Friday, 22 September 2023

International Volleyball

Upsets by WSU, Georgia, USC, surprises dominate Friday’s NCAA volleyball slate

Upsets by WSU, Georgia, USC, surprises dominate Friday's NCAA volleyball slate

Washington State took a celebratory photo after upsetting Texas/Spencer Gnauck photo

There’s something about Fridays in the fall.

We had our first one of this NCAA Division I women’s volleyball season this week, when everything seems to go topsy-turvy.

To wit:

— No. 11 Washington State knocked off No. 6 Texas on its home court;

— Unranked Georgia won at previously unbeaten No. 10 Georgia Tech;

— Unranked USC won in four at No. 17 Purdue;

— No. 7 Oregon statistically crushed James Madison but won in five;

— Previously unbeaten Eastern Illinois lost to Missouri, which it beat the day before;

— Colorado, which lost to Colorado State the day before when the visiting Rams pulled off a reverse sweep, went to Colorado State and won with its own reverse sweep; 

— Melanie Parra had 34 kills — a day after having a career-high 27 — in TCU’s win over Florida State;

— Oklahoma broke UCLA’s seven-match winning streak;

— Pepperdine snapped Washington’s eight-match winning streak;

— UCF beat Illinois in a reverse sweep;

— Rice had to rally from a 6-2 set-5 deficit to beat 1-12 LIU.

And there’s more to come Saturday. 

In the ACC, No. 8 Pittsburgh plays JMU and surging Duke, which is 8-2 after starting 0-2, plays Santa Clara. Georgia Tech plays Howard and Florida State plays Hawai’i.

The biggest match involving a Big Ten team has No. 9 Minnesota playing host to No. 14 Creighton. No. 13 Penn State plays Seton Hall.

The Big 12 has No. 12 BYU facing Utah State, No. 20 Kansas playing Texas State, No. 23 Iowa State playing Drake and another Oklahoma-UCLA match. 

The Pac-12 slate includes 11-0 Arizona State playing Southern Miss and 10-0 Cal facing Nevada.

The SEC schedule shows Georgia back at it against San Diego, No. 16 Arkansas plays Bryant, No. 24 Auburn plays Samford. and 9-1 Alabama plays Grambling. 

No. 25 Dayton of the Atlantic 10 plays North Dakota a day after sweeping both Northern Illinois and Northern Iowa.

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.

This story will be updated.

Washington State’s Pia Timmer hits against the Texas block/Spencer Gnauck photo

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