Ball St., BGSU advance; USC wins; Baylor, BYU, Pepperdine play Tuesday; AVCA, RPI notes

Ball State’s Natalie Mitchem hits previous Wester Michigan’s Sammi LaBolle/Ball State picture

There have been three NCAA Division I ladies’s Volleyball matches Monday, two within the Mid-American Convention Event semifinals and a uncommon nonconference affair that noticed the PAC-12’s USC sweep the Ivy League’s Brown.

Within the MAC semis, the highest two seeds — Ball State and Bowling Inexperienced — every gained in 4 and play for the convention title Wednesday.

There are eight matches Tuesday, together with No. 7 Baylor at Oklahoma within the Large 12. Baylor is No. 3 within the NCAA RPI and might’t afford a loss towards OU both Tuesday or within the rematch Wednesday in its drive to be a top-four NCAA Event host.

Within the West Coast Convention, No. 4 BYU ends its common season at San Diego, which fell out of the AVCA Ballot this week. BYU is No. 17 within the NCAA RPI and would like to be one of many high 16 and a first- and second-round NCAA tourney host. San Diego, all the way down to No. 43 within the RPI, in all probability wants a victory for an at-large bid.

Pepperdine, the WCC’s different ranked staff that stayed No. 25 within the ballot, is house for Gonzaga. Additionally, Santa Clara is at Pacific, Portland is at Loyola Marymount, and Saint Mary’s performs host to San Francisco, which, at 0-24, 0-16 within the WCC, has one final likelihood for a victory this season.

There’s one PAC-12 match when No. 19 Oregon goes to Arizona.

Within the Large West, UC Santa Barabara is at CSUN.

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AVCA POLL — The highest eight groups stayed the identical and Ohio State moved up a spot to No. 9, tradiing locations with Minnesota. The Large Ten has 4 groups within the high 11 — Wisconsin is No. 5, Purdue No 6, and Nebraska No. 11.

The ACC has three groups within the high 14, No. 1 Louisville, No. 3 Pittsburgh, and now No. 14 Georgia Tech, which final week was in a tie with nonetheless No. 13 UCLA.

San Diego, which was No. 23, dropped out, and Mississippi State moved, ranked twenty fifth, movd in for the primary time.

Click on right here for the whole AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Women’s Poll.

NCAA RPI — With the NCAA choice present on faucet for Sunday, the RPI is extra vital than ever. Louisville, Pittsburgh, Baylor, Texas, and Wisconsin take up the primary 5 spots. 

After that, frankly, the RPI seems little just like the AVCA Ballot. The subsequent 5 are Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Purdue, Ohio State and UCLA.

For the reason that high 16 NCAA Event seeds get to be first- and second-round hosts, the subsequent six are unranked Miami (Florida), Creighton, Nebraska, unranked Florida State, Florida, and unranked Marquette.

Click on right here for the complete NCAA RPI.

AVCA POW — The AVCA final week had an opportunity to honor Rider’s Morgan Romano, who had back-to-back 26-kill matches. Then she had two extra 26-kill matches this previous weekend within the MAAC Event earlier than getting solely 13 within the remaining. However final week’s AVCA participant of the week was Florida’s T’Ara Ceaser, who was definitely deserving.

This previous Sunday, Minnesota’s Stephanie Samedy put collectively in all probability the very best single match performed in NCAA Division I ladies’s volleyball this season when she had 31 kills, whereas hitting .312, and had 20 digs, an help and 4 blocks in a five-set loss to Wisconsin. Minnesota’s different match with Rutgers was canceled. Samedy gained the award on November 2.

In an effort, presumably, to unfold issues round, the AVCA honor this week goes to a really deserving Samantha Drechsel of Washington, whom we featured here last week. In a sweep of Oregon State, Drechsel had 15 kills with two errors in 29 assaults, three assists, and eight digs. Than Sunday in a sweep of Oregon, she had 15 kills with one error in 20 assaults, two assists, three aces, and 4 digs.

There have been 13 completely different winners in 13 weeks this season.

MACtion — Prime-seeded Ball State (28-3) beat Western Michigan (19-12) as 4 gamers had 10 or extra kills within the 25-23, 21-25, 25-18, 25-11 victory. Natalie Mitchem had 12 kills with one error in 26 assaults to hit .423. Marie Plitt had 11 kills with one error in 22 swings to hit .455 and had seven blocks, one solo, an help, and 4 digs. Maggie Huber had 27 digs and three assists. Megan Wielonski had seven kills in 13 errorless makes an attempt, 45 assists, three blocks, and 9 digs.

WMU, which superior with a quarterfinal victory over Toledo acquired 15 kills every from Meredith Phillips and Julia Marr, and Andelyn Simkins had 24 kills, an help, and an ace … 

Bowling Inexperienced (21-8) gained 25-18, 22-25, 25-21, 25-20 over third-seeded Ohio (12-19), which had one of many largest turnarounds within the nation this season. The Bobcats had been 1-15 earlier than going 11-3 earlier than the loss to BGSU.

Bowling Inexperienced, which hit .301, acquired 18 kills from Kat Mandly, who hit .342 and had two digss and three blocks, one solo. Petra Indrova had 17 kills, hit .366, two aces, two blocks, and 13 digs. Julia Walz had 22 digs and three assists, and Hanna Laube had two kills in 5 errorless tries, 52 assists, two aces, a block, and 9 digs.

The Bobcats had 5 gamers with 10 or extra kills — they acquired all of Ohio’s kills — 14 by Maggie Nedoma, who had six digs, and three blocks, one solo. Olivia Margolies had 11 kills, 16 digs, and two blocks.

Ball State and Bowling Inexperienced play Wednesday for the MAC title the NCAA bid that goes with it. The prevailing thought is that if Bowling Inexperienced had been to win, Ball State, No. 32 within the RPI, would get an at-large. Lots of Energy 5 groups across the nation who’re in limbo will likely be rooting for Ball State.

USC DOWNS BROWN — USC (14-14) beat visiting Brown (20-5) 25-19, 25-16, 25-2 because the Ivy-champion Bears, off since November 13, made the journey from Windfall, Rhode Island. 

Florida switch Paige Hammons, who performed in simply 32 units beforehand, led USC with 11 kills as she hit .313 and had 5 digs and three blocks, one solo. Brooke Botkin had 10 kills and 7 digs. Mia Tuaniga had three kills, 39 assists, three aces, a block, and 4 digs.

USC wanted an additional match to have a shot at a .500 or higher document, which might make it NCAA eligible. However the Trojans, who play No. 18 Stanford on Wednesday and No. 13 UCLA on Friday, stand No. 63 within the RPI, so clearly two victories are to ensure that any hope.

Brown acquired seven kills every from Sophia Miller and Beau Vanderlaan.

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