NCAA: Pittsburgh beats FSU, Buffs upset Oregon, all the conference tourneys

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NCAA volleyball roundup 11/17/2018-Preslie Anderson
Cal's Preslie Anderson hits against the block of Washington's Kara Bajema, left, and Avie Niece/Stephen Burns photo

Tenth-ranked Pittsburgh went to Florida State and came away with a share of the ACC championship. 

Colorado upset No. 16 Oregon, while Seton Hall never got the chance against No. 17 Marquette. Their match was postponed since Seton Hall couldn’t get to Milwaukee because of the weather. 

There were some surprises — there will be a new champion in Conference USA, for example — and predictable results in mid-major conference tournaments around the country as more teams saw their 2018 seasons end.

The recaps and notes follow — with links to all the conference tournaments — but first a look at Saturday’s NCAA Division I women’s volleyball key matches.

Top-ranked BYU, which clinched the West Coast Conference title, plays at Pacific, although that one has moved to Cabrillo College in Aptos, Calif., because of air-quality concerns in Stockton as a result of the fires.

There are seven Big Ten matches and none involve two ranked teams. 

No. 3 Minnesota goes to Ohio State, No. 4 Illinois is at Rutgers, No. 6 Nebraska goes to Indiana, No. 7 Wisconsin is at Maryland, No. 7 Penn State plays host to Northwestern, and No. 12 Purdue is home for Iowa and No. 19 Michigan goes to Michigan State.

The Big 12 has three matches on the schedule, Oklahoma at West Virginia, Kansas at TCU and Texas Tech at Kansas State.

There is a rare ACC Saturday match when North Carolina goes to Duke. 

The Pac-12 and SEC are off.

No. 15 Cal Poly has a Big West match at home against Cal State Fullerton.

No. 9 Creighton is home for a Big East match with Providence and Marquette is home again, this time for St. John’s.

Most of the action around the country involves conference tournaments. Yale has won the Ivy League and awaits the NCAA Tournament selection announcements on Sunday, November 25.

To watch any match that is being broadcast or streamed on Saturday, find the link at the daily VolleyballMag.com TV listings.

NCAA volleyball roundup 11/17/2018-Pittsburgh-ACC
Pittsburgh celebrates beating Florida State and clinching a share of the ACC title

ACC: Pittsburgh (27-1, 15-1) shared the ACC title with Louisville in 2017. Now it has at least that again after winning at second-place Florida State (17-9, 13-3) 25-22, 25-21, 20-25, 25-19. Nika Markovic led with 18 kills, 14 digs, two assists and five blocks. Kayla Lund added 13 kills, 13 digs, two assists and three blocks. Chinaza Ndee had 10 kills, hit .421 and had six blocks, and Stephanie Williams had 10 kills, hit .381, and had seven blocks. Payton Caffrey led FSU with 16 kills as the Seminoles ended the night tied in the loss column with idle Syracuse (16-7, 13-3) for second …

Louisville (20-8, 13-4) couldn’t take advantage, losing in five at Notre Dame (16-11, 10-7). Sydney Bent led ND with 19 kills, 11 digs and seven blocks and Charley Niego had 17 kills, 14 digs and three blocks. Melanie McHenry led Louisville with 20 kills, 15 digs and two blocks … 

Wake Forest  (10-19,5-12) beat Clemson (15-14, 6-10) in four, Mikaila Dowd had 20 kills and 10 digs as Georgia Tech (17-12, 6-10) did the same to Virginia (8-19, 4-13), and Boston College (14-14, 4-12) held off Virginia Tech (14-14, 5-11) in five. McKenna Gross led BC with 19 kills, hit .341, and had four digs and five blocks. VT got 43 kills from Jaila Tolbert and Kaity Smith.

