Yet another get-your-attention Friday in NCAA Division I women’s volleyball.
Pittsburgh made a statement with sweep at Georgia Tech.
UCLA greatly improved its NCAA Tournament chances with a hard-fought, five-set win at Washington State.
Kansas was upset by Iowa State. Baylor was upset by TCU. And USC kept on rolling with a sweep at Washington.
A few teams clinched regular-season titles, including The Citadel in the SoCon, Wright State in the Horizon and Northern Iowa in the Missouri Valley.
Lines of the day: Korrin Burns had 34 kills, the most for Saint Francis (PA) since 2001 as the Red Flash beat Fairleigh Dickinson in four. Burns, who had 10 kills in the fourth set, hit .547 and had an assist, a block and nine digs. Evansville beat Belmont in four and NCAA kills leader Giula Cardona had 31 kills with four errors in 62 swings to hit .435 to go with two assists, two aces, eight digs and three blocks. And Iowa State’s Nayeli Gonzales had 31 kills in the upset of Kansas, hitting .344 to go with an assist, three aces, 12 digs and two solo blocks.
Friday’s recaps and top performances follow, but first a look at Saturday’s schedule.
The lone Big Ten match pits second-ranked Wisconsin at AVCA No. 19 Penn State.
There are three Big 12 matches, including No. 4 Texas home for Cincinnati. No. 14 Kansas is at Iowa State and AVCA No. 20 Baylor is home again for TCU.
The four-match Pac-12 slate includes No. 3 Stanford home for Oregon State, No. 6 Oregon at Cal and No. 16 Arizona State home for Utah. Colorado is at Arizona.
The ACC and SEC have the day off.
AVCA No. 18 Dayton, which swept VCU on Friday for its 23rd win a row, plays host to the Rams again in the Atlantic 10.
Southeastern Louisiana, which has clinched the Southland, goes for victory No. 20 in a row when the Lions close out the regular season at McNeese.
SFA, which won the WAC, goes for No. 16 in a row when it plays at California Baptist.
Hampton, 0-18, gets another shot in the CAA when the Pirates play host to Charleston. And Saint Peters’s, 0-28, has two matches left to get that first win when the Peacocks play hose to Fairfield on Saturday and Quinnipiac on Sunday.
BIG TV MOVE: There was huge news about the NCAA Tournament selection show on Sunday, November 26. ESPN announced that the 6 p.m. Eastern show will be on ESPN for the first time, not ESPNU. We also learned that the ESPN Fifth Set wraparound show will return during the tournament.
ACC: Pitt, ranked No….