Friday, September 28, 2012

Winning is Everything


by Jessi Greenberg

Well hello again!

As you can imagine I’ve been a tad busy with volleyball and school for the past couple of weeks, so we have a LOT to catch up on. This season has already been a crazy ride, and it’s only just begun. We’ve had plenty of highs and lows, but through them all we’ve only grown closer as a team.

A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to play in one of the most well known volleyball gyms in the country, the University of Nebraska. Not only was Nebraska the #1 seed at the time of our match, but playing in front of their sold-out crowd was incredible. The gym was a sea of red, a color that my teammates and I aren’t too fond of. Although we lost in a four sets, it was a great match and one that will always stick out in my mind. Even more amazing than the gym, were the Nebraska fans that we encountered after the match. At least 10 Nebraska fans came up to us in the restaurant and complimented us on how well we played. They were extremely nice people and they really know their volleyball, so we were very glad to earn their respect. Of course, a road trip wouldn’t be complete without having to wake up at 4:30am the next morning to head to the airport in Omaha AND having one of our transportation vans get a speeding ticket along the way. Gotta love it.

The gym in Nebraska, boo all that red!
After an exciting pre-season, we’re now in the midst of SEC play, which can only mean one thing, rivalries. As any University of Kentucky fan knows, Kentucky and Tennessee are HUGE rivals. Since the final point of our victory over Texas A&M last Sunday, the only thing on my mind was beating Tennessee (I’m serious, you should’ve seen my tweets). 

Our game was scheduled for Wednesday, September 26, which also happened to be my 21st birthday (I’ll be expecting some presents in the mail). So not only did I have the distraction of my birthday to worry about, but I also had two tests and a presentation this week. Oh, the joys of being a student-athlete. Luckily, I was able to budget my time to allow myself to focus on the game Wednesday night, and boy did I focus. In case you missed the game on ESPNU (if you did you should be ashamed of yourself), we swept Tennessee (25-15, 25-21, 25-20) for the first time since 1995. Think about it, that means the last time UK swept UT, the players couldn’t even write about it on Twitter or Facebook! Such a shame.


Man I love these girls!

Anyway, on top of the victory, my mom also got me a huge box of birthday cupcakes. Can you say best birthday ever?! I can. 

Yeah, they taste as good as they look.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A Look Ahead – Sept. 25th-30th



by Jen Armson-Dyer

There are several more important matches this weekend with conference title implications, read on to learn more and weigh in on which matches you’ll be following:

Ariel Scott
#1 Penn State (12-1) vs. #10 Minnesota (11-2)
With wins over then-No. 3 Nebraska and Iowa last week, Penn State slid into the top spot in the AVCA poll and takes to the road for the first time this league season, traveling to Wisconsin on Friday night before heading north to face the No. 10 ranked Golden Gophers Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. CT. Both teams are 2-0 in the Big Ten, as Minnesota defeated Illinois and Northwestern last weekend. Penn State leads the overall series 37-8, but the last two matches in Minneapolis have gone five, with each squad winning one. Ariel Scott leads the Nittany Lion offense with 3.71 kills per set (167 kills), Dominique Gonzalez tops the defense with 3.16 digs per set (142 digs) and Katie Slay heads the blocking list with 1.40 blocks per set (59 total blocks). For Minnesota, Big Ten Player of the Week Katherine Harms leads the squad with 4.44 kills per set (200 kills), Ashley Wittman leads the defense with 2.75 digs per set (121 digs) and Tori Dixon tops the blocking chart with 1.00 blocks per set (45 total blocks). Links to multimedia can be found here: http://www.gophersports.com/sports/w-volley/sched/minn-w-volley-sched.html
 

