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.
*Note: The VolleyMob Top 25 Power Rankings are utilized for a team’s ranking
*The entire week’s schedule can be seen here.
THE BIG MATCH:
#15 Oregon (15-6, 8-5) at #2 Stanford (20-2, 13-0) – 4 pm ET
A pair of teams that the NCAA Committee ranked in the top 10 earlier this week square off for a high-level Pac-12 matchup. Beyond the national implications, Oregon is in a tight race for 2nd in the conference, while Stanford looks to stay unbeaten.
We start with the Ducks, who have won five of their last six matches. They’ve played a very difficult schedule, and so playing on the road against Stanford shouldn’t faze them although the Cardinal did sweep the Ducks back in Eugene. The defense allowed Stanford to hit .337 in the match, as they will need to step that up and get more contributions from Taylor Agost, who had 11 kills and 11 digs in the match while hitting .280 for Oregon.
For Stanford their streak sits at 15 in terms of consecutive victories. That continued earlier this week with a sweep of Oregon State as seven of their last 11 matches ended in straight sets. This starts a span though where five of their next six matches should be against ranked foes, so that might not be as plausible anymore. They’ll look to keep rolling in this one as Kathryn Plummer looks to bounce back from a .111 mark against Oregon State to the .545 she hit at Oregon last go around.
OTHER NOTABLE MATCHES:
Temple (14-7, 10-3) at #24 Wichita State (21-3, 13-0) – 1 pm ET
Wichita State has been unblemished through their first run through in American Athletic Conference play, which they will look to continue at home against Temple. Those Owls have been solid in their own right, as they came into the week ranked 60th in the RPI poll, meaning they could really use a big win for their NCAA Tournament case.
BEST OF THE REST:
(RV) Louisville (17-6, 11-2) at Duke (16-8, 8-5) – 1 pm ET
Florida State (12-9, 6-7) at (RV) Pittsburgh (18-6, 11-2) – 1 pm ET
#4 Florida (19-1, 11-1) at Tennessee (11-10, 4-8) – 1:30 pm ET
South Carolina (11-12, 4-7) at #6 Kentucky (19-3, 10-1) – 1:30 pm ET
Arizona (9-13, 3-10) at #13 USC (17-7, 9-4) – 2 pm ET
(RV) Oregon State (16-9, 6-7) at California (13-11, 4-9) – 4 pm ET