Kentucky, the No. 8 team in the VolleyballMag.com Super 16 Media Poll, beat Texas A&M to maintain its lead in the SEC.
Conference tournaments were in full swing with few surprises and quite a few teams calling it a season.
Line of the day: Mia Wesley of Southern Miss had 31 kills in a five-set Sun Belt Championship loss to Marshall.
And there’s another coaching opening.
The recaps and top performances follow, but first a look at Friday’s NCAA Division I women’s volleyball schedule.
Third-ranked Wisconsin, which has had six days off after losing at Penn State, is at AVCA No. 16 Purdue. Top-ranked Nebraska is home for Michigan, No. 15 Penn State is home for Michigan State, Maryland is at Indiana, Northwestern goes to Rutgers and Iowa is at Nebraska.
There are a couple of big showdowns in the Big 12.
Oklahoma plays at Cincinnati and Texas Tech is at Kansas State. AVCA No. 17 Kansas is at VBM No. 13 BYU and AVCA No. 21 Houston is home for Iowa State.
There are six ACC matches, including No. 10 Georgia Tech at Miami. Boston College is at Syracuse, Wake Forest is at Notre Dame, Clemson is at NC State and Duke goes to Virginia. Florida State plays independent Chicago State. Fourth-ranked Louisville and No. 6 Pittsburgh are off before they play on Saturday in the showcase match of the day.
The Pac-12 has a couple of key battles as No. 2 Stanford goes to UCLA and No. 5 Oregon goes to No. 16 Arizona State. No. 12 Washington State is at Colorado, AVCA No. 24 USC is home for Cal, Washington is at Utah and Oregon State is at Arizona.
The SEC has No. 9 Tennessee at LSU, AVCA No. 20 Florida at Missouri at South Carolina at Georgia.
No. 13 Creighton, tied with Marquette for the Big East lead, is home for Xavier, which beat the Bluejays in September in five, while Marquette is home for St. John’s.
A handful of conference tournaments get underway and others continue.
The best place to keep up is in our VolleyballMag.com TV & Streaming Listings. We have the viewing link for every match that is being shown.
CATS TOP A&M: Kentucky (16-7, 14-1 SEC) dispatched visiting Texas A&M (15-10, 7-8) for its 13th win in a row. Four Wildcats had 12 or more kills in the 25-17, 25-20, 24-26, 25-12 victory, 18 by Brooklyn DeLeye. She added an assist, an ace and eidht digs. UK hit .280 as it built its lead to a full game over idle Arkansas.