Six American Athletic Conference volleyball teams earned postseason bids, as No 21 UCF and Cincinnati prepare for the NCAA Tournament, while USF, Tulane, Tulsa and Wichita State were each selected to the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC) field.
Cincinnati’s Jordan Thompson picked up her second career Player of the Year nod, while teammate Jade Tingelhoff was tabbed as American Athletic Conference Setter of the Year. UCF’s McKenna Melville earned Freshman of the Year acclaim, while Wichita State’s Giorgia Civita was named Libero of the Year.
UCF moved to 11-0, increasing its lead atop the conference standings as Cincinnati fell to Tulane. The Knights captured their 17th straight win and stayed perfect at home (12-0) with a four-set victory over SMU.
UCF and Cincinnati have maintained perfect league records with 7-0 marks, sitting two matches ahead of third-place Tulsa (5-2). The top of the standings will meet on Sunday, when the Knights take on the Bearcats to wrap up Week 5 of American Athletic Conference action.
UCF’s 3-1 win over UConn put the program in elite company as one of just 24 Division I schools to reach the 1,000 victory milestone.
It was an historic day for UCF volleyball as senior libero Jordan Pingel surpassed the 2,000 digs mark, becoming the first player in school history to do so.
The UCF Golden Knights scored two big transfers in Jiayi Zhiang and Erin Olson.
Thirty-one players representing 25 schools have been announced for the June competition. Five more will be named at a later date.