CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Staring down its second fifth-set match in as many days, Kansas pulled out a performances to defeat No. 6 Minnesota, the highest-ranked opponent in program history.
For the second-time in as many days, Kansas forced a nationally-ranked team to five sets. Squaring off against No. 6 Minnesota in the first Saturday match at the Clarion Inn-vitational, the Jayhawks refused to let the opportunity pass and proceeded to take down their second top-10 opponent in as many seasons.
The Jayhawks received double-digit kill efforts from senior outside hitter Allison Mayfield, redshirt sophomore middle blocker Caroline Jarmoc and freshman outside hitter Sara McClinton en route to taking down the team who has two sweeps against top-10 Texas already this season.
No. 1 California 3, Sacramento State 0
No. 1 California 3, Georgetown 0
BERKELEY, Calif — In set three versus Sacramento State, California laid down an iron net with a 13-0 run to start the set, earning a three-set sweep of the Hornets in the Hilton Garden Inn Classic on Saturday. The Golden Bears hit .312 while limiting Sac State to .041 overall and -.053 in set three. Tarah Murrey had a season-high 21 kills for an incredible 24.5 points in addition to seven digs. Kat Brown was next in line with seven kills for a squad-best .700 along with a team-high three block assists.
With their 10th consecutive victory and fourth win of the weekend in a 3-0 sweep of Georgetown, No. 1 California won the Hilton Garden Inn Classic on Saturday evening. Further earning herself tournament MVP status, Tarah Murrey had a match-high 12 kills (3e, 34att, .265) to help roll the Bears to victory.
No. 10 Texas 3, No. 2 Penn State 2
PALO ALTO, Calif. — In a match which began much like the 2009 NCAA National Championship match, Texas fought off a Penn State comeback for a 3-2 win.
Penn State out-hit, out-killed, out-served, out-dug and out-blocked the Longhorns. The Nittany Lions totaled 61 kills on .217 hitting, 10 aces, 69 digs and 13.5 total team blocks. Texas finished the match with 50 kills on .152 hitting, nine aces, 62 digs and 13.0 team blocks.
The Nittany Lions jumped out to a 5-2 lead to open the match, but a 4-1 run by the Longhorns had the score knotted at 6-6. Two blocks put Texas up by two, 8-6, but kills by Grant, McClendon and Hancock had the score at 10 all. Each team tallied a kill before three straight Longhorn points gave Texas a 14-11 lead.
No. 3 Stanford 3, No. 7 Florida 2
STANFORD, Calif. — Third-ranked Stanford topped No. 7 Florida, 25-17, 25-20, 20-25, 21-25, 15-13, Saturday, in the tournament championship of the Nike Volleyball Big Four Classic at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal (6-0) completes an undefeated preseason for the second consecutive year, while the Gators fall to 7-2.
Sophomore outside hitter Rachel Williams was named the tournament’s MVP. A Los Gatos, Calif., native, she posted a double-double, her third of the season, with 23 kills and 14 digs. Sophomore Carly Wopat finished with 13 kills, six digs and six blocks, while junior middle blocker Jessica Walker tallied nine kills, three blocks and three service aces.
No. 4 Illinois 3, Cal Poly 1
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — It took a pair of stellar performances from Illinois’ middle blockers, Erin Johnson and Anna Dorn, for Illini to come away with a 3-1 victory against Cal Poly on Saturday afternoon. The Orange and Blue remain unblemished, improving to 8-0 overall after the win at Alumni Memorial Gym. Johnson hit .636, posting 15 kills in 22 swings, while Dorn hit .579, connecting on 12 kills in 19 attempts.
“It wasn’t our prettiest match, but we found a way to pull it out,” head coach Kevin Hambly said.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.