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It’s A Date

A look at some of the bigger matches of the season according to our preseason rankings, and get ready to hold onto your hats during the second weekend of the season.

September 4-5 is a gigantic two-day period where the Preseason Top 10 teams are facing off against each other across the nation. It includes No. 1 Penn State taking on No. 2 Stanford. Fourth-ranked Wisconsin plays No. 8 North Carolina, while No. 5 Texas sees No. 3 Florida and No. 6 Nebraska, which also squares off with No. 10 Oregon, which also plays Florida.

What a power-packed weekend that is going to be. At the same time, it’s still going to be too early in the season to jump to too many conclusions. Also, it’s likely all of them are going to remain in the Top 10 after the weekend, in some order. It’s just a matter of what will the new Top 10 look like and how difficult or not will it be to put together.

Still, it figures to be the most entertaining weekend of the regular season by a long shot.

  • 2 Stanford v No. 7 Illinois at Penn State (Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge) – Sept. 4
  • 4 Wisconsin v No. 8 North Carolina at Louisville – Sept. 4
  • 6 Nebraska at No. 5 Texas – Sept. 4
  • 10 Oregon v No. 3 Florida at Texas – Sept. 4
  • 2 Stanford at No. 1 Penn State (Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge) – Sept. 5
  • 3 Florida at No. 5 Texas – Sept. 5
  • 10 Oregon v No. 6 Nebraska at Texas – Sept. 5
  • 3 Florida at No. 16 Hawaii – Sept. 11
  • 9 Florida State at No. 3 Florida – Sept. 20
  • 4 Wisconsin at No. 1 Penn State (Big Ten) – Sept. 23
  • 4 Wisconsin at No. 7 Illinois (Big Ten) – Sept. 30
  • 6 Nebraska at No. 1 Penn State – Oct. 2
  • 1 Penn State at No. 7 Illinois (Big Ten) – Oct. 9
  • 10 Oregon at No. 2 Stanford (Pac-12) – Oct. 11
  • 9 Florida State at No. 8 North Carolina – Oct. 16
  • 6 Nebraska at No. 7 Illinois (Big Ten) – Oct. 17
  • 12 Washington at No. 2 Stanford (Pac-12) – Oct. 21
  • 4 Wisconsin at No. 6 Nebraska (Big Ten) – Oct. 24

Postseason:

  • The 64-team field is announced Sunday, Nov. 29.
  • First-Second rounds: Dec. 4-6
  • Regionals at Texas, Northern Iowa, Kentucky, San Diego: Dec. 11-12
  • Semis and Final at CenturyLink Center, Omaha: Dec. 17 and 19

By the Numbers

A look at the Top 10 returning stat leaders from last season:

Player School Year Pos. Hit %
1. Rhamat Alhassan Florida So. MB 0.458
2. Merete Lutz Stanford So. MB 0.441
3. Amanda Orchard Pittsburgh Sr. OH 0.431
4. Inky Ajanaku* Stanford Sr. MB 0.428
5. Chiaka Ogbogu Texas Jr. MB 0.42
6. Briana Sharratt Texas-Arlington Jr. MB 0.414
7. Taylor Pippen Southern Ill. Sr. OH 0.41
8. Tess Clark Louisville So. MB 0.407
9. Laura Beach Wyoming Jr. MB 0.406
9. Sarah Burrington Florida St. Jr. MB 0.406
Player School Year Total Assists
1. Sierra Wilson Alabama Sr. 1529
2. Madi Bugg Stanford Sr. 1488
3. Jane Emmenecker Dayton So. 1461
4. Bianca Arellano Arizona St. Sr. 1417
5. Avery Acker SMU Sr. 1413
6. Veronica Zimmerman Memphis Sr. 1398
7. Hannah Klemm Hofstra Jr. 1389
8. Marah Bradbury Eastern Ill. Sr. 1378
9. Nicole Johnson Ill.-Chicago So. 1365
10. Kinsey McCarter Missouri St. Sr. 1363
Player School Year Pos. Total Blocks
1. Whitney Young BYU Jr. MB 229
2. Amy Boswell BYU Jr. MB 203
3. Lianna Sybeldon Washington Sr. MB 189
4. Sarah Burrington Florida St. Jr. MB 178
5. Meredith Peacock UNCW Sr. MH 178
6. Bree Hammel UNLV Jr. OH 174
7. Edina Selimovic Little Rock Jr. MB 174
8. Paige Tapp Minnesota Jr. MB 171
9. Faith Dooley North Dakota So. MH 170
10. Katie Stadick Illinois Jr. MB 170
Player School Year Pos. Total Digs
1. Markie Schaedig Arkansas St. Jr. DS 762
2. Payton Harris Mississippi St. Sr. L 735
3. Tessa Fournier Seton Hall Jr. L 700
4. Caitlyn Cooney Texas-Arlington Sr. L 671
5. Taryn Miller UMKC Sr. L 663
6. Debora Magalhaes Bryant Sr. L/DS 660
7. Allie Yamashiro Manhattan Jr. L 656
8. Mary Crema Campbell Sr. L/DS 637
9. Morgan Heise SMU Jr. L 626
10. Darby Reeder Oregon St. Sr. DS 615
Player School Year Pos Total Kills
1. Kadi Kullerkann Houston Sr. RS 644
2. Carnae Dillard North Texas Sr. OH 615
3. Macey Gardner Arizona St. Sr. OH 594
4. Autumn Bailey Michigan State Jr. OH 576
5. Sammie Strausbaugh Jacksonville Sr. OH 567
6. Savannah Blinn Gonzaga Sr. OH 566
7. Alaina Turner Dayton Sr. OH 558
8. Krystal Rivers Alabama Jr. MB 557
9. Mary-Kate Marshall Oregon St. So. OH 540
10. Jocelynn Birks Illinois Sr. OH 527
Player School Year Pos. Aces
1. Samantha Bricio Southern California Sr. OH 84
2. Malina Sanchez McNeese St. Sr. DS 70
3. Alaina Turner Dayton Sr. OH 65
4. Edina Selimovic Little Rock Jr. MB 55
5. Kierra Holst Oklahoma Sr. MB 54
6. Hazel Ortiz Rosado Bethune-Cookman Sr. S 54
7. Amanda Schlegel Marist Jr. S 53
8. Evie Grace Singleton Central Ark. Jr. OH 53
9. Taylor Lebo Indiana Jr. DS 51
10. Allie Davenport Chattanooga Jr. OH 48

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