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.
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.
Florida battles rival Florida State to try and reach the second round on the opening match of the 2018 NCAA Tournament.
For the 15th time in league history, at least two Valley volleyball teams have been selected as part of the field of 64 to play for the 2018 NCAA national title.
Tennessee hops into the top 16 behind a big win over Florida to emphatically end their regular season.
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.
The top two seeds have both advanced to the Missouri Valley Conference finals five times since 2002 (2003, 2005, 2014, 2016, 2017), including three of the last four seasons.
TCU’s élan McCall averaged 5.43 kills and 4.29 digs per set, while hitting .516 and converting 97 percent of her serve reception chances (33 of 34) en route to VolleyMob Player of the Week honors.
This week’s Missouri Valley Conference Players of the Week are UNI’s Karlie Taylor, Valparaiso’s Allison Ketcham and Evansville’s Alondra Vazquez.
UNI (16-2 MVC) and Illinois State (16-2 MVC) shared the MVC regular-season championship, as the Panthers claimed the No. 1 seed for next week’s championship via a tiebreaker.