AVCA NATIONAL POLL
Week 7: October 8, 2012
Team Points 2012 Record Previous Wk
1. Penn State (47) 1482 16-1 1
2. Washington (12) 1444 15-0 T-2
3. Nebraska 1318 13-2 4
4. Stanford 1283 14-2 7
5. Oregon (1) 1269 14-1 T-2
6. Southern California 1220 16-2 5
7. UCLA 1200 12-3 6
8. Hawai’i 1050 14-2 8
9. Texas 1038 13-3 9
10. Minnesota 956 14-3 10
11. Florida 863 13-2 11
12. Florida State 743 12-2 14
13. San Diego 773 14-2 15
14. Kansas State 701 16-2 14
15. Louisville 631 16-2 17
16. BYU 622 16-1 16
17. Purdue 519 13-4 12
18. Dayton 427 12-4 18
19. Ohio State 406 13-5 19
20. Western Kentucky 344 20-3 20
21. Kansas 214 16-2 24
22. Illinois 185 8-8 21
23. Iowa State 173 9-6 22
24. Pepperdine 161 11-7 23
25. Michigan State 152 15-3 25
Others Receiving Votes: Texas A&M 94; Miami (FL) 48; St. Mary’s
(CA) 25; Marquette 22; Arkansas 19; Tennessee 19; Oklahoma 17;
North Carolina 11; Oregon State 11; Kentucky 6; Michigan 3; Creighton
2; NC State 2
SEC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Wk Offensive Defensive Freshman
1 Kelsey Robinson, UT Alexandra Morgan, UK Roxanne McVey, MS
2 Lisa Henning, MU Emily Helm, AR Živa Recek, UF
3 Leslie Cikra, UT Camila Jersonsky, AU Morgan Bergren, UK
Whitney Little, MU
4 Juliette Thévenin, SC Taylor Unroe, UF Sierra Wilson, UA
5 Whitney Little, MU Janeliss Torres-Lopez, AR Haley Smith, LS
6 Whitney Billings, UK Whitney Little, MU Roxanne McVey, MS
Megan Pendergast, TAMU
7 Živa Recek, UF Ellen Mullins, UT Jasmine Eaton, UG
ALABAMA Crimson Tide - In its only match last week, Alabama
suffered a 3-1 loss to the Missouri Tigers on Sunday. With the loss,
Alabama is now 13-6 on the year and falls to 2-5 in SEC play. Alabama
will play a pair of conference road matches this week, when it travels
to South Carolina on Friday and LSU on Sunday. It will be the first
meeting of the season against South Carolina and the second time LSU and Alabama will play this year. The Tide defeated LSU, 3-0, in Tuscaloosa on Sept. 14. Alabama is currently second in the SEC with 1.38 aces per set to rank 78th in the country. UA is fourth in the SEC with a .174 opponent hitting percentage, while ranking seventh in the conference with a .234 hitting mark. Kayla Fitterer leads the Tide with 3.74 kills per set to rank fifth in the SEC. Fitterer is also second among active players in the conference with 1,191 career kills. Kryssi Daniels leads the SEC with 34 aces, and her 0.50 aces per set rank 11th nationally. Sierra Wilson is second in the SEC with 10.88 assists per set and 15th in the conference with 0.24 aces per set. Cristina Arenas tied a school home match record with 30 digs against Missouri on Sunday, and averaged 7.50 digs per set in the match.
The 30 digs were the sixth most in a single match in school history. Arenas leads the team with 3.41 digs per set, which is 13th best in the SEC.
ARKANSAS Razorbacks - The Razorbacks (14-4, 5-2 SEC) split
a pair of SEC road matches at No. 11 Florida and Ole Miss. In the opener, Arkansas got nine kills apiece from Amanda Anderson and Jasmine Norton in a straight-set loss to the Gators. The Razorbacks responded with a four-set win Sunday afternoon at Ole Miss. Norton had a match high 18 kills, Anderson registered a career-high 16 kills and Roslandy Acosta added 14 kills to lead Arkansas. The team was receiving votes in the Oct. 1 release of the AVCA national rankings and was No. 16 in the first RPI release of the season. Arkansas returns
to Fayetteville this weekend for home matches against Texas A&M, Friday at 7 p.m. (CT) and Tennessee, Sunday at 1 p.m.
