Nebraska saw its undefeated conference record fly out the window after a four game loss to then-No. 10 Texas, which dropped them from their No. 2 position all the way down to No. 5 in this week’s AVCA Coaches’ Poll. California, Stanford and Hawaii all benefited from the Husker’s misfortune, with each team climbing up a spot in the top five.
It was a nightmarish game for Nebraska, who tied its season-high errors at 30 and hit a season low .160, the first time the Huskers have hit below .200 this season.
Washington’s week wasn’t a lot better. They dropped two heartbreakers on the road, losing in five sets to both USC and UCLA. Both California teams climbed a spot in the polls, USC to No. 7 and UCLA to No. 10, while Washington plummeted from No. 7 to No. 11
No. 9 Penn State and No. 6 Illinois, along with No. 1 Florida, were the only top 10 teams immune from last week’s shake ups. Florida took home two decisive 3-0 victories, one against South Carolina and another against fellow Southeastern Conference team Ole Miss. During the second match the Gators hit an impressive .368 while holding Ole Miss to just .067 hitting efficiency.
The Gators will face No. 14 LSU on November 21, but other than that the rest of their regular season schedule isn’t particularly challenging.
No. 9 Penn State got some revenge this week against Indiana and Purdue, both of which beat the Nittany Lions on the road earlier this season. But a packed home gym and some very seasoned seniors made the difference this time and let Penn State keep their No. 9 position.
No. 15, Michigan, No. 6 Illinois, No. 24 Northwestern and No. 19 Minnesota are all on Penn State’s schedule for the regular season, which may make them a bit better prepared for playoffs than some other top-ranked teams.
Illinois had a night that started off scary, as they trailed 13-6 and 17-10 at various points in the first set of their match against Michigan State. But they rallied and managed to pull off a 3-0 win at home.
Like I said, we’ve got just 45 days left in the regular season, so keep you eyes on Volleyball-life.com for the latest NCAA news!
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