GEORGIA 3, UCF 0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-17)
ATHENS, GA – UCF put up a fight in each set, but ultimately it was the Bulldogs who overpowered the Knights with 47 kills to claim victory, 3-0.
Georgia advances to Round 3 where they'll await the winner of Ole Miss and Arkansas State.
Kia Bright led the way for the Knights, leading the team with eight kills and contributing eight digs as well. UCF's front line came up with 13 big blocks on the night, a full seven more than Georgia, but it was home team's 47 digs that was too much to overcome.
T'ara Ceasar dialed up her first double-double of the tournament for Georgia, coming in with 16 kills, 10 digs and a block to lead the Bulldogs. Majesti Bass and Rachel Ritchie each tallied 10 kills, propelling the offense to a .267 hitting percentage in the win.
OLE MISS 3, STEPHEN F. AUSTIN 0 (25-12, 25-21, 25-19)
OXFORD, MS – The Rebels opened up its 2017 NIVC campaign with a convincing win on Wednesday night. Ole Miss hit an even .300 for the contest en route to taking down Stephen F. Austin three sets to none.
Danae Daron highlighted the Lady Lumberjacks' effort. Nine kills from Daron was a team-high for Stephen F. Austin and she also contributed with a block as well. After a quick first set, SFA came back with positive efforts, scoring 21 and 19 in the second and third frames.
Lexi Thompson and Kate Gibson were down right stellar for the home side. Gibson finished with a game-high 15 kills and 12 digs. Thompson added eight digs of her own. In total, Ole Miss' 47 kills were 14 more than Stephen F. Austin, a large factor in the decisive victory.
Ole Miss will move on to Round 2, where they'll face Arkansas State on Thursday, November 30, at 7 p.m. ET.
WEST VIRGINIA 3, TEMPLE 0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-12)
MORGANTOWN, WV -- West Virginia secured its second 20-win season since 1991 with a three-set sweep of Temple in Round 2 action, hitting .321 for the match and making just 10 hitting errors on the night.
The Mountaineers (20-12) will host a Round 3 matchup at 6 p.m. ET Tuesday, Dec. 4. The opponent will come from the Colgate/Towson/Syracuse/Albany quad that begins play Thursday.
West Virginia got 12 kills from both Payton Caffrey and Morgan Montgomery, with Emma Anderson contributing 34 assists and six digs. Natania Levak added nine kills.
For Temple (20-10), Katerina Papazoglou and Dana Westbrook each had nine kills. Kyra Coundourides had 31 assists.
ARKANSAS STATE 3, SIUE 1 (25-21, 28-30, 29-27, 27-25)
OXFORD, MS -- Arkansas State trailed 22-19 in the fourth set against SIUE but assembled a comeback, clinching the final set of the match to top the Cougars and move to Round 2 of the NIVC. The Red Wolves (21-11) also required a rally in the third set, using a 5-0 serving run by Ryley Gill to get back in contention.
Arkansas State will face host Ole Miss or Stephen F. Austin in the next round on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.
The Red Wolves got 20 kills from Carlisa May; Kenzie Fields added 10 kills and 11 digs, and Ellie Watkins registered 33 assists. SIUE (23-7) was led by Jackie Scott, who had 17 kills, with Ashley Witt adding 15 kills and Taylor Joens ringing up 12 kills. Samantha Knight put up 26 assists and 13 digs, and Mallory Nicholson had 21 assists.
PACIFIC 3, BOISE STATE 0
STOCKTON, CA - Pacific completed a day of sweeps to kick off the 2017 NIVC. Playing in front of the the Tiger faithful, Pacific did not disappoint, cruising to victory, 3-0, advancing to Round 2. The Tigers are now 10-0 all-time against Boise State.
Eight aces from the Tigers catapulted them into the next round. One of those aces came from Emily Baptista, who also finished with a team-high 10 kills and eight digs. Ashlyn Fleming paced the team in aces with four. The duo of Andie Shelton (15) and Hanne De Schrijver (19) combined for 34 for of the team's 41 assists throughout the evening.
Despite the loss, Sierra Nobley led all attackers with 13 kills and also came up with seven digs. The Broncos came away with three blocks as a team.
Pacific will face the Anteaters of UC Irvine in Round 2 on Wednesday, November 29, at 10 p.m. ET.
UC IRVINE 3, SACRAMENTO STATE 0
Stockton, CA - Defense was the main objective for UC Irvine in the opening round of the 2017 NIVC. Fifty-two digs for the Anteaters played a huge role in UC Irvine's 3-0 sweep of Sacramento State to advance to Round 2.