#3 USC (13-1), #4 UCLA (9-2) vs. #5 Washington (11-0)
USC and UCLA started last week beating up on each other, and now the two schools head north to face an undefeated Washington team in its biggest tests of the season. The Women of Troy and the Bruins face off on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. PT before Washington welcomes Southern California on Friday at 6:00 p.m. PT. Both matches will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks and will feature Gametracker. UCLA leads the series with Washington 42-19, with each team winning on its home floor last year, while USC leads the series with Washington 41-18, with the Women of Troy claiming both last year. Katie Fuller leads USC with 4.07 kills per set (171 kills) while Natalie Hagglund leads the defense with 4.13 digs per set (194 digs) and Alexis Olgard tops the blocking list with 26 total blocks (0.74 blocks per set). For UCLA, Tabi Love carries the offense with 3.93 kills per set (161 total kills), Bojana Todorovic leads the defense with 4.16 digs per set (154 digs) and Zoe Nightingale tops the blocking chart with 1.24 blocks per set (51 total blocks). For Washington, Krista Vansant leads the team with 3.84 kills per set (119 kills), Jenna Orlandini tops the defense with 3.39 digs per set (95 digs) and Amanda Gil heads the blocking chart with 1.39 blocks per set (43 total blocks). 


#8 Hawai'i (10-2) vs. Long Beach State (7-6)
The Rainbow Wahine have two more tough conference tests this week and their first at home, hosting UC Irvine on Thursday before welcoming Long Beach State on Saturday. Hawaii is 3-0 in Big West play, but the Cal State Northridge and Cal State Fullerton matches both went five. Prior to the season, Hawai'i was tabbed to win the league while Long Beach was picked second. The last meeting between the two teams was a five-set Hawai'i win last season at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic. For Hawai'i, Emily Hartong leads the squad with 4.13 kills per set (190 kills) while Alyssa Longo tops the defense with 3.39 digs per set (156 digs) and Kalei Adolpho heads the blocking leaders with 1.14 blocks per set (48 total blocks). For Long Beach State, Janisa Johnson leads the team with 2.96 kills per set (136 kills) while Tyler Jackson tops the defense with 3.93 digs per set (181 digs) and Chisom Okpala leads the block with 1.07 blocks per set (49 total blocks). The 49ers also have regained the services of middle hitter Alma Serna, who was injured in the first match of the season but returned last weekend and was named the Big West Player of the Week. Links to multimedia can be found here: http://hawaiiathletics.com/schedule.aspx?path=wvball&
 

#19 Iowa State (7-4) vs. Kansas (13-2)
The second conference match for both schools, Kansas hosts #19 Iowa State on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. CT. The Cyclones lead the all-time series between the two schools, 44-35, and claimed both contests last year, but Kansas owns a 17-14-1 advantage at home. This season, the Jayhawks are 8-0 at home while three of Iowa State’s four losses have come on the road. Mackenzie Bigbee leads Iowa State with 3.37 kills per set (145 kills) while Kristen Hahn tops the defense with 4.78 digs per set (215 digs) and Tenisha Matlock posts 0.77 blocks per set (34 total blocks). For Kansas, Caroline Jarmoc leads the way with 3.89 kills per set (206 kills) and 1.43 blocks per set (76 total blocks) while Brianne Riley leads the defense with 5.38 digs per set (285 digs). Links to video, audio and Gametracker can be found here: http://www.kuathletics.com/sports/w-volley/sched/kan-w-volley-sched.html

Wichita State (9-4) vs. Northern Iowa (11-5)
A key match-up in the Missouri Valley Conference, Wichita State travels to Northern Iowa on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. CT. The Panthers lead the all-time series with the Shockers 42-11-1, including three wins last season. Amy Braun leads Northern Iowa with 3.02 kills per set (169 kills) while Candice Burke posts 4.77 digs per set (267 digs) and Shelby Kintzel records 1,29 blocks per set (72 total blocks). For Wichita State, Emily Adney leads the way with 3.16 kills per set (161 kills) as Jackie Church tops the defense with 4.43 digs per set (226 digs) and Ashley Andrade heads the blocking list with 0.92 blocks per set (47 total blocks). Links to multimedia can be found here: http://www.unipanthers.com/SportSelect.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=26200&SPID=90713&SPSID=627864 

We know there are many more important matches this week – which ones will you be following?

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A Look Ahead – Sept. 19th-23rd


by Jen Armson-Dyer

This is the week for Wednesday showdowns. With much of the non-conference done, most teams start their real tests with league matches, including some intriguing and very important ones right off the bat.

