Monday, 11 December 2023

International Volleyball

Penn St. knocks off Wisconsin; Pepperdine claims first NCAA tourney bid

Penn St. knocks off Wisconsin; Pepperdine claims first NCAA tourney bid

Pepperdine celebrates beating San Diego and clinching the 2023 WCC ttle

Penn State, ranked No. 19 in the AVCA, upset Super 16 No. 2 Wisconsin on Saturday in a stunning result in the Big Ten.

TCU won again at AVCA No. 20 Baylor, this time in a reverse sweep in the Big 12.

VBM No. 6 Oregon barely got out of Cal with a five-set victory in the Pac-12.

Pepperdine claimed the first NCAA Tournament automatic bid when it beat San Diego and won the West Coast Conference.

More conference regular-season titles were clinched.

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

There are four ACC matches, including No. 5 Louisville home for North Carolina. Florida State, tied with Louisville and idle Pittsburgh for first, is home for Miami. NC State plays at Virginia Tech and Notre Dame is at Virginia.

Most of the six-match Big Ten action involves the bottom two-thirds of the standings. Top-ranked and unbeaten Nebraska is home for Illinois and AVCA No. 16 Purdue is home for Michigan State. Minnesota is at Indiana, Ohio State is at Maryland, Northwestern is at Iowa and Michigan is at Rutgers.

The stakes are high in the two Pac-12 matches at No. 9 Washington State (RPI 16) tries to right the ship against visiting AVCA No. 25 USC (RPI 22) and UCLA (RPI 41) goes to Washington (RPI 49).

In the SEC, No. 10 Tennessee plays host to Ole Miss and No. 11 Kentucky entertains Georgia. AVCA No. 21 Florida is at Alabama, AVCA No. 24 Auburn is at Missouri and LSU is at South Carolina. Auburn is No. 29 in the RPI and Missouri is 30th.

Towson, which leads Delaware by a game heading into the last match of the regular season, is at Northeastern, while the Blue Hens are at Elon. 

Could this be the day? The CAA’s Hampton, 0-19, which lost to Charleston on Saturday, plays host to the Cougars again. And Saint Peter’s, 0-29 after losing to Fairfield on Saturday, is home for Quinnipiac in the MAAC.

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.

PENN STATE STUNNER: In the only Big Ten match, Penn State (17-8, 11-5) came away with a 23-25, 29-27, 25-23, 25-18 victory over visiting Wisconsin (23-2, 14-2. Wisconsin had only lost four sets — including a loss to Nebraska — this Big Ten season. The Badgers hit a season-low .176 as they played again without 6-9 Anna…

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