Syracuse, Boston College, Miami, Louisville and Florida State earned ACC victories on Sunday to join 9th-ranked Pittsburgh at the top of the conference leaderboard after week 1 action.
9th-ranked Pittsburgh cruised to an ACC victory at Virginia Tech in straight sets to remain undefeated on the season, while RV Louisville outlasted NC State in 4. A total of 6 sweeps occurred in Friday action with Florida State, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Miami and Boston College emerging victorious.
9th-ranked Pittsburgh, one of 6 remaining undefeated Division I volleyball programs nationally, is viewed as the heavy favorite to win the Atlantic Coast Conference championship this year. VolleyMob and a vote of league coaches in the preseason were unanimous.
Auburn won its fourth straight match to end the non-conference season at 7-3, besting Florida State 3-1.
Rachael Kramer posted 9 kills and 7 blocks as the Florida middles were to key to defeating Florida State.
Florida State embraced its home opener at Tully Gym and got back on track with a standout offensive effort in a sweep of VCU to open the Florida A&M/FSU Volleyball Invitational. Meanwhile, Southern Miss swept Florida A&M across town.
The Big Ten was the superior conference in Minneapolis this weekend as No. 2 Minnesota and No. 4 Wisconsin finished off a 4-0 effort against Florida State and North Carolina with four-set wins.
Pittsburgh comes into 2018 as the favorite in the ACC with a wide-open order of teams throughout.
Pittsburgh is the preseason favorite to win the ACC followed by a contentious battle throughout.
“I think the minimum for us is to make the NCAA Tournament. It’s one of the reasons I was so happy for this team. Things are going to happen.”