Monday, 11 December 2023

International Volleyball

NCAA volleyball: Georgia upsets Arkansas; Wisconsin tops Purdue; Baylor gets past OU

NCAA volleyball: Georgia upsets Arkansas; Wisconsin tops Purdue; Baylor gets past OU

Georgia’s Kacie Evans hits into the Arkansas block of Taylor Head, left, and Sania Petties/Arkansas photo

There were just 11 NCAA Division I women’s volleyball matches Wednesday, but they provided plenty of excitement, especially for Georgia. The Bulldogs not only upset Arkansas, but swept the visiting Razorbacks, the No. 8 team in the Super 16 Media Poll.

Second-ranked Wisconsin lost a conference set at home for the first time before beating AVCA No. 19 Purdue in four, and AVCA No. 21 Baylor had to go five to beat visiting Oklahoma.

The recaps and top performances follow, but first a look at Thursday’s schedule that includes some important mid-major match-ups.

Fifth-ranked Texas plays the only Big 12 match when the first-place Longhorns (16-3, 11-0), who have won 11 in a row, go to West Virginia (9-15, 2-9).

The Citadel plays its first match with a loss on its record. The 23-1 Bulldogs, 11-1 in the SoCon after getting knocked off by Western Carolina, lead Mercer by three games with four matches remaining before the league tournament. They play at Wofford.

As the Big Sky regular season heads into the home stretch, first-place Sacramento puts its two-game lead with five regular-season matches remaining up against visiting Eastern Washington. Second-place Weber State, two games back, is off. 

Utah State (18-5, 11-1) has a three-game Mountain West lead over New Mexico (16-7, 8-4) with six games left before the league tournament. Utah State is home for Air Force, while the Lobos go to Boise State. 

The Southland showdown finally happens in Hammond, Louisiana, when the two teams tied for first go at it. Southeastern Louisiana (22-4, 13-1), which has won 16 in a row, entertains Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (18-8, 13-1), which has won 12 in a row. There are four regular-season matches before the conference tournament, which is at TAMUCC.

The logjam at the top of The Summit League could get even more jumbled when Denver (10-10, 9-3) plays at last-place Oral Roberts and Omaha (10-12, 9-3) goes to Kansas City (17-6, 8-3). And the other team in the mix, North Dakota State (16-7, 8-4) is home for South Dakota (13-9, 7-4).

The WAC leaders are in action. SFA, which holds a one-game lead over Grand Canyon, puts its 12-match winning streak against visiting Seattle U, while GCU is at Tarleton State.

In the West Coast Conference, where Pepperdine holds a three-game lead over Loyola Marymount and San Diego, the Waves put…

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