A word to the Wise: Beware of the SEC. Mechelle Voepel highlights big wins for Florida and Texas A&M over a Pac-12 powerhouse in this week's five things you need to know about volleyball.
Inky Ajanaku, filling the leadership void left by the graduated Carly Wopat, was in the middle of everything for Stanford as the Cardinal knocked off Penn State and Illinois to jump to No. 1.
A big victory over Penn State catapulted Stanford -- one of eight undefeated Pac-12 teams -- to No. 1. Nittany Lions freshman Ali Frantti made quite an impression, though.
Penn State coach Russ Rose may be focused on the day-to-day grind rather than making history, but his program is sure making a lot of it after winning a record-tying sixth national championship.
Penn State ties Stanford for the most NCAA volleyball titles, with six. The Nittany Lions have won five of the past seven titles in establishing themselves as the dominant program in this sport.
The Nittany Lions' seniors won a national championship as freshmen and have been focused all season on ending their careers with a second.
One is young but polished, the other experienced and gritty. But Wisconsin freshman Lauren Carlini and Penn State junior Micha Hancock both are after the same championship trophy.
Facing a hostile crowd, Penn State was brilliant in a sweep of Washington to set itself up as the favorite in an all-Big Ten championship match against Wisconsin.
Undersized underdog Wisconsin, which has more losses than the other three remaining teams combined, will try to impose its grind-it-out style of play on top-seeded Texas in Thursday night's national semifinal.
Sure, it helps that Washington is playing its semifinal match five minutes from its campus. Just don't tell them that as they claim to remain laser-focused on dispatching Penn State.
Washington may have "home" court advantage with the semifinals in Seattle, but Penn State has the weapons to block them cold.
Texas is the heavy favorite but the Longhorns aren't underestimating a resilient Wisconsin team that believes that it has every chance for an upset.
Penn State hitter Deja McClendon hopes to end her college career the way she started as a freshman: with a volleyball national championship.
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