USA women win again, conferences make their first POW awards

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The USA women won again, beating Cuba, and Monday was the day conferences announced their players of the week. All the links and more follow. We don’t have all the conferences, but it’s a good first-week-of-the-season effort.

USA 3, Cuba 0

The top-ranked U.S. Women’s National Team won its sixth straight match of the FIVB World Cup by defeating NORCECA rival Cuba 25-15, 25-11, 25-15 Tuesday evening in Okayama, Japan, before moving on to Nagoya for three important final matches to decide the top two teams who earn 2016 Olympic Games berths.

Team USA, in first place of the FIVB World Cup leading a pack of one-loss teams, improved to 7-1 with 22 points in the round-robin tournament. After two off days, Team USA concludes the World Cup in Nagoya with pivotal matches against Russia on Sept. 4, Japan on Sept. 5 and Dominican Republic on Sept. 6. Entering today’s matches, Japan is second in the standings and Russia is third. The top two teams in the 12-team, round-robin World Cup earn berths into the 2016 Olympic Games.

ACC: Walch, Walsh

That’s not a typo, because it really was Walch and Walsh. The ACC tabbed Florida State outside hitter Nicole Walch and Virginia middle hitter Anna Walsh along with Syracuse outside hitter Silvi Uattara for various honors.

SEC: Two from Ole Miss

The Southeastern Conference honored Nakeyta Clair of Ole Miss, Rhamat Alhassan of Florida, Aubrie Edie of Ole Miss and Brenna McIlroy of Auburn.

BIG TEN: Illini come up big

Illinois dominated the Big Ten honors as the league recognized Michelle Streak, Jordyn Poulter and Brandi Donnelly along with Kelly Hunter of Nebraska.

BIG 12: All from the state of Texas

The league honored TCU’s Regan McGuire, Texas Tech’s Carlie Foust and Texas’ Morgan Johnson.

PAC-12

USC’s Samantha Bricio, Arizona’s Kalei Mau and Stanford’s Hayley Hodson took top honors.

SUN BELT

Arkansas State’s Markie Schaedig and Carlisa May, UT Arlington’s Stacey Koch and Appalachian State’s Paige Brown earned the awards.

http://sunbeltsports.org/custompages/WVolleyball/releases/2015/WeeklyRelease8-31-15.pdf

BIG SOUTH

Radford’s Maddie Palmer and Haley Kleepsies, Gardner-Webb’s Anna Pashkova got the nods.

BIG WEST

Hawai’i’s Nikki Taylor, Cal Poly’s Adlee Van Winden and Long Beach State’s Mykah Wilson had big weekends.

MISSOURI VALLEY

The league honored Abbie Lehman of Wichita State, Lea Sack of Bradley, Ashley Ophoven of Missouri State.

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