AUBURN Tigers - The Auburn Tigers (13-4, 4-3 SEC) remained
perfect on their home floor in 2012, moving to 6-0 with a three-set victory over Mississippi State last Friday at the Student Activities Center. The Tigers played smothering defense, registering 10 blocks and holding the Bulldogs to a negative hitting percentage. Auburn doubled up the Bulldogs in most statistical categories with 40 kills to MSU’s 21 and 10 blocks to MSU’s four. Sarah Bullock had 12 kills on a .400 hitting night with just two errors on 25 swings. She also had eight
digs, two blocks and two aces for one of her most complete matches of the year. Bullock now has 1,092 kills and 1,027 digs for her career, ranking 10th and sixth, respectively, in Auburn history. One more kill will move her into a tie for ninth, and 10 more will move her into eighth place. The Tigers will hit the road again next weekend for a pair of crucial SEC matches. Auburn plays at Georgia at 6 p.m. CT Friday before heading to Gainesville for a televised match against Florida at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.
FLORIDA Gators - The No. 11 Florida volleyball team went 2-0
on the weekend, sweeping Arkansas on Friday evening before winning
a 3-2 comeback thriller over Kentucky. Against the Razorbacks, Živa
Recek led the way with 13 kills on .345 hitting to go along with six digs
and four blocks. Junior middle blocker Chloe Mann tallied 11 kills and
six blocks against Arkansas. The Gators stuffed 16.5 blocks against the Razorbacks, the most in a three-set match since Nov. 25, 2006. On Sunday, the Gators rallied back from an 0-2 deficit to defeat Kentucky, 3-2, and remain undefeated in the SEC. Florida was once again led by Recek, who had a match-high 19 kills and eight digs against the ‘Cats.
For her efforts, the freshman from Kočevje, Slovenia was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week, the first Florida freshman to be so named since UF’s first four-time All-American and 2008 AVCA National Freshman of the Year, Kelly Murphy. Mann was the picture of consistency as she turned in 11 kills and six blocks for the second time on the weekend, tallying a combined 30 points against both teams. The Orange and Blue finish their homestand as they play host to Ole Miss and Auburn next weekend at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. The Gators welcome the Rebels at 7 p.m. on Friday evening in
Florida’s “Salute Those Who Serve” military appreciation match. On Sunday, Florida faces the Auburn Tigers on Sun Sports at 1:30 p.m. in the O’Dome.
GEORGIA Bulldogs - Georgia went 1-1 last weekend in a pair of
thrilling five-set matches against LSU and Tennessee. Against LSU, the
Bulldogs had three players with double-digit kills, including Brittany
Northcutt who finished with her fourth double-double of the season,
totaling 20 kills and 16 digs. Briana Bahr added a career-best 19 kills and hit at a .333 clip to lead the team. As a team, Georgia registered 18 blocks, compared to seven block by LSU. Elena Perri and Jasmine Eatmon led the way, finishing with eight blocks each. Against Tennessee, it was Northcutt who led the team with 19 kills, while totaling 14 digs for her fifth double-double performance of the season and second in as many matches. Tirah Le’au went 16-for-34 with five errors to hit at an impressive .324 clip. Defensively, Perri led the way with eight blocks, while Bahr added six. Georgia returns home this
weekend to take on Auburn on Friday and Ole Miss on Sunday.
KENTUCKY Wildcats - The Kentucky volleyball team turned in a
1-1 weekend on the road with a win at Ole Miss and a heartbreaking
loss at No. 11 Florida on Sunday. In UK’s win over the Rebels, the Blue
and White charted a season-high .548 hitting percentage with four
players recording a .400 clip or better. Sophomore Lauren O’Conner
tallied 11 kills on a career-high .556 percentage to lead the way. Freshman Kayla Tronick made her first career start and totaled 10 kills for a staggering .833 clip as she led a middle blocking unit that was flawless on the night. Against the Gators, the Wildcats earned
a 2-0 lead into the locker room, before succumbing to a gut-wrenching comeback by the Gators. UK limited the high octane offensive attack of Florida to just .197 for the match. In the first two sets the Gators totaled a mere .111 clip which included a negative .033 percentage in the second set. O’Conner again led the way for UK with a career-high 18
kills on a sizzling .421 percentage. Senior Stephanie Klefot had a match-high 22 digs to lead the back line defense. With 37 digs on the weekend she has totaled 1,708 for her career and moves into seventh place all-time in the SEC career record books. Kentucky will remain at home for four consecutive matches beginning with Mississippi State on
Friday. The Cats and Bulldogs will play in the esteemed Rupp Arena on Friday in the first regular season match to ever take place in the venue. UK will then welcome Texas A&M on Sunday for the annual Pink Match to support breast cancer awareness.
