Texas (No. 2), Iowa State (No. 15) and Kansas State (No. 21) remain ranked in the AVCA national poll. Oklahoma is also receiving votes. The Longhorns maintained their No. 2 ranking and have received 24 first-place votes, sitting just seven points out of the top ranking. Iowa State dropped from No. 11 to No. 15, while K-State jumped one spot to No. 21.
League teams combined to go 23-5 last weekend, including 14 sweeps. Texas Tech, Baylor, Kansas State, Oklahoma and Texas are undefeated after the first weekend of play, capturing tournament titles last weekend. For the second straight weekend, Big 12 teams will compete in 27 matches as eight of the Conference's teams are in tournament action this weekend.
West Virginia and Texas face each other on Wednesday in the first conference match of the season. League contests resume on Sept. 19.
Four league teams face top-25 competition outside of the conference this weekend as Texas plays No. 18 Florida and No. 4 Penn State in the Big 4 Tournament in University Park, Pa. The Cyclones play back-to-back matches at No. 19 Illinois. Iowa State dropped two five-set matches against top-15 opponents over the weekend. Oklahoma faces No. 24 Colorado State on Sunday. Baylor takes on No. 25 California on Friday and No. 6 Hawaii on Saturday.
Baylor head coach Jim Barnes captured career win No. 300 on Saturday when the Bears defeated Nevada. Barnes is joins Kansas' Ray Bechard and Texas' Jerritt Elliott as the only league coaches with 300 or more career coaching wins.
With its win of the Boston College Tournament, Texas Tech is 4-0 to start a season for the first time since 2003 when the Red Raiders opened the campaign 8-0.
West Virginia freshman Hannah Sackett became just the third student-athlete to earn the Big 12 Offensive Player and Rookie of the Week honor in the same week (Rookie award was established in 2008). Sackett leads the league in kills, averaging 4.91 and is the only freshman in the top 10 on the list. She is one of seven freshman on WVU's roster.
Rachel Brummitt (Texas Tech) captured the Defensive Player of the Week honor. Brummitt totaled the most digs among Big 12 players last weekend. She also matched the Tech school record (set in 1990) for most digs in a three-set match during last Friday night's sweep of Binghamton as she totaled 24.
After the first weekend of play, Texas and Kansas lead the league in most major statistical categories. The Longhorns rank first in hitting percentage, opponent hitting percentage and blocks, while the Jayhawks are first in assists, kills and digs.