DAVIDSON 3, UTRGV 0 (26-24, 27-25, 25-19)
DAVIDSON, N.C. – Davidson rang up eight aces and played a stellar night of defense in the NIVC quarterfinals, moving past UTRGV and into the semis with a sweep at home.
The Wildcats (23-10) will host Drake in the semis; that match is set for 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, Dec. 11.
Davidson, in the postseason for the first time since earning NCAA tourney bids in 1999 and 2000, used an ace by Ioanna Charitonidi to win Set 2. Overall, Isabel Decker had 14 kills and Emma Slusser and Anela Davis each finished with nine kills – Jessie Doyal had 19 assists and Jan Marie Duhaylungsod added 16 assists. Bella Brady finished with 24 digs.
The Vaqueros (27-7) got 12 kills from Sarah Cruz; Luanna Emiliano had 33 assists and set the program’s single-season record for assists with 1,348. Perris Key had 11 digs, while Regina Tijerina and Emiliano each added 10 digs.
DRAKE 3, PACIFIC 0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-21)
DES MOINES, Iowa – Drake returned to its home gym for an NIVC quarterfinal Thursday, coming strong with a defense that held Pacific to a .084 hitting percentage as the Bulldogs advanced to the semifinals.
Drake (29-7) will play at Davidson in the semis; that match is set for 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, Dec. 11.
The Bulldogs, who also swept Grand Canyon in Round 2, were paced by Mariana Rodrigues, who had 14 kills. Addison Beagle finished with 27 assists and Haley Bush had nine digs.
The Tigers (18-14) got 13 kills from Biamba Kabengele as Alexa Edwards added nine kills with nine digs. Jenna Heller closed with 30 assists and nine digs, and Jadyn Tubbs had 11 digs.