LSU Tigers - LSU split its matches for the third straight week as
the Tigers dropped a 3-2 decision to Georgia before posting 3-0 sweep
over South Carolina. The victory over the Gamecocks avenged a fiveset loss earlier in the season. LSU’s offense banged home a season’s best .359 hitting percentage, while Malorie Pardo handed out 46 assists during the South Carolina. The 46 helpers were an SEC-best for a three-set league match this season. Pardo set three hitters to over 3.75 kills per set for the weekend and averaged 13.75 assists per set. She dialed up a career-best 64 assists and added 14 digs versus Georgia. Pardo has registered double-doubles in five of her last seven outings. Madie Jones sparked the Tigers with 5.12 kills per set and hammered home a career-best 26 spikes against Georgia. She followed that up with 15 kills on an errorless 29 swings en route to a scorching .517 hitting clip. Desiree Elliott provided 4.00 kills and 1.00 blocks per set. She tallied 18 kills against Georgia and totaled six blocks versus South Carolina. Helen Boyle turned in a balance 3.88 kills and 3.88 digs per set. Like Pardo, Boyle has come away with five double dips in her last seven matches. LSU’s back row welcomed
Meghan Mannari back into the fold. She registered a match-high 18 digs from the libero spot versus South Carolina. Sam Delahoussaye corralled a team-leading 4.25 scoops per set. She collected 21 digs versus Georgia and has eclipsed the 20-scoop plateau in four
of her last six matches. For the second consecutive week, LSU will be featured on ESPNU’s Wednesday Night Volleyball and meets Tennessee at 7 p.m. CT before a Sunday tilt versus Alabama at 1 p.m. CT.
OLE MISS Rebels - The Ole Miss Rebels (8-8, 2-5 Southeastern
Conference) lost a pair of matches at home last weekend to two of
the top teams in the SEC. The Rebels fell to Kentucky on Friday night
3-0 (17-25, 18-25, 19-25), and dropped a 3-1 (25-22, 16-25, 21-25,
13-25) decision to Arkansas on Sunday afternoon. The Rebels were led offensively in each match by junior outside hitter Kara Morgan, who had 10 kills against the Wildcats, and 14 kills to go with eight digs against Arkansas. Freshman middle blocker Ty Laporte also
played well for Ole Miss, recording six kills in each match over the weekend. Senior setter Amanda Philpot had 27 assists and four kills against Kentucky, only to follow that performance with 35 assists and five kills against Arkansas. Senior outside hitter Whitney Craven had her best match in conference play so far this season with five kills and a team high 12 digs against Arkansas. The schedule gets no easier for Ole Miss next weekend, as the Rebels travel to Gainesville, Fla., to take on the Gators on Friday. Ole Miss will then travel north to face Georgia on Sunday.
MISSISSIPPI STATE Bulldogs - The Bulldogs hit the road for
their fifth and sixth out-of-state destinations of the season with this
weekend’s matches at Kentucky (10-7, 4-3 SEC) and Missouri (13-5, 5-
3 SEC). Mississippi State (4-12, 0-7 SEC) takes on Kentucky’s Wildcats
in a 4 p.m. (CT) match at Rupp Arena during Big Blue Madness and then makes its second national TV appearance (ESPNU) in a 12:30 p.m. battle with the Missouri Tigers at Hearn Arena … State dropped a pair of straight-set decisions on the road last weekend, bowing to Auburn and first-time foe and league newcomer Texas A&M … Freshman Roxanne McVey (Magnolia, Texas) continues to set the pace among the SEC’s defensive standouts. McVey has tallied 362 digs through 16 matches, averaging 6.14 digs per set, third-best in the NCAA and one of five averages of 6.0 or better. State leads the SEC and ranks 28th nationally in digs, averaging 17.29 scoops per set … Sophomore middle blocker and 2011 SEC All-Freshman Team selection Lainey Wyman tallied eight kills last weekend to become the fourth Bulldogs to reach the century mark in kills this year (101).
