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Win streaks at stake this weekend in Division I conference play

As we reach the back end of the women’s volleyball conference schedule, several teams are looking to ride their win streaks all the way to the postseason. But tough matchups this weekend could pose a serious threat. Here’s a look at three matches to keep an eye on this weekend.

No. 18 San Diego (16-4, 9-1 West Coast) @ No. 8 Brigham Young (21-1, 10-0 West Coast)

Friday at 9 p.m. ET

Brigham Young will look to extend its 13-match win streak on Friday as the Cougars welcome the 18th-ranked San Diego Toreros to the Smith Fieldhouse in Provo, Utah. BYU triumphed in a four-setter when the two teams met earlier this season.

But San Diego is also riding a win streak into the weekend, having captured their previous six matches and 16 of their last 18 sets. Both teams will be vying for the top spot in the West Coast Conference when they meet on Friday.

 

Hawaii (15-6, 9-1 Big West) @ No. 23 Cal Poly (20-2, 9-0 Big West)

Friday at 10 p.m. ET

Cal Poly is having a historic season. The Mustangs are nationally ranked for the first time since 2008 and have won their last 15 straight matches.

On Friday, they’ll look to make more history as they attempt to sweep the season series against Hawaii for the first time ever. Cal Poly won out in five sets when these two sides met earlier this season. But Hawaii has won all four of its road matches so far this season and will likely put up a fight.

 

Dayton (17-6, 8-0 Atlantic 10) @ Virginia Commonwealth (23-2, 9-0 Atlantic 10)

Sunday at 1 p.m. ET

VCU enters the weekend having won its last 20 straight matches, currently the longest active win streak in women’s volleyball. But the Rams will face a major test this weekend as they take on the second-best team in the Atlantic 10, the Dayton Flyers, on Sunday after facing the third-best squad, Saint Louis, on Friday.

Dayton will face a Rams team that enters the weekend 33-1 in its last 34 sets — success that may be the result of VCU’s unconventional team-building methods. If the Rams maintain their streak through the weekend, they’ll make a solid case for their inclusion in the AVCA Coaches Top 25.

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