Rule changes, nation's best teams on tap for AVCA Showcase
The women's college volleyball season starts Friday, and just like every year since 1995, the highlight of the opening weekend will be the Runza/AVCA Volleyball Showcase. This season's matches feature four teams ranked in the top seven of the preseason Top 25.No. 2 Stanford will face No. 7 Nebraska at 7 p.m. CT on Friday, Aug. 29, followed by No. 3 Texas versus No. 4 USC. The Showcase will continue at 12:30 p.m. CT on Sunday when Stanford squares off against Texas and USC takes on Nebraska. Not only will the Qwest Center crowd see four serious contenders for the 2008 national championship, but the matches also will provide the first glimpse of how the latest rule changes impact the game.
It's a good way to draw traditionally good teams to play in a great place, play good competition, but not worry about the conference lines.
-- Stanford coach John Dunning, on the Runza/AVCA Volleyball Showcase
Dave Reed covers college sports for ESPN.com.