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NIVC: Quarterfinals Are Underway

Caroline Adams and Ole Miss defeated Georgia in an all-SEC clash to reach the NIVC semifinals.

(Courtesy of Ole Miss Athletics)

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.

A rundown:

Round 3

— 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.

Round 2

— 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.

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