Top-ranked Cal remains unbeaten
Roundup: Penn State, USC also win in tournament play
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Fueling on all cylinders in a complete team outing, California secured a 3-0 victory (25-18, 25-17, 25-18) against East Carolina on Saturday afternoon.
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The Golden Bears were led by the Jefferson Cup's most outstanding player Adrienne Gehan, who had 14 kills (4e, 26 att, .346).
Cal was the only undefeated team in the tournament.
In three matches, Gehan had a team-high 39 kills and hit .385. Also joining her on the all-tournament team were Tarah Murrey, who had 23 kills and 27 digs, and Correy Johnson, who hit .429 with 23 kills.
The Pirates move to 1-3 while Cal improves to 6-0.
No. 2 Penn State 3, New Hampshire 0
PITTSBURGH -- Penn State concluded play in the Pittsburgh Invitational with a 3-0 (25-14, 25-11, 25-11) win against New Hampshire (0-6).
The Nittany Lions used a balance offense to defeat the Wildcats. Deja McClendon and Aiyana Whitney, in her collegiate debut, both tallied six kills apiece. Sophomore Ariel Scott finished second on the team with five kills. Micha Hancock paced the Nittany Lion offense with 30 assists and had a match-high six aces. Kristin Carpenter led the team defensively with 10 digs, while sophomore Katie Slay put up six blocks.
Penn State hit a season-high .397 against the Wildcats. The Nittany Lions totaled 38 kills, nine aces, 37 digs and eight team blocks. New Hampshire his .037 for the match and finished with 20 kills, one ace, 27 digs and 1.5 team blocks.
Carpenter and McClendon were named to the Pittsburgh Invitational All-Tournament Team. Hancock was named the Pittsburgh Invitational MVP.
No. 3 USC 3, Furman 0
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Alex Jupiter recorded 19 kills and seven digs while hitting .410 (19-3-39) as the No. 3 USC Women of Troy swept the Furman Paladins, 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-21), in FGCU Homewood Suites Volleyball Invitational. USC finished the tournament with a 2-1 record.
Lauren Williams continued a strong weekend with 12 kills and a .611 hitting clip (12-1-18) while Hannah Schraer had seven kills with no errors for a .636 match (7-0-11) and three blocks. Kendall
Bateman registered a 15.0 assists-per-set average with 45 assists, five digs and two blocks.
USC improves to 3-2 overall while Furman is now 2-3 on the season. Caroline Adams led the Paladins with 10 kills and two aces.
"Furman is a really good club," USC head coach Mick Haley said. "I never felt like we were in total control at any time. We were able to win on our serving and passing today which was the key."
No. 11 Minnesota 3, No. 4 Texas 0
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The second night in a row, Minnesota defeated Texas in three sets (25-19, 25-21, 25-22). The Golden Gophers are the first team since 2000 to beat Texas in back-to-back games. Ashley Wittman led the Gophers in kills with 16, and also in hitting percentage (.733). Two other Gophers reached double-digit kills: Ariana Filho with 11, and Tori Dixon with 10. Dixon added five service aces.
No. 5 Nebraska 3, Albany 0
FORT COLLINS, Colo.-- After dropping a five-set match to Colorado State on Friday, the Huskers rebounded to top Albany 3-0 (25-12, 25-13, 25-12) at Moby Arena.
Hannah Werth led the Huskers against Albany, totaling 12 kills on 24 attacks and a hitting percentage of .417. Brooke Delano 10 kills, while Morgan Broekhuis tabbed nine of her own along with Gina Mancuso. Lauren Cook notched 34 assists and the Huskers totaled 41 team digs. Nebraska held Albany to a .038 hitting percentage as they totaled 23 hitting errors.
No. 6 Stanford 3, No. 18 Duke 1
PALO ALTO, Calif. - Sophomores Rachel Williams and Carly Wopat both registered career nights as No. 6 Stanford topped No. 18 Duke 25-20, 19-25, 25-17, 25-15 on Saturday in the Stanford Invitational at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal are now 4-0 overall, while the Blue Devils fall to 4-2.
Williams led all players with 24 kills on 60 attempts with just one error for a .383 attack percentage, while tallying 22 digs and three blocks. Her 24 kills and 22 digs, both career highs, marked her first career double-double. Wopat also posted her first career double-double with 14 kills on 33 attempts with no errors, 12 digs and six blocks. Junior setter Karissa Cook controlled the offense with a career-best 51 assists and a career-high tying 20 digs. All three players were selected to the all-tournament team with Williams being named the MVP.
No. 7 Illinois 3, No. 21 Dayton 2
No. 7 Illinois 3, Houston 1
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Seventh-ranked Illinois captured its sixth consecutive State Farm Illini Classic after topping Houston 25-10, 25-21, 24-26, 25-18 in the opening match of the day and rallying past 21st-ranked Dayton 18-25, 20-25, 25-20, 25-23, 15-12 in the nightcap.
"I thought it was a gutsy performance," Illinois head coach Kevin Hambly said after his team's triumph against Dayton. "(After the intermission) we picked up our energy level and played with more passion and heart."
Senior Michelle Bartsch earned tournament MVP honors for the second straight tournament after an incredible all-around weekend, totaling 64 kills (4.92 per set) and 59 digs (4.54) per set while hitting .273. Colleen Ward (49 kills, 42 digs) and Erin Johnson (32 kills, 11 blocks, .324 attack percentage) joined Bartsch on the all-tournament team.
No. 8 Washington 3, Gonzaga 0
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Kylin Muñoz posted a career-high 18 kills in just three sets to lead the eighth-ranked Huskies to a sweep of Gonzaga, the host school of the Northwest Challenge, today at the Martin Centre. The win was the 250th for head coach Jim McLaughlin in just ten-plus record-setting seasons at Washington.
Washington posted a season-best 57 kills, and senior Evan Sanders racked up 50 assists and 12 digs for her first double-double as a Husky. Muñoz started slow but then got rolling late in the first set and she wound up with 18 kills while hitting .368, easily surpassing her previous high of 11 kills.
Freshmen Krista Vansant and Summer Ross added 14 and nine kills, respectively, and senior Bianca Rowland had 10 put-aways. Sophomore Jenna Orlandini registered a team-best 16 digs. Gonzaga was the first team to hit .200 this year against the Huskies (hitting exactly .200), but Washington functioned at a .331 clip, and had nine team blocks to two for the Bulldogs.
No. 8 Washington 3, Boise State 0
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Krista Vansant had a game-high 16 kills to lead Washington to a three set sweep against Boise State.
Setting up Vansant was senior setter Evan Sanders, who posted 36 assists, eight digs, seven blocks, and an ace. Senior Bianca Rowland made eight kills without an error on 15 swings for a .533 percentage with eight block assists. The Dawgs outhit the Broncos, .343-.153, and had a big edge in kills, 45-33, and were strong on the block again with 14 team blocks to five for BSU.
No. 9 Florida 3, Clemson 0
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The story of the match was middle blocker Chloe Mann, who in her first career start for the Gators, tripled her career high in kills with nine, had a career-high five blocks and tied tournament MVP Kristy Jaeckel for a match-high of 12 points, also a career high for Mann. The hometown hitter was errorless on the afternoon, hitting at a .818 clip and never committed an error all weekend, hitting .682.
“Chloe played the match of her life today,” Florida head coach Mary Wise said. “She really brought her A-game and took full advantage of her starting opportunity. She is the best jumper on the team. She looks like an experienced player out there and she never looks lost. Our ability to hold Clemson to .024 had a lot to do with the play of Chloe in terms of stabilizing the front-row blocking.”