WAKE FOREST 3, COPPIN STATE 2 (25-23, 22-25, 22-25, 25-17, 21-19)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Wake Forest needed every corner of the roster to contribute Friday, and the Deacons got it done with a tough five-set win over Coppin State to advance to Round 2 of the 2022 NIVC.
The Deacons (17-13) had a couple leads in the final set thanks to kills from Emmy Ogogor and Peyton Suess, but the Eagles (23-11) tied it up at 14-all and took a 16-15 lead on an ace from Ashley Roman. The neck-and-neck affair continued until Suess got a kill to make it 20-19, and an error followed, giving Wake Forest the win. The team will face Davidson in Round 2.
Paige Crawford closed with 21 kills; Suess had 15 kills, with both Ogogor and Olivia Franke adding 11 kills. Andrea Fuentes added 31 assists and Emma Farrell closed with 23 digs.
Coppin State got 17 kills from Yaniri Miller-Green; Ammaarah Williams chipped in with 12 kills and Geraldyn Palacios had 10 kills. Andrea Tsvetanova closed with 49 assists and 15 digs, with Roman providing 23 digs.
PACIFIC 3, OMAHA 1 (25-20, 22-25, 25-19, 27-25)
PORTLAND, Ore. – Pacific had five players in double figures for digs, a sign of a great defensive effort that held Omaha to a .064 hitting percentage, propelling the Tigers to Round 2 of the 2022 NIVC.
Pacific (17-13) got 22 kills and 14 digs from Biamba Kabengele; Alexa Edwards added 17 kills and 11 digs. Jenna Heller added 40 assists and 19 digs, and Jadyn Tubbs closed with 16 digs for the Tigers, who will play Santa Clara or Portland State in Round 2.
The Mavericks (20-11) were paced by Shayla McCormick’s 12 kills and 18 digs. Olivia Curry had 16 assists, Sami Clarkson added 15 assists and both Brilee Wieseler and Jaiden Centeno had 14 digs.
UTRGV 3, HOUSTON CHRISTIAN 1 (21-25, 26-24, 25-23, 25-22)
EDINBURG, Texas – UT-Rio Grande Valley entered the 2022 NIVC with the best RPI ranking in the 32-team field and held up against a tough challenge by Houston Christian.
The Vaqueros (26-6) will play South Dakota State on Saturday in Round 2. Claudia Lupescu had 20 kills, Luisa Silva Dos Santos finished with 17 kills and Luanna Emiliano added 49 assists and 16 digs. Perris Key also closed with 16 digs.
The Huskies (23-11) saw Shelby O’Neal post 17 kills and 12 digs. Anna Gadway and Audrey Pearce each had 11 kills, Grace McLaughlin came through with 49 assists and Kaley Feris had 25 digs. Alexia Jones came through with 15 digs.
SANTA CLARA 3, PORTLAND STATE 1 (27-25, 25-23, 26-28, 25-21)
PORTLAND, Ore. – Santa Clara entered the 2022 NIVC with a sub-.500 record but continued a hot streak with its fifth straight win, getting past host Portland State to move to Round 2.
The Broncos (13-18) will face Pacific on Saturday. Julia Sangiacomo had 17 kills, Layla Truitt closed with 15 kills and Sophia Tulino added 10 kills. NiveTuileta had a big day with 48 assists and nine digs, and she had a solo block for the final point in the second set. Kat Georgiadis finished with 18 digs.
The Vikings (18-13) got 19 kills from Parker Webb; Makayla Lewis added 12 kills, Ashleigh Barto had 11 kills and Sophia Meyers added 10 kills. Madison Friebel finished with 35 assists and Ellie Snook had 21 digs.