COLUMBUS, Ohio — No. 24 Ohio State (12-4 overall, 2