Ronika Stone spiked home the final point in a five-set victory Friday over Baylor that advanced the Oregon volleyball team to the regional round of NCAA Tournament play for the first time since 2014.
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.
No. 25 Baylor volleyball (20-8) found itself down 2-0 and 18-14 in the fourth set, but the Bears grinded out a five-set thriller over Hawai’i (18-9) in the NCAA First Round Thursday at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore., 23-25, 23-25, 25-14, 26-24, 16-14.
Texas defeated Baylor 3-1 (22-25, 25-19, 25-22, 25-14) at the Ferrell Center on Friday night to win its 11th Big 12 Conference Championship.
9th-ranked Texas remains alone at the top of Big 12 standings with an 8-1 record following a sweep on the road of Iowa State Wednesday. RV Baylor and Oklahoma are tied for third in the conference with 5-4 marks, also registering victories midweek.
Behind the return of Nia Reed, Penn State spikes up the rankings into the top five.
Jada Burse led the way for the KU attack as they withstood a Texas comeback to score the upset and claim first in the Big 12.
Wednesday’s match between Baylor and TCU was missing three of the teams’ biggest offensive weapons in Yossiana Pressley, Aniah Philo and elan McCall.
South Dakota’s Hayley Dotseth joined the elite ranks of the 1,000 kill/1,000 dig club. Dotseth was one of 12 players to notch her 1,000th kill, while five players joined the 1,000-dig club on Week 7.
Baylor star outside hitter Yossiana Pressley was not in action during Baylor’s recent loss to Kansas.