just five
USC head coach Mick Haley is just five victories away from becoming USC’s all-time winningest coach. The No. 8 Trojans have six regular season matches left, starting with an away game at Colorado on Saturday. The milestone could come as early as Nov. 23 when USC wraps up regular season play at UCLA, otherwise Haley and his squad will have to get a few wins in the NCAA tournament, should they make the field.
Helping the needy
Stanford is holding a Thanksgiving food drive during this week’s matches. Fans who bring a canned food donation will receive $2 general admission to the matches on Wednesday against Washington State and Thursday against No. 5 Washington.
Stony Brook freshman sensation
Melissa Rigo ranks second among freshmen in the nation in kills per set. She’s up to 4.36 per set this season, which is far and away the best in the America East Conference, as the second ranked individual has 3.61 per set. In her last outing, Rigo had 17 kills in a 3-set win, and she’s had six matches this season where she’s averaged 5 kills per set or better. She also has had 12 double-doubles and has had 10-plus kills in every match this season. The East Northport, N.Y., native, has been America East Player of the Week twice and Rookie of the Week six times.
UNC in top 25
North Carolina entered the AVCA poll for the first time this season, achieving the No. 22 spot in Monday’s rankings. The Tar Heels received votes in all 12 polls so far this year, but are ranked for the first time in 2012 after downing a pair of ranked team this past weekend. UNC defeated then No. 23 Miami (Fla.) 3-0 and No. 11 Florida State 3-1 in ACC action. The win against Florida State snapped a 16-match winning streak for the Seminoles.
Marquette senior 10 away
AVCA All-American middle hitter Danielle Carlson of the Marquette Golden Eagles is 10 kills away from 1,000 in her career. Carlson should hit that mark at No. 11 Louisville Friday. A preseason all Big East honoree, Carlson ranks second in the conference in hitting percentage with .387.
Bowling Green senior Cassie Berning celebrated more than just her senior night on Nov. 3 when the Falcons defeated Akron at home. At the conclusion of the match, Berning was proposed to on the court. A video of the proposal can be found here. Bowling Green is 17-9 overall and is just two matches away from earning its first MAC championship since 1992.
Two televised games up next
Sunday, Nov. 11: Kentucky at Arkansas at 1 p.m. – SportSouth/FS Southwest
Sunday, Nov. 11: Texas A&M at Georgia at 2 p.m. – CSS (Comcast)