The first of the 16 seeds fell on opening day as FGCU upset No. 13 UCF at home. Three teams won in sweeps – Texas, Wisconsin and Florida – while three matches went the distance, with FGCU, Pepperdine and Baylor advancing.
For the fourth time in program history, and first since 2009, the Rice Owls volleyball team is NCAA Tournament bound after sweeping (25-21, 25-22, 26-24) FIU Sunday afternoon in the Conference USA Championships title match.
2017 Co-Freshman of the Year Nicole Lennon from Rice was named the 2018 Conference USA Player of the Year. Charlotte’s Yumi Garcia claimed Libero of the Year for the second-straight season and freshman Tyra Galloway nabbed Defensive Player of the Year honors. UTSA’s Kirby Smith was selected as the league’s Freshman of the Year.
Conference USA announced its 2018 volleyball all-conference teams on Wednesday with 11 of 13 programs represented across first, second and all-freshman teams.
After leading No. 7 Minnesota past No. 3 Wisconsin and Indiana in sweeps, senior setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson has been selected as the VolleyMob Player of the Week.
Rice took down a pair of teams atop the Conference USA standings over the weekend to amass three of the league’s weekly awards. FIU’s Abbie Hughes rounded out the honorees.
Another edition of Conference USA weekly honors saw four programs claim recognition, including Marshall who boasted two winners.
UTRGV made history, downing 15th-ranked Baylor in 4 sets to record its best win over a ranked foe. The Lady Bears recovered, notching a 3-1 win against Rice in the nightcap.
Baylor notches highest ranked win in program history with win over No. Wisconsin while Rice opens the Baylor Classic with a sweep of UTRGV.
Rachel Anderson is the Preseason C-USA Player of the Year as she looks to lead Western Kentucky to a fifth straight league title.