Pac-12 home to last unbeaten teams
Notes: Pepperdine's Woolever records rare triple-double
Both the Ducks and Huskies are the last undefeated teams in the nation and will put their streaks on the line when they hit the road this weekend. Oregon defeated Cal on Wednesday to move to 14-0, which ties a school-best season start. The Ducks will now prepare for No. 7 Stanford on Friday. Washington jumped three spots in the polls from last week after beating a pair of top four teams at home last week. The Huskies defeated Pac-12 rivals UCLA 3-2 and USC 3-0 to raise their record to 13-0 on the season and play Utah next. UW is off to its best start to a season since 2009, while Oregon’s start is its best since 2010.
Pepperdine’s Woolever Records Triple Double
With a career high 12 kills, Pepperdine’s Kellie Woolever notched a rare triple-double this week against UC Santa Barbara. The setter helped out the offense end after dishing out 41 assists, leading No. 23 Pepperdine to a team clip of .23. On the defensive end, she added 18 digs and two blocks.
Stanford to Honor 1992 National Championship Team
During the 20th anniversary year of the program’s first NCAA championship, Stanford will honor the 1992 title winning team between sets two and three of Friday’s match against No. 2 Oregon.
Season’s First RPI Released
Penn State, Oregon, Washington, Nebraska and Southern California round out the top five teams in the season’s first RPI, which was released on Monday. There are eight more rankings scheduled this season: Oct. 8, Oct. 15, Oct. 22, Oct. 29, Nov. 5, Nov. 12, Nov. 19, and Nov. 26. For a full view of the first ranking, click here.
Proud of Purdue
No. 12 Purdue has a knack for pulling out tough wins late in matches. Purdue defeated No. 21 Illinois 3-2 ealier this week and has won all four of its five-set matches this season. The Boilermakers have won 11 consecutive five-set matches dating back to the 2010 season. Purdue is now 4-0 in conference play for the first time since 1990. Head coach Dave Shondell won the 100th Big Ten match of his career last weekend with the Boilermakers’ win against Northwestern.
700 for Akron
Akron picked up its 700th win in the 39-year history of the program with a five set victory against Miami (Ohio). Three Zips posted double-doubles in the milestone win, the first of the year for junior Alex Cocklin and freshman Ashley Holder and the fifth for senior setter Morgan Kuhn. Akron has already surpassed its win total in Mid-American Conference play from last season in just the second weekend of MAC action. Only two of the Zips’ 16 matches have been decided in five sets and they have won them both.
Kansas Jumps Into Polls
Kansas moved into the AVCA rankings for the first time since Sept. 24, 2005 with a win against No. 22 Iowa State after receiving votes in last week’s poll. The Jayhawks also boast a No. 9 ranking in the latest RPI. Freshman outside hitter Tiana Dockery was named the Big 12 Rookie of the Week after chalking up a double-double in KU's win. Kansas is looking for its first 3-0 start in conference play when it travels to West Virginia to take on the Mountaineers.
UNC Freshman Honored
North Carolina freshman Paige Neuenfeldt was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman of the Week. Neuenfeldt helped the Tar Heels improve to 13-2 overall and 4-1 in conference play with wins against Clemson and Georgia Tech. The rookie middle blocker posted 1.29 blocks and 1.86 kills per set in the two wins. Against the Tigers, Neuenfeldt posted her fourth match with double-digit kills on the season with 10. Neuenfeldt added six blocks in the next match as the Tar Heels handed the Yellow Jackets their first sweep of the season. She now ranks second in the conference with 1.37 blocks per set.
Volleyball TV #GrowtheGame
Nine matches will be televised this weekend. Here’s the schedule:
|Oct. 5||8:30 p.m.||Oregon at Stanford||Pac-12 Network|
|Oct. 5||10:30 p.m.||Washington at Utah||Pac-12 Network|
|Oct. 5||8:00 p.m.||Nebraska at Purdue||Big Ten Network|
|Oct. 5||8:30 p.m.||Virginia at Clemson||RSN|
|Oct. 5||9:30 p.m.||South Carolina at Texas A&M||SportSouth/FS Southwest/FS Midwest|
|Oct. 5||8:00 p.m.||Michigan State at Wisconsin||Big Ten Network (On‐Delay)|
|Oct. 7||5:00 p.m.||Arizona at UCLA||Pac-12 Network|
|Oct. 7||7:00 p.m.||Arizona St. at USC||Pac-12 Network|
|Oct. 7||5:00 p.m.||Mississippi State at Texas A&M||SportSouth/FS Southwest/FS Midwest|