Tabi Love
#1 UCLA (8-1) vs. #2 USC (12-0)
You could say that many of the Pac-12 match-ups this week could be featured, and you’d be right. Cal-Stanford, USC-Oregon and Oregon-Oregon State are also on tap, but the contest between the top two teams in the country can’t be ignored. The Bruins travel to the Women of Troy on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. PT in a contest that will be televised on ESPNU. UCLA and USC will meet as the #1 and #2 teams in the nation for just the second time in the storied rivalry. The only previous match-up was on Oct. 19, 1984 at USC when #2 UCLA beat #1 USC in five. The Bruins lead the overall series 57-52, as the teams won on each others home court last season. The Bruins, coming off a five-set win at Colorado State last weekend, are led by Tabi Love with 3.97 kills per set (135 kills), Bojana Todorovic with 3.83 digs per set (115 digs) and Zoe Nightingale with 1.26 blocks per set (43 total blocks). For the defending Pac-12 champs Women of Troy, Katie Fuller (4.03 kps/141 kills) and Samantha Bricio (3.69 kps/144 kills) lead the offense while Natalie Hagglund (4.05 dps/162 digs) tops the defense and Natasa Slijovic (1.04 bps/25 total blocks) heads the blocking list. Click here for links to audio and Gametracker. 

#3 Nebraska (8-1) vs. #4 Penn State (10-1)
The Huskers travel to Happy Valley for a Wednesday night showdown with the Nittany Lions that will be televised live on the Big Ten Network at 8:00 p.m. ET. Nebraska leads the all-time series between the two schools, 12-7, with each team winning on its home court last season. The Huskers are coming off their first loss of the season at Iowa State last weekend, and are led by Gina Mancuso with 3.61 kills per set (112 kills), Hannah Werth with 3.39 digs per set (105 digs) and Meghan Haggerty with 1.24 blocks per set (31 total blocks). For Penn State, Ariel Scott leads the offense with 3.73 kills per set (138 kills), Dominique Gonzalez tops the defense with 3.11 digs per set (115 digs) and Katie Slay heads the blocking list with 1.44 blocks per set (49 total blocks). Click here for links to audio andGametracker. 

Kaitlynn Pelger
#9 Texas (8-3), #11 Kansas State (12-0) vs. Oklahoma (11-3)
Oklahoma takes on two tough conference foes this week, hosting Kansas State on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. CT before traveling to Texas on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. CT.  The Sooners are led by Sallie McLaurin with 2.68 kills per set (134 kills) and 1.68 blocks per set (84 total blocks) and Maria Fernanda with 5.06 digs per set (253 total digs). The Wildcats look to continue their winning streak as they head into Norman, where last season the Sooners upset then-No. 8 Texas in five. Kansas State is led by AVCA National Player of the Week Kaitlynn Pelger with 3.53 kills per set (141 kills), Kuulei Kabalis with 2.95 digs per set (118 digs) and Alex Muff with 1.54 blocks per set (57 total blocks). The Longhorns, who fell last weekend to Illinois in five, look to regroup as they start the conference season. Texas is led by Haley Eckerman with 4.49 kills per set (166 kills), Sarah Palmer with 3.39 digs per set (122 digs) and Nicole Dalton with 0.86 blocks per set (32 total blocks). Audio is available for the Oklahoma-KansasState match by clicking here and for the Texas-Oklahoma match by clicking here.  That match will also be televised on the Longhorn Network.

#14 Pepperdine (9-3) vs. #16 BYU (12-0)
After sweeping Florida State, Ohio State and Houston last weekend to win the Flo Hyman College Cup, the Waves open up league play at undefeated BYU on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. MT. Pepperdine is led by conference player of the week Jazmine Orozco with 3.67 kills per set (147 kills), Michaela Christiaansen with 3.72 digs per set (149 digs) and Victoria Adelhelm with 1.20 blocks per set (48 total blocks). BYU, in its best start since 2005, is led by Jennifer Hamson with 4.10 kills per set (164 kills), Ciara Parker with 5.00 digs per set (200 digs) and Nicole Warner with 1.50 blocks per set (60 total blocks). The match will be aired on BYU TV and links to livestats and video can be found here: http://byucougars.com/w-volleyball/event/2012/pepperdine 

Duke (9-3) vs. North Carolina (9-2)
The Blue Devils travel to take on the Tar Heels on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. ET, and North Carolina has the advantage in the storied rivalry 50-45. Duke is led by Emily Sklar with 3.43 kills per set (144 kills), Ali McCurdy with 5.52 digs per set (232 digs) and Chelsea Cook with 1.21 blocks per set (51 total blocks). North Carolina is led by Emily McGee with 2.76 kills per set (113 kills), Ece Taner with 4.02 digs per set (165 digs) and Chaniel Nelson with 1.17 blocks per set (48 total blocks). Links to multi-media can be foundhere.

