Seven of the eight host institutions won, including two in five-sets on night one of the NIVC Tournament. In total, seven of the 16 matches went the distance.
Six American Athletic Conference volleyball teams earned postseason bids, as No 21 UCF and Cincinnati prepare for the NCAA Tournament, while USF, Tulane, Tulsa and Wichita State were each selected to the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC) field.
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.
Cincinnati’s Jordan Thompson and Wichita State’s Giorgia Civita receive final weekly volleyball honors with offensive and defensive player of the week nods.
American Athletic Conference volleyball teams will begin their November slates on Thursday, as home teams went 11-1 through the final weekend of October.
#25 UCF escaped a huge upset from Houston to stay atop the AAC standings.
Tulsa stunned Wichita State in five sets to give Shockers their first loss in the American Conference.
Five American volleyball teams—UCF, Cincinnati, SMU, Tulsa and Wichita State—remain undefeated in conference play after the first week of league action. ECU and Tulsa will each take on a midweek nonconference opponent before the race to the top of The American standings continues over the weekend.
The American Athletic Conference has announced the winners of the league’s weekly volleyball honors for the week ending on September 23, giving Cincinnati’s Jordan Thompson her fourth straight Offensive Player of the Week nod and tabbing Wichita State’s Giorgia Civita for defense.
Wichita State redshirt sophomore Giorgia Civita surpassed the 1,000-career digs threshold with 29 digs in Sunday’s sweep of Memphis. She is the 11th player to reach the milestone in Shocker volleyball history.