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.
In its first-ever NCAA Division-I Tournament match, the FGCU volleyball team (27-6) knocked off 13th-seeded UCF 17-25, 25-22, 25-23, 14-25, 15-7 in the first round on Thursday.
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.
Cincinnati’s Jordan Thompson picked up her second career Player of the Year nod, while teammate Jade Tingelhoff was tabbed as American Athletic Conference Setter of the Year. UCF’s McKenna Melville earned Freshman of the Year acclaim, while Wichita State’s Giorgia Civita was named Libero of the Year.
UCF’s McKenna Melville earned fourth weekly conference honor, while SMU’s Montana Watts collected her second American Athletic Conference award.
The league title is the Knights’ ninth in program history and earns the team its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2014.
There were two monster performances that stood out above the rest, but an all around effort and two conference records gave Cincinnati’s Jordan Thompson the edge and her third VolleyMob Player of the Week nod this season.
The American Athletic Conference has announced the winners of the league’s weekly volleyball honors: UCF outside hitter McKenna Melville and USF middle blocker Clara Payne.
#25 UCF escaped a huge upset from Houston to stay atop the AAC standings.
UCF and Cincinnati have maintained perfect league records with 7-0 marks, sitting two matches ahead of third-place Tulsa (5-2). The top of the standings will meet on Sunday, when the Knights take on the Bearcats to wrap up Week 5 of American Athletic Conference action.