by Jen Armson-Dyer
Jennifer Armson-Dyer is currently the member services coordinator for the Badger Region Volleyball Association, and previously worked for eight years as the Media Relations director for the Penn State men’s and women’s volleyball programs. Armson-Dyer played volleyball at Northwestern University, where she graduated with a degree in Journalism, and currently lives in Milwaukee, WI with Marquette Assistant Volleyball Coach, Craig Dyer and their son, Liam.
There are some huge matches this week, not only for poll and conference standings, but also for NCAA seeding down the road.
#1 Penn State (20-1, 10-0) vs. #4 Nebraska (17-2, 9-1)
Perhaps the biggest remaining match in the Big Ten and the history of the Nebraska Coliseum will be Sunday when the Nittany Lions visit the Huskers for a 1:00 p.m. CT match that will be televised on the Big Ten Network. The teams sit one-two in the Big Ten, with Penn State claiming the earlier meeting this season in four. Ariel Scott leads the Nittany Lions with 3.68 kills per set (272 kills) as Dominique Gonzalez leads the defense with 3.45 digs per set (255 digs) and Katie Slay tops the blocking list with 1.41 blocks per set (100 total blocks). For Nebraska, Gina Mancuso tops the squad with 3.42 kills per set (229 kills) as Hannah Werth leads the defense with 3.31 digs per set (222 digs) and Hayley Thramer heads the blocking chart with 1.24 blocks per set (82 total blocks). Click here for multimedia: http://www.huskers.com/SportSelect.dbml?spid=23&spsid=13&db_oem_id=100
#5 Washington (16-2, 7-2) vs. #7 USC (18-3, 6-3), #6 UCLA (15-4, 7-3)
While Stanford and Oregon sit atop the Pac-12 standings, Washington, UCLA and USC are right behind, battling for NCAA seeding positions. This week’s matches certainly will have an impact on that. The Huskies face the Women of Troy on Friday at 6:00 p.m. PT at the Galen Center and then travel to play the Bruins on Sunday at noon PT at the John Wooden Center. Both matches will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks. For Washington, Krista Vansant leads the squad with 4.23 kills per set (275 kills), Jenna Orlandini leads with 3.79 digs per set (235 digs) and Amanda Gil with 1.60 blocks per set (104 total blocks). For USC, Samantha Bricio tops the team with 4.00 kills per set (284 kills), Natalie Hagglund leads the defense with 4.58 digs per set (330 digs) and Alexis Olgard heads the blocking list with 0.95 blocks per set (57 total blocks). For UCLA, Tabi Love leads the offense with 4.30 kills per set (297 kills), Bojana Todorovic leads the defense with 3.88 digs per set (252 digs) and Zoe Nightingale leads the blocking list with 1.39 blocks per set (96 total blocks). Click here for multimedia of Washington-USC: http://www.usctrojans.com/sports/w-volley/sched/usc-w-volley-sched.html and click here for multimedia of Washington-UCLA: http://www.uclabruins.com/sports/w-volley/sched/ucla-w-volley-sched.html
#11 Florida (17-2, 11-0) vs. #12 Florida State (18-2, 10-1)
The battle for Florida takes place Wednesday in Tallahassee as the Gators travel to face the Seminoles at 6:00 p.m. ET in a match that can be seen on ESPN3.com. SEC Offensive Player of the Week Chloe Mann leads Florida with 3.87 kills per set (236 kills) and 1.10 blocks per set (67 total blocks) while Taylor Unroe picks up 4.34 digs per set (291 digs). For Florida State, Fatma Yildirim the squad with 2.92 kills per set (207 kills) while Katie Mosher picks up 4.33 digs per set (312 digs) and Ashley Neff tops the blocking list with 1.66 blocks per set (121 blocks). Click here for multimedia: http://www.seminoles.com/sports/w-volley/sched/fsu-w-volley-sched.html
Bowling Green (14-8, 9-1) vs. Ohio (14-8, 9-1)
Tied for the lead in the MAC East, Bowling Green travels to face Ohio on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. ET. Paige Penrod leads Bowling Green with 4.05 kills per set (344 kills) while Ashley Dunn collects 4.45 digs per set (378 digs) and Kaitlyn Skinner heads the blocking list with 1.19 blocks per set (87 total blocks). For Ohio, Kelly Lamberti leads the squad with 3.89 kills per set (292 kills) as Meredith Ashy picks up 4.69 digs per set (352 digs) and Serena Warner tops the blocking chart with 1.32 blocks per set (98 total blocks). Click here for multimedia: http://www.ohiobobcats.com/sports/w-volley/sched/ohio-w-volley-sched.html
Georgia Southern (18-6, 9-1) vs. College of Charleston (18-6, 9-1)
Sitting tied atop the Southern Conference South division, Georgia Southern travels to College of Charleston on Friday at 7:00 p.m. ET. Meredith Paskert leads the Eagles with 3.27 kills per set (275 kills), Alexandra Beecher tops the defense with 4.63 digs per set (389 digs) and Kym Coley tops the blocking list with 0.82 blocks per set (64 total blocks). For College of Charleston, Darcy Dorton leads the squad with 4.25 kills per set (357 kills), Emily Shelton picks up 5.36 digs per set (461 digs) and Kerstin Koehler heads the blocking list with 0.90 blocks per set (74 total blocks). Click here for multimedia: http://www.cofcsports.com/SportSelect.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=14800&SPID=7054&SPSID=64082
Which matches are you going to be following this week?