ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – No. 5 Nebraska opened the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic Friday night with a gritty comeback effort to beat the New Mexico State Aggies 3-2 (20-25, 24-26, 25-13, 25-12,15-8). The last time the Huskers came back from an 0-2 deficit was against Illinois on Sept. 11, 2010, at the Devaney Center. The Huskers have overcome an 0-2 deficit 15 times in program history, including eight times under coach John Cook.
Morgan Broekhuis led the Huskers on the night with 18 kills, followed by Gina Mancuso with 16. Lauren Cook totaled 51 assists, while Lara Dykstra had 28 digs.
Oregon 3, No. 1 Penn State 1 — Full Recap
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — With its eighth consecutive season-opening win Friday night, Oregon celebrated its first win against a top-ranked team and halted the four-time defending NCAA champions’ 94-home match win streak.
Seventh-year head coach Jim Moore and the Ducks posted a 16-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-22 victory against the Nittany Lions, whose last loss in Recreation Hall came in the NCAA East Regional to Tennessee in 2005 (3-1), while its last regular-season defeat came the year before to Ohio State (3-2). Going back to 1982, the Ducks had lost their 18 previous showdowns with No. 1-ranked foes.
No. 2 USC 3, No. 12 Minnesota 2 — Full Recap
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Senior All-America middle blocker Lauren Williams had 16 kills without recording an error for a .552 percentage (16-0-29) as the No. 2 USC Women of Troy opened the 2011 season with a thrilling five-set win (23-25, 24-26, 25-13, 25-21, 15-7) against No. 12 Minnesota at the Rockvale Outlets/AVCA Showcase. Senior All-America outside hitter Alex Jupiter posted a team-high 22 kills while hitting .327 (22-5-52) with nine digs and three solo blocks.
Senior All-America setter Kendall Bateman helped USC (1-0) with 54 assists, 11 digs and three blocks as the Trojans finished the match with a .289 hitting clip after dropping the first two sets. Sophomore outside hitter Sara Shaw registered a career-high eight kills and 8.0 points while freshman middle blocker Hannah Schraer made an impressive collegiate debut with seven kills and four blocks.
Tori Dixon led Minnesota (0-1) with 22 kills, hitting .410 with four blocks while Ashley Wittman added 18 kills and 16 digs. Mia Tabberson recorded 61 assists, eight digs and three blocks, but the Golden Gophers committed 13 service errors in the match.
No. 3 California 3, UC Riverside 0
BERKELEY, Calif. — Fueling on all cylinders, No. 3 California steam rolled past UC Riverside in three sets 25-11, 25-17, 25-17 in front of 896 fans on opening night at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears only allowed the Highlanders to tie the match four times throughout the night with Cal leading for the entirety of games one and two.
Five different Bears — Kat Brown, Gehan, Correy Johnson, Murrey and Robin Rostratter — racked up services aces. It was the first outing for freshmen Marlee Davis, Christina Higgins and Lillian Schonewise.
No. 4 Texas 3, Pepperdine 1
AUSTIN, Texas — Fourth-ranked Texas used a pair of standout performances by freshmen Khat Bell and Haley Eckerman to down Pepperdine 3-1 in its 2011 season opener at Gregory Gymnasium. A raucous crowd of 3,163 were on hand to witness the Horns’ 26-24, 21-25, 25-16, 25-22 victory. Bell led all Horns with 16 kills and added 17 digs and six total blocks to her stat line, while Eckerman notched 12 kills and chipped in four digs. Senior All-American middle blocker Rachael Adams joined them in double-digits with 10 kills on .412 hitting and bolstered Texas’ 20-block effort with seven total blocks.
Texas won a see-saw battle in a first set that saw 13 ties and five lead changes, rallying from a 22-21 deficit to close the frame on a 5-2 run. A kill by Adams put the Horns in front 23-22 and a Pepperdine service error forced set point at the 24-23 mark. The Waves evened the tally at 24 before UT used a Bell kill and a Pepperdine error to capture the set 26-24.
No. 7 Washington 3, Prairie View A&M 0
LONG BEACH, Calif. — It was a quick but impressive debut, as four new Huskies took the floor for the first time and contributed to seventh-ranked Washington’s sweep of Prairie View A&M. Washington kept the Panthers from reaching double digits in any set, a first for the Dawgs. Set scores went 25-5, 25-7, and 25-9, with the first set score also a record for largest winning margin in the 25-point format. The Huskies made just one error all match, hitting .590 and holding Prairie View to .028. Washington had 12 aces and six blocks to none for the Panthers in either category.
Krista Vansant posted a match-high 11 kills on 18 swings without an error for a .611 hitting percentage. Kylin Munoz just missed a double-double, as she had nine kills and a career-best 11 digs along with a career-high five aces, the first time a Husky had five since November of 2009. Bianca Rowland also had nine kills, hitting .529, and Ross had six kills on seven swings (.857) plus six digs.
No. 8 Illinois 3, BYU 0
PROVO, Utah — No. 8 Illinois posted a season-opening 28-26, 25-22, 25-16 road victory against host BYU in front of boisterous crowd of more than 2,700 fans. It marked the 11th conseuctive year Illinois has won an opener. All-American outside hitter Michelle Bartsch and Colleen Ward paced the way with 13 and 10 kills, respectively, as Illinois had to rally to win set one, but was in control for most of the final two sets. Sophomore Jazmine Orozco came off the bench to hit .714 with five kills and a block for Illinois. Junior Annie Luhrsen made her first start in an Illinois uniform and tallied 37 kills and five digs.
BYU had a big presence from 6-6 sophomore Jennifer Hamson, who had eight of her match-high 17 kills in the first set while hitting .310 for the match. The Illini were able to slow down the BYU left side, which finished by hitting negative for the match.
No. 9 Florida 3, Boston College 0
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — No. 9 Florida benefited from 14 service aces and nine total blocks to defeat Boston College 3-0 (25-11, 25-15, 25-16) to open the 2011 season at the O’Connell Center on Friday. The Gators, hosting the Active Ankle SEC/ACC Challenge, move to 20-8 all-time in lid-lifters and notched their eighth consecutive victory in a season-opening match.
Seniors Stephanie Ferrell and Kristy Jaeckel contributed seven kills apiece, while fellow senior Cassandra Anderson added six kills hitting at a match-high .667 clip. Senior right-side/setter Kelly Murphy and sophomore setter Chanel Brown combined for 27 assists, while redshirt freshman libero Taylor Unroe had a match-high nine digs in her collegiate debut.
No. 10 Hawaii 3, San Francisco 0
HONOLULU — At the Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational, Hawaii defeated San Francisco 3-0. It was the season opener for both teams as the Rainbow Wahine captured a 25-22, 25-12, 25-23 victory against the Dons. In the opening match of the tournament, Arizona defeated Wichita State, 3-0 (25-14, 25-21, 25-20).
Kanani Danielson led UH with a match-high 13 kills to go along with eight digs and three blocks. Jane Croson posted 11 kills and eight digs in her Rainbow Wahine debut, and Emily Hartong added eight kills and three blocks. Valentia Zaloznik and Jocelyn Levig both posted 11 kills to lead the Lady Dons.
Game information compiled from respective athletic department websites.