In a weekend selected to celebrate 40 seasons with head coach Russ Rose at the helm of Penn State volleyball, the Nittany Lions did their best to honor his legacy of winning, posting a pair of sweeps en route to the Penn State Invitational title.
As the sun set on Chicago Saturday night, the semifinals field was set for the AVP Gold Series Championships, though the day was ripe with upsets in the contender’s bracket, with No. 18 Terese Cannon/Sarah Sponcil making it all the way back to the semis through five matches.
USA outside hitter Jessica Mruzik was tabbed as the Most Valuable Player at the NORCECA U18 Championships on Saturday after leading the Americans to the gold medal and a berth in the U18 World Cup.
The United States won its eighth NORCECA continental title without losing a set in five matches, besting border foe Canada in three sets Saturday night in front of a packed crowd.
Kentucky completed an undefeated weekend at home and wrapped up the Bluegrass Battle title with a five-set thriller against Kansas on Saturday.
Creighton snapped its two-match losing skid with a pair of sweeps to open the SMU Double Tree Classic. NC State and the host Mustangs each went 1-1 on the day.
Senior outside hitter Brenna McIlroy became the 15th player in Auburn volleyball history to reach the 1,000 kill milestone and first since Katherine Culwell (2009-2013).
Costa Rica and Honduras will meet on Saturday with fifth place on the line after both teams won their classification matches via sweep on Friday afternoon.
With the top two teams earning spots in the U18 World Championships in Egypt, Friday’s semifinals had an added level of pressure. In the end, the United States and Canada rose to the occasion and punched their tickets. The Americans cruised to a sweep, while Canada had to rally for a five-set win to move on.
Opening day in the main draw the AVP Championships in Chicago was riddled with upsets and saw ninth-seeded Tim Bomgren/Chaim Schalk and No. 10 Brittany Howard/Kelly Reeves advance to the winner’s bracket final four.