The Top 25 matchup between 6th-ranked Texas and 23rd-ranked Kansas State was all that and then some, as it took 5 sets for the Longhorns to earn the victory on the road. The surprise of the night came in Waco, Texas, as Texas Tech knocked off 12th-ranked Baylor for its first ranked win since 2012.
Khalia Lanier will look for a strong start to Pac-12 play as her 10th ranked Trojans host #15 UCLA in the night cap on ESPNU.
Overall, the Big 12 has challenged itself against the nation’s best in the non-conference slate, which makes its collective 70-32 (.686) pre-conference mark deceiving.
Iowa State is without a pair of middle blockers, including Avery Rhodes, due to injury.
Kansas State’s Kylee Zumach and Gloria Mutiri were tabbed as Big 12 Offensive Player and Rookie of the Week respectively, while West Virginia’s Katie Demeo garnered Defensive Player of the Week nods for Week 4.
The top five teams remained in tact in the Week 4 AVCA poll, with BYU and Stanford at the top and dividing the first place votes (58 to 6).
Oregon State appears in the VolleyMob Top 25 for the first time in 2018, giving the Pac-12 eight ranked teams.
Kansas outside hitter and early-season kills leader Patricia Montero is set to undergo her third career season-ending surgery.
It wasn’t an easy road, but 12th-ranked Baylor battled its way to a UTSA Invitational Tournament team championship with a pair of wins in San Antonio, Texas. The Lady Bears outlasted the Roadrunners in 5 sets on Friday and Virginia Tech in straight sets on Saturday.
Candelaria Herrera is Iowa State’s 4th choice at middle blocker this season, but the sophomore transfer filled in well in Sunday’s loss.