Just a quick recap on Sunday morning after a couple of volleyball days that saw No. 3 Stanford lost at North Carolina, have to go five to beat Duke, and Misty May-Treanor advance into the AVP Huntington Beach semifinals.
Give coach John Dunning and his Cardinal credit for a ridiculously tough early season schedule. Stanford opened at home with victories over Texas A&M and Minnesota before going to Penn State, where it beat Illinois and then lost to the top-ranked hosts. And then it went to the state of North Carolina this past Friday and Saturday. Click here for the Stanford-Duke recap.
The Cardinal finally return home and next weekend plays Pacific and St. Mary’s before opening Pac-12 play.
There will be a lot of head-scratching tonight as voters nationwide submit for the AVCA poll that gets released tomorrow.
For example, No. 2 Florida, having the trip of a lifetime, came off those two great victories last weekend over Texas and Nebraska and went to Hawai’i, but lost to the homestanding No. 16 Rainbows. The Gators bounced back by sweeping San Diego State. Click here for the Florida recap. Hawai’i then had to go four to to beat Eastern Washington.
In a battle of ranked teams, No. 15 Ohio State beat No. 13 Arizona in four, 29-27 in the fourth, to win the LIU-Brooklyn tournament. The Buckeyes are 8-0 since opening the season with a loss at Wyoming.
Arizona, which lost for the first time this season, has a home tournament next weekend that includes Texas. For the Wildcats’ side of things, click here.
Iowa improved to 6-3 as it beat Iowa State for the first time since 1997 and then knocked off No. 25 Texas A&M.
Purdue, ranked 20th, made short work of host LSU on Friday night but then got beat in four by Miami on Saturday. I’ll be interviewing Miami coach Jose “Keno” Gander today after the Hurricanes play LSU.
And finally there’s the roller-coaster ride that is the Kentucky season.
The Wildcats, ranked No. 21, finished up in Wichita by beating NIU in three after losing to the home team in five. UK is 5-5.
Misty May! AVP Huntington Beach
Retirement? Misty May-Treanor, who played in Seattle earlier in the month, hasn’t lost it. The AVP continues Sunday with semis and finals in men’s and women’s and it’s televised at 2 p.m. Central on NBCSports.
Here’s the story from the Orange Country Register. Here’s the story from the L.A. Times.
USA men sweep Egypt
The U.S. and Poland (both 5-0) are the only unbeatens in the World Cup in Japan after the Americans made short work of Egypt.
The U.S. goes to Osaka on Monday to face Venezuela (1-4) on Wednesday (Sept. 16), Iran (2-2) on Thursday (Sept. 17) and Tunisia (0-5) on Friday (Sept. 18). Teams at the World Cup play 11 matches in 16 days in a round-robin format. The top two teams qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.