Wyman has taken over the team lead at the net with 33 total blocks … Freshman Taylor Hackemack, in her second match as MSU’s starting setter and sixth overall, registered 17 assists and 11 digs at Texas A&M for her first career double-double and the 14th by a Bulldog this fall … State plays its only home matches in October next weekend, hosting South Carolina Oct. 19 and Arkansas Oct. 21. Those matches will be played in Humphrey Coliseum in conjunction with special scheduling for Homecoming weekend on the MSU campus.
MISSOURI Tigers - Mizzou split a pair of matches last weekend
on the road at Tennessee and Alabama, falling to the Lady Vols in a
tough five-setter before rallying to knock of Alabama in four on
Sunday. All-American Lisa Henning was the catalyst for the Tigers as
she averaged 5.33 kills per set and 6.28 points per set on the week. She also averaged 3.67 digs per set, 1.22 blocks per set and 0.33 aces per set last weekend as she backed up her All-America status with a monster week. She had a pair of double-doubles and
reset career-highs in attacks (74 against Tennessee) and blocks (seven at Alabama) and finished just one shy of her career-best kill total (26 at Tennessee Friday) and just one dig shy of a career-best at Alabama with 17. Sophomore middle hitter Whitney Little also
continued to establish herself as the SEC’s top blocker with another huge week at the net as she posted 19 total blocks over the two matches (four solo, 15 assists). After matching the school record for career 10-block matches with her fourth last weekend, Little
posted her fifth career 10-block match on Friday at Tennessee with 11, resetting the record. Keep in mind, she broke that career record in a span of just nine matches. She nearly had another 10-block effort on Sunday at Alabama with eight (one solo, eight assists). Little continues to own a large lead in blocks per set during SEC play with 2.03
per set while her 1.59 blocks per set in all matches also leads the league. Mizzou will have a bye on Friday before playing Mississippi State at 1:30 p.m. Sunday on ESPNU.
SOUTH CAROLINA Gamecocks - South Carolina returns home
after a tough road trip that included a pair of sweeps at Texas A&M and LSU. The Gamecocks showed fight for two sets in Baton Rouge, losing the first two frames 29-27 and 25-23, showing signs of the team that started the year 13-0, the best mark in program history. Looking to regroup, South Carolina hosts Alabama in its lone match this weekend, as the Crimson Tide come to town for a Friday night match. It will be the third Dig Pink match hosted by South Carolina and the sixth breast-cancer awareness match the team has held at home. First serve is scheduled for 7 pm at the Volleyball Competition Facility.
TENNESSEE Lady Volunteers - The University of Tennessee volleyball
team won a pair of hard fought five set battles this week, topping
Missouri on Friday night and longtime conference rival Georgia on Sunday afternoon. Tennessee, which improved to 11-5 overall and 4-3 in the SEC, is now 5-1 on the season in five set matches. Sophomore Tiffany Baker and junior Ellen Mullins led the Lady Vols against the Tigers. Baker posted career highs in kills (23) and digs (16), while Mullins anchored the back row with a career-best 34 digs against Mizzou. On Sunday, Tennessee fell behind two sets to none and was tied at 22 in the third set, but rallied at the right time, defeating Georgia in five. Baker and redshirt senior Kayla Jeter led the comeback charge. Jeter paced the team with a career-best 27 kills, while hitting a blazing .444 with three errors on 54 swings, to extend the Lady Vols home winning streak to 11 against the ’Dogs. The Solon, Ohio, native added 12 digs for her first double-double of the season. Baker added her second consecutive double-double with 16 kills and 14 digs. Sophomore setter Mary Pollmiller dished out 108 assists on
the weekend and also had a double-double vs. Georgia with 54 helpers and 11 digs. Mullins added 14 digs against UGA and has had 12 or more digs in all seven SEC matches. The Big Orange is back in action for another midweek tilt on ESPNU when it travels to LSU on Wednesday for an 8 p.m. showdown. UT will then travel to Arkansas for a matchup with the Razorbacks on Sunday afternoon.
