MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — For the third consecutive time an Illinois-Minnesota match went five sets with the road team coming out on top, as the No. 3 Illini defeated No. 9 Minnesota 3-2 (20-25, 25-18, 25-22, 20-25, 15-10) at the Sports Pavilion. The Orange and Blue overcame a slow start and used a 16-4 blocking advantage to win a top-10 showdown in its Big Ten opener. Illinois remained undefeated at 12-0 with its fourth five-set win on the season while the Gophers fell to 7-3 overall.
The Illini had four blocks in the final frame, including on each of the first three points to grab an early advantage they never relinquished. Junior middle blocker Erin Johnson finished the night with a double-double, leading the team with a .435 attack percentage while tallying 11 kills and 10 blocks. Both of Illinois’ outside hitters notched double-doubles as well, as senior Michelle Bartsch had a match-high 23 kills and 14 digs and senior Colleen Ward turned in 16 kills and 12 digs.
No. 12 USC 3, No. 1 Cal 0
LOS ANGELES — No. 1 California suffered its first loss of the season on Friday night, when No. 12 USC swept the Golden Bears (25-23, 25-20, 25-22) at the Galen Center.
Cal drops to 13-1 overall and 3-1 in the Pac-12 while the Trojans improve to 8-3 and 3-1 in conference play.
Tarah Murrey laid down 14 kills to pace the Bears in addition to 15 digs for her first double-double of the year. Shannon Hawari notched 12 kills. Robin Rostratter had 20 digs.
Alex Jupiter notched a match-high 16 kills (4e, 35att, .343) to lead USC to victory.
No. 7 UCLA 3, No. 2 Stanford 2
LOS ANGELES — In front of a standing-room only crowd of 2,176 fans at the John Wooden Center, seventh-ranked UCLA knocked off No. 2 Stanford in five sets (25-18, 25-18, 23-25, 27-29, 15-9). Junior Rachael Kidder had a career-high 30 kills to go with eight digs to lead UCLA, while senior Lauren Van Orden and sophomore Kelly Reeves added double-doubles. The Bruins improved to 10-2 overall and 3-1 in Pac-12 play, while the Cardinal fell to 8-2 and 2-2 in league.
Kidder’s 30 kills also marked the 38th time in UCLA history that a player posted at least 30 and the first time since Oct. 11, 2001 when Kristee Porter did it against Stanford.
Reeves tied a career best with 17 kills and established a personal high with 19 digs for her sixth career double-double and her second of the season. Van Orden posted her fourth double-double of the year (13th as a Bruin, 29th career) with 61 assists and 14 digs to go with four blocks and four kills.
No. 4 Washington 3, Arizona 0
TUCSON, Ariz. — In its first Pac-12 Conference home match, Arizona fell to No. 4 Washington (10-1, 2-1) 3-0 on Friday night at McKale Center. The Huskies defeated the Wildcats, 27-25, 25-18, 25-10.
In the first set, Arizona jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but neither team led by more than four points when the Huskies led 22-18. The Wildcats came back, evened the score at 23 and had a chance to seal it, but Washington held and took set one 27-25.
In the second set, the teams stayed close most of the way, tying it up seven different times. At 16-16, the Huskies outscored Arizona 8-1 and won set two, 25-18. Washington’s Bianca Rowland recorded three of her team’s eight blocks in the second set.
The Huskies started the third set strong, leaving the Wildcats scoreless for the first four points. Washington went on a 9-3 run to give the Huskies a 13-3 edge and went on to win 25-10.
No. 6 Florida 3, Kentucky 1
GAINSVILLE, Fla. — With every starting attacker hitting at least .278 or better, No. 6 Florida used one of the best team offensive performances in recent history to defeat the Kentucky Wildcats, 3-1 (25-12, 25-19, 23-25, 25-18), on Friday night at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.
Led by the senior tandem of outside hitters Stephanie Ferrell and Kristy Jaeckel , Florida hit .417 as a team against the Wildcats, their best hitting efficiency in a four-set match in over a decade. The Gators also hit .560 in the first set, their highest hitting percentage in a set this season. Ferrell had 11 kills, hitting at a .588 clip, while Jaeckel notched a match-high 15 kills. Junior middle blocker Betsy Smith had a match-high .750 hitting percentage, registering six kills on eight swings with no errors, while AVCA National Player of the Week Kelly Murphy hit .529 with nine kills and no errors to go along with 19 assists, five digs and three service aces.
On the defensive end, redshirt freshman libero Taylor Unroe had 11 digs and three service aces and freshman defensive specialist Madison Monserez registered a career-high nine digs against the Wildcats. Senior middle blocker Cassandra Anderson led Florida’s blocking effort with three blocks on the night.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.