Florida Goes for 2nd Top-5 Win in as Many Days vs. Nebraska; Aug. 26 Preview

  0 Derek Johnson | August 26th, 2017 | ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, College - Women's Indoor, Division I Mid-Major, Pac 12, SEC, WCC

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.

After a strong opening day, day two looks to carry the momentum for another great day of action. In total we have five VolleyMob ranked matches with two top-10 matches (nearly three) to help separate the best of the best early in the season.

*Note: VolleyMob’s Top 25 is utilized for a team’s ranking

The Big Match:

#5 Nebraska (0-1) at #9 Florida (1-0) – 5 p.m. ET (SEC Network)

Florida is riding high after a four-set upset over top-ranked Texas yesterday. In that match, Carli Snyder was solid in every facet of play, as the Gators front-line bothered the Texas offense. Meanwhile, Nebraska struggled in adjusting to life without the Rolfzen twins and Justine Wong-Orantes as they were upset by Oregon in the opener. It also didn’t help that All-American setter Kelly Hunter was mending an injury.

It’s unclear if Hunter will play in this one, as Nebraska looks to avoid an 0-2 start to the year. For Florida, they could come out of the weekend with the best opening-week resume of any team in the country as they can get a second top-five victory in front of their loud home crowd.

Other Notable Matches:

#15 Oregon (1-0) vs. #1 Texas (0-1) – 7:30 p.m. ET (Longhorn Network)

Texas will look to respond and show why they were ranked number one in the preseason – both in the VolleyMob and AVCA polls. They look out of sorts against a strong Florida defense, and All-American outside hitter Micaya White left the match after some sort of injury in the second set. They still have plenty of fire power, but it won’t be easy as Oregon is coming off an upset over #5 Nebraska where they truly looked like a Pac-12 dark horse.

#10 North Carolina (0-1) at #8 Wisconsin (1-0) – 8 p.m. ET (Big Ten Plus)

North Carolina had probably the worst set they will have all season when they lost 25-7 to Minnesota in the second game. They played better in the third, but will need to improve even more to score a top-10 victory over Wisconsin, who looked solid in a win over a different ACC foe in Louisville yesterday.

#11 Creighton (1-0) at #3 Washington (1-0) – 10 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network)

Creighton can really make a statement that their 2016 Elite Eight run was legit with a tight match against one of the best teams in the country. For Washington, they look to score a strong win for their resume (yes, I said resume this early in the season). After only losing one senior, the defending Pac-12 champions swept Pittsburgh last night.

Best of the Rest:

Missouri State (1-0) vs. #7 Kansas (1-0) – 10:30 a.m. ET

RV(#33) Pittsburgh (0-1) vs. #11 Creighton (1-0) – 1 p.m. ET

#22 Ohio State (2-0) #13 BYU (2-0) – 9:30 p.m. ET (BYUtv)

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