Illinois State senior Courtney Pence became the all-time MVC career digs leader with her fourth dig in Illinois State’s 3-0 sweep of Loyola Friday.
Illinois State (14-1 MVC), UNI (13-1 MVC) and Bradley (10-5 MVC) have already punched their tickets to the MVC Volleyball Championship, while Valparaiso (9-5 MVC), Missouri State (8-6 MVC) and Loyola (7-7 MVC) currently occupy the final three spots.
There were two monster performances that stood out above the rest, but an all around effort and two conference records gave Cincinnati’s Jordan Thompson the edge and her third VolleyMob Player of the Week nod this season.
There was little movement in the top 15 of the latest RPI rankings. After that, though, things got a little wild.
Following a Halloween victory over Florida, Kentucky hops into the top 12 for the first time since the opening week of the season.
The UNI Panthers (12-0 MVC) are slated for a big week of Missouri Valley Conference play, taking on the league’s #2 and #3 teams in Illinois State and Bradley.
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A big match-up is coming up this weekend between Illinois State and UNI at Redbird Arena. Both teams will face Drake and Bradley, respectively, on Friday night before a 7 p.m. showdown on Saturday.
After beating Maryland and Nebraska last weekend, Illinois jumped BYU for the #2 spot in the latest NCAA volleyball RPI rankings.
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.
Nedoma hasn’t played with Southern Illinois since October 13th, but still leads the team in kills.
Purdue made a big jump from outside the top 20 to #16 behind a five-set comeback against Penn State.
This week’s Missouri Valley Conference Players of the Week are UNI’s Piper Thomas, Valparaiso’s Rylee Cookerly and Bradley’s Hannah Thompson.
UNI remains unbeaten in MVC action after a 3-2 win over Valpo, sitting at 11-0. Illinois State is currently alone in second place in the conference standings with an 11-1 mark.
Nebraska outside hitter Mikaela Foecke, a 2 time NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player, is one of 10 finalists for the 2018 Senior CLASS Award for volleyball.
UNI maintained its lead at the top of MVC standings with a win over rival Drake in league play Friday. Illinois State (10-1 MVC) sits just a half game behind UNI in the race for a MVC crown with just one month remaining in the regular season.
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.
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