The Big Ten and Pac-12 were well-represented, with their members making up 11 of the 16 teams still vying for the NCAA Championship.
Illinois used its NCAA Tournament success and upset of Washington to rise into the top 20; VolleyMob Top 25 Power Rankings (Week 16)
Michigan State is one of five unseeded teams to crack the Sweet 16, the most at this point since 2013.
The NCAA announced its schedule for the Regional Semifinals (Sweet 16) and Regional Finals (Elite Eight) this weekend.
UCLA will advance to the regional semifinals where they will face the hosting team, Florida.
USC advances to face Minnesota in regional semifinals.
With 14 tickets to be punched for the Sweet 16, Day 3 of the NCAA Tournament brought five upsets and three matches that went down to the wire.
#3 Stanford made quick work of Colorado State in the Palo Alto pod. The Cardinal will host the regional next weekend, starting with Wisconsin.
In an upset, Colorado takes down #12 seeded Baylor in straight sets on the road to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
After a handful of upsets early, USC was one of a group of teams that narrowly avoided the same fate later in the evening.