Mother and daughter faceoff
Notes: New Mexico State's Scott making waves in records
Most student-athletes can find their parents rooting for them up in the stands, but Valparaiso setter Kelsey Berrington will have to look to the sideline, the OTHER sideline that is, to find her mom on Friday during the Crusaders matchup with Eastern Michigan. Kelsey’s mom, Kim Berrington is the head coach at EMU and the two squads will square off against each other for the first time in the 2013 Valpo Popcorn Classic at 8 p.m. ET. The Eagles are 2-2, while Valpo is 4-0 after claiming the UCF Invitational last weekend.
More family ties
The volleyball world also connected two sisters last weekend. George Washington senior outside hitter Rachael Goss played against a sibling for the second time in her collegiate career, when the Colonials faced Ole Miss in the final game of the GW Invitational. Goss lined up across the net from her twin sister Kellie Goss, who is a senior middle blocker for the Rebels. In her freshman season, Goss also had the opportunity to play against her older sister Katie, then a senior outside hitter at Duquesne.
Athleticism runs in the family
Freshman Ryann Chandler, daughter and granddaughter of former NFL stars Chris Chandler and John Brodie, made her collegiate debut on Friday, Aug. 30, with 21 digs (7.00 digs/set) in a three-set win vs. Delaware. Chandler, who came to Malibu as a setter, was the Waves’ starting libero all weekend at the Pepperdine Asics Classic and finished the three-match tournament with a 4.00 digs/set average.
Cracking the polls
A 2-0 weekend, including a win against the nation's No.13-ranked team, has helped Creighton ascend to the No. 19 spot in this week's AVCA poll. It's the first time the program has cracked the top 20 of the national poll, and the 423 points it received are also a record.
Several notable performances from last week include:
• Utah State, junior setter Paige Neves became the eighth player in USU history to reach the 2,000 career assists mark in loss to Utah.
• In Seattle’s 3-0 win against UC-Riverside, the Redhawks posted a .411 hitting percentage, setting a new school record for highest hitting percentage in a single match.
• Florida Atlantic sophomore setter Jelena Jovanovic recorded her 1,000th career assist during the weekend. She is just the ninth player in school history to achieve that milestone.
• Colorado State’s freshman Michelle Lawrence posted 16 kills on .519 hitting in Tuesday's three-set win vs. Northern Colorado. It was the most kills by a Rams' true freshman since Tess Rogers in 2002.
Record watch for Scott
Senior Desiree Scott is en route to etching her name in the New Mexico State career-record books. She is currently tied for fourth in career-hitting percentage at .321. She is just four solo blocks away from entering the top 10 in career solo blocks with 56. Scott is currently No. 9 in the career-block assists lists with 256, after she recently surpassed Anika Donaldson (1996-99) who tallied 255. She is just seven total blocks away from entering the career-total blocks lists.
Tune in to several match-ups featured on TV/ESPN3 this weekend:
• Sept. 4 - 10 p.m. ET, Pacific vs. Stanford (Pac-12 Network)
• Sept. 6 -7 p.m. ET, Ohio State vs. Florida State (ESPN3)
• Sept. 7 -1 p.m. ET, Penn State vs. Texas (Longhorn Network)
• Sept. 7- 10 p.m. ET, (tape delay) Stanford vs. Florida (Longhorn Network)
• 9/8- 5 p.m. ET, (tape delay) Penn State vs. Florida (Longhorn Network)