Monday, 11 December 2023

International Volleyball

Arkansas rallies; Texas, EIU clinch titles; Arkansas St., App State advance in Sun Belt

Arkansas rallies; Texas, EIU clinch titles; Arkansas St., App State advance in Sun Belt

Sarah Martinez of Arkansas State gets the pancake against Georgia State in the Sun Belt Championship/Bobby McDuffie, McDuffie Images

Arkansas, tied for 10th in the Super 16 Media Poll, lost the first two sets and then stormed back to win at Ole Miss on Wednesday night in the SEC. 

In the Big 12, No. 6 Texas battled to a four-set win over visiting Iowa State in the Big 12, where AVCA No 19. Kansas swept No. 23 Baylor and No. 21 Houston swept TCU.

In the Sun Belt Championship, Arkansas State and App State both won in four and play as the tournament continues Thursday.

The Summit League ended its regular season with a four-way tie for first as Kansas City and Denver won, tying them with Omaha and South Dakota. Kansas City got the top seed for the conferece tournament.

Eastern Illinois wrapped up the Ohio Valley Conference regular-season title.

There was MACtion, which included victory No. 18 in a row for Western Michigan, and in the Missouri Valley, Northern Iowa won its 19th in a row.

Lines of the day: Eastern Michigan’s Callie Minshew had 31 kills in a five-set MAC loss to Central Michigan. Ohio State’s Emily Londot had 30 kills in a five-set Big Ten loss to Illinois.

The recaps and top performances follow, but first a look at Thursday’s schedule.

The only Power 5 teams in action are No. 7 Kentucky at Texas A&M in the SEC, where Kentucky leads Arkansas by a game in the loss column. 

There are also full slates in the Big Sky, Mountain West and WCC, including Pepperdine at Pacific, where the Waves are riding a 17-match winning streak.

The Sun Belt Championships continue with four matches in Foley, Alabama. 

The ASUN gets underway in Fort Myers, Florida, including top-seeded FGCU facing Bellarmine and No. 2 Lipscomb vs. Stetson.

The CAA gets going in Towson, Maryland, and the Southland begins in Corpus Christi, Texas.

And the WAC begins in Orem, Utah, including top-seeded Stephen F. Austin, which has won 16 in a row, facing Abilene Christian and second-seeded Grand Canyon taking on California Baptist.

Want to watch? We have the conference-by-conference schedule with viewing links for any match that is being shown in our TV & Streaming Listings.

SEC: Arkansas (23-4, 13-2) moved a game ahead of idle Tennessee (21-3, 12-2) and into a tie in the win column with idle Kentucky (15-7, 13-1) in the SEC standings with its 21-25, 23-25, 25-21, 25-15, 15-8 victory at Ole Miss. Jillian Gillen had…

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