Other B1G Non-Conference Matches 2023

Ignatius L Hoops

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Upcoming Gopher opponent Florida opened the season defeating Penn State in Tampa.. Penn State also dropped their second match to Georgia Tech

TAMPA, Fla. – In a battle of two Top-15 teams, the No. 11 Florida Gators defeated the No. 8 Penn State Nittany Lions in comeback fashion, winning in four sets.

Penn State claimed the first set 25-18, but the Gators won a hard-fought 25-23 second set to even the match. Florida took that momentum into set three, winning 25-17, then the Gators staved off three set points in the fourth and won the match with a 5-0 run.

With the victory, the Gators have now won 31 season openers, including seven-straight. This was the sixth season-opening victory over a Top-25 opponent since the inception of the program in 1984.

On the offensive front four Gators notched over 10 kills, including a team-high 18 from freshman Kennedy Martin in her debut. Classmate Kira Hutson added 14 in her first collegiate match, while Sofia Victoria (11) and Anna Dixon (10) combined for 21 kills on the night.

The freshmen duo of Martin and Hutson were the first pair of freshmen to record 30+ combined kills in a season opening match, surpassing the mark of 28 from the duo of Kristy Jaeckel (15) and Kelly Murphy (13) in the season-opener in 2008.

The Gator offense was anchored by Alexis Stucky, who dished out 55 assists on the night – one shy of her career-high.

Florida held Penn State to a .193 clip, tallying 11 blocks on the night. Gabrielle Essix was a force at the net, posting a team-high seven blocks, while Martin added five of her own in the victory.

Leading the backcourt defense for the Gators was libero Elli McKissock, who posted a team-high 13 digs in the four-setter. Martin recorded the first double-double of her career, recording 11 digs to pair with her 18 kills. Trinity Adams and Emily Canaan each registered nine digs, while Stucky added seven in the win.

Stucky also added three aces to the column on Friday night, while Dixon added two

Future Pav visitor Creighton traveled to Purdue and swept the Boilers:

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The No. 18 Creighton Volleyball team picked up its first Top-25 win of the year with a 3-0 win at Purdue on Saturday, Aug. 26. Scores of the nationally-televised victory were 28-26, 25-21, 25-20.

The victory made Creighton the first non-conference team to beat Purdue in West Lafayette since Kentucky on Aug. 27, 2016, snapping a 35-match win streak, and first non-conference club to sweep the Boilermakers at home since Dayton on Aug. 31, 2007.

Creighton improved to 2-0 with the win while Purdue dropped to 1-1 on the season. The Bluejays have now posted at least one top-25 victory in each of the last nine seasons, and own 24 top-25 wins all-time.

Sophomore Ava Martin led the Creighton offense for the second straight match with 15 kills, while Ellie Bolton paced the Bluejay defense with 22 digs. Creighton had 48 kills, six aces, 70 digs and nine blocks on .246 hitting.

"That was really fun," said Kirsten Bernthal Booth. "I felt like they followed game plan. We thought we matched up really well with them. They're led by three players and our job was to slow those three players down and make someone else beat us, and that's what we did. I thought we did a really good job at the net. I thought (Ellie) Bolton was special today defensively and in serve receive and against two of the best outside hitters in the country and she dug them really well."

The Bluejays won a tense first set to take control early on. CU led 24-20, only to squander six set points before finally converting. Booth inserted Audrey Clark, a true freshman making her collegiate debut, to serve on the final set point and was rewarded as Purdue's attack return sailed long. Ava Martin had seven kills and four digs while Kiana Schmitt had three kills and three blocks to pace CU in the opening frame. Raven Colvin owned six of Purdue's 13 kills in the frame. The first set featured seven ties and a pair of lead changes.

"Lots of people came in and contributed," noted Booth. "We're still trying to figure out our serving specialists and what I did to Audrey Clark was inhumane to throw her in at that point in the first set, and she was pretty clutch so I was really proud of her."

Creighton fell behind 14-8 in the second set, only to rally for the 25-21 victory. The Bluejays uncorked an 11-2 run behind the play of Norah Sis, who had five kills and an ace in the set. Leading 21-20, the Bluejays pulled away before eventually taking the 2-0 lead on Sis' seventh kill of the afternoon.

