No. 5 Penn State grabs pair of wins
Roundup: Minnesota cruises to sixth victory of the season
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State continued play in the 2011 Hampton Inn Classic with a 3-0 (25-12, 25-17, 25-14) victory against Rutgers on Saturday morning.
Sophomore Katie Slay led the team with 10 kills in 13 errorless attempts on a career-best .769 hitting. Sophomore Ariel Scott was second on the team with nine kills, while freshman Aiyana Whitney tallied seven. Freshman Micha Hancock dished out 33 assists and had two aces. Sophomore Deja McClendonhad a match-high 10 digs and Slay had four total blocks.
The Nittany Lions hit .419 against the Scarlet Knights, totaling 45 kills, four aces, 35 digs and 8.0 total team blocks. Rutgers hit .048 and had 22 kills, two aces, 25 digs and 2.0 team blocks.
Fifth-ranked Penn State defeated Florida Gulf Coast, 3-1 (20-25, 25-11, 25-17, 25-11) to close out the Hampton Inn Classic. The Nittany Lions open Big Ten play on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at Nebraska at 8 p.m. ET.
Sophomore Ariel Scott had a match-high and career-best 17 kills on .419 hitting, while sophomore Deja McClendon posted 10 kills. Sophomore Katie Slay was third on the team with nine kills on .571 hitting, while classmate Maddie Martin put down seven with a career-high .545 attack percentage. Freshman Micha Hancock posted 36 assists and a team-best 13 digs. Sophomore Ali Longo was second on the team with a season-high 12 digs. Slay tied her personal best with a season-high 10 total blocks.
No. 1 California 3, Utah 0
BERKELEY -- No. 1 California completed its inaugural week of Pac-12 play with a 3-0 sweep of Utah (25-9, 25-20, 26-24) on Saturday night to keep its overall and conference records unsullied at 13-0 and 3-0, respectively.
Utah finished its tour of northern California with two losses to drop to 6-6 on the year and 1-2 in conference play.
Once again, the Golden Bears came out strong in set one, smashing the competition by hitting .536 as compared to Utah's .000. Overall, the Bears out hit the Utes, .290-.104. Though they suffered from runs of attack errors, the Utes tallied 9.0 blocks to Cal's 7.0.
No. 2 Stanford 3, Colorado 0
STANFORD, Calif. -- Second-ranked Stanford swept Colorado, 25-14, 25-15, 25-15, Saturday, at Maples Pavilion in Stanford, Calif. The Cardinal moves to 8-1 overall and 2-1 in the Pac-12, while the Buffaloes drop to 5-6 and 0-3 in the conference.
All 14 players on the Stanford roster played in the match. Sophomore outside hitter Rachel Williams led the team with 16 kills and nine digs. Redshirt freshman Lydia Bai posted a career-high 10 kills and a .588 attack percentage, while sophomore middle blocker Carly Wopat went 11-2-20 (.450) with five digs and five blocks. Junior setter Karissa Cook tallied 49 assists, seven digs and three blocks. Junior Hannah Benjamin led the defense with 12 digs.
No. 3 Illinois 3, Louisville 2
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- For the third consecutive weekend, No. 3 Illinois had to battle to post a five-set victory, but once again the Illini made the big plays when they had to in a 25-20, 23-25, 25-20, 21-25, 15-9 win against Louisville in the final match of the Big Ten/Big East Challenge.
Illinois finishes the non-conference schedule at 11-0, having also defeated No. 21 Dayton and Tulsa in the championship matches of the last two tournaments in five sets.
Freshman Liz McMahon had her best match as an Illini, hitting .576 with 20 kills. Colleen Ward had 19 kills while hitting .311. Michelle Bartsch, who had 12 kills on the night, earned her third tournament MVP award. McMahon was also named to the all-tournament team.
No. 4 Washington 3, No. 6 UCLA 0
SEATTLE - One tentative match was all it took to light a fire under the fourth-ranked Husky team. Washington was hitting on all cylinders against sixth-ranked UCLA and scored the straight set victory in front of a season-high 3,174 fans at Alaska Airlines Arena. The 26-24, 25-12, 25-20 victory gives UW its first Pac-12 win, as the team improves to 1-1 in conference and 9-1 overall while UCLA dropped to 9-2 and 2-1 in Pac-12 play.
The Dawgs caught fire midway through the first set and carried an aggressiveness through the rest of the match that Coach McLaughlin was pleased to see. One night after struggling on serve against USC in their first loss of the season, Washington racked up eight aces against just one error, and hit .340 for the match with senior Bianca Rowland getting back into dominant form with 12 kills and a .647 attack percentage. Junior Kylin Muñoz had one of the highest quality efforts of her career with a team-leading 13 kills and just one error for a .429 attack percentage, and setter Evan Sanders was on target all night with 41 assists.
No. 8 Texas 3, SMU 0
No. 8 Texas 3, UTSA 1
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas notched its second-consecutive sweep Saturday afternoon, downing SMU at the Texas Invitational.
Freshman outside hitter Khat Bell headlined the Horns' attack with a career-high 17 kills on .452 hitting and notched her second career double-double with her 10 digs. Freshman outside hitter Haley Eckerman posted 11 kills in the win, while sophomore setter Hannah Allison tallied 22 assists and 10 digs.
Then the team used a 13-kill performance by senior All-America middle blocker Rachael Adams to knock off UTSA 3-1 Saturday night and win the 2011 Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational. The 27-25, 19-25, 25-22, 25-18 victory improved the Longhorns to 6-3 on the season and dropped the Roadrunners to 6-8 overall.
No. 9 Minnesota 3, Middle Tennessee 0
MILWAUKEE -- Minnesota earned a 3-0 win against Middle Tennessee. As part of the Marquette Challenge, Minnesota won, 25-12, 25-17 and 26-24 to improve to 6-2 overall.
Ashley Wittman led the Gophers with 20 kills (20-1-33) and a .576 hitting percentage. She also had two solo blocks and three block assists. Tori Dixon and Katherine Harms also had double-digit kills when they each recorded 10. Mia Tabberson had 43 assists, while libero Jessica Granquist had 16 digs and had one assist. As a team, the Gophers held a hitting percentage of .433, while having two aces and just three service errors. The Gophers held the Blue Raiders to a .156 hitting percentage and 35 kills to Minnesota's 49.
Minnesota cruised in the first set as it started with a 9-0 run and led by as much as 12. On the set, Minnesota held a .571 team hitting percentage when the Gophers had 18 kills and just two errors in 28 attempts. Ashley Adams had the Blue Raiders' first kill and point of the set, but the Gophers already held a 9-1 lead. By the end of the first set, Wittman had accomplished nine kills in 13 attempts, while Tabberson had 16 assists.
No. 10 Nebraska 3, No. 12 Iowa State 0
LINCOLN, Neb. -- No. 10 Nebraska made quick work of No. 12 Iowa State on Saturday night, sweeping the Cyclones 3-0 (25-23, 25-15, 25-18) in front of 10,380 fans at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
The Huskers and Cyclones faced off the first time as non-conference opponents. With the Huskers sweep on Saturday night, NU holds a 79-1 advantage in the all-time series that dates back to 1975.
Junior Gina Mancuso led the Huskers at the Devaney Center, totaling 14 kills on 35 attacks and a hitting percentage of .371. Mancuso also had 11 digs on the night, giving her the fourth double-double of her career. She also totaled three service aces for the Huskers. Sophomore Morgan Broekhuis notched 11 kills of her own, while junior Lauren Cook tallied 38 assists.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.