Two matches on TV Wednesday night:


Northwestern at
No. 15 Ohio State

8 p.m.
Big Ten Network

Ohio State (18-8, 9-5 Big Ten) is tied for fourth in the conference after going 1-1 this weekend with a win over Wisconsin and a loss to No. 10 Minnesota. Three Buckeyes seem to be peaking at the right time, as Davionna DiSalvatore (career- high 31 digs), Mari Hole (career-high 26 kills) and Amanda Peterson (career-high nine kills) have been a big help for the Ohio State offense. Head coach Geoff Carlston reached a milestone in his career with a Buckeye victory against Wisconsin on Friday. Carlston became the third coach in program history to reach 100 wins.

Northwestern holds a 15-10 record and is 4-10 in Big Ten play. The squad is coming off a pair of 3-0 losses to Indiana and Purdue at home. Junior Stephanie Holthus is fifth in the league in kills average (4.10 kps) and leads the team with 373 kills this season. She also ranks fifth in points, averaging 4.57 per set.

No. 5 Washington at Cal

10 p.m.

As things heat up down the stretch in the Pac-12, every conference match is big, especially for No. 5 Washington, who is sitting tied for third in the league with USC and UCLA.

Washington won its last outing in thrilling fashion, coming from two sets down to defeat Utah. A weekend of top-10 upsets moved the Huskies from No. 8 to No. 5 and UW would love a pair of road wins to boost their RPI (currently 14th). The Huskies (19-4, 10-4 Pac 12), have the help of Cassie Strickland, who had eight service aces in UW’s last match.

Cal (13-11, 7-7 Pac-12) is coming on strong after a road upset of then-No. 2 Oregon and another win at Oregon State last week. Senior Shannon Hawari has been dominating on offense for the Bears and fellow senior middle blocker Kat Brown earned Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Washington swept the Bears in Seattle in the first meeting of the year on Oct. 21.