STARKVILLE, Miss. — No. 7 Florida swept Mississippi State 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 26-24) to take its 21st consecutive SEC opener on Friday night in front of a crowd of 1,009 at the Newell-Grissom Building.
Florida continued their unbeaten streak against Mississippi State, taking all 39 meetings in the series, including 35 three-set sweeps. The Gators hit .310 on the evening and outblocked the Bulldogs by three, 9-6.
Florida continued its balanced attack led by senior outside hitter Kristy Jaeckel with a match-leading 14 kills and senior right-side/setter Kelly Murphy registered her 25th career triple-double on the final point of the match to end with 10 kills, 19 assists and 11 digs. Junior right-side Tangerine Wiggs continued her hot streak with 11 kills on the night to go along with a match-high five blocks and both Murphy and sophomore setter Chanel Brown contributed 19 assists apiece.
Redshirt freshman libero Taylor Unroe led the match with 15 digs and a perfect serve reception percentage, while freshman defensive specialist Madison Monserez earned her first start of the season and notched seven digs on the evening.
No. 1 California 3, Colorado 0
BERKELEY, Calif. — Fueled by a perfect hitting night by Shannon Hawari and 13 kills from Tarah Murrey, top-ranked California welcomed Colorado to the Pac-12 with a 3-0 sweep (25-17, 26-24, 25-15) on Friday evening at Haas Pavilion.
With the win, Cal moves to 12-0 overall and 2-0 in the Pac-12 while the Buffs drop to 5-5 and 0-2 in conference play. In the third all-time meeting with Colorado, the Bears notched their first-ever victory against the Buffs.
Hawari hit 1.000 with eight kills in as many attempts. The junior is now hitting .416 on the season, which is tops on the team amongst hitters with more than one attempt. Additionally, Hawari is on pace for the second highest season hitting percentage after setting that record by hitting .419 last year.
No. 2 Stanford 3, Utah 0
PALO ALTO, Calif. — Sophomore Rachel Williams posted her fifth consecutive double-double to lead second-ranked Stanford to a sweep against visiting Utah on Friday night at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal improves to 7-1 overall and 1-1 in the Pac-12, while the Utes drop to 6-5 and 1-1 in the conference.
Williams, an outside hitter, led all players with 16 kills and 13 digs. Middle blocker Carly Wopat added eight kills on 19 errorless attacks for a .421 hitting percentage. The sophomore also collected four digs and six blocks. Junior setter Karissa Cook controlled the offense with 30 assists while adding five kills and 13 digs for her team-leading sixth double-double. Junior libero Hannah Benjamin also posted 13 digs in the win. As a team, Stanford hit a season-best .333, while holding Utah to a .126 percentage.
No. 3 Illinois 3, Cincinnati 0
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — No. 3 Illinois put forth its most complete match of the season, dominating from start to finish in a 25-16, 25-14, 25-12 victory against Cincinnati at the Big Ten/Big East Challenge on Friday night at Huff Hall. In the process, the Illini start 10-0 in a season for just the second time in school history ahead of Saturday’s match with Louisville.
Illinois took the lead early in all three sets and were never challenged. The final stats demonstrate just how one-sided an effort it was. The Illini had their best attack percentage of the season, hitting an impressive .405 for the match, including a .458 clip in the second set, while holding Cincinnati (7-5), a team that advanced to the NCAA second round last season, to a -.061 hitting percentage. Illinois out-blocked the Bearcats, 9-1, and held slight advantages in both digs (37-34) and aces (4-0). Illinois had just four hitting errors in the match.
Senior All-American Michelle Bartsch paved the way with 10 kills while hitting .417. Junior middle blocker Erin Johnson hit .444 with nine kills and five blocks. Sophomore Jennifer Beltran had 11 digs, returned all nine serves hit to her successfully and tallied an assist. Junior Annie Luhrsen has 33 assists in spreading the wealth.
No. 13 Southern California 3, No. 4 Washington 0
SEATTLE — Sara Shaw and Katie Fuller recorded career highs with 15 kills each Friday as No. 13 Southern California swept No. 4 Washington 3-0 (25-20, 28-26, 25-20) in Pac-12 Conference action. USC won for the first time in Seattle since 2003 and handed the Huskies their first loss of the season.
Shaw, a sophomore outside hitter, hit .481 (15-2-27) while recording the double-double with 11 digs, one of her personal best. Sophomore libero Natalie Hagglund tied a USC school-record for most digs (30) in a three-set match for a 10.0 assists-per-set average.
Senior All-America setter Kendall Bateman guided the Women of Troy (6-3, 1-1) with 41 assists. Freshman Krista Vansant led Washington (8-1, 0-1) with 10 kills, but hit .128 in the match. Both teams combined for 21 service errors.
No. 5 Penn State 3, Long Island 0
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Fifth-ranked Penn State (5-3) earned a 3-0 victory against Long Island (3-8) on Friday evening. The Nittany Lions downed the Blackbirds in consecutive sets by scores of 29-27, 25-8, and 25-13.
Sophomore Deja McClendon led Penn State with nine kills on .438 hitting, while sophomores Ariel Scott and Katie Slay had eight kills each. Freshman Aiyana Whitney rounded out the top hitters with six kills on .500 hitting. Freshman setter Micha Hancock paced the offense with 23 assists and tied for second on the team with seven digs. McClendon led the team with eight digs and Ali Longo had seven. Slay was a wall at the net with five total blocks and both Hancock and freshman Nia Grant tallied four apiece.
The Nittany Lions hit .308 against the Blackbirds, totaling 38 kills, six aces, 33 digs and 10.0 team blocks. Long Island hit -.067 and had 22 kills, three aces, 24 digs and 6.0 team blocks.
No. 6 UCLA 3, Washington State 0
PULLMAN, Wash. — Junior Rachael Kidder led all players with 10 kills, while senior Sara Sage, junior Tabi Love and sophomore Kelly Reeves each hit better than .400, as the sixth-ranked Bruins swept Washington State on Friday at Bohler Gym. Set scores were 25-12, 25-19, 25-21.
The Bruins improve to 9-1 overall and 2-0 in Pac-12 play, while the Cougars fall to 8-3 in dropping their conference opener.
Reeves had eight kills and only one error in 11 attempts for a .636 hitting percentage, Sage posted six kills and one error in nine swings (.556) and Love recorded six kills and one miscue in 12 attacks for a .417 percentage to go with four blocks. Senior Lauren Van Orden added 34 assists and six digs, while sophomore Mariana Aquino had six blocks. Senior Lainey Gera notched seven digs and junior Bojana Todorovic tallied five. The Bruins hit .329 as a team.
No. 8 Texas 3, Santa Clara 0
AUSTIN, Texas — Eighth-ranked Texas used a 15-kill effort by freshman outside hitter Haley Eckerman to roll past Santa Clara 3-0 on Friday night at Gregory Gymnasium. The 25-13, 25-23, 25-19 victory improved the Longhorns to 4-3 on the season and dropped the Broncos to 3-6 overall.
Eckerman committed just two errors on 32 swings in the win, while hitting a career best .406 and adding five total blocks. Senior All-America middle blocker Rachael Adams chipped in six kills on .417 hitting and tallied a match-high six blocks. The Longhorns out-hit the Broncos, .286-to-.127 in the victory and out-blocked SCU, 11.5-to-2.0.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.