Big Ten: No. 3 Minnesota (23-2, 17-0) clinched a share of the title with a 17-25, 25-19, 25-23, 25-20 victory at Maryland (17-12, 8-9). Adanna Rollins led with 19 kills, 10 digs, two assists, an ace and four blocks, one solo. Stephanie Samedy had 16 kills, hit .361, and had 12 digs, two blocks and an ace. Erika Pritchard had 16 kills for Maryland to go with 18 digs and two blocks, one solo … 

Sixth-ranked Nebraska (21-6, 12-5) won at No. 12 Purdue (21-7, 10-7) 25-22, 25-20, 22-25, 25-17. Lexi Sun led with 13 kills, 11 digs, three aces and two blocks, one solo. Nebraska got 10 kills each from Mikaela Foecke, who had 11 digs, two aces and two blocks, and Lauren Stivrins, who added an ace, five digs and four blocks, two solo. Sherridan Atkinson led Purdue with 20 kills, 10 digs and two blocks. Blake Mohler had 13 kills, hit .435, and had four blocks, one solo …

No. 7 Wisconsin (19-6, 11-5) blasted slumping Ohio State (12-17, 43-14) 25-10, 25-14, 25-23 as Dana Rettke had 17 kills, hit .625 and added three digs and two blocks. Tionna Williams had nine kills with no errors in 12 swings to hit .750 and Madison Duello had nine kills and hit .467. Bia Franklin had eight kills for Ohio State, which has lost nine in a row.

Indiana (16-12, 7-10) kept its postseason hopes alive with a 25-17, 25-22, 19-25, 22-25, 15-8 win over visiting Iowa (14-14, 6-11). Breana Edwards led the Hoosiers with 23 kills, hit .512, and had two aces, seven digs and four blocks, two solo. Kamryn Malloy had 19 kills, two aces, eight digs and three blocks. Meghan Buzzerio led Iowa with a career-high 22 kills, eight digs, two aces and four blocks. Hannah Clayton had 10 blocks to go with two kills.

Pac-12: Visting Colorado (16-12, 8-9) dealt Oregon (18-10, 11-7) a huge blow 19-25, 25-22, 25-21, 20-25, 16-14. Three Buffs had 15 kills each, Alexa Smith, who had 18 digs and an ace, Naghede Abu, who hit .467 after making one error in 30 swings to go with four blocks, and Anyse Smith, who had two digs and three blocks. Willow Johnson led Oregon with 18 kills and hit .441 to go with seven digs and four blocks. Ronika Stone had 17 kills and hit .342 and Lindsey Vander Weide had 16 kills, 11 digs and two aces …

No. 14 USC (20-8, 12-5) had to go the distance to win at No. 24 Arizona (19-10, 8-9) 30-28, 25-16, 21-25, 24-26, 15-11 getting a big lift from the return of Brooke Botkin. She had 27 kills and eight digs. Emily Baptista had 14 kills, five digs, an ace and four blocks, three solo. Jasmine Gross had 12 kills and five blocks, two solo. Paige Whipple led Arizona with 21 kills, 10 digs and an ace, and Kendra Dahlke had 16 kills, 17 digs and a block … 

Second-ranked Stanford (25-1, 17-0) beat No. 18 Washington State (19-8, 10-7) 25-16, 25-16, 22-25, 25-20 behind 24 kills by Kathryn Plummer, who had six digs, an ace and five blocks, one solo. Audriana Fitzmorris had 11 kills and five blocks and Tami Alade had eight kills, hit .538, and had nine blocks. Taylor Mims led WSU with 14 kills and eight digs … 

Claire Hoffman had 18 kills, 12 digs and two blocks as No. 20 Washington (18-9, 10-7) beat visiting Cal (14-14, 6-11) 26-24, 25-17, 23-25, 25-21. Kara Bajema added 14 kills, 15 digs, two assists, an ace and a block, and Samantha Dreschel had 13 kills, three digs and two blocks. Mima Markovic had 23 kills for Cal to go with 13 digs, a solo block, an assist and an ace. Maddie Haynes had 15 kills, six digs, three aces and four blocks … 

No. 25 UCLA (13-11, 8-9) won at Arizona State (13-16, 4-13) 18-25, 25-22, 25-18, 25-23. Mac May led with 19 kills and Jenny Mosser had 15, five digs and five blocks. Alyse Ford led ASU with 23 kills, four digs and a solo block … 

Utah (16-13, 8-10) won at Oregon State (11-18, 1-16) 25-20, 22-25, 25-14, 22-25, 15-10. Dani Drews had 24 kills for the Utes to go with 18 digs, an ace and two blocks. Megan Yett had 14 kills, 10 digs, an ace and three solo blocks. 

