Buzzerio lifts Pitt over Ohio State
Courtney Buzzerio posted 15 kills on a .412 hitting percentage, leading No. 12 Pitt to a win over No. 5 Ohio State 25-21, 25-15, 25-22. The host Panthers improved to 9-2, while Ohio State dropped to 4-4. Buzzerio is a 6-5 right side hitter from Chino Hills, California. Prior to this season she competed at Iowa where she had her biggest season in 2021 averaging 4.07 kills per set. So far this season, Buzzerio is averaging 3.15 kills per set which is tops for Pitt. Her 15 kills matched a season high, that she recorded against BYU, Sept. 3. The difference is she recorded 15 kills in four games against BYU, while getting the same amount in just three games against Ohio State.
Torres finds stride in return for Thiel
On Sept. 9, Maria Torres had to leave a contest against Earlham early after spraining an ankle injury. She made her return Sept. 16 in a rough performance against Brockport where she recorded just three kills on a miserable -.074 hitting percentage. On the following day Torres looked more like the dominant player that she has been before her injury. She registered 18 kills on a .317 hitting percentage in a win over Alma. In a five-set loss to Grove City, Torres posted her first 20-20 match. She recorded 22 kills and a career high 29 digs. Torres recorded her 500th career kill over the weekend and currently sits at 508 kills. Over her first two seasons she is averaging 3.91 kills per set.
Mutri having top hitting season for Oregon
Gloria Mutri recorded at least 10 kills with a hitting percentage over .400 for the third straight match. On Sept. 18, she led the No. 20 Oregon Ducks (to a road win over University of Miami, 3-1 (25-17, 25-18, 21-25, 25-8). Oregon improved to 6-2 after the match and Miami fell to 7-4. Mutri, a 6-2 senior opposite hitter from Sand Springs, Oklahoma, is hitting a career best .336. On Sept. 17, she led Oregon to a three-set win over South Carolina, posting a season best 13 kills with a career high .550 hitting percentage. The two wins over last weekend ended Oregon's two-match losing streak.
King leads WMU to dominant win over IUPUI
Maggie King led Western Michigan posting a double-double with 15 kills and 1o digs in its 3-0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-14) win over host IUPUI. The visiting Broncos improved to 8-4 as King had a hitting percentage of .333. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, King is a 5-10 outside hitter in her senior season. She has recorded 1,131 career kills, while averaging 3.3o kills per set for her career. King has recorded three double-doubles in the last five matches. She has had four double-doubles over the entire season, including her match one performance where she posted 13 kills and 13 digs against Denver.
Rhodes puts Alabama State on the winning track
After a rough 1-12 start, Alabama State earned two wins over the weekend, with the last being over Gardner-Webb, Sept. 17. Jada Rhodes had 20 kills on a .447 hitting percentage. A 5-8 outside hitter from Tallahassee, Florida, Rhodes had her best offensive performance of the year. The day before, Rhodes had her first double-double of the season with 13 kills and 12 digs in a victory against Jacksonville. She recorded six double-doubles during the 2021 season. The win over Gardner-Webb 3-2 (25-20, 12-25, 23-25, 25-20, 15-9) was Alabama State's first back-to-back win. The Hornets started the season at 0-9, playing against opponents from top conferences including the PAC-12 and SEC.