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.
Well, here we go! The NCAA Tournament is upon us and the marathon of the Division I women’s volleyball season has suddenly turned into a sprint to the end. A look at the contests this week on the right side of the bracket and some of the key players on each team.
*Texas Subregional: http://www.texassports.com/sports/w-volley/spec-rel/112612aaa.html
Thursday: NC State vs. Texas A&M, 4:00 p.m. CT / Texas vs. Colgate, 7:00 p.m. CT. Winners play on Friday at 7:00 p.m. CT.
#3 Texas (Big 12): Hayley Eckerman (4.59 kps), Khat Bell (1.43 bps)
Colgate (Patriot): Lindsay Young (2.91 kps), Diane Seely (0.92 bps)
NC State (ACC): Dariyan Hopper (2.87 kps), Brie Merriwether (0.89 bps)
Texas A&M (SEC): Alisia Kastmo (3.59 kps), Lindsey Miller (1.06 bps)
*Florida Subregional: http://www.gatorzone.com/volleyball/tour/ncaa/2012/
Friday: Miami vs. College of Charleston, 5:00 p.m. ET / Florida vs. Tulsa, 7:30 p.m. ET. Winners play on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET.
#14 Florida (SEC): Ziva Recek (4.05 kps), Chloe Mann (1.13 bps)
Tulsa (Conference USA): Tyler Henderson (5.21 kps), Ashley Hooper (0.75 bps)
Miami (ACC): Taylor Hollins (3.16 kps), Emani Sims (1.38 bps)
College of Charleston (Southern): Darcy Dorton (4.22 kps), Kerstin Koehler (0.87 bps)
*Kansas Subregional: http://www.kuathletics.com/sports/w-volley/spec-rel/ncaa.html
Friday: Arkansas vs. Wichita State, 4:00 p.m. CT / Kansas vs. Cleveland State, 6:30 p.m. CT. Winners play on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. CT.
Cleveland State (Horizon): Kara Koch (4.71 kps), Marie Frease (0.97 bps)
Arkansas (SEC): Jasmine Norton (3.67 kps), Janeliss Torres (1.01 bps)
Wichita State (Missouri Valley): Emily Adney (3.03 kps), Ashley Andrade (0.91 bps)
*Southern California Subregional: http://www.usctrojans.com/sports/w-volley/spec-rel/112712aae.html
Thursday: San Diego State vs. Saint Mary’s, 5:00 p.m. PT / USC vs. Fairfield, 7:30 p.m. PT. Winners play on Friday at 7:00 p.m. PT.
#6 USC (Pac 12): Samantha Bricio (4.05 kps), Alexis Olgard (0.90 bps)
Fairfield (Metro Atlantic): Brianna Dixion (3.56 kps), Hayley Moyer (0.78 bps)
San Diego State (Mountain West): Andrea Hannasch (2.91 kps), Emily Harris (1.34 bps)
Saint Mary’s (West Coast): Kristina Graven (3.37 kps), Gabby Jolly (1.17 bps)
Berkeley, Calif., Regional
*UCLA Subregional: http://www.uclabruins.com/sports/w-volley/spec-rel/112512aaa.html
Friday: San Diego vs. Michigan State, 5:30 p.m. PT / UCLA vs. LIU Brooklyn, 8:00 p.m. PT. Winners play on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. PT.
#7 UCLA (Pac 12): Tabi Love (4.54 kps), Zoe Nightingale (1.39 bps)
LIU Brooklyn (Northeast): Annika Foit (3.98 kps), Ashley Rice (1.27 bps)
San Diego (West Coast): Katie Hoekman (2.69 kps, 1.10 bps), Kandiss Anderson (3.44 dps)
Michigan State (Big Ten): Lauren Wicinski (4.39 kps), Alexis Mathews (1.19 bps)
*Louisville Subregional: http://www.gocards.com/sports/w-volley/spec-rel/12ncaa-first-and-second.html
Thursday: Michigan vs. Tennessee, 5:00 p.m. ET / Louisville vs. Belmont, 7:30 p.m. ET. Winners play on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Belmont (Ohio Valley): Jen Myer (2.83 kps), Alex Martin (0.81 bps)
Michigan (Big Ten): Lexi Erwin (4.02 kps), Jennifer Cross (1.28 bps)
Tennessee (SEC): Kelsey Robinson (4.28 kps), DeeDee Harrison (1.21 bps)
*Iowa State Subregional: http://www.cyclones.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=46657&SPID=4251&DB_OEM_ID=10700&ATCLID=205744533&DB_OEM_ID=10700&DB_LANG=C&IN_SUBSCRIBER_CONTENT=
Thursday: California vs. North Carolina, 5:00 p.m. CT / Iowa State vs. IPFW, 7:30 p.m. CT. Winners play on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
IPFW (Summit): Emily Spencer (4.30 kps), Hallie Ripley (1.02 bps)
California (Pac 12): Shannon Hawari (2.75 kps), Kat Brown (1.31 bps)
North Carolina (ACC): Emily McGee (2.69 kps), Paige Neuenfeldt (1.17 bps)
*Stanford Subregional: http://www.gostanford.com/sports/w-volley/sched/stan-w-volley-sched.html
Friday: Western Kentucky vs. Loyola Marymount, 5:30 p.m. PT / Stanford vs. Jackson State, 8:00 p.m. PT. Winners play on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. PT.
Jackson State (Southwestern): Christine Edwards (4.12 kps), Mikayla Rolle (0.97 bps)
Western Kentucky (Sun Belt): Jordyn Skinner (2.94 kps), Heather Boyan (0.88 bps)
Loyola Marymount (West Coast): Kathleen Luft (4.14 kps), Litara Keil (1.04 bps)
A quick moment of recognition to all of the support staffs who rarely receive kudos for the great jobs they do and the long, odd hours they put in, especially during tournament time – the SIDs/media relations and marketing directors, event staff/facility managers, athletic trainers, academic advisors, strength coaches and administrators.
Good luck to all of the programs – let’s see where this week takes us!