University of New Hampshire head volleyball coach Jill Hirschinger, who guided the Wildcats to seven America East Conference regular-season and tournament championships, will conclude an illustrious head coaching career that spanned 40 seasons, including the last 23 at the helm of the Wildcats.
The Ducks host Baylor with a spot in the Sweet 16 on the line for a pair of teams who fell in the second round in 2017.
Top-ranked Stanford is in action to begin their title quest on night two of the first round of the NCAA DI Women’s Volleyball Tournament.
The first of the 16 seeds fell on opening day as FGCU upset No. 13 UCF at home. Three teams won in sweeps – Texas, Wisconsin and Florida – while three matches went the distance, with FGCU, Pepperdine and Baylor advancing.
Seven of the eight host institutions won, including two in five-sets on night one of the NIVC Tournament. In total, seven of the 16 matches went the distance.
No. 25 Baylor volleyball (20-8) found itself down 2-0 and 18-14 in the fourth set, but the Bears grinded out a five-set thriller over Hawai’i (18-9) in the NCAA First Round Thursday at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore., 23-25, 23-25, 25-14, 26-24, 16-14.
In its first-ever NCAA Division-I Tournament match, the FGCU volleyball team (27-6) knocked off 13th-seeded UCF 17-25, 25-22, 25-23, 14-25, 15-7 in the first round on Thursday.
Lindsey Vander Weide notched 18 kills, 10 digs and six blocks, while hitting .447 as Oregon moved past New Mexico State in four sets to open the NCAA Tournament in Eugene.
The sixth-seeded Wisconsin volleyball team earned a first-round victory over Green Bay Thursday night at the UW Field House on the first day of the 2018 NCAA Tournament.