No power-five-conference team is going undefeated in league play this season.
Not after No. 13 Washington beat visiting No. 2 Stanford on Wednesday night. And the Huskies get no time to ponder such a victory because they play host to Cal on Thursday.
No. 1 Penn State swept Iowa, No. 3 Texas did the same to TCU and No. 6 Nebraska also swept Maryland. No. 7 Kentucky beat Alabama in four.
The recaps from a light night of NCAA women’s Division I college volleyball follow but first a look at Thursday’s schedule where 47 matches are on tap.
That includes one of the teams in the three-way tie atop the ACC, NC State, which plays host to Clemson. The other two, Pittsburgh and Louisville, are idle, but also in the league Georgia Tech goes to North Carolina and Boston College is at Miami.
There are two matches in the Pac-12 where both teams are ranked. No. 15 Utah goes to No. 17 USC as both teams try to stay in the hunt for second place, while No. 25 Colorado goes to No. 18 UCLA.
Also in the Pac-12, No. 16 Oregon plays at Arizona State and Oregon State goes to Arizona.
No. 10 BYU has a West Coast Conference match at Gonzaga.
No. 19 Colorado State, which has already clinched the Mountain West, goes to Nevada.
There is one match in the SEC, where Tennessee is at Auburn.
In the American Athletic, SMU tries to stay within striking distance of first-place and idle Wichita State when the Mustangs entertain Temple.
In the Big Sky, where there is a tie for first in the North, North Dakota plays host to Northern Arizona, while Idaho entertains South leader Sacramento State.
Conference USA leader WKU — which clinched a share of the title — not only tries to stay unbeaten in league play, it tries to wrap things up second-place North Texas, which is just one game back in the loss column.
In the Southland Conference, idle Stephen F. Austin holds a half-game lead over Central Arkansas, which plays host to McNeese. Sam Houston State, two games back of the lead, goes to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
Western Athletic Conference leader NM State is idle, but UT Rio Grande Valley, a game back, goes to third-place CSU Bakersfield.
Almost all of those matches are being shown in some form and you find out where going to the VolleyballMag.com daily TV and streaming listings.
Washington knocks off Stanford: The victory coincided with the school retiring the No. 16 of one of its greats, Krista Vansant, whose team also upset Stanford on her senior night in 2013. This time the final was 25-23, 19-25, 25-23, 25-17 and while Washington improved to 20-6 overall, 10-5 in the Pac-12, Stanford fell to 21-3, 14-1.
Stanford’s previous two losses were to top-ranked Penn State but Merete Lutz was injured and did not play in those matches.
“Gritty win by our team,” Washington coach Keegan Cook said. “A lot of credit to Stanford for playing good volleyball. It’s not every day you get a win when your opponent’s hitting over .300.
“I thought we were pretty resilient. You’ve heard me say that a lot this year. I told them we didn’t have to win all the points, just the right ones. We won a couple deuce sets and then the offense got going the last two sets which was really impressive against one of the best teams in the nation.”
Washington, which hit .256, had 10 aces as the crowd in Seattle was listed at 3,358. Kara Bajema led with 14 kills and five blocks, two solo. Crissy Jones had 11 kills, hit .364, had one of those aces and four blocks. Avie Niece had nine kills, hit .533 and had four digs and two blocks. Carly DeHoog had eight kills, two digs and a block, and Courtney Schwan had seven kills, an ace, five digs and five blocks, two solo. Setter Bailey Tanner had three aces.
And libero Tia Scambray, who has alternated between that position and outside hitter this season, had five aces.
“Look at that. Five aces, 17 digs, a tremendous performance by Tia,” Cook said. “Moving back to the libero position, having two great matches in a row; I thought she was good against Utah and she was better tonight against Stanford. Putting pressure on them from the service line and then playing tremendous defense, that’s outstanding. I couldn’t be happier for her.”
Kathryn Plummer led Stanford with a big night offensively, getting 26 kills while hitting .438. She also had nine digs and four blocks, but three service errors and had her problems on serve receive. Lutz had 11 kills, hit .308, and had three blocks. Audriana Fitzmorris had 10 kills and five blocks, one solo.