TEXAS A&M Aggies - Texas A&M improved to 14-2 overall and 6-
1 in conference play, taking sole possession of first place in the SEC
Western Division with commanding 3-0 victories against both South
Carolina and Mississippi State over the weekend. The 14-2 record equals the best start in school history after 16 matches, tying the 1984 squad, which went on to win 22 matches before suffering its third loss, as well as the 1996 and 1995 squads, which won 15 and 14 matches, respectively, before posting a third loss…Junior setter Allie Sawatzky, who orchestrates an A&M offense that leads the SEC in both assists (13.83) and kills (15.02) per set, directed a balanced Texas A&M offense that hit above .350 in each match and a combined .360 for the week. With 15 Aggie players seeing action in the first-ever meeting against Mississippi State, the Aggies shattered a school record for fewest points scored by an opponent since moving to the 25-point cap
in 2008, as Mississippi State’s 32 total points smashed the previous record low of 41 (25-7, 25-16, 25-18) points scored by Texas Southern on Sept. 11, 2009…The Aggies take their four-match winning streak on the road this weekend with a pair of crucial SEC match-ups. A&M takes on Arkansas Friday in Fayetteville. Although it will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools in volleyball -- Arkansas didn’t sponsor volleyball when the two schools were members of the Southwest Conference – there will be a familiar face on the Razorback bench as assistant coach Carol Price-Torok played for A&M and
coach Laurie Corbelli from 2000-03. A&M then takes on Kentucky in Lexington on Sunday. The Wildcats are the only SEC team to defeat the Aggies this season.
SEC VOLLEYBALL ON TELEVISION
The Southeastern Conference, in conjunction with ESPNU, SportSouth and
Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (CSS), released the 2012 SEC volleyball television
schedule. Combined, the networks will broadcast 18 live SEC volleyball matches this
ESPNU will feature SEC volleyball on Wednesday nights and Sunday afternoons
while SportSouth and CSS will broadcast matches on Sundays. SportSouth will broadcast
two Friday night matches on October 5 and October 19.
The SportSouth footprint includes FS Southwest and FS Midwest.
Areas covered by Comcast will see matches on CSS, while areas covered by Cox
(LSU, Arkansas and Florida) will see the matches on CST.
Every ESPNU match will be available on WatchESPN. SportSouth and CSS
matches will also be made available on ESPN3.
Wednesday, 9/12 Tennessee at Missouri 8 p.m. ET
Wednesday, 9/26 Tennessee at Kentucky 8 p.m. ET
Wednesday, 10/3 Georgia at LSU 7 p.m. ET
Wednesday, 10/10 Tennessee at LSU 8 p.m. ET
Sunday, 10/14 Mississippi State at Missouri 1 p.m. ET
Sunday, 10/21 Florida at Texas A&M 2 p.m. ET
Wednesday, 10/24 Missouri at Georgia 7 p.m. ET
Wednesday, 11/21 Arkansas at LSU 9 p.m. ET
SportSouth/FS Southwest/FS Midwest
Friday, 10/5 South Carolina at Texas A&M 9:30 p.m. ET
Sunday, 10/7 Mississippi State at Texas A&M 4 p.m. ET
Friday, 10/19 Missouri at Ole Miss 8:30 p.m. ET
Sunday, 10/28 Alabama at Tennessee 1 p.m. ET
Sunday, 11/11 Kentucky at Arkansas 1 p.m. ET
Sunday, 10/21 South Carolina at Ole Miss 2 p.m. ET
Sunday, 10/28 Mississippi State at LSU 2 p.m. ET
Sunday, 11/4 Tennessee at Florida 2 p.m. ET
Sunday, 11/4 Ole Miss at LSU 4 p.m. ET
Sunday, 11/11 Texas A&M at Georgia 2 p.m. ET
Sunday, 11/18 Auburn at Alabama 2 p.m. ET
Wednesday, 11/21 Alabama at Ole Miss 8 p.m. ET