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.
In front a boisterous crowd of over 3,700 Illini fans, the No. 3 seeded and ranked Illinois volleyball team earned its second-straight trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 and ninth in the last 11 seasons with a hard-fought 3-1 (25-22, 28-26, 25-17, 25-18) victory over Louisville.
Florida State junior outside hitter Payton Caffrey has been named the 2018 ACC Volleyball Player of the Year and headlines the All-ACC Team.
Duke’s Andie Shelton and Louisville’s Melanie McHenry have been named ACC Volleyball Co-Players of the Week, and NC State’s Jade Parchment has been selected as the Freshman of the Week.
The top of the standings remains in tact with Pittsburgh on top at 11-1 and Louisville and Florida State right behind at 10-2, but Sunday saw surprise results with both the Panthers and Cardinals falling.
8th-ranked Pittsburgh, Miami, Notre Dame and Duke continued their upticks with ACC victories Saturday night. Clemson, Georgia Tech and RV Louisville also picked up wins to get back on track.
Pitt nailed down the top spot in the league at the midway point, edging past Louisville in four sets, while Syracuse, Florida State, Boston College and Miami also held home court.
Pitt vs. Louisville in an ACC table-topping battle, through the eyes of VolleyMob photographer Janna Schulze.
Pitt continued its historic season, extending its win streak to 22 matches, while posting its best ever ACC start (10-0) with a four-set win over co-league leader Louisville on Sunday.
Virginia Tech went the distance to hold home court against Wake Forest, while Florida State, Syracuse and Pitt also won at home. It took five sets for Louisville to get past Virginia and stay perfect with a road win.