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.
The No. 8 seed Penn State women’s volleyball team advanced to the third round of the 2018 NCAA Volleyball Tournament with a 3-0 (25-13, 25-20, 25-16) sweep of the Orange of Syracuse on Saturday evening in Rec Hall.
Florida State junior outside hitter Payton Caffrey has been named the 2018 ACC Volleyball Player of the Year and headlines the All-ACC Team.
Pitt’s Kayla Lund has been named ACC Volleyball Player of the Week, and Syracuse’s Polina Shemanova 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.
NC State freshman Pam Chukwujekwu will have the unique experience of facing off against her sister, Amaka, on Friday night when the Wolfpack takes on Boston College.
In Syracuse’s 5-set heartbreaking home loss to Florida State on Sunday afternoon, Polina Shemanova made history with her 30-kill performance. She is the first freshman in program history to compile 30 kills in a match and the first Orange player overall to register 30 or more kills in a single match since the 2006 season.
Florida State’s Payton Caffrey has been selected as the ACC Volleyball Player of the Week, and Syracuse’s Polina Shemanova has been named Freshman of the Week.