What matches will you be following this week?

Friday, September 14, 2012

The AVCA Expanding Abroad!



Hi everyone, my name is Sachiko Miyake, and I am the newest intern here at the American Volleyball Coaches Association. I'm originally from Japan, but I'm currently getting my MBA from a German university in Berlin.  As I've traveled all over the world studying and playing volleyball, my life has taken me to Lexington, Kentucky...

I will be working here for just a few months  In Japan, we are interested in establishing a coaches association similar to what the AVCA does, which I am currently working on writing a master thesis about.  I am studying the AVCA internally as a business model, and will take what I learn to Japan to start a coaches association of our own!  Obviously there are different cultural tweaks that will have to be made, but the ultimate foundation will be similar.   

During this internship, I would especially like to learn the marketing, financial structure, operation system, and what makes the AVCA attractive, as they have more than 5,500 members throughout the U.S!  So, my main task while I am here will be:

Developing an international growth strategy for the AVCA.  My thought is that the AVCA and the JVCA can eventually be a bridge to take an initiative to host volleyball exchange programs between the U.S. and Japan.  My experience playing volleyball in different countries and sharing a love for a sport with many other women of diverse backgrounds made me believe the potential power of volleyball.  I am excited to be here in Lexington and be a part of the AVCA team!  Let's see what these two months will bring!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A Look Ahead: September 9th-12th


by Jen Armson-Dyer

The movement in this week’s AVCA poll shows just how crazy a year it’s been. Heading into the last week of pre-conference showdowns for many teams, there are several matches to watch as teams continue to hit their strides. Below are a few contests to keep your eye on:

#1 Nebraska (8-0) vs. #25 Iowa State (5-4)
The Huskers travel to Ames, Iowa, on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. CT to take on the Cyclones in a match-up of previous conference foes, and it’s the final non-conference match for each team. The last meeting between the two teams was a 3-0 Nebraska win in Lincoln last year. Gina Mancuso leads the Huskers with 3.48 kills per set as Hannah Werth tops the defense with 3.37 digs per set (91 total digs) and Meghan Haggerty heads the blocking list with 1.24 blocks per set (26 total blocks). For Iowa State, Mackenzie Bigbee leads the team with 3.34 kills per set as Kristen Hahn picks up 4.43 digs per set (164 total digs) and Tenisha Matlock leads the block with 0.86 blocks per set (31 total blocks). Links to video and live stats can be found here: http://www.cyclones.com/SportSelect.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=10700&SPID=4251&SPSID=46653

#2 UCLA (6-1) vs. #18 Pepperdine (6-2)
The Bruins face the Waves in a mid-week match, squaring off Wednesday at the John Wooden Center at 7:00 p.m. PT in a match that will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network. UCLA leads the overall series 50-12, but the last meeting was a five-set Pepperdine win on Sept. 7, 2011. For UCLA, Rachael Kidder leads the way with 3.79 kills per set (91 kills) while Tabi Love averages 3.65 kills per set (95 total kills). Bojana Todorovic leads the defense with 3.64 digs per set (80 total digs) while Zoe Nightingale leads the blocking chart with 1.27 blocks per set (33 total blocks). Jazmine Orozco leads the Waves with 3.43 kills per set while Michaela Christiaansen averages 3.71 digs per set (104 total digs) and Victoria Adelhelm picks up 1.21 blocks per set (34 total blocks). Links to audio and Gametracker can be found here: http://www.uclabruins.com/sports/w-volley/sched/ucla-w-volley-sched.html

