KISS coaches, TCU’s letdown, another big Sunday ahead

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The more you think you know the less you do when it comes to NCAA women’s volleyball.

But first, an explanation of that incredible picture that leads off this post.

St. Michael as KISS

On the right is Rob Smith, head coach of St. Michael of Baton Rouge, which was playing in the annual Spook-tackular tournament in Lafayette, Louisiana.

In the middle is his assistant, Kelly Sanders Morgan, and on the left assistant Rachael Rae Broussard.

Rob said he never had more fun coaching than Saturday. He said it was incredible when they stopped at a store before going to the tournament because people wanted to take pictures with them.

Anyway, back to college volleyball …

On the agenda for DestinationVolleyball.com this week are video chats with two of best seniors in the country, Stanford’s Brittany Howard and Penn State’s Megan Courtney. Look for them starting Monday afternoon.

Meanwhile, from the what you don’t know department, take TCU, which shocked and swept Texas on Wednesday. But in this what-have-you-done-for-me-lately world, the Horned Frogs followed that by going to Kansas State on Saturday night and losing 25-23, 25-17, 21-25, 25-22.

And you know when we did our video chat with coach Jill Kramer on Thursday morning she never figured her kids would go to Manhattan and get stomped.

K-State played great and was at home, but TCU left a chance to make a national statement this week get away. Both the Wildcats and TCU are 6-4 in the Big 12, looking up at Kansas and Texas at 9-1 and Iowa State at 7-3.

Colorado, on the cusp of the top 25, had a chance to make a move in the Pac-12, but let visiting Oregon off the hook in five. The Buffs are 6-6 in the league, tied with Arizona State and a game ahead of Oregon. Accordingly, USC at 10-1, Washington and UCLA at 9-2 and Stanford at 9-3 are pretty much out of reach.

There are 53 games on the slate for today. The ones we’ll be watching closely include:

Miami at Pitt, because after Pitt beat Florida State it needs to do what TCU didn’t and get itself some national notice;

No. 8 UCLA at No. 5 Washington in what should be a beauty;

No. 1 USC at Washington State because the Women of Troy need to see how they’ll react to their first defeat;

No. 17 Purdue at No. 4 Minnesota in a match that means everything for the Boilermakers’ chances to win the Big Ten.

Because Texas lost last week and Penn State is sitting at No. 3, you expect the Nittany Lions to reclaim the top spot in the AVCA poll that will be announced Monday. It’s also logical to think that if Minnesota wins today, its moves to No. 2.

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