Four Illinois players managed double-digit kill tallies led by Ali Bastianelli’s career-high 19 as the Fighting Illini hung on for a five-set win over Michigan.
Florida piled up a rally-scoring era record 23 blocks vs. Ole Miss, while Kentucky swept LSU to remain undefeated in league play. Missouri’s Alyssa Munlyn notched her 600th block in a four-set win over Auburn, while Tennessee outlasted Texas A&M in five sets.
The Bobcats (19-5, 10-0 Sun Belt) remained perfect in league play and earned their 14th-straight victory with a 3-1 win over South Alabama. The winning streak is the longest since 2004 for the maroon and gold.
Pittsburgh stayed perfect on the year and in ACC play with a quick sweep of Notre Dame on Friday behind double-digit kill tallies by Nika Markovic (16), Layne Van Buskirk (14) and Kayla Lund (10).
Friday night’s grind in Conference USA came down to the final points of the final set before UTSA held on for a 3-2 (25-19, 18-25, 24-26, 25-19, 15-13) victory over Charlotte. The five-setter became a new school-record for Charlotte playing in their 11th of the year in 24 matches.
The AVCA has announced the 14 recipients for the Coaches 4 Coaches Scholarship, which awards coaches money to pay for convention registration and hotel costs in order to attend their first AVCA Convention.
NC State freshman Pam Chukwujekwu will have the unique experience of facing off against her sister, Amaka, on Friday night when the Wolfpack takes on Boston College.
Arizona (14-6, 3-5 Pac-12) returns home to face Colorado (11-8, 3-5 Pac-12) and Utah (11-8, 3-5 Pac-12) this week to wrap up the first half of Pac-12 play. The Wildcats are looking to snap a four-match skid.
Texas A&M (12-7, 5-2 SEC) begins a crucial three-match homestand on Friday when the Aggies play host to Tennessee (14-5, 5-2 SEC) for their annual “Dig Pink” match.