Four players with double-figure kills and five players with double-figure digs propelled the Pepperdine women’s volleyball team to a 3-2 win in the NCAA first round against higher-seeded Northern Iowa, putting the Waves into the second round for the first time since 2011.
UNI claimed the school’s 17th tourney title and first since 2011 with a 3-1 win over second seed Illinois State Saturday in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.
Illinois State (14-1 MVC), UNI (13-1 MVC) and Bradley (10-5 MVC) have already punched their tickets to the MVC Volleyball Championship, while Valparaiso (9-5 MVC), Missouri State (8-6 MVC) and Loyola (7-7 MVC) currently occupy the final three spots.
The UNI Panthers (12-0 MVC) are slated for a big week of Missouri Valley Conference play, taking on the league’s #2 and #3 teams in Illinois State and Bradley.
A big match-up is coming up this weekend between Illinois State and UNI at Redbird Arena. Both teams will face Drake and Bradley, respectively, on Friday night before a 7 p.m. showdown on Saturday.
UNI maintained its lead at the top of MVC standings with a win over rival Drake in league play Friday. Illinois State (10-1 MVC) sits just a half game behind UNI in the race for a MVC crown with just one month remaining in the regular season.
UNI holds a one game lead over Valparaiso and Illinois State after the third week of Missouri Valley league play. The Panthers are in action Monday night against Evansville.
This week’s Missouri Valley Conference Players of the Week are UNI’s Karlie Taylor, UNI’s Kendyl Sorge and Missouri State’s Amelia Flynn.
Since entering Missouri Valley Conference play UNI, which is receiving votes in this week’s VolleyMob power rankings, has been on a roll. The Panthers are a perfect 6-0 in conference play, followed by Valparaiso and Illinois State, which stand at 5-1.
Northern Iowa remained perfect in Missouri Valley play with a four-set win over Bradley on Saturday as senior libero Kendyl Sorge reached the 2,000-dig milestone. Sorge is just the third UNI player to reach the plateau and the eighth active Division I player to do so.