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:
#2 Stanford (21-2, 14-0) at #9 Washington (19-6, 9-5) – 10 pm ET
Seattle plays host to a top-10 matchup between last year’s Pac-12 champ and this year’s front-runner as the Huskies try to give the Cardinal their first conference loss.
Washington was close to handing Stanford a loss a few weeks back in Palo Alto, as the Huskies just fell short in the fifth set after leading 2-1 in sets. In the loss, Washington out-blocked Stanford and had 16 of them as a team. Carly DeHoog had seven individually, good for second on the team, in addition to her team-high 15 kills. She will need another big performance in this one as they look for their biggest win of the year.
Stanford is just two matches away from clinching at least a share of the Pac-12 title, but with a win in this one and a USC loss during the week could get it that way as well. The Cardinal came back in the first go-around with Washington and even against a strong defense hit .263 for the match. That was led by Tami Alade in the middle, who was second on Stanford with 14 kills while hitting a team-best .632.
OTHER NOTABLE MATCHES:
#1 Penn State (23-1, 13-1) at Iowa (16-11, 5-9) – 9 pm ET
Iowa is sitting on the NCAA Tournament bubble with an RPI of 44, and could really score a monumental win by upending the number one team in the country on their home floor. For Penn State, they look to keep rolling both from a national perspective and in the Big Ten as they are still even with Nebraska but behind on tiebreaker atop the conference standings.
BEST OF THE REST:
#20 Iowa State (17-5, 7-4) at West Virginia (15-10, 3-8) – 6 pm ET
Maryland (16-10, 5-9) at #6 Nebraska (20-4, 13-1) – 7 pm ET
Kansas State (9-15, 2-9) at #10 Kansas (20-4, 9-2) – 7:30 pm ET
#7 Kentucky (20-3, 11-1) at Alabama (16-10, 4-8) – 8 pm ET