The quarterfinals for the Women’s NIVC are set after eight contests on Friday, including five set wins by Portland and UNLV. Action resumes Wednesday, Dec. 5.
Seven of the eight host institutions won, including two in five-sets on night one of the NIVC Tournament. In total, seven of the 16 matches went the distance.
#25 UCF escaped a huge upset from Houston to stay atop the AAC standings.
Wichita State assists-leader Kali Eaken is likely done for the year, while points per set leader Megan Talfinger is also nursing an injury.
Tulsa stunned Wichita State in five sets to give Shockers their first loss in the American Conference.
The American Athletic Conference has announced the winners of the league’s weekly volleyball honors for the week ending on September 23, giving Cincinnati’s Jordan Thompson her fourth straight Offensive Player of the Week nod and tabbing Wichita State’s Giorgia Civita for defense.
Following week 1 of AAC action, Tulsa, Wichita State and SMU remain undefeated at 2-0 in conference action. USF and UConn earned their first conference victories Sunday afternoon.
Wichita State emerged the victor, 3-2, in an all-out American Athletic Conference-opening matchup with Tulane. Youth sustained the Shockers, as freshman Megan Taflinger tallied career-highs with 17 kills and 13 digs to key the win.
Creighton defeated Wichita State in four sets, claiming The Blue Jay Invitational title.
The Cyclones rebounded from Friday’s four set loss to No. 14 Creighton with a four-set victory over the Shockers with help from a crushing block and nine or more kills by five players.