Catching up on the National Invitational Volleyball Championships.
The second round wrapped up at the end of last week, with the quarterfinals kicking off Sunday.
— Ole Miss 3, Georgia 0: After splitting a pair of SEC encounters, these two met for a third a time with a spot in the quarterfinals on the line. For the third time in the series, home court proved to be the difference as the Rebels swept the Bulldogs, 25-21, 25-11, 25-19. Emily Stroup was spectacular again for Rebels, notching a game-high 15 kills. It brought total for the year to 438, establishing a new Ole Miss single-season record. Kate Gibson led the defense with 12 digs.
— Syracuse 3, Towson 0: Santita Ebangwese racked up a match-high 16 kills, Jalissa Trotter dished out 43 assists and Belle Sand added 12 digs as the Orange swept, 25-22, 25-22, 25-23. Syracuse plays at West Virginia next. “It was a great performance tonight, but now we have to prepare for our next opponent,” Syracuse coach Leonid Yelin said. “We do not have a conference tournament, and to play in a single-elimination tournament is exciting for this team. We have to put this win behind us and get ready for West Virginia.”
— Green Bay 3, Illinois State 1: Four Phoenix players – Jessica Wolf, Taylor Wolf, Lydia Deweese and Roberta Todd – all posted at least 10 kills in the four-set victory, 25-23, 25-29, 18-25, 26-24. Illinois State was paced by Juma Armando, who finished with 13 kills. Green Bay meets TCU in the quarterfinals.
— Texas Tech 3, Texas State 0: Missy Owens finished with 33 assists and 8 digs, while Chandler Atwood and Emily Hill teamed for 26 kills, to help Texas Tech enjoy the sweep, 25-18, 25-10, 26-24. Jaliyah Bolden’s 12 kills led the Bobcats. Texas Tech plays UC Irvine in the quarters.
— TCU 3, North Texas 2: The Horned Frogs hand their hands full in dealing with North Texas, but in the end TCU survived, 24-26, 25-21,23-25, 25-23, 15-10. It took a career-high 25 kills from Anna Walsh to make it happen. TCU also received 24 kills combined from Lexi Maclean and Abigail Buckingham, while Dani Dennison added 20 digs.