Two stars emerged on both offense and defense for UC Irvine on Tuesday night. Harlee Kekauoha and Makayla Wolfe both found themselves in double figure kill totals at the end of the night with 14 and 10, respectively. On the defense end, it was Ali Koumelis (15 digs) and Luna Tsujimoto (12 digs) who's quick reactions kept giving the offense more opportunities to score.
The Hornet's front line came up with nine blocks in the contest, doubling UC Irvine's total. Kennedy Kurtz finished with a team-high 18 assists and added three kills on the night as well for the lone Big Sky Conference representative.
The Anteaters await the winner of Boise State and the region's host, Pacific. The Round 2 matchup is set for Wednesday, November 29, at 7 p.m. ET.
WEST VIRGINIA 3, UMES 0
Morgantown, WV - Playing in front of a home crowd, West Virginia dominated from beginning to end. The Mountaineers used some stellar hitting, combining for 53 kills to secure its spot in Round 2 of the 2017 NIVC, sweeping the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, 3-0.
West Virginia moves on to play Temple in the Round of 16. Temple is also coming off a sweep in the first round against Campbell. Temple and West Virginia will duel on Wednesday, November 29, at 6 p.m. ET.
Lucia Babic led the way for UMES, totaling nine kills and coming up with six digs on the night. UMES committed just 10 attacking errors on the night and out-blocked the Mountaineers 6-0.
For West Virginia, it was the Payton Caffrey show. Seventeen kills and an equally as impressive 17 digs was a game-high in both categories. Caffrey's performance, combined with a team .379 hitting percentage paved the way for the Mountaineers into Round 2.
GEORGIA 3, ALABAMA A&M 0
Athens, GA - Battle of the Bulldogs ended in Georgia's favor in the opening round of the 2017 NIVC. After starting on a 4-0 run, Georgia kept the momentum going, sweeping Alabama A&M, 3-0.
Rachel Ritchie paced Georgia with 11 kills en route to victory with Majesti Bass right behind with eight. In total, the Bulldogs finished with 42 kills and a hitting percentage of .322. Kendall Glover and Cassidy Anderson each tallied four service aces.
Alabama A&M committed just 13 attacking errors in the match and managed to compile six blocks, compared to just three from Georgia. Syretha Pride did all she could for the Bulldogs, grabbing seven kills and totaling three blocks. Georgia's aces and 33-28 advantage in digs eventually handed the home side the match.
Georgia will battle UCF on Wednesday, November 29. The Knights and Bulldogs are slated to face off at 7 p.m. ET.
TEMPLE 3, CAMPBELL 0
Morgantown, WV - Temple’s regular season consistency carried over into the first round of the 2017 NIVC. The Owls cruised to victory, 3-0, over Campbell solidifying its place in Round 2 of the postseason tournament.
Iva Deak came away with a team-high 10 kills and four blocks to lead the way for the Owls. Katerina Papazoglou and Izzy Rapacz each contributed to with seven kills as well. As a team, Temple hit .316 and tallied 13 total blocks, 11 more than the Camels.
Hannah Schneggenburger led the charge for Campbell, combining for eight kills and the highest kill percentage on the team (.615).
Temple will move on to face the winner between West Virginia and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. The Round 2 matchup is scheduled for Wednesday, November 29, at 6 p.m. ET.
UCF 3, UNC GREENSBORO 0
Athens, GA - UCF could not be stopped in the opening round of the 2017 NIVC. The Knights jumped out to the early lead over the Spartans and never looked back, sweeping UNC Greensboro three sets to none to advance to Round 2.
The Knights came out firing in the first set, particularly from the service line. Kia Bright, Taylor Wickey, Erin Olson and Mary Kate Painter all tallied at least one ace in the first set. Eleven errors from the Spartans ultimately gave UCF the cushion it needed to close out set number one.
In the second set, the Knight’s front line came to life. Fifteen kills to just five errors led to a .517 kill percentage in the set as UCF cruised to a 2-0 advantage.
Annchara Montgomery and Maria Esch did their best to keep the Spartan’s tournament hopes alive. Montgomery notched eight kills and three blocks and Esch contributed with seven kills and three blocks of her own.
Kia Bright finished with a game-high 12 kills for the Knights in the sweep. Jeanne Westney proved to be a wall in the opening round matchup, finishing with eight blocks, five more than any other player.
UCF will face the winner of Georgia and Alabama A&M in a match slated for Wednesday, November 29, at 7 p.m. ET.