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No. 1 Tampa takes on top-10 foes this weekend
No. 1 Tampa
Tampa heads west to the Colorado Premier Challenge to face foes West Texas A&M and co-host Regis in a pair of Friday matchups.
Last weekend, the Spartans took their first victory against Wisconsin-Parkside 3-0 then picked up a win against Anderson (S.C.) 3-1 to complete their tournament games.
Holly Reschke grounded 20 kills between the two matches and has put forth an excellent start to her senior campaign with 31 kills through the four game tournament at a .424 clip. Junior Jackie Neff was equally impressive, contributing 18 kills on the day and a team leading 35 kills for the tournament.
No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth
No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth hits the tournament circuit for a second weekend to open the season, this time staying closer to home in Kenosha, Wisc.
After racking up victories and accolades for last week's play in the Florida panhandle, the Bulldogs enter the Wisconsin-Parkside tournament as the lone team in the field sitting at 4-0. For the second consecutive weekend, the Bulldogs will take on the No. 19 team in the country—this time in Indianapolis.
UMD continues Friday's action by taking on the other Wayne State. The Warriors went 3-1 in their opening weekend and will take on the Bulldogs.
On Saturday, the Bulldogs do battle with the hosts of Wisconsin-Parkside. The Rangers sit at .500 after four games, having fallen to No. 1 Tampa last Saturday.
No. 3 Nebraska-Kearney
Some of the nation's best Division II volleyball teams head to Metro State & Regis Universities this weekend in Denver for the annual Colorado Premier Challenge.
On Friday, the third-ranked Lopers face the 11th-ranked Angelo State (4-0) and then renew an old RMAC rivalry game at MSU (3-1). Both matches will be held in Metro's Auraria Events Center.
No. 4 Concordia-St. Paul
The Golden Bears head to Denver for the Colorado Premier Challenge this weekend. They kick off the tournament with matches against Florida Southern at 1:00 p.m. and No. 16 Truman on Friday.
Concordia is making its eighth appearance at the Colorado Premier Challenge and holds a 26-6 record. The Golden Bears have claimed three first-place finishes, all three coming in the past five years (2008, '10, '11). They have also garnered three third-place finishes and one fourth with a tournament record 22 all-tournament team members.
Concordia opens up the tournament with a match against Florida Southern (3-1) at 1 p.m. CU is 2-0 all-time against the Mocs, beating them in consecutive sets both matches. The last time they faced off was in the 2011 Colorado Premier Challenge with the Golden Bears winning 25-15, 25-15, 25-19.
No. 5 BYU-Hawaii
No. 6 Washburn
Sixth-ranked Washburn will play four more matches this weekend with a trip to the Colorado Mines Oredigger Classic at Lockridge Arena in Golden, Colo. The Ichabods will play 22nd-ranked Central Washington Friday and Grand Valley State. Saturday they play Tarleton State and Western Oregon.
The Ichabods started the year with four wins last weekend at the Ferris State Bulldog Invitational, losing just two sets in the process. Washburn has now gone 4-0 in its opening weekend in all 12 years under head coach Chris Herron.
No. 7 Central Missouri
Central Missouri will host the home opening Peggy Martin Challenge this weekend, in Warrensburg, Mo., presented by the Comfort Inn. The only two teams the Jennies have played against before this weekend are Ferris State and Minnesota State Moorehead, Central Missouri leads both series. All of the teams Central Missouri will face in the Peggy Martin Classic are non-conference.
Ferris State will be the Jennies only ranked opponent, after week one of the 2013 season Ferris State was ranked 23rd, but was not ranked in the AVCA preseason poll.
No. 8 Wayne State (Neb.)
Wayne State, ranked eighth in this week's AVCA DII top 25 coaches' poll, plays four matches Friday and Saturday at the CSU Pueblo Ramada ThunderWolves Volleyball Classic in Colorado. The Wildcats are coming off a stellar weekend to open the season last week in St. Paul, Minnesota, where WSC beat four top-25 teams to go 4-0 to start the season.
No. 9 West Texas A&M
The Lady Buffs will head to the Regis Fieldhouse in Denver, Colorado this weekend as they defend their 2012 Colorado Premiere championship starting on Friday afternoon with a showdown against No. 1 Tampa, immediately followed by a matchup with No. 21 Regis. Saturday's matchups will be decided by pool play on Friday.
The No. 9 Lady Buffs started off the 2013 season on a high note this past weekend as they claimed the BritKare Lady Buff Classic title with a perfect 4-0 weekend with wins against UT-Permian Basin, Western State (Co.), Lubbock Christian and UC-Colorado Springs.
No. 10 Fresno Pacific
The Sunbirds started off the 2013 season with a 3-0 weekend at the Nanook Classic in Alaska, defeating Colorado Christian, Humboldt State and Alaska Fairbanks.
FPU faces a much tougher task this weekend at the UCSD Invitational, where they'll face two ranked opponents: No. 13 UC San Diego and No. 18 Cal State San Bernardino. UCSD moved up nine spots from No. 22 after an impressive 4-0 weekend that saw them sweep all four opponents including two ranked teams.