Volleyball madness is spreading

There is no shortage of potent volleyball matches and great storylines headed into the weekend, with the Wasbhurn-Emporia State tilt Friday in Topeka getting top billing.

ARICA

ARICA

Where to start with this one? Two top ten teams squaring off (Washburn is No. 9, ESU is No. 10)? The MIAA

ASHLEY

ASHLEY

title on the line? Or the sister vs. sister battle between Emporia State All-American hitter Arica Shepard and twin sister Ashley, the top hitter for Washburn?

I’ll take ‘em all.

The Hornets are on a 19-match winning streak, and are 8-0 in MIAA play. They’ve never won an MIAA title. Washburn’s two conference losses were on the road to ranked opponents Truman State (No. 12) and Central Missouri (No. 14). I’m otherwise occupied, otherwise I’d be up the Turnpike to see this one. Go if you can and let me know about it. Will all of Rossville be there? I hope so.

KCAC

Friends beat Bethel. Then Bethel beat Friends. Then both teams looked at their records and realized they

STRICKLAND

STRICKLAND

were both 10-1 in league play. Then a guy tried to figure out who would end up the KCAC champ and got really confused. Barring a serious collapse, a KCAC crown is either coming to Wichita or North Newton for the first time in awhile. And both teams have studs, to be sure. Now, they just need to cheer for the other team … to lose.

Bethel has the Schrags — Alyssa and Kristen — who seem to win the

ALYSSA SCHRAG

ALYSSA SCHRAG

setter of the week in the KCAC on a pretty consistent basis. Friends has a big-time hitting game with Rachel Strickland and Courtney McCune, who have picked up KCAC hitter of the week honors two of the last three weeks. But hey, there’s definitely a good chance they’ll be the Nos. 1 & 2 seeds for the KCAC tournament … so here’s to a best-of-3.

JAYHAWK

At 4 p.m. Saturday in Pratt, No. 17 Hutchinson takes on No. 4 Cowley. But they’re not ranked in the same polls, mind you. Hutch is a NJCAA D-I team while the Tigers are NJCAA D-II. What’s the difference you might ask? Scholarships. D-I teams can give full ones and D-II teams give the standard books and tuition. But it seems as if the D-II teams are still able to compete … so I’m not sure why they don’t just level that bad boy out. I hate that in the NAIA, too, that there are different divisions within a sport. That, I think, is even worse. In the NAIA there should be no difference. Everybody should be gunning for that No. 1 spot.

I’m out. Have fun at the gym this weekend.

-TA