In its first ranked match of the season, No. 24 Washington State stunned No. 14 Northern Iowa, 3-1, inside the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The Cougars were dominant on the block, notching 17 to the Panther’s 5.5.
It was a battle every step of the way, but Iowa State prevailed over 14th-ranked Northern Iowa, 3-0, in a front of a sellout crowd in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Missouri Valley teams combined to post a 20-11 record during the opening weekend of the 2018 volleyball season despite playing on the road. Drake and Evansville led the pack with 3-0 marks.
UNI’s Karlie Taylor and Illinois State’s Courtney Pence made the MVC honor roll for the week as player and defensive player of the week respectively. Indiana State setter Makayla Knoblauch was named the top rookie.
No. 20 Northern Iowa knocked off its second Top 20 foe of the weekend, taking out No. 8 Kentucky, but it was No. 10 USC that came through the Trojan Invitational with a perfect 3-0 record and the title.
The Cardinal sit atop the VolleyMob 2018 Preseason Top 25.
Piper Thomas earned a spot on the MVC Preseason All-Conference Team as her Northern Iowa Panthers are the league’s predicted favorite.
Pittsburgh comes in at #17 and carries the flag for the ACC in the preseason VolleyMob Top 25.
Stanford will look to claim the National Championship for the second time in three seasons; Way-Too-Early 2018 VolleyMob Top 25 Power Rankings (Full List).
Colorado will be a dark-horse in the Pac-12 as they look to build on a breakout 2017; Way-Too-Early 2018 VolleyMob Top 25 (#16-20).