Make way for the San Diego Toreros. Unranked entering the season, San Diego is now ranked No. 2 in the latest polls. Not only is it the only FCS school in the top 10, it’s also the highest ranking for any San Diego team in the Division I era. The Toreros have road wins against Hawaii, Iowa state and Illinois and took down top-ranked USC last Friday in their home opener. Up next for San Diego is a road trip to BYU.
Heading into competition this weekend, there are nine undefeated teams among Division I. Missouri leads the way at 11-0, followed by Washington State, American (10-0), Ohio State, DePaul, Buffalo, North Carolina (9-0), Colorado State (8-0) and Washington (6-0).
• Michigan State’s Lauren Wicinski (a three-time All-American) is likely to get her 2,000th kill on Friday night against Eastern Michigan. She will be the ninth in Big Ten history, and third from MSU.
• American University head coach Barry Goldberg is one win away from 600 for his career. The Eagles take on UC Irvine on Friday at the UC Irvine Invitational.
• Kansas State's Kaitlynn Pelger increased her career total in kills to 1,298 last weekend, and is now in sixth place on K-State's all-time career kills list. The two-time AVCA All-America Honorable Mention is looking to pass Shawnee Call (1985-88) and her 1,337 career kills for fifth on the list soon, possibly this weekend as the Wildcats will play four matches between Friday and Sunday.
Big Things for the Bucks
The only undefeated team remaining in the strong Big Ten Conference, Ohio State (9-0) is off to its best start since 2006. Two Buckeyes in senior Kaitlyn Leary and junior Taylor Sherwin are among the best in the nation at their position. Leary leads all Division I with a 5.53 kills average and Sherwin is fourth overall with a 12.31 assists average.
• Incarnate Word set a school record for attendance (1,262) in its win against Texas Tech. It was also its first win against a Big 12 opponent.
• Chicago State head coach Toby Rens picked up his 300th career victory last Saturday thanks to victories against Delaware State and Saint Peter's.
• Murray State head coach David Schwepker earned his 200th win at Murray State. The win was his 214th overall and 200th at MSU making him the fifth volleyball coach in the Ohio Valley Conference to win 200 matches with one school.
• Loyola Marymount’s Betsi Metter (senior libero – Phoenix, Ariz.) broke the LMU career record for digs last Friday against Seattle University.
College of Charleston Supports Ronald McDonald House
College of Charleston will be sponsoring a fundraising drive for the local Ronald McDonald House charity next weekend in the Holiday Inn CofC Classic. Student-athletes on the volleyball squad are reaching out to friends, family and team supporters with a goal of $1,350, enough money to pay for filling all 27 rooms of the house for a single night. Fans can donate to the cause during the CofC-SMU volleyball match on Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. For more information about the fundraiser and how to support remotely, or to get a wish-list of donation items, contact assistant volleyball coach Kimi Olson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
As volleyball heats up this season, fans can expect more TV and ESPN3 games available. Here’s the line-up for this weekend:
• Wisconsin vs. NC State, Sept. 20, 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
• Nebraska vs. Texas, Sept. 22, 2 p.m. (Longhorn Network)
• St. Mary’s vs. Stanford, Sept. 20, 10 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)