Penn State, Nebraska win in Big Ten: The Nittany Lions blasted Iowa 25-10, 25-17, 25-12 as Simone Lee had 16 kills while hitting .429. She had 15 digs, three blocks — one solo — and three aces. Penn State is 24-1, 14-1 in the B1G. Ali Frantti added eight kills while hitting .333, four digs and three blocks, one solo, while Heidi Thelen had seven kills, hitting .357.
Iowa (16-12, 5-10) hit .040. Taylor Louis led with eight kills.
Nebraska (21-4, 14-1) crushed visiting Maryland 25-11, 25-15, 25-16, hitting .406 and holding the Terps (16-11, 5-10) to .081 hitting.
Lauren Stivrins led Nebraska with nine kills and hit .636. She had three blocks. Mikaela Foecke, who had nine digs, and Anna Albrecht had eight kills each. Briana Holman added seven kills.
Also in the B1G, Ohio State (14-12, 7-8) rolled past Rutgers (5-22, 0-15) 25-21, 25-12, 25-17 as Buckeyes coach Geoff Carlston got the 400th victory of his career. He got 49 of those wins coaching Concordia and 144 more at Ohio before taking over at Ohio State in 2008, where Carlston is 207-129. Ashley Wenz had 13 kills and 12 digs and setter Becca Mauer not only had 32 assists, she had four kills, four digs and three blocks.
Texas, KU, ISU win in Big 12: Texas coach Jerritt Elliott wasn’t sure his Longhorns were playing that well of late, but they put together a strong performance against visiting TCU to win 25-17, 25-23, 25-14.
It left Texas (20-2, 12-0 in the Big 12) with a trip to Iowa State ahead on Saturday and a big match back home next Wednesday against No. 11 Kansas.
“It was much more consistent for us tonight,” Elliott said. “The areas we were focusing on this week were serving and passing. And as the match got better, I thought our serving got better. I thought our serving was pretty steady.
“Offensively, our numbers were really good. The area I was impressed with was Ashley (Shook) set a really good game tonight. I was very pleased and our set average percentages were very strong. Good results.
Shook, who finished with five kills, had three of them with no-look dumps in the first set.
“It just worked out. I try not to predetermine what I’m going to do.,” Shook said. “They were hitting the passes perfect for me to get into that situation so I would just dump.”
Micaya White led with 14 kills while hitting .314. She had an ace, 13 digs and three blocks. Ebony Nwanebu had 13 kills, hit .500 and had four digs and three blocks. Lexi Sun had 12 kills, hit .476 and had five digs and three blocks, one solo. Shook also had seven digs and an ace.
TCU (10-14, 2-10) got 10 kills from Ashleigh Martin, who had three digs and two solo blocks. Anna Walsh had nine kills and Abigail Buckingham eight.
Kansas (21-4, 10-2) beat visiting K-State 14-25, 25-21, 25-15, 25-22. Kelsie Payne had 14 kills, seven digs and four blocks, Zoe Hill had 11 kills, hit .529 and had five blocks, and Jada Burse had 10 kills. The Jayhawks hit just .196.
“It was a perplexing start, but then we decided that every contact in every rally is going to be important,” Kansas coach Ray Bechard said. “Offensively, Zoe gave us a boost towards the end of the match, which was huge. Taylor (Alexander) gave us a boost defensively. K-State’s record doesn’t represent how well they have been playing.”
K-State (9-16, 2-10) got 15 kills from Kylee Zumach, who also had an ace and five digs.
No. 24 Iowa State (18-5, 8-4) went to West Virginia (15-11, 3-9) and took care of the Mountaineers 25-18, 25-16, 25-19.
Alexis Conaway and Samara West had 10 kills each for the Cyclones. Conaway hit .400 and had five digs and six blocks, while West had four blocks and two digs. Jess Schaben added nine kills, 11 digs and two blocks. West Virginia hit .050.
