Charlotte 3, Bethune-Cookman 0 [25-17, 25-15, 28-26]
The 49ers (6-4) won all three matches at the Spartan Classic and five of their last six. Charlotte hit .260 compared to Bethune-Cookman's .125 attack percentage. For the weekend, the 49ers outhit opponents .284 to .051. Seniors Amanda Videmsek paced the 49ers with 13 kills, nine digs and six blocks. Videmsek was named MVP of the Spartan Classic, while Taylor Cannon and Amanda Videmsek joined her on the all-tournament team.
East Carolina 3, Gardner-Webb 0 [25-15, 25-23, 25-20] East Carolina 3, Elon 0 [25-23, 25-22, 25-16]
East Carolina (5-5) won the Elon Phoenix Classic after picking up a pair of sweeps over Gardner-Webb and host Elon Saturday. The Pirates have recorded three-straight victories for the first time since 2009 and won its first tournament since 2008. It also marked the first road tournament victory since 2005 when the Pirates won the Wofford Tournament in Spartanburg, S.C. Senior Nicole Willis, junior Zarah Cecich and sophomore Kierra Lee-Dunson were named to the all-tournament, while Willis earned MVP accolades.
Louisiana Tech (5-7) dropped the final two matches of the Tangi Tourism Lion Classic. Junior Rebecca Redgen and freshman Alejandra Aviles were named to the all-tournament team. Redgen finished the weekend with 49 kills (3.06 per set), 29 digs, five blocks and an average of 3.38 points per set. Aviles had 64 digs (4.00 per set).
Marshall 3, Eastern Kentucky 1 [25-19, 24-26, 25-23, 25-20] Marshall 3, Kent State 2 [25-20, 18-25, 25-17, 22-25, 15-7]
Marshall (5-7) defeated Kent State 3-2 to win the Marshall Thunder Invitational.The Herd's senior Dorothy Rahal was named Tournament MVP after tallying 54 digs for an average of 4.50 dps over the weekend. Senior Sacha Byous-McConnell and junior Sammie Bane also earned all-tournament honors. Byous-McConnell recorded 28 kills with a .345 hitting percentage and seven block assists, while Bane collected 99 assists and 21 digs.Marshall's weekend sweep came with the return of senior Laura Der, who tallied a team-best 34 kills, 35 digs and five total blocks, four assisted and one solo.
Jale Hervey led the Blue Raiders (5-4) with nine kills, while Chelsea Ross and Monet Marshall each tallied eight against OU. Ross had a team-high 11 digs. Ross was named to the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn/University Plaza Invitational All-Tournament Team. The team's .425 hitting percentage against Alabama A&M was the best since Nov. 18, 2011 against North Texas.
Idaho 3, North Texas 2 [25-23,22-25,25-20,22-25,16-14]
North Texas (6-6) junior Hanna Forst (20) and senior Karissa Flack (15) each had career highs in kills, while sophomore Carnae Dillard landed a season-high 28. Dillard also had 12 digs, which marks her sixth double-double of the season..
NC State 3, Rice 1 [25-15,25-20,26-28,25-20]
Jillian Humphrey received All-Rice Invitational honors for her 39 kills and 11 blocks, but the Owls (3-7) dropped their final match of the tournament 3-1 to NC State. Humphrey had 10 kills and added in six blocks and four digs. Noelle Whitlock led the team with 14 kills and 19 digs for a double-double.
Southern Miss 3, ULM 0 [28-26, 25-21, 25-18] Southern Miss 3, Pan American 0 [25-16, 25-14, 25-19]
Southern Miss (9-2) won the Big Daddy's Invitational, marking the first tournament title since 2010 when the team captured its own USM Invitational. With three wins this weekend, the Golden Eagles have already surpassed their win total from a year ago (8). Quinci Hayward and Stephany Purdue led the way with 14 and 13 kills, respectively, against ULM. Hayward finished the match with a .407 hitting clip.
Hayward also posted a team-best 13 kills, while freshman Stephany Purdue had 11 against Pan American. The Golden Eagles totaled 42 kills on .308 hitting clip and 8.0 total team blocks. Hayward was named the Invitational MVP, while both Elise Ames and Kristen Fleming were named to the All-Tournament Team.
North Dakota 3, Tulane 1 [26-24,20-25,25-21,25-20]
Tulane (10-1) dropped its first match of the season in title game of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Classic. The Green Wave were led by freshman Tea Juric with 16 kills and 10 digs for a double-double. Freshman Sarah Strasner posted 14 kills, while junior Anna Wruck added 10. Senior Mel Mandelbaum notched a double-double with a team-leading 43 assists to go along with 12 digs.
Senior Kellie Culbertson recorded two double-doubles as Tulsa (8-3) defeated Texas State 3-1 and Northern Colorado 3-1 on the second day of the Golden Hurricane Classic. Culbertson was joined on the all-tournament by juniors Carly Boatwright and Bailey Clampitt. Boatwright had 24 kills, 12 digs, seven blocks and a .279 hitting percentage during the tournament, while Clampitt averaged 9.75 assists and added 30 digs.
UAB 3, Wyoming 2 [23-25,25-17,26-25,27-25,15-13] Indiana 3, UAB 0 [25-13,26-24,25-14]
Sophomore Sam Skinner and senior Becca Howard were named to the Hoosier Classic All-Tournament Team as the Blazers (9-3) took runner-up honors to host Indiana. Skinner finished with 47 kills and recorded two double-doubles in the three matches. Howard served up 100 assists and 34 digs, also scoring a double-double in two matches.
UTEP 3, UMass-Lowell 0 [25-19,25-12,25-19]
Xitlali Herrera (17), Madison Morris (15) and Talia Patterson (10) led the Miners with double digit kills. Dayana Acevedo Rios finished with a team-best 14 digs. UTEP (4-5) hit .330 to UMass-Lowell's .209.
UTSA 3, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 0 [28-26, 25-18, 25-19] UTSA 3, Mississippi Valley State0 [25-5, 25-8, 25-6]
UTSA (7-4) claimed the Hilton Maverick Classic crown with a pair of three-set victories over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Mississippi Valley State at the College Park Center in Arlington. In the victory over Mississippi Valley State the Roadrunners set a new school record for hitting percentage (.536) breaking the record of .471 set on Sept. 23, 2000 against Northwestern State. Senior McKenzie Adams tallied her ninth double-double of the season with 21 kills and 18 digs against TAMCC. Adams, sophomores Annie Kunes and Kylie Schott earned all-tournament honors.