STANFORD, Calif. — USC defeated Stanford, 25-23, 26-24, 25-23, Saturday, at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, Calif. The Cardinal falls to 8-3 overall and 2-3 in the Pac-12, while the Trojans improve to 9-3 and 4-1 in the conference.
Sophomore outside hitter Rachel Williams registered her seventh double-double with 11 kills and 13 digs. Sophomore middle blocker Carly Wopat went 10-2-24 (.333) on the night with seven blocks. Junior setter Karissa Cook posted 32 assists, six digs and five blocks. Freshman Kyle Gilbert, who earned her first start at libero, finished with 18 digs.
The first set was close throughout with 11 tie scores and three lead changes, but USC came out on top, 25-23. The teams were tied at 19-19 when the Trojans used a 4-0 run to pull ahead for good. Stanford out hit USC .294 to .239 in the opening set and was led by Williams’ five kills. Gilbert led the defense with seven digs. Junior outside hitter Katie Fuller led USC with six kills and three digs.
The Cardinal led 13-10 in the second set, but a 4-1 run by USC gave the Trojans the one-point edge. Stanford came back to tie the score up at 18-18, but a 3-1 run by USC forced head coach John Dunning to call timeout. The Cardinal again tied the score at 24-24, but two consecutive points for the Trojans gave USC the 2-0 lead in the match. Williams and Wopat each tallied four kills to lead the Cardinal. Stanford, which collected six blocks in the set, was held to a .143 hitting percentage. USC senior outside hitter Alex Jupiter recorded six kills in the set to lead the Trojans.
No. 7 UCLA 3, No. 1 Cal 1
LOS ANGELES — Sophomore Kelly Reeves led seventh-ranked UCLA with 14 kills, adding 14 digs for a double-double, while senior Lauren Van Orden also had a double-double with 40 assists and 10 digs, as the Bruins knocked off top-ranked California (25-17, 25-20, 19-25, 25-15) in four sets on Saturday at the John Wooden Center.
The Bruins finish the weekend with an 11-2 record after defeating the top two teams in the country and they are now 4-1 in Pac-12 play. The Golden Bears losts their second consecutive game and fall to 13-2 overall and 3-2 in league action.
Junior Rachael Kidder added 12 kills, junior Tabi Love posted 11 kills with five blocks and sophomore Mariana Aquino recorded a career-high 10 kills with six digs and four blocks. Freshman Zoë Nightingale had six kills and no errors in 11 attempts for a .545 hitting percentage to go with a season-high seven blocks. Two more Bruins also had double figures in digs with senior Lainey Gera notching 19 and sophomore Meg Norton adding 10, while junior Bojana Todorovic had seven. The Bruins hit .224 for the match.
No. 5 Penn State 3, Iowa 0
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Penn State earned its first conference win in 2011 with a 3-0 sweep of Iowa.
Sophomore Ariel Scott led the Nittany Lions with 18 kills, while classmate Deja McClendon totaled 10. Freshman Micha Hancock dished out 37 assists and was second on the team with seven digs. Sophomore Ali Longo had a team-high 17 digs and sophomore Katie Slay put up five total blocks.
Penn State hit .234 against the Hawkeyes and totaled 45 kills, five aces, 50 digs and 6.0 team blocks. Iowa finished the match hitting .158 with 37 kills, two aces, 56 digs and 1.0 team block.
It wasn’t until midway through the first set that the Nittany Lions finally took the lead. With the scored tied at 11-11, a 5-2 Penn State run gave Penn State a 16-13 lead. Penn State’s lead grew to five, before two consecutive points by the Hawkeyes had Iowa within three, 21-18. An Iowa service error and a kill from Scott moved Penn State back ahead by five, 23-18, but a 4-0 Iowa run closed the gap to one, 23-22. McClendon put Penn State at set point with a kill, 24-22. The Hawkeyes pounded one final kill before Scott tallied a kill to close out set one for PSU, 25-23.
No. 8 Texas 3, Kansas 0
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas posted a season-best .384 team hitting percentage as it opened Big 12 play with a 3-0 victory against Kansas, Saturday afternoon at Gregory Gymnasium. The 25-20, 25-21, 25-17 victory improved the Longhorns to 8-3 on the season and 1-0 in league action, while the Jayhawks fell to 11-2 overall and 0-1 in the Big 12.
Freshman outside hitter Khat Bell led all Longhorns with 13 kills and added six digs, while senior All-America middle blocker Rachael Adams connected for 10 kills on .467 hitting and freshman outside hitter Haley Eckerman pounded out 10 kills and hit at a .500 clip.
After starting strong and claiming a 21-14 lead on Eckerman’s third kill of the first set, the Horns withstood a late KU rally and closed out the frame 25-20 on a kill by Bell.
Texas fell behind early in the second, but used a late 7-0 run fueled by two Bell kills to capture a 21-17 edge before claiming a 25-21 set victory.
No. 10 Nebraska 3, No. 24 Ohio State 1
Lincoln, Neb. – Nebraska advanced to 2-0 in Big Ten Conference play with a 3-1 win against Ohio State Saturday night at the NU Coliseum. Nebraska honored a true Husker legend as Nancy Metcalf’s jersey was retired. Metcalf became just the seventh Husker volleyball player to have her jersey retired at the Coliseum.
Hannah Werth notched a season-high 13 kills on the night to lead NU and pace Gina Mancuso and Morgan Broekhuis to double-figure kills as well, as both tabbed 11. Lauren Cook led NU defensively with 14 digs in addition to 41 assists. Lara Dykstra had 13 digs for the Huskers.
Nebraska hit .342 for the match, while holding Ohio State to a .134 hitting percentage and only six blocks. The Buckeyes also committed 29 errors on the night.