Sunday, 3 December 2023

NCAA Womens Volleyball

Oregon volleyball breaches top-5, Louisville moves up in Week 10 Power 10 rankings

Aiko Jones, Louisville volleyball

It’s Week 10 of women’s college volleyball, and with double digits comes double the chaos. Yesterday, the NCAA DI Committee released its second in-season rankings of the year, and just after these picks were released, there were two top-10 upsets. After the dust has settled, Michella Chester explains where her top teams finish in this week’s Power 10 rankings:


1. Nebraska (Previous: 1) | 2. Wisconsin (2)

The undisputed top two teams remain the same. Nebraska beat Maryland and Rutgers in straight sets this weekend and continue to lead the Big Ten with a 21-0 (12-0) record. Wisconsin put the hammer down on Michigan State on Friday and won the Border Battle against Minnesota on Sunday, sweeping both teams. Wisconsin ran an efficient offense all weekend, spearheaded by Sarah Franklin, who hit respective .500 — a season best — and .455 clips with 38 combined kills. These two teams are likely to continue to dominate until they face off again on Nov. 24.

3. Louisville (4)

The Cardinals hosted a pair of Florida-based ACC foes and bulldozed through them both in straight sets. Opposite Aiko Jones was all over Miami on Sunday, killing 10, digging up seven, and tallying three blocks and aces. Cara Cresse continues to hit cleanly, averaging a .459 hitting percentage this season, which ranks in the top-5 nationally. With these impressive numbers, Louisville jumps Stanford for the No. 3 spot this week and travels to Georgia Tech and Clemson this week for more in-conference challenges.

4. Stanford (3)

After the DI Committee named them the No. 2 team in the nation yesterday, the Cardinal move down a peg in the Power 10 after getting swept by Arizona State and falling to 18-3 this season. Stanford didn’t even reach 20 points in the first and third sets, as the Sun Devils contained all hitters except for Caitie Baird to single-digit kills. Nevertheless, the Cardinal have killed a stellar 14.7 balls per set this year and Kami Miner keeps proving that she’s the top setter in the nation,…

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