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.
The American Athletic Conference has announced the winners of the league’s weekly volleyball honors – Cincinnati’s Jordan Thompson and UConn’s Elizabeth Kline.
The league title is the Knights’ ninth in program history and earns the team its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2014.
#25 UCF escaped a huge upset from Houston to stay atop the AAC standings.
American Athletic Conference volleyball teams hold a .633 (50-29) nonconference record through the first two weeks of the 2018 season. The league’s 50 wins include a pair of victories over ranked opponents last Saturday.
MVP Khalia Lanier and trio of true freshmen highlight Bubly Invitational action in Gainesville, Fla., over the weekend.
Ranked programs played their way to victories Sunday in Bubly Invitational finale action. #7 USC swept past Louisville, while #3 Florida notched a 4-set victory over UCF.
After handing No. 3 Florida a four-set home loss, No. 7 USC looked to be in the driver’s seat for the Bubly Invitational title, but nobody told UCF that. The Knights posted their first win over a ranked foe since 2011, also a win over the Trojans.