#10 Minnesota (7-1) vs. #19 Kansas State (9-0), #20 Dayton (7-2)
The Golden Gophers have two tough matches on Friday, opening the Golden Hurricane Classic (hosted by Tulsa, who is 7-4 on the year) with the Flyers at 10:00 a.m. CT, before facing the Wildcats at 4:30 p.m. CT. Coming off a split with Texas last weekend, Katherine Harms leads Minnesota with 4.33 kills per set while Ashley Wittman leads the defense with 3.62 digs per set (94 total digs) and Tori Dixon leads the block with 1.11 blocks per set (30 total blocks). Off to the best start in school history at 9-0, Lilla Porubek leads the Wildcats with 3.57 kills per set as both Kaitlynn Peiger and Kuulei Kabalis each average 2.97 digs per set (86 total digs) and Alex Muff posts 1.67 blocks per set. The Flyers are looking to rebound after tough losses to Ohio State and Western Kentucky last weekend, and are led by Rachel Krabacher with 4.58 kills per set, Janna Krafka with 4.72 digs per set (151 total digs) and Isolde Hannan with 1.28 blocks per set (41 total blocks). Links to video and Gametracker as well as the full tournament schedule can be found here: http://www.tulsahurricane.com/sports/w-volley/sched/tuls-w-volley-sched.html

#11 Florida State (6-1) vs. #21 Ohio State (8-1)
After suffering its first loss of the season at the hands of Miami, Florida State looks to get back on track at the Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup hosted by Houston (click here for “A Tribute to Flo Hyman – Always A Cougar” http://www.uhcougars.com/sports/w-volley/spec-rel/091012aaa.html). The Seminoles will take on Pepperdine (profiled above) and Houston on Friday, and also face Ohio State on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET. Fatma Yildirim leads the Seminoles with 2.70 kills per set as Katie Mosher tops the defense with 4.21 digs per set (101 total digs) and Ashley Neff heads the blocking list with 1.72 blocks per set (43 total blocks). The Buckeyes surprised many last weekend, taking out then-No. 10 Dayton in five sets, and are led by Mari Hole with 4.14 kills per set, Davionna DiSalvatore with 3.49 digs per set (122 digs) and Andrea Kacsits with 0.93 blocks per set (26 total blocks).  For links to Gametracker and video for the matches involving Houston, click here: http://www.uhcougars.com/sports/w-volley/sched/hou-w-volley-sched.html

#12 Louisville (8-1) vs. Miami (7-1)
Moving up 12 spots in the latest AVCA poll after sweeping then-No. 11 Purdue and outlasting then-No. 20 Illinois, Louisville faces Miami, another giant slayer who took out then-undefeated Florida State last weekend. The two squads will meet Saturday at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville at 7:30 p.m. ET. For the Cardinals, reigning Big East Player of the Week Lola Arslanbekova leads the squad with 4.79 kills per set while Caitlin Welch tops the defense with 4.94 digs per set (163 total digs) and Gwen Rucker leads the blocking list with 1.27 blocks per set (42 total blocks). For the Hurricanes, Taylor Hollins leads the offense with 3.80 kills per set, Ryan Shaffer leads the defense with 4.87 digs per set (146 total digs) and Alexis Mourning leads the blocking list with 1.21 blocks per set (35 total blocks). Links to Gametracker and video can be found here: http://www.uoflsports.com/sports/w-volley/sched/lou-w-volley-sched.html

What matches will you be following this week?

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

A Look Ahead: September 5th-9th


by Jen Armson-Dyer

The Women’s Division I season continues to thrill as teams find their personalities and strides heading into the third week of the competitive season. Here’s a look at some interesting match-ups this week – including some for in-state bragging rights.

#3 UCLA (3-1) vs. #9 Hawai'i (5-1)
The Bruins travel to the islands for a Sunday night match-up with the Rainbow Wahine (5:00 p.m. HT) – a series that has been played at least once a season since 1974, the first year of the program at Hawaii. The Wahine lead the all-time series 36-33 but the Bruins claimed a four-set victory a year ago. Rachael Kidder and Tabi Love lead UCLA with 3.40 and 3.31 kills per set, respectively, as Bojana Todorovic tops the defense with 42 digs and Zoe Nightingale leads the blocking chart with 19 total blocks. Hawaii, looking to rebound after a five-set loss to Cal last weekend, is led by Emily Hartong with 4.45 kills per set, Alyssa Longo with 67 total digs and Kalei Adolpho with 25 total blocks. Live stats can be found at http://www.sidearmstats.com/hawaii/wvball/scoreboard.aspx and other multi-media information can be found here: http://hawaiiathletics.com/news/2012/9/3/WVB_0903124618.aspx?path=wvball 

