Check Out These Can’t Miss NCAA Week 3 Matchups

  0 Jil Price Igara | September 05th, 2018 | News

The Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge brings you two Top 10 showdowns this weekend in Palo Alto, Calif. No. 2/AVCA #4 Stanford will host No. 9/5 Penn State on Friday and No. 4/1 Minnesota on Sunday.

Live streaming and stats links are available here, on the VolleyMob TV schedule.

Minnesota (No. 4 VolleyMob/No. 1 AVCA) at Stanford (No. 2 VolleyMob/No. 4 AVCA)
Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge
Sunday, Sept. 9 at 3 p.m. ET
Maples Pavilion | Stanford, Calif.

  • The Golden Gophers, who have risen in the rankings following a 5-0 start, will meet two Top 25 programs in Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge action this weekend. It marks the first ranked opponents of the season for Minnesota.
  • Minnesota is hitting at a .310 clip on the young season, while holding opponents to a .115 attack percentage.
  • Sophomore outside hitter Stephanie Samedy leads the Golden Gophers with 54 kills (4.15 per set) in 4 matches played, followed by redshirt sophomore middle blocker Regan Pitman, who has 49 (4.20 per set) through 5 matches and owns an efficient .483 attack percentage.
  • The Cardinal fell to now top-ranked BYU last Friday, their only ranked matchup thus far, in 5 sets. Their match with Minnesota will be a big preconference test.
  • Stanford owns a .298 attack percentage on the season, while holding opponents to a .128 hitting percentage.
  • Junior outside hitter Kathryn Plummer has been strong for the Cardinal, notching a team-high 60 kills (3.75 per set) in 5 matches. Sophomore outside hitter Meghan McClure and junior outside hitter/opposite Audriana Fitzmorris are both hitting above .300 for Stanford.

Penn State (No. 9 VolleyMob/No. 5 AVCA) at Stanford (No. 2 VolleyMob/No. 4 AVCA)
Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge
Friday, Sept. 7 at 11 p.m. ET
Maples Pavilion | Stanford, Calif.

  • Penn State has swept all 5 of its opponents this year, however, it will receive a big test when it meets 2nd-ranked Stanford on its home court Friday.
  • The youthful Nittany Lions, comprised of 4 seniors, 3 juniors, 1 sophomore and 8 freshmen, will meet a more seasoned squad in Stanford, which has 4 seniors, 5 juniors, 5 sophomores and 2 freshmen.
  • Penn State has held its opponents to a dismal .067 attack percentage, while hitting at an efficient .309 clip.
  • Redshirt senior Nia Reed (43 kills, 2.87 per set) and redshirt senior Taylor Leath (42, 2.80 per set) lead the Nittany Lions through 5 matches played.

Nebraska (No. 8 VolleyMob/No. 7 AVCA) at Creighton (No. 14 VolleyMob/No. 14 AVCA)
Thursday, Sept. 6 at 8 p.m. ET
CHI Health Center | Omaha, Neb.

Kentucky (No. 16 VolleyMob/No. 16 AVCA) at Texas (No. 6 VolleyMob/No. 6 AVCA)
Friday, Sept. 7 at 9 p.m. ET
Gregory Gymnasium | Austin, Texas

Wisconsin (No. 3 VolleyMob/No. 2 AVCA) at Baylor (No. 15 VolleyMob/No. 15 AVCA)
Friday, Sept. 7 at 4 p.m. ET
Ferrell Center | Waco, Texas

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