FORT MYERS, Fla. — UCF hit .351 as a team Friday as the Knights upset the No. 3 USC Women of Troy, 3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-22), in action at the FGCU Homewood Suites Invitational.
Three UCF players registered double-digit kills in the sweep.
Evija Vilde and and Angelica Crump had 15 kills each for UCF (3-1) while Kayla Keller added 12 kills. Keller tallied the double-double with 13 digs while setter Rachel Vukson had 42 assists and 10 digs.
USC (1-2) stumbled out of the gate and finished with a .135 hitting percentage in the match. Senior All-America middle blocker Lauren Williams led with nine kills, but the story was Alex Jupiter and Katie Fuller, who both hit .000 as the Women of Troy recorded 17 hitting errors in the match.
“You have to give UCF the credit for today’s win,” said USC head coach Mick Haley. “We need to be able to play defense and score points tonight against Florida Gulf Coast.”
No. 1 California 3, Long Island 0
No. 1 California 3, Virginia 0
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — No. 1 California swept a pair of matches Friday at Virginia’s Holiday Inn Jefferson Cup. The Golden Bears swept past Long Island in their opening match of the day 25-14, 25-20, 25-16 before downing Virginia in the nightcap 31-29, 25-14, 25-11.
Senior Tarah Murrey had a season-high 16 digs in addition to her 12 kills while Adrienne Gehan notched a team-best 15 kills to power the Bears past the Cavaliers on the way to their fifth consecutive victory to open the season.
No. 2 Penn State 3, Pitt 0
PITTSBURGH — Penn State (2-1) opened the University of Pittsburgh Invitational with a 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-21) win against Miami (Ohio).
Sophomore Deja McClendon led all players with 14 kills. Sophomores Katie Slay and Maddie Martin both tallied eight kills apiece. Freshman Micha Hancock dished out 32 assists and junior Kristin Carpenter had a match-high 10 digs. Martin and freshman Nia Grant led the squad with three blocks each.
The Nittany Lions hit .250 against the Redhawks and totaled 40 kills, five aces, 32 digs and 6.0 team blocks. Miami finished the match hitting .153 with 29 kills, three aces, 27 digs and 6.5 team blocks.
No. 11 Minnesota 3, No. 4 Texas 0
MINNEAPOLIS — Led by junior Katherine Harms who had a career-high 17 kills, No. 11 Minnesota upset No. 4 Texas on Friday. Tori Dixon and Ashley Wittman were also in double figures, each earning 11 kills. Dixon also contributed three service aces, a career-best.
Minnesota’s win was just the second victory against a top-four ranked team in program history. The Gophers also beat a No. 4 team in 2008, beating the fourth-ranked Cal Golden Bears in the Diet Coke Classic.
No. 15 Colorado State 3, No. 5 Nebraska 2
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — In front of a boisterous record-setting crowd at Moby Arena on Friday night, the fifth-ranked Huskers fell to the No. 15 Colorado State Rams 3-2 (25-12, 25-11, 16-25, 20-25, 9-15). In their second five-set match of the season, the Huskers could not withstand the comeback effort from the Rams.
Gina Mancuso led the Huskers with 24 kills on 41 attempts, totaling a hitting percentage of .341. Hannah Werth had 12 kills, while Brooke Delano had 10 of her own. Lauren Cook totaled 49 assists, while Werth had 15 digs on the night. The Huskers and Rams each had a team hitting percentage of .212.
In the first set the Huskers took an early lead and never looked back despite the efforts of Colorado State, who had no answer for the Husker offense. Nebraska took the first set, 25-12.
No. 6 Stanford 3, Notre Dame 1
PALO ALTO, Calif. — The Cardinal defense came up big Friday night as the sixth-ranked Stanford women’s volleyball team defeated Notre Dame, 3-1, in the second match of the Stanford Invitational at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal captured a 25-12, 25-13, 21-25, 25-23 victory as they improved to 3-0 on the campaign, while the Fighting Irish suffered their first set-back of the season, falling to 3-1 in the process..
As a team, Stanford posted 21 blocks in the match to just five by Notre Dame. The Cardinal also held the advantage in the digs category, 77-54. Five different Stanford players registered five or more blocks on the night, while three tallied double-digit digs.
No. 7 Illinois 3, Tennessee 1
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Illinois is now 42-5 at home in the last four years and Friday night a “Stuff Huff” crowd of 2,619 helped lift the Illini to a four-set hard-fought victory against Tennessee (3-1), a preseason nationally ranked team. The seventh-ranked Illini held off the Lady Vols 31-29, 25-23, 23-25, 25-19 in the first night of the State Farm Illini Classic to move to 4-0 on the season.
After playing three sets decided by deuce games, both teams were beginning to tire. The Illini proved their depth and it didn’t help to have a pair of All-Americans hitting from the left side. In particular was the play of senior Michelle Bartsch who tallied 21 kills and 23 digs while hitting a robust .290. That marked just the third 20-20 performance by an Illinois player since 2002 and first since both Laura DeBruler and Kylie McCulley pulled the trick in 2008.
No. 8 Washington 3, Portland State 0
SPOKANE, Wash. — Freshman Summer Ross had a sterling all-around effort and led the Husky volleyball team in points for the first time, as eighth-ranked Washington posted a 3-0 win against Portland State this evening. The match was the first of three for UW this weekend at the Northwest Challenge, hosted by Gonzaga at the Martin Centre. The Huskies improve to 4-0 on the year with the 25-12, 25-21, 25-18 victory.
Ross had seven kills with no errors on 12 swings for a team-leading .583 attack percentage. She also was strong at net with five block assists and added two aces for 11.5 total points. Fellow freshman Krista Vansant led the team with nine kills, senior Bianca Rowland hit .556 with six kills and five blocks, and sophomore Jenna Orlandini dug 11 balls.
No. 9 Florida 3, Jacksonville 0
No. 9 Florida 3, Florida Atlantic 0
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — No. 9 Florida rolled to 3-set sweeps of Jacksonville (25-20, 25-15, 25-6) and Florida Atlantic (25-10, 25-10, 25-18) on Friday in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. The Gators improved to 5-0 on the campaign with the victories.
The Gators held the Dolphins to -.075 hitting percentage, the second Florida opponent of the seaon to fall victim to hitting in negative numbers, in their opening match of the day . Florida has held all four of its opponents to less than .200 offensive output this season.
The ninth-ranked Gators had their highest offensive output of the season, coupled with a 40-14 kill margin between the two teams, to cruise by the Owls in the nightcap.
No. 10 Hawaii 3, No. 23 Long Beach State 2
HONOLULU — At the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic, No. 10 Hawaii defeated No. 23 Long Beach State in five sets, 25-17, 21-25, 23-25, 25-19, 15-11. The Rainbow Wahine advanced to Sunday’s tournament final where they will meet UCLA.
Kanani Danielson equaled a match-high 18 kills for Hawaii (5-0) to go along with 11 digs and four blocks. Chanteal Satele added 13 kills and four blocks and Brittany Hewitt recorded a match and season-high 12 blocks.
Janisa Johnson posted 12 kills and 17 digs for Long Beach State (2-3) with Caitlin Ledoux adding 18 kills.
Game information compiled from respective athletic department websites.