The top three continue to stand strong in the AVCA Top 25 poll, but Stanford is gaining ground on BYU in number of first place votes. Purdue and Missouri each moved up four spots, while Northern Iowa and Tennessee joined the rankings.
Bridget Doherty (above) and the Dayton Flyers are currently the 35th-ranked team in RPI and sit 2nd in the Atlantic 10 Conference standings.
Purdue made a big jump from outside the top 20 to #16 behind a five-set comeback against Penn State.
St. John’s rallied from down two sets to defeat Xavier at home. Meanwhile Butler overcame a first-set loss to top Seton Hall. Creighton and Marquette kept their spots as the top two in the league standings with sweeps.
Jaali Winters (#5) matched her season-best with 25 kills in just 4 sets on Friday against Big East #2 Marquette.
5 Top 15 matchups are on the docket this week for NCAA volleyball fanatics to enjoy! The top 2 teams in the Big East Conference and Pac-12 Conference go at it, while the Big Ten Conference presents a trio of Top 10 matchups.
St. John’s Erica Di Maulo and Xavier’s Meredith Klare collect the BIG EAST Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week awards, respectively. Creighton’s Kari Zumach is the recipient of the Freshman of the Week honor.
The top four – BYU, Stanford, Minnesota and Penn State – remained the same in the AVCA Top 25 poll, but the Cardinal did pick up two additional first place votes on Week 9. New to the poll on Week 9 are Missouri, which jumped in at No. 24 with a five-set upset win over then No. 11 Florida on Sunday, and UCF, which garnered its first ever AVCA ranking at No. 25.
Illinois made a jump back into the top five following a wild week of play.
Marquette outdid Northern Iowa in every facet of the game, snapping the Panthers’ 10-match win streak with a four-set comeback win.