South Carolina claimed the title at its own Gamecock Invitational with a historic and momentous sweep of rival Clemson, marking the program’s 800th victory.
Micaya White led Texas to a dramatic 3-2 win over Florida.
Despite an 0-2 start, Leah Edmond has joined the 1,000 kill club in the USC Trojan Invitational.
Iowa State, Ole Miss and Oregon State each got their first win of 2018 under their belts at the Iowa State Challenge on Friday in a mixed bag of results. Caroline Adams (Ole Miss) and Hali Hillegas (ISU) each reached the 1,000 dig milestone on the day.
The Lady Vols started the Eve Rackham era with its first ranked victory since 2016, toppling Michigan State in four sets.
Shelly Fanning returns as a star for Baylor in their first victory of the season over LSU.
Florida was led by their newcomers, notably Thayer Hall and Marlie Monserez, in a road victory against defending champs Nebraska.
Kentucky’s junior outside hitter Edmond became the first player to reach the 1,000 kill club during the 2018 season as the No. 8 Wildcats lost to No. 18 Creighton 20-25, 25-18, 14-25, 25-21, 22-20 on Friday morning in Los Angeles.
Nebraska hosts Florida and the VERT Challenge in one of seven top 25 clashes on opening day.
As 2018 approaches, here is a look at the both the active career leaders and those set to join the 1,000 kill club, 1,000 dig club and 500 block club in the coming weeks.