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.
It was a history making night for the No. 14 seed Marquette University volleyball team as the Golden Eagles swept Cincinnati (25-19, 25-21, 25-16) to reach the round of 16 in the 2018 NCAA Championship for the first time in program history.
Washington State has a VM Top 20 showdown on their hands with Tennessee for a spot in the Sweet 16.
Top-ranked Stanford is in action to begin their title quest on night two of the first round of the NCAA DI Women’s Volleyball Tournament.
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 and Wichita State’s Giorgia Civita receive final weekly volleyball honors with offensive and defensive player of the week nods.
With only one match, a win for No. 21 UCF would make the Knights the third American team in six seasons to complete an undefeated conference slate, joining Louisville (2013) and Wichita State (2017).
TCU’s élan McCall averaged 5.43 kills and 4.29 digs per set, while hitting .516 and converting 97 percent of her serve reception chances (33 of 34) en route to VolleyMob Player of the Week honors.
The American Athletic Conference has announced the winners of the league’s weekly volleyball honors – Cincinnati’s Jordan Thompson and UConn’s Elizabeth Kline.