#1 Stanford Takes on #5 Penn State to Open a New Month; Sep. 1 Preview

  1 Derek Johnson | September 01st, 2017 | ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, College - Women's Indoor, Division I Mid-Major, News, Pac 12, SEC, WCC

Every day at VolleyMob we will preview several of the most notable and interesting matches in NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball. We will offer an inside look at some of those top matchups each day as we carry along through the 2017 season.

Forget being in week two, we now kick-off month two with a top-five matchup between two powers in Stanford and Penn State. Beyond that, several other ranked or receiving vote teams play in match-ups that should influence next week’s top 25.

*Note: VolleyMob’s Top 25 is utilized for a team’s ranking


#1 Stanford vs. #5 Penn State – 7:30 pm ET (LIVE STATS)

Two of the last three National Champions square off as both teams get their first big test of the season. They will actually play a second time in the non-conference with this serving as the first meeting.

Stanford actually swept Penn State in a meeting last year and will look to build off their 3-0 start and cement their spot at the top of the VolleyMob top 25 for next week. One key for the Cardinal will be the health of senior All-American Merete Lutz who missed all of last week with an undisclosed injury.

Penn State on the other hand could start a trend of the top-team losing after Texas fell last week. It would also prove that they really are ready to make that jump back to heavyweight after two straight seasons of Sweet 16 losses.


RV(#29) Northern Iowa vs. #17 USC – 5:30 pm ET (Jays Video)

Northern Iowa already racked up one top 25 win last week when they took down then-ranked Missouri. The 2016 NCAA Tournament team from the MVC looks to tack on another as they face an upstart USC team who will look to cement their status as a top 20 team after defeating Michigan and going undefeated in week one.

RV(#28) Missouri State vs. #20 Ohio State – 6 pm ET (Buckeye Vision)

Ohio State and Missouri State duel in a 2016 NCAA Tournament first round rematch that has implications on the edge of the top 25. The projected MVC champions are off to a strong start at 2-1 with their lone loss coming to #9 Kansas. Ohio State is also 2-1 with their only loss to #13 BYU.

#14 Kentucky at #6 Creighton – 8 pm ET (Fox Sports Go)

Coming off an Elite Eight run in 2016, some questioned whether the BlueJays had it in them to reach new heights with a host of returners in 2017. They made a strong impression early by defeating then #3 Washington in Seattle, and now look to score another top 15 win against an experienced and talented Kentucky squad who has a top 25 win over over a Pac-12 school as well (Utah).


RV(#31) TCU vs. Colorado State – 11 am ET (LIVE STATS)

RV(#33) Marquette vs. Miami (OH) – 4:30 pm ET (LIVE STATS)

Arkansas vs. #8 Wisconsin – 6:30 pm ET (LIVE STATS)

#23 Western Kentucky at Louisville – 6:30 pm ET (ACC Network Extra/ESPN3)

RV(#30) Iowa State at Dayton – 7 pm ET (A-10 Network)

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