Thursday, August 30, 2012

Pac-12 | Huskies in Houston, face powerhouse Purdue

Tiger Classic moved to Rice University’s tiny gym
  • Friday, August 31 | 10am: #11 Washington vs. #7 Purdue 
  • Friday, August 31 | 5pm: #11 Washington vs. LSU
  • Saturday, September 1 | 9am: #11 Washington vs. Rice
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The big matches this weekend:
Gabbi Parker and Lianna Sybeldon
-Volleyblog Seattle photo
by Leslie Hamann

#11 Washington vs. #7 Purdue @ Houston (Friday)
The Tiger Classic, hosted by LSU, was moved to Rice University to avoid Hurricane Isaac. Seventh ranked Purdue  is a powerhouse, coming off a 29-5 season that ended in the Sweet 16 (to Florida State.) This season’s big hitters include sophomore Val Nichol, senior Ariel Turner and junior Catherine Rebarchak. Like Jim McLaughlin at Washington, Purdue coach Dave Shondell has doled out plenty of preseason playing time up and down his roster. This should be Washington’s toughest opponent until UCLA and USC come to Seattle September 26-27.

#8 Stanford @ #4 Penn State (Friday)
Stanford lost convincingly at Hawai’i on Sunday, and now must travel 7 time zones face the Beasts of the East. For a detailed preview, visit DigNittanyVolleyball.

#2 Texas @ #4 Penn State (Saturday)
Texas plays in a relatively easy conference, so these nonconference matchups are a good way to measure whether the Longhorns deserve their lofty ranking.

California @ #6 Hawai’i (Sunday)
The Bears stumbled against San Diego State while the Wahine Rainbow were taking care of Stanford. Hawai’i almost always plays its nonconference matches at home, so a win on their court means something.

#10 Kentucky vs. #17 Oregon @ Athens, OH (Saturday)
The Ducks seem underrated after knocking off Ohio State; the Wildcats showed they are overrated by losing in 4 to Louisville earlier this week.

Other matches to watch:
#16 Iowa St @ #19 Illinois (Friday & Saturday)
#18 San Diego @ Long Beach State (Friday)
#15 Tennessee vs. Colorado St @ Wichita (Friday)

Washington Huskies practicing in Fox Gym,
Rice University.
-UW Volleyball
  • Nebraska coach John Cook got his AD’s permission to move up the starting time for his team’s home match next week against Duquesne, even though it might inconvenience Husker fans. The reason? Cook wants to see his son’s high school football game later that night. Brent Wagner of the Lincoln Journal Star says Cook got the idea from an article he read about Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer, whose contract reportedly gives him more family-time flexibility.
  • Washington, Purdue, LSU and Rice will play in Rice’s tiny Fox Gym (see photo), because its more spacious Tudor Fieldhouse is undergoing maintenance.
  • LSU's two losses last weekend came to ranked teams.
  • Rice has dropped seven sets so far this season, but six of those sets have been by three points or less.

Purdue (3-0)
Big 10
Northern Iowa
(25-23, 25-23, 25-18)
George Washington
(25-12, 25-12, 25-16)
(25-16, 25-23, 25-6)

#11 Washington [@ Baton Rouge]

Rice [@ Baton Rouge]

@ #2 Texas
(12-25, 19-25, 19-25)
#19 San Diego [@ Austin]
(19-25, 14-25, 22-25)
Cal Poly [@ Austin]
(25-19, 25-21, 25-15)

@ Rice

#11 Washington [@ Houston]

#7 Purdue [@ Houston]
Rice (2-2)
Conference USA
Air Force
(25-22, 25-10, 25-23)
Arkansas St
(22-25, 25-15, 30-32, 23-25)
(23-25, 19-25, 22-25)
@ UT San Antonio
(25-17, 25-14, 22-25, 25-11)


#7 Purdue

#11 Washington

WRITTEN BY: Jack Hamann | PHOTOGRAPHY: Leslie Hamann

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