Top-ranked Stanford is in action to begin their title quest on night two of the first round of the NCAA DI Women’s Volleyball Tournament.
The first of the 16 seeds fell on opening day as FGCU upset No. 13 UCF at home. Three teams won in sweeps – Texas, Wisconsin and Florida – while three matches went the distance, with FGCU, Pepperdine and Baylor advancing.
Seven of the eight host institutions won, including two in five-sets on night one of the NIVC Tournament. In total, seven of the 16 matches went the distance.
Four players with double-figure kills and five players with double-figure digs propelled the Pepperdine women’s volleyball team to a 3-2 win in the NCAA first round against higher-seeded Northern Iowa, putting the Waves into the second round for the first time since 2011.
Florida battles rival Florida State to try and reach the second round on the opening match of the 2018 NCAA Tournament.
The field for the 2018 National Invitational Volleyball Championships has been announced, with 32 high-achieving Division-I programs officially bracketed and ready for Round 1 action on Thursday, Nov. 29. Central Arkansas leads the field with 26 wins, while 15 other teams boast 20-win campaigns.
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For the 15th time in league history, at least two Valley volleyball teams have been selected as part of the field of 64 to play for the 2018 NCAA national title.
Stanford and Penn State continued their reign as the only two schools who have made all 38 NCAA fields, while six teams will make their NCAA Division I tournament debuts.
Tennessee hops into the top 16 behind a big win over Florida to emphatically end their regular season.
UNI claimed the school’s 17th tourney title and first since 2011 with a 3-1 win over second seed Illinois State Saturday in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.
The top two seeds have both advanced to the Missouri Valley Conference finals five times since 2002 (2003, 2005, 2014, 2016, 2017), including three of the last four seasons.
The last time there were two five set matches on the same day of the MVC Tournament was in the 2008 semifinals. This year, No. 6 seed Drake upset No. 3 Bradley, while Valparaiso defeated Missouri State.
Co-champion UNI middle blocker Piper Thomas took home the MVC’s Player of the Year honors, while Bradley’s Hannah Thompson earned the conference’s Freshman of the Year award. Illinois State’s Courtney Pence earned the league’s Libero of the Year honor, while her Redbird teammate Stef Jankiewicz was tabbed Setter of the Year.
There aren’t plenty of key matchups remaining as teams vie for conference placings and NCAA Tournament seedings and berths.
TCU’s élan McCall averaged 5.43 kills and 4.29 digs per set, while hitting .516 and converting 97 percent of her serve reception chances (33 of 34) en route to VolleyMob Player of the Week honors.
All but five of the 32 automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament have been claimed with a week remaining in the regular season. Four conference tournaments are ahead this week.
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