Washington and Colorado highlight this week’s Pac-12 volleyball schedule, with the Huskies hosting the Pac-12/Big Ten Challenge and both teams facing Illinois and Iowa.
Senior outside hitter Kaiulani Ahuna averaged 6.67 kills and 3.67 digs per set, while hitting at a .364 clip and also adding five blocks en route to VolleyMob Player of the Week and Big West Player of the Week honors as UC Riverside went 2-1.
Stanford swept Howard behind strong defense and a few outbursts despite an overall low hitting percentage.
2017 AVCA Player of the Year Kathryn Plummer has hit the 1,000 career kill mark in just her 70th career match as a junior.
A trio of Top 10 showdowns highlight the action this week, including what should be a highly competitive match between No. 2/2 Texas and No. 6/8 Wisconsin.
Stanford is still holding down the No. 1 spot in the Week 1 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top 25 poll, but there were big shakeups in other areas and two teams – Northern Iowa and Michigan – that made their 2018 debut in the rankings.
USC looked like a well-oiled machine as they opened up play 3-0 against a trio of ranked opponents.
Texas makes the jump into the top three along with VERT Challenge foe Florida.
Sophomore Maddie Goings led Oregon State to an upset victory over #22 Iowa State in 5 sets on Saturday with career-high kill and dig totals inside Hilton Coliseum.
No. 12 UCLA and Gonzaga decided to avoid Hurricane Lane and stay on the mainland instead for a pair of contests to open the 2018 season. The Bruins won both matches in four sets behind Mac May’s offensive prowess and Zana Muno’s defense.