Friday, 22 September 2023

International Volleyball

NCAA: Igiede, UH top USD; Creighton beats Purdue; upset victims bounce back

NCAA: Igiede, UH top USD; Creighton beats Purdue; upset victims bounce back

The top teams got away unscathed on the second day of the NCAA volleyball season, but Saturday was not without its upsets and surprises.

Of note:

The SEC is 23-6, which includes Alabama, Auburn and Tennessee all 3-0 and the only team in the league that didn’t get a win the first two days was 0-2 Ole Miss. 

The Big Ten’s Michigan State, Northwestern and No. 8 Penn State are 0-2.

The Big 12 is 22-7 and five of those losses were incurred by three of the best teams, including Baylor and TCU, both 0-2.

Syracuse of the ACC is 0-3.

There’s a full slate of action Sunday and if you want to watch a match, we have the viewing links for any match that is being shown in our TV & Streaming Listings.

Unranked Hawai’i, which opened the season with a five-set win over visiting Northwestern on Friday, knocked off No. 13 San Diego in four on Saturday as Amber Igiede had 18 kills, hit .417 and had four blocks.

For her first two matches, the senior middle has 32 kills, is hitting .362, and has 13 blocks, four solo.

Georgia Murphy stretches out for Oregon against Northwestern at Hawai’i/Molly McPherson photo

The three-day gathering at Hawai’i ends Sunday when the Rainbow Wahine play No. 9 Oregon. Oregon is coming off back-to-back sweeps of San Diego and Northwestern. Mimi Colyer had 16 kills against Northwestern, giving her 31 kills for her first two matches.

No. 20 Georgia Tech beat Penn State in four behind 17 kills from Tamara Otene, who had two blocks and 15 digs.

Give Creighton credit for the headline on its website match story, “SPOILERMAKERS! #18 Volleyball Sweeps #16 Purdue.”

The Bluejays won at Purdue 28-26, 25-21, 25-20. Ava Martin had 15 kills, an assist, a block and six digs. Purdue, which got 10 kills from Eva Hudson and nine kills and 13 digs from Chloe Chicoine, had won 35 non-conference home matches in a row since 2016.

Top-ranked Texas, coming off its season-opening loss at Long Beach State, swept Loyola Marymount. The Longhorns go to Minnesota on Tuesday.

Wisconsin’s Devyn Robinson looks on as Gülce Güçtekin overcelebrates a point with Izzy Asbburn against TCUZach Schuster photo

Wisconsin, ranked No. 2, routed visiting TCU at Minnesota behind 15 kills from Devyn Robinson. The home team, the No. 7 Gophers, swept No. 15 Baylor, leaving both Texas teams 0-2 after their trip to Minneapolis.

No. 3 Stanford had to go four to win at Colorado State, which was coming off its upset of Kentucky….

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