SEC: No. 13 Florida (22-5, 13-2) swept visiting LSU (11-15, 6-9), Alabama (19-10, 6-9) swept Mississippi State (5-23, 11-14) and South Carolina (19-6, 10-5) did the same to Ole Miss (13-17, 3-13). Rachael Kramer, Taelor Kellum and Holly Carlton had 12 kills each for Florida. Kramer hit .478 and had seven blocks.

Ranked teams win: Fifth-ranked Texas (18-4, 13-1) wrapped up the Big 12 title with a 22-25, 25-19, 25-22, 25-14 win at Baylor (18-8, 10-5). Micaya White led the Longhorns with 17 kills, hit .326, and had 11 digs. Logan Eggleston had 13 kills, five digs and two blocks. Aniah Philo led Baylor with 18 kills, eight digs and a block … 

No. 9 Creighton (25-4, 17-0 Big East) swept Providence (8-20, 2-15) behind 14 kills from Taryn Kloth, who hit .500 and had five digs. Jaali Winters had 13 kills, also hit .500, and had two aces and seven digs … 

No. 15 Cal Poly (24-2, 14-1 Big West) swept visiting UC Riverside (9-18, 4-11) as Torrey Van Winden led with 14 kills, hit .393, and had an assist, an ace, four digs and three blocks … 

UCF (25-3, 16-0 American Athletic) swept SMU (11-15, 8-8) as Kristina Fisher had 20 kills and McKenna Melville 16. Fisher hit .318 and had seven digs and three blocks, one solo. Melville had an assist, two aces and nine digs. Hannah Jacobs led SMU with 11 kills .

Around the nation: Illinois State (24-6, 16-2) holds a half-game lead in the Missouri Valley Conference over Northern Iowa (21-9, 15-2) after Bradley (23-7, 13-5) swept ISU. Erica Haslag had 17 kills for Bradley. UNI swept Southern Illinois (5-24, 1-15) as four players had 10 kills or more … 

The top two seeds will play for the ASUN title after Kennesaw State beat Lipscomb and top-seeded FGCU ousted Liberty … 

Defending-champion Western Kentucky ended its Conference USA season 20-10 after losing to seventh-seeded Southern Miss in the  first round of the tournament. Click here for complete coverage … 

As you would have expected, Stony Brook will play Albany for the America East title. Both won in sweeps Friday … 

Saturday’s Atlantic 10 semifinals pit top-seeded VCU against Saint Louis and second-seeded Dayton vs. La Salle.

The Big South semifinals pit top-seeded High Point against UNC Asheville and Radford against Winthrop … 

The Colonial semis have James Madison facing College of Charleston and Towson taking on Hofstra … 

In the Horizon League, Green Bay plays UIC and Cleveland State faces Northern Kentucky … 

The Metro Atlantic final is set and Iona plays Canisius with the league’s NCAA Tournament automatic bid on the line … 

The MAC semifinals pit Bowling Green against Eastern Michigan and Miami against Ball State … 

The MEAC semifinals have North Carolina A&T facing Florida A&M and Howard playing Bethune-Cookman …

There was an upset in the Northeast Conference, where fourth-seeded Sacred Heart knocked off top-seeded LIU Brooklyn. SHU will play Bryant for the title … 

Top-seeded Austin Peay plays second-seeded Murray State for the Ohio Valley Conference title … 

The Patriot League tourney begins Saturday as American plays Colgate and Navy faces Loyola Maryland … 

The Southern Conference semifinals had ETSU facing Mercer and Samford playing Furman … 

In the Southland Conference semifinal, top-seeded Stephen F. Austin plays Houston Baptist and Sam Houston State faces Central Arkansas … 

The SWAC semis pit Alabama A&M against Texas Southern and Alabama State against Southern … 

The Summit League semifinals have Purdue Fort Wayne facing Denver and North Dakota State taking on South Dakota after two upsets Friday … 

In the Sun Belt, the semifinals have Texas State playing Little Rock and Appalachian State taking on Arkansas State. 

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