Saturday featured 12 matches with the winners earning a ticket to the Sweet 16 next weekend. Eight of the matches ended in sweeps, although two of those provided upsets as No. 9 Creighton and No. 11 USC fell to Washington and San Diego respectively.
Washington State Uses 3 Double-Digit Kill Efforts to Get Past Tennessee to First Sweet 16 Since 2002
The No. 16 seeded Washington State Cougars (23-9) defeated the Volunteers of Tennessee (26-6) Saturday evening to advance to the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2002.
Duke setter/outside hitter Andie Shelton averaged 5.7 assists, 2.9 kills, 1.8 digs and 1.10 blocks per set on a .377 hitting clip, while guiding the Blue Devils to a .287 effort in a pair of five-set wins and on to an NCAA Tournament at-large berth.
Tennessee’s Erica Treiber averaged 2.29 blocks per set in two wins en route to SEC Player of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week honors. Texas A&M’s Hollann Hans garnered Offensive Player of the Week honors, while Georgia’s Meghan Donovan and Mallory Hernandez were tabbed as Setter and Freshman of the Week.
Kentucky’s Leah Edmond was named Player of the Year, while teammate Gabby Curry was named Libero of the Year and Alli Stumler was named Freshman of the Year. Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors when to Arkansas’ Hailey Dirrigl.
Kentucky stayed perfect with a sweep of South Carolina, while Florida got back on the winning track with a sweep of Mississippi State. Missouri and Tennessee survived five setters to keep pace.
Kentucky extended its win streak to 11 matches and remains as the lone undefeated team in the SEC after a five-set win over Texas, while Missouri knocked off No. 11 Florida in Gainesville for the Gators first league loss. Four road teams came up victorious in the six Sunday matches.
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.
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.