High-stakes matchups set Friday
Notebook: SEC foes to tangle; big Pac-12 tilt at Washington
No. 5 Florida hosts No. 7 Missouri at 7 p.m. Friday at the O'Dome. It will mark the first time since 1991 that two top-10 ranked SEC teams will face each other in conference play.
The Tigers (29-0; 13-0 SEC) served the Gators (22-2; 11-1 SEC) their lone league loss of the season Oct. 20 in Columbia (3-1).
|Sunday||2 p.m.||Utah vs. Arizona State||Pac-12 Network|
|Sunday||2 p.m.||Alabama vs. Florida||CSS/CST|
|Sunday||4 p.m.||USC vs. Washington State||Pac-12 Network|
|Sunday||5 p.m.||Colorado vs. Arizona||Pac-12 Network|
Mizzou has never defeated a top-five team on the road and Florida has lost just five home SEC matches since 1991.
Florida senior Chloe Mann leads the NCAA in hitting percentage (.510), while the Gators are second in the nation with a .331 offensive clip. The Tigers lead the nation in assists per set, hitting percentage, and kills per set.
Three vs. four
Another big match-up this weekend will pit No. 4 USC at No. 3 Washington at Alaska Airlines Arena at 9 p.m. ET Friday. The race for the Pac-12 crown is close and this game could very well determine who wins the regular-season conference title.
The Huskies (21-1, 13-1 Pac-12) have won 11 matches in a row since their only loss of the year to Colorado on Oct. 4. In its 20 victories, Washington has only been pushed to five sets twice: once by Gonzaga and another by Stanford. The Huskies have maintained an unblemished home record at 9-0 and are 6-0 in conference matches at Alaska Airlines Arena.
The Trojans lean on senior libero Natalie Hagglund who leads the Pac-12 with 5.28 dps (19th in the NCAA). She became USC’s career leader (now 2,165 digs) last weekend and moved into fourth place in Pac-12 history. Offensively, USC’s weaponry is spread evenly across its six hitters. Sophomore OH Samantha Bricio carries part of the load with 3.28 kps and leads the country in service aces (63) at 0.73 saps.
Yale headed to NCAA tournament
Yale is the first school to punch its ticket to the field of 64. The Bulldogs won their fourth consecutive Ivy League championship after sweeping Cornell to earn the conference’s AQ into the NCAA tournament. Yale become the first team to win four consecutive Ivy League titles since regular-season, round-robin play began in 1987 and only the second in Ivy League women’s volleyball history.
The entire field will be announced at 9:30 p.m. ET Sunday, December 1 on ESPNU.
Neves sisters leaving legacy in Utah State record books
Current Aggie Paige Neves is following in her big sisters footstep by leaving a legacy with Utah State. Neves, a setter, has passed her sister Chelsi for the No. 4 spot on the Aggies’ all-time assists list. Paige enters this weekend’s action with 2,892 assists. To read the full story, click here.
Keeping up with Colorado
Colorado State, one of two undefeated teams in the country, broke a school record on Thursday night, earning its 24th consecutive victory. The previous record of 23 was set in 2003. A win Friday vs. Air Force would tie the Mountain West mark. Head coach Tom Hilbert earned his 600th career victory last weekend, and was honored on Thursday night. He is the 10th coach in NCAA Division I women’s volleyball history with 600 wins and a .770 winning percentage (601-176).