Sunday, 10 December 2023

International Volleyball

NCAA volleyball: K-State stuns No. 4 Texas; Huskers win; Seton Hall knocks off St. John’s

NCAA volleyball: K-State stuns No. 4 Texas; Huskers win; Seton Hall knocks off St. John's

The Wildcats douse coach Jason Mansfield after Kansas State swept Texas/Will Huster, K-State Sports

Unranked Kansas State scored the upset of the year in the Big 12 Wednesday night by not only beating visiting Texas, but sweeping the Longhorns. K-State had lost 39 in a row to Texas, a streak started in 2003.

Seton Hall not only knocked visiting St. John’s out of a three-way first-place tie in the Big East, it too, came away with a surprising sweep.

Top-ranked Nebraska won a tough four-set match against visiting Northwestern, No. 11 Kentucky bolstered its SEC lead with a quick sweep at AVCA No. 24 Auburn, Ohio State swept visiting Michigan State, and Denver moved into a tie with Omaha atop The Summit League by beating the Racers in five.

The recaps and top performances follow but first a look at Thursday’s NCAA Division I women’s volleyball schedule.

The big match is in Palo Alto, when Stanford (20-3, 13-1), No. 3 in the Super 16 Media Poll, plays host to No. 6 Oregon (21-4, 11-3) in the Pac-12. Third-place Arizona State (22-4, 10-4) is home for Colorado (14-11, 6-8). Also in the Pac-12, Utah goes to Arizona and Oregon State is at Cal.

There are three matches in the Big 12, including VBM No. 13 BYU plays at UCF, AVCA No. 22 Houston goes to Oklahoma and West Virginia is at Texas Tech in a battle to stay out of last place.

The top two teams in their respective Sun Belt divisions play each other. Coastal Carolina (18-8, 13-1), atop the East, goes to West leader Texas State (18-7, 11-3). Troy, (13-11, 11-3) tied with Texas State, is home for Georgia Southern (19-6, 9-5). James Madison (19-6, 12-2), a game back in the East, goes to South Alabama (19-7, 10-4).

WAC-leading Stephen F. Austin (25-3, 14-0) goes for its 15th win in a row when it goes to second-place Grand Canyon (19-6, 12-2).

Lipscomb, second-place in the ASUN, plays host to Central Arkansas, trying to close the two-game game on idle FGCU.

AVCA No. 23 Western Kentucky, which has already won Conference USA, goes to Middle Tennessee in pursuit of its 20th win in a row.

Utah State, which has already won the Mountain West, is home for San Jose while the three teams tied for second are in action, which includes Fresno State at New Mexico. The other team, Colorado State, is at UNLV.

First-place The Citadel is idle, but second-place Mercer tries to cut into the two-game gap atop the SoCon standings when it plays at Chattanooga.

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