The last day of the DVB SoCal vball weekend odyssey returns to USC, where the Women of Troy play host to Arizona. No. 1 USC was hardly razor sharp against No. 10 Arizona State on Friday but won in four; No. 14 Arizona got waylaid by No. 12 UCLA in three and only scored 54 points along the way. But it’s conference play and in the Pac-12 anything can and does happen. Regardless, after that match look for interviews with Mick Haley and Samantha Bricio in this space. Yesterday we went to Malibu to watch San Francisco at Pepperdine. What a remarkably beautiful place and Pepperdine is the kind of team that can screw up someone’s NCAA Tournament bracket. The Waves have some super young players and watch out for them next year for sure. Saturday, they lost the first set but came back to win in four. Here’s the Pepperdine recap. Saturday was also a Waves volleyball reunion and a most impressive group showed up and had a blast. Among them was current Olympic-team candidate Kim Hill, whom we saw Friday in Anaheim working out with Karch Kiraly before we interviewed him. Speaking of interviews, we visited with first-year Pepperdine coach Scott Wong after the match: A big one today takes place in Kentucky where No. 17 Florida gets a rematch. The Gators’ loss to No. 20 Kentucky started its three-match skid, the longest in Mary Wise’s 25 years at Florida. In the Big Ten, the standings are starting to have some clarity. No. 3 Nebraska is tied with surprising No. 11 Minnesota at 7-1, followed by No. 7 Ohio State at 6-1. No. 5 Penn State and No. 18 Purdue are 6-2 and No. 23 Michigan and Michigan State are both 5-3. No. 15 Wisconsin at 4-4 has its work cut out for it. No doubt the two biggest surprises so far are Penn State’s loss to Northwestern and the surge of Minnesota, which knocked off Wisconsin on Saturday. The Gophers go to Nebraska on Friday in what should be a heck of a match. The ACC has 14 teams in action today, and the Pac-12 match-ups includes Stanford at Colorado. There’s a big one Wednesday when No. 4 Washington goes to No. 6 Stanford. Of course, with a new AVCA poll coming out Monday almost all those rankings will change. Late Saturday night — late even to us on the West Coast — No. 8 Hawai’i won a tough four-setter over UCI. The Rainbow Wahine has won 13 matches in a row and is the only unbeaten in the Big West at 8-0. Here’s the Hawai’i recap.

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