Volleyball Stays Put at #5
In a fairly unsurprising update with the NCAA Volleyball rankings, Louisville Volleyball remained at #5. The Cards improved to 10-0 following a 3-2 victory at home against then-#8 Kentucky and a 3-0 sweep on the road at then #6-Nebraska. It was the second and third Top 10 wins for the Cards in the last four matches.
Texas retained the top spot by cruising to victories over Notre Dame and Texas A&M. Wisconsin stayed put in the second spot with a pair of sweeps against Green Bay and Northern Illinois. Ohio State took down Notre Dame twice, once at home and once on the road, to remain third. Pittsburgh was actually down here in the Commonwealth over the weekend, where they swept Marshall and Morehead State, to stay fourth.
Sitting behind the Cards is Washington at #6. Kentucky and Purdue came in tied for #7. Minnesota and Baylor moved up to #9 and #10, respectively to round out the Top 10.
Georgia Tech stayed put at #18 and in-state foe Western Kentucky moved up a spot to #22. Two ACC schools- North Carolina and Florida State- were in the receiving votes category.
We went into the season knowing this UofL team would be good, but I think most of us underestimated just how good they are. In fact, they're one of the best UofL teams in program history and have proven to be well-rounded. The Cards are dominating the blocking statistics but have been excellent at outside hitting, serving, and on the defensive side of the ball.
Conference play begins this weekend with Miami Volleyball coming to town Friday night and the Seminoles visiting on Sunday. Coincidentally, Florida State Women's Soccer is also in town on Sunday, facing the Cards at Lynn Stadium at the same time. I may have to bar Katy from campus that day.
We did find out some fantastic news on the volleyball side yesterday. We would like to wish Anna Stevenson a congratulations on her engagement with her fiancé Duncan. Stevenson has had a remarkable season so far and now has plenty more to celebrate.
Where Will Field Hockey Move To?
Following a 2-0 loss to #2 Iowa on Sunday, the question surrounding #5 Louisville is where they will be in the latest NFHCA rankings.
The Cards took down #11 Virginia 1-0 Friday evening before suffering their first loss of the season to the Hawkeyes. Iowa and Michigan have been in a tight battle for the top ranking all season with the Wolverines holding a slight advantage.
#3 Boston College fell to #14 Syracuse 3-1 on Friday before downing New Hampshire 4-3 in overtime on Sunday. The loss should cause the Eagles to drop slightly. #4 Northwestern cruised to a couple victories over unranked opponents over the weekend.
#6 North Carolina crushed Miami (OH) over the weekend in a one-match weekend for them. #7 Maryland fell to #8 Penn State 3-2 in overtime.
The top two positions should remain the same with Northwestern moving up a spot to #3. I expect Boston College will only drop to #4 with other teams behind them losing. It would make since for the Cards to stay at #5 since their only loss of the season came against one of the top two teams in the country, but my gut says UNC will find a way to trade places with the Cards.
We'll see how honest the voters will be when the rankings are released sometime today.
Happy Tuesday and Go Cards!