Illinois State claimed at least a share of the Missouri Valley title on Friday, but Northern Iowa can join them atop the league with a win on Saturday at Indiana State. Meanwhile, Drake and Loyola are still vying for the final spot in the conference tournament.
Student-athletes from all over the country declared their commitments to play collegiate volleyball by signing national letters of intent during the first day of the NCAA signing period on Wednesday.
Washington jumps back into solid footing inside the top 20 with their fourth straight victory.
Illinois State senior Courtney Pence became the all-time MVC career digs leader with her fourth dig in Illinois State’s 3-0 sweep of Loyola Friday.
Illinois State (14-1 MVC), UNI (13-1 MVC) and Bradley (10-5 MVC) have already punched their tickets to the MVC Volleyball Championship, while Valparaiso (9-5 MVC), Missouri State (8-6 MVC) and Loyola (7-7 MVC) currently occupy the final three spots.
Following a Halloween victory over Florida, Kentucky hops into the top 12 for the first time since the opening week of the season.
The UNI Panthers (12-0 MVC) are slated for a big week of Missouri Valley Conference play, taking on the league’s #2 and #3 teams in Illinois State and Bradley.
A big match-up is coming up this weekend between Illinois State and UNI at Redbird Arena. Both teams will face Drake and Bradley, respectively, on Friday night before a 7 p.m. showdown on Saturday.
After beating Maryland and Nebraska last weekend, Illinois jumped BYU for the #2 spot in the latest NCAA volleyball RPI rankings.
The top three continue to stand strong in the AVCA Top 25 poll, but Stanford is gaining ground on BYU in number of first place votes. Purdue and Missouri each moved up four spots, while Northern Iowa and Tennessee joined the rankings.