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Thursday, September 19, 2019

NCAA College Women's Volleyball No. 1 Nebraska and No. 2 Stanford Matchup Tonight at Devaney Center in Lincoln, Nebraska

Women's volleyball is a highly popular and exciting sport in college athletics.

Today is a special day in volleyball, as Nebraska was just ranked No. 1 in college volleyball (women's volleyball) for the 100th time ever this week, and, as destiny demands, tonight meets No. 2 ranked Stanford at Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Nebraska in a regular-season matchup that is a rematch of sorts of last season's national championship match in Minneapolis, Minnesota in which the Cardinal beat the Huskers 3 sets to 2.

See Zach Pekale's article and volleyball's current top 25 NCAA.com rankings at
College volleyball rankings: Nebraska new No. 1, Stanford drops one spot after first loss [to Minnesota]

See match details at
No. 1 Nebraska Meets No. 2 Stanford on Wednesday Night

and follow each school on Twitter at
at https://twitter.com/Huskervball
and https://twitter.com/StanfordWVB

For those not familiar with modern volleyball "scoring", the Wikipedia writes at Volleyball (footnotes removed) as follows:

A point is scored when the ball contacts the floor within the court boundaries or when an error is made: when the ball strikes one team's side of the court, the other team gains a point; and when an error is made, the team that did not make the error is awarded a point, in either case paying no regard to whether they served the ball or not. If any part of the ball hits the line, the ball is counted as in the court. The team that won the point serves for the next point. If the team that won the point served in the previous point, the same player serves again. If the team that won the point did not serve the previous point, the players of the team acquiring the serve rotate their position on the court in a clockwise manner. The game continues, with the first team to score 25 points by a two-point margin awarded the set. Matches are best-of-five sets and the fifth set, if necessary, is usually played to 15 points. (Scoring differs between leagues, tournaments, and levels; high schools sometimes play best-of-three to 25; in the NCAA matches are played best-of-five to 25 as of the 2008 season.)

Before 1999, points could be scored only when a team had the serve (side-out scoring) and all sets went up to only 15 points. The FIVB changed the rules in 1999 (with the changes being compulsory in 2000) to use the current scoring system (formerly known as rally point system), primarily to make the length of the match more predictable and to make the game more spectator- and television-friendly.

The final year of side-out scoring at the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship was 2000. Rally point scoring debuted in 2001, and games were played to 30 points through 2007. For the 2008 season, games were renamed "sets" and reduced to 25 points to win. Most high schools in the U.S. changed to rally scoring in 2003, and several states implemented it the previous year on an experimental basis.
Being both a Nebraska undergraduate and Stanford Law School graduate alumnus, the LawPundit roots equally for all the athletes and wishes everyone a great match! May the best team win.

See ESPN's Volleyball Scoreboard.