Monday, 11 December 2023

International Volleyball

NCAA volleyball: Utah St. wins MWC; AVCA Poll, POW; Huskers, ‘Horns play Wednesday

NCAA volleyball: Utah St. wins MWC; AVCA Poll, POW; Huskers, 'Horns play Wednesday

Utah State wins the 2023 Mountain West regular-season title

Utah State has wrapped up the Mountain West regular-season title, the AVCA put out a new poll and announced its player of the week, and we can look ahead to a 10-match Wednesday schedule that includes top-ranked Nebraska, No. 4 Texas, and key battles in the SEC and Summit.

Start with Wednesday’s NCAA Division I women’s volleyball schedule as No. 1 Nebraska is home for Northwestern in the Big Ten Nebraska is 23-0, 14-0 in the B1G, while Northwestern (11-13, 5-9) is tied with Maryland for 10th place. Also in the B1G, suprise of the league Michigan State (16-9, 8-6) is at Ohio State (9-4, 6-8). 

Texas (18-3, 13-0), which holds a four-game lead in the Big 12, is at Kansas State (13-10, 7-7). K-State got everyone’s attention with back-to-back upset sweeps of BYU two weeks ago, but last weekend dropped two matches at No. 14 Kansas.

SEC-leading Kentucky (13-7, 11-1), No. 11 in the Super 16 Media Poll, is at Auburn 18-5, 8-4) , which is No. 24 in the AVCA top 25. Kentucky leads idle Arkansas by a game in the loss column. South Carolina has an SEC match at Mississippi State.

Omaha (12-12, 11-3) plays at Denver (11-11, 10-4), the team it leads by a game in The Summit League. Denver is a half game up on idle Kansas City.

St. John’s (20-6, 12-2), in a three-way tie with idle Creighton and Marquette atop the Big East, goes to Seton Hall. 

Also Wednesday, CSUN is at UC Davis in the Big West, Binghamton is at Manhattan in the MAAC and Eastern Kentucky has an ASUN match at Bellarmine.

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.

UTAH STATE: Utah State (21-5, 14-1) won the Mountain West regular-season title by beating visiting Boise State (11-14, 7-8).

“An amazing crowd,” Utah State coach Rob Neilson said. “3:30 in the afternoon and we packed the Estes. We’re so grateful for the fans celebrating this wonderful team. 

“Mountain West champions. I can’t believe it. What a great day. What a great performance. That Boise State team played phenomenally well and we just battled. This is such a tested group. Such a veteran group. I’m so proud of them.”

Utah State won the 2021 MWC regular-season title and last year won the tournament and the NCAA bid that came with it, losing to Arkansas in the first round. 

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