Like the first two sets, the third game was a tight back-and-forth battle before Creighton ultimately emerged with the victory. With the score tied at 20-all, freshman Sydney Breissinger served a 5-0 run to ice the sweep, with a kill from Kendra Wait closing it out. The two-time All-American setter finished with 34 assists, 10 digs, five kills and five blocks while also serving a pair of aces.

Purdue was led by 10 kills from reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year Eva Hudson, while the nation's top-ranked recruit Chloe Chicoine was limited to nine kills on .060 hitting in 50 swings. Denver transfer Lorrin Poulter had 25 assists and 12 digs to register a double-double for the Boilermakers. Purdue hit .148 and had 35 kills, 65 digs, seven blocks and two aces

Upset Alert!
Badgers and Razorbacks headed for a fifth set in Little Rock on the SEC Network

Badgers had an easier time on their second night in Little Rock defeating Arkansas 22, 16, 17

Of Note:

Last night Ohio State (3-1) dropped their home opener to Georgia Tech (3-0) -25, 19, 15, 25

And Illinois (2-1) lost a five setter in Huff to Wichita State (2-2) -25, 19, 19, -25, 11.

Wisconsin pulls out a five set win against Tennessee. In the past top B1G teams would've been sweeping these non-conference matches.

SEC and ACC getting tougher. The former in particular I think are looking for places to dump their truckloads of football/TV money into.

Florida used to be only program that mattered. Now of course Texas coming in but Kentucky is good too. Others trying to rise up and matter.

Vandy one of the very few P5 that didn't even have vball, but now creating a new program.

Pitt good and GT coming on. Louisville elite to compete with UK. Now they'll have Stanford.

No way we beat Nebraska in the near future with their defensive play. I really hope I'm wrong on that but they start 4 freshman and have no senior starters.

Stanford looking like they will come back to take the third set after dropping first two. A reverse sweep would be quite a feat. Doubt I’ll stay up for that but we’ll see

Neb defense is indeed filthy.

If it will prevent Wisconsin from winning the conf and/or getting a 1 seed, then I’ll root for Neb all day.

Just saw Florida is up to 3, so maybe we can’t hang with them anyway. Texas down to 6?

I’ll say 7-10, that’s us. Lower than that, questionable at best. Schaff and Landfair have too many weaknesses. What they’ve done is the ceiling of what they can do here.

Watching the Neb Stanford match now. They just seem to be playing faster and a notch above from what the Gophers play. We are good, but we are not this good.

Watching the Neb Stanford match now. They just seem to be playing faster and a notch above from what the Gophers play. We are good, but we are not this good.
Yeah, every year Nebraska doesn't make the national championship game is a failed year imo. Even though they might pick up a few losses in the regular season, they always seem to crank it to another level in the NCAA Tournament. Coaching matters, every time they miss a point and pans over to John Cook it looks like he's about to blow a gasket.

Badgers stage a late comeback to take the first set from Marquette 28-26 on FS1

17k fans there:

Gopher volleyball should never play a match in Williams. :rolleyes:

False, because Fiserv is Marquette’s home basketball arena. Williams is ours.

The point of playing at Fiserve was to set an indoor volleyball attendance record and attract groups of girl volleyball players. Williams Arena (14, 500) wouldn't cut it. However, the X and Target Center top out at around 20,000. It also helped that Badger fans showed out.

Chicoine is gonna be a problem whenever we face Purdue. Just another Eva Hudson, but she serves better, jumps higher and hits harder.

Fine for Friday/weekend.

If they're going to force cross-country trips in the middle of the week for a conference volleyball match, that's silly and absurd.

Badgers dropped the first two sets at Florida and are leading in the third on ESPN.

Earlier today Stanford got the exciting reverse sweep at Louisville's YUM! Center.

In other Gopher opponent news, Oregon swept at Marquette

BADgers not looking top 4. Whatever prevents them from winning conf and/or hosting regional, I'll root for.

Badgers come all the way back taking the 5th set 15-13 defeating Florida.

Next up: Nebraska/Kentucky on BTN

Not very impressed with the Badgers yet. Nebraska looks like the team most likely to win the B1G based on preseason play. But it's a long conference season so we'll see how their Frosh hold up.

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