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:
North Dakota (24-5) at Iowa State (16-4) – 7:30 pm ET
In a rare non-conference bout late in the season, Iowa State hosts North Dakota in a top-100 RPI matchup.
Iowa State has won four straight coming into this one, including a four-set win last match against Kansas. They also went 9-1 in non-conference play as they look to add a 10th win behind the strength of their defense and Samara West, who ranks second on the Cyclones in kills per set (3.03) and fourth in blocks per set (0.87) with a team-best .312 hitting percentage.
While the Cyclones come in fresh off a big win, North Dakota is looking to rebound from a five-set loss to Montana State on Saturday. That snapped a five-match winning streak, but they still have 24 wins on the season. They’ll need a big match from Faith Dooley, who’s put up plenty of big numbers this season as the team’s top attacker (3.16 kills per set, .374) and blocker (1.50 blocks per set).
OTHER NOTABLE MATCHES:
Valparaiso (13-11, 5-6) at (RV) Missouri State (20-5, 12-0) – 8 pm ET
Missouri State is the lone undefeated team in the Missouri Valley Conference, and even has a two-loss advantage in the ‘L’ column on everyone. Valparaiso meanwhile ranks fifth in the conference in their inaugural season as a MVC member, and could really score a marquee victory by winning in Springfield.
BEST OF THE REST:
Grambling State (13-19, 7-7) at Texas Southern (14-9, 11-4) – 7:30 pm ET
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