#4 Texas (5-1) vs. #14 Minnesota (5-0)
The Longhorns welcome the Golden Gophers to Austin for consecutive matches on Thursday and Friday at 6:30 p.m. CT each night. It will be the first road trip for new Minnesota head coach Hugh McCutcheon, who joined the team on Aug. 30th after completing his coaching responsibilities with USA Volleyball earlier this month, coaching the women’s team to a silver medal at the London Olympics. Texas, looking to get back on track after a 3-0 sweep at Penn State last weekend, is led by Haley Eckerman with 4.39 kills per set, Sarah Palmer with 66 total digs and Khat Bell with 18 total blocks. For Minnesota, Katherine Harms leads the team with 4.31 kills per set as Ashley Wittman tops the defense with 60 total digs and Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week Tori Dixon tops the blocking list with 19 total stuffs. Both matches will be televised on the Longhorn network and will also have Gametracker and live audio, with links found here: http://www.texassports.com/sports/w-volley/sched/tex-w-volley-sched.html

#5 Southern California (6-0) vs. #17 San Diego (3-1)
The Women of Troy host the Toreros Friday night at 7:00 p.m. in the Galen Center at the USC Classic, which also features Notre Dame and Cal Poly. The last meeting between the two teams was a 3-1 USC win on Dec. 4, 2010 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Katie Fuller leads the way for USC with 4.28 kills per set while Natalie Hagglund tops the defense with 99 total digs and Natasa Siljkovic heads the blocking list with 15 total blocks. For San Diego, Katie Hoekman leads the squad with 2.75 kills per set and nine blocks as Kandiss Anderson paces the defense with 38 total digs. Gametracker and audio can be found at http://www.usctrojans.com/sports/w-volley/sched/usc-w-volley-sched.html 

#6 Florida State (6-0) vs. Miami (6-1)
The Seminoles travel to Coral Gables, Fla., for a Friday matchup with Miami at 7:30 p.m. ET in a contest that will be broadcast on ESPNU. Florida State leads the all-time series 20-16-1 but each of the last two years the teams split the series. The Seminoles start the season at 6-0 for the first time since 2000 and are led by Fatma Yildirim with 2.84 kills per set, Katie Mosher with 74 total digs and Ashley Neff with 40 total blocks. The Hurricanes are led by Taylor Hollins with 4.00 kills per set, Ryan Shaffer with 128 total digs and Alexis Mourning with 31 total blocks.

#10 Dayton (6-0) vs. Ohio State (5-1)
Reaching its highest ranking in program history, the Flyers and Buckeyes face off on Friday at 10:00 a.m. ET in Bowling Green, Ky. Ohio State leads the all-time series 11-9, including a five-set win in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament. Rachel Krabacher leads Dayton with 4.55 kills per set as Janna Krafka tops the defense with 96 total digs and Isolde Hannan heads the blocking list with 30 total stuffs. Mari Hole leads the Buckeyes with 4.23 kills per set as Davionna DiSalvatore tops the defense with 77 total digs and Emily Danks and Mariah Booth both have contributed 15 total blocks to lead the squad. Links to audio can be found here: http://www.daytonflyers.com/womens/volleyball/schedule/

#18 Iowa State (2-3) vs. #25 Northern Iowa (4-2)
The Cyclones and Panthers meet up on Wednesday night in Iowa State’s home opener at 6:30 p.m. CT. UNI leads the all-time series 26-23, including a three-game sweep of Iowa State last season. The Cyclones, fresh off a five-set victory at Illinois last weekend, are led by Mackenzie Bigbee with 3.29 kills per set, Kristen Hahn with 90 total digs and Tenisha Matlock with 14 total blocks. Northern Iowa is led by Amy Braun with 3.16 kills per set, MVC Defensive Player of the Week Candice Burke with 79 total digs and Shelby Kintzel with 24 total blocks. Links to video and live stats can be found here: http://www.cyclones.com/SportSelect.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=10700&SPID=4251&SPSID=46653 and links to audio can be found here: http://www.unipanthers.com/SportSelect.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=26200&SPID=90713&SPSID=627864

We can’t wait to see the results of these and all of the important matches this weekend!