Also in the Big 12, Oklahoma (7-18, 4-8) won at Texas Tech (14-11, 3-9) 27-25, 25-21, 19-25, 25-15 as Alyssa Enneking had 26 kills. She hit .300 and had 13 digs. Madison Drescher added 15 kills, three digs and three blocks. Allison White and Chandler Atwood had 13 kills each for Texas Tech.
Kentucky, Missouri get SEC victories: Kentucky is 21-3, 12-1 in the SEC after winning at Alabama 25-15, 25-23, 23-25, 25-19. It put the Wildcats back into a tie for first with idle Florida.
Leah Edmond led with 21 kills, five digs and two blocks, one solo. Avery Skinner added 16 kills and Emily Franklin had 13 and three blocks. Libero Ashley Dusek not only had 28 digs, but four assists and an ace.
“I was proud of our effort at the end of the fourth,” UK coach Craig Skinner said. “Ashley Dusek was big time for us making plays. The team did a good job of responding when we needed it.”
Alabama (16-11, 4-9) got 14 kills from Mahalia Swink, who had 11 digs. Ginger Perinar had 11 kills, two digs and two blocks.
Missouri is solidly in third place after the Tigers held on at South Carolina 19-25, 25-20, 25-23, 22-25, 16-14.
Alyssa Munlyn had nine kills, hit .421 and had five blocks, three solo. Kayla Caffey had 10 kills, hit .471 and had an ace and two blocks. Sydney Deeken, who hit .500, and Dariana Hollingsworth, who hit .471, had nine kills each.
“I thought tonight was a good example of having to find a way when things aren’t going as smoothly as you’d like,” said Missouri coach Wayne Kreklow, whose team nonetheless hit .406.
“Our serve-and-pass game was really off, which made things very difficult. I was proud of the way different people stepped up at times to make plays when we needed them most. Melanie (Crow) being able to come in and demonstrate the poise and confidence to hit her jump serve at the end speaks volumes of the type of competitor she is. Winning on the road in the SEC is not easy and tonight was just another example of that.”
South Carolina got 29 kills from Mikayla Shield, whose all-around big night included hitting .480. She had an ace, four blocks — two solo — and 10 digs. Mikayla Robinson had 12 kills, hitting .588.
Around the nation: Wake Forest got a much-needed win against Duke, beating the Blue Devils 25-22-25-23, 25-21. Wake (12-15, 4-11 in the ACC) had lost four in a row. Kylie Long led with 18 kills, nine digs and two blocks, one solo. Katie Moore had 11 kills, hit .409 and had three blocks. Duke (16-10, 8-7) got 10 kills from Jessi Bartholomew …
Ohio Valley Conference leader Austin Peay saw its nine-match winning streak in a 19-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-21 loss to Murray State. Austin Peay dropped to 26-5, 13-2 OVC, while Murray State is 19-8, 11-4. Murray State’s Rachel Giustino had 18 kills and 29 digs, Rachel Holthaus had 15 kills, hit .452 and had four digs and a block and Dacia Brown had 14 kills, four digs and two blocks, one solo. Austin Peay got 17 kills each from Brooke Moore and Ashley Slay …
Fairfield is 21-6 overall and now 16-0 in the Metro Atlantic after sweeping Siena. Skyler Day had 12 kills in the 25-18, 25-14, 25-18 win …
Horizon League leader Cleveland State won its ninth in a row with a 25-18 ,25-20, 18-25, 25-23 victory at Northern Kentucky. Cleveland State (19-7, 12-3 in the Horizon) got 19 kills from Sara Skeens, who hit .341. Rachel Stover had 12 kills, hit .393 and had three blocks. NKU (11-13, 7-8) got 15 kills from Haley Libs, who had 16 digs …
Also in the Horizon, Oakland (16-11, 11-4) beat visiting IUPUI (15-13, 11-4) in five, putting both teams a game behind Cleveland State. Darien Bandel had 25 kills for Oakland while hitting .327. Kori Waelbroeck had 20 kills, 18 digs and four blocks for IUPUI …
And ETSU (16-10, 12-3) pulled to a half game of idle Furman atop the Southern Conference with a sweep of Chattanooga. Leah Clayton led with 12 kills, seven digs and three blocks, one solo.