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NCAA.com | September 27, 2013

WVB Weekend Preview

A deeper look at the six undefeated teams in the country:

Who? Missouri
What? 15-0
When? Best start to a season since 1982 when the Tigers went 19-0.
Where? Opens up SEC play against South Carolina on Friday at 8 p.m.
Why? Molly Kreklow leads the nation in assists per set (12.7) while Whitney Little is first in hitting (.592). As a team, the Tigers are first among all DI teams in hitting percentage.

Who? DePaul
What? 13-0
When? Best start in program history. They have surpassed the 2001 team for the best season-opening run in DePaul history. That team began its year 9-0.
Where? Opens conference play against Marquette on Saturday at 8 p.m.
Why? Key player, Vesela Zapryanova, tied a career-high with 22 kills in DePaul’s last outing and picked up DePaul’s first Big East Player of the Week honors. Laura Witt, who registered a triple-double is also a major contributor.

Who? Ohio State
What? 12-0
When? Best start since 2004
Where? Next matches include home stands with No. 10 Michigan (Friday at 8 p.m.) and No. 15 Michigan State (Sunday at 2 p.m.).
Why? Several performers peaking right now, including Kaitlyn Leary (MVP honors for the Blue and White Classic), and Taylor Sherwin (Big Ten setter of the week).

Who? North Carolina
What? 12-0
When? Best start in program history.
Where? Closes out seven-match home stand with a match against ACC newcomer Notre Dame on Friday at 7 p.m.
Why? Jovana Bjelica leads the team in kills, digs and blocks.

Who? Colorado State
What? 11-0
When? Best start since 2001, when the Rams went 20-0 before falling to Utah.
Where? Faces New Mexico on Saturday at 8 p.m.
Why? Samantha Peters, the reigning Mountain West Player of the Week, averages 1.83 blocks, 2.83 kills and .412 on hitting. 

Who? Washington
What? 9-0
When? Best start in program history.
Where? On the road for a tough match with conference foe Oregon on Friday at 11 p.m.
Why? A balanced attack of Jenna Orlandini, Cassie Strickland, Jenni Nogueras and Katy Beals. Also, the Huskies lead the nation in aces per set.

Sawatzky standing tall
Texas A&M senior setter Allie Sawatzky posted her third triple-double of the season with 10 kills, 43 assists and 10 digs in the Aggies’ come-from-behind 3-1 win at Northern Colorado. The 6-2 lefty has tallied double-figure kills in three of the last four matches and double-digit digs in each of the last three matches. Sawatzky, who has started every match (103) of her career, has 3,830 career assists and needs only 65 more to move into third place in the A&M all-time career records.

Notable performances
• Stetson senior Kaley Melville became the fifth player in school history to record 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a career. She recorded her 1000th kill on Sept. 14, and her 1,000th dig on Sept. 21. Stetson (10-5) is off to its best start since 1996. After going winless in A-Sun play last year, the Hatters won back-to-back five-set matches to open conference play this year.
• Iowa State’s Kristen Hahn had her 50th consecutive match with at least 10 digs Saturday at Iowa and now has over 1,500 digs (1,512 to be exact) for her career.

Marquette coach almost to 100
Head coach Bond Shymansky could capture his 100th win at Marquette on Saturday against DePaul. He would become the third head coach at MU to rack up 100 wins and would do so in the fewest number of matches. He entered the year 20th among active head coaches in winning percentage and 25th all-time in NCAA Division I. He is 99-43 with the Golden Eagles and 271-107 in his career.

TV Matches
Here’s the line-up for this weekend’s TV games.
• Sept. 27, 9:00 p.m. - Arizona State vs. Stanford (Pac 12 Network)
• Sept. 27, 9:00 p.m. - UCLA vs. Colorado (Pac 12 Network)
• Sept. 27, 9:00 p.m. - Washington State vs. Oregon State (Pac 12 Network)
• Sept. 27, 11:00 p.m. - Arizona vs. California (Pac 12 Network)
• Sept. 27, 11:00 p.m. - Washington vs. Oregon(Pac 12 Network)
• Sept. 28, 4:00 p.m. - Oklahoma vs. Texas (Longhorn Network)
• Sept. 28, 5:00 p.m. - Nebraska vs. Illinois (Big Ten Network)
• Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m. - Michigan vs. Penn State (Big Ten Network)
• Sept. 28, 11:00 p.m. - Pacific vs. BY (BYUtv)
• Sept. 29, 2:00 p.m. - Georgia Tech vs. Pittsburg (ESPN3)

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