Wednesday, 27 September 2023

International Volleyball

No. 4 Nebraska tops No. 5 Stanford, No. 3 Florida escapes FSU, No. 20 KU wins

No. 4 Nebraska tops No. 5 Stanford, No. 3 Florida escapes FSU, No. 20 KU wins

Fourth-ranked Nebraska dominated at No. 5 Stanford, while No. 3 Florida escaped Florida State in five as the NCAA pre-conference season continued to provide top-level matchups and exciting results.

And there’s more to come Wednesday, including in-state rivalries that add up to a viewing bonanza for women’s college volleyball fans.

There’s another showcase match on ESPN, as No. 2 Louisville of the ACC plays No. 21 Kentucky of the SEC in the downtown KFC Yum! Center, site of the 2024 NCAA Division I Volleyball Championship. 

Top-ranked Wisconsin of the Big Ten plays previously ranked Marquette of the Big East in Milwaukee’s Fiserv Forum on FS1.

No. 11 Washington State of the Pac-12 goes to No. 18 Baylor of the Big 12. That one is on ESPN+. The Big 12’s No, 12 BYU plays the Pac-12’s Utah and No. 22 Houston plays the SEC’s Texas A&M.

Two other ACC teams are in action when NC State puts its 9-1 record up against George Washington and Duke plays North Carolina Central.

Two other Big Ten teams play when Rutgers, which is 7-1 and off to the team’s best start since 2012, plays Marist of the MAAC and Northwestern plays UIC of the Missouri Valley.

In a Philadelphia matchup, 7-2 Villanova of the Big East plays 7-3 Lehigh of the Patriot League.

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.

Nebraska of the Big Ten improved to 8-0 as the Huskers overpowered Stanford of the Pac-12 (6-2) on its home court 25-23, 25-16, 19-25, 25-21.

Nebraska, which hit .333, got 15 kills from Merritt Beason, who had an assist, an ace, two blocks and five digs. Harper Murray had 12 kills with two errors in 24 attacks to hit .417 and had three assists, three aces, four blocks and six digs. Andi Jackson had eight kills and hit .462 to go with three blocks and Bekka Allick had seven kills with one error in 12 attacks and eight blocks and a dig. Bergen Reilly had three kills in four errorless tries, 37 assists, three blocks and seven digs. Lexi Rodriguez had 12 digs and five assists. 

Nebraska had four aces and 17 serving errors, while Stanford, which hit .218, had four aces and 15 errors.

Caitie Baird led Stanford with 15 kills while hitting .400. She had an ace, two blocks and six digs. Kendall Kipp had 12 kills, a block and three digs. Elia Rubin, who had four blocks and three digs, had seven kills but hit negative .148 and…

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