Ladies and gentlemen, the weekend is finally here, and what better way to celebrate than with some quality entertainment in nearly all divisions of collegiate volleyball. Today we will get to see the Division III Elite Eight matchups, some second round action for the Division II Tournament, and as for Division I, we will be seeing the beginning of some conference tournaments as well as a big Pac-12 matchup between Stanford and Oregon tonight in Palo Alto.
|Eastern's five seniors (left to right): Horning, Poole, |
Schlager, Reinhold, Kummerer
In the Division II game, we have second round action involving some big matchups, one in particular that catches my eye is the match between four-time defending champion #3 Concordia-St. Paul and #7 University of Minnesota Duluth. Coach Brady Starkey has been a beast at the helm for the Golden Bears, and if you're wanting to hear something you don't already know, it might be that he just eclipsed the 300-win mark...in only his ninth season. Minnesota Duluth however looks to make things competitive after a decisive sweep of #10 Wayne State in the opening round yesterday.
In Division I news, the Sun Belt Tournament is underway as one of my favorite teams in the game and the #1 seed in the SBC tourney, Western Kentucky, looks to finish the season strong. The Atlantic-10 tournament is also getting underway, and the #1 seed Dayton Flyers are looking to defend their claim as two-time defending A-10 tourney champions, but look for #2 seed Xavier to play hard in what I might say is one of the most underrated rivalries in sports.The Pac-12 is hot right now with 4 of the top 5 teams in USC, UCLA, California, and Stanford, and if you're looking for a top-15 match this weekend, I'd like to think that Oregon at Stanford will be a great one. Oregon also plays at Cal on Saturday, and as a Ducks fan myself, I am rooting for them to repeat what they did last month when they beat both Cal and Stanford at home. Additionally the Ducks beat then-No.1 UCLA last Friday in an awesome comeback win in Eugene, before losing in a well-played effort against USC on Saturday.
In closing, I'd like to give a big shoutout to 2nd Team All-SBC and Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year Ashley Potts and her teammate 1st Team All-SBC setter Melanie Stutsman. Congrats ladies! And don't forget, if you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or concerns, e-mail me at email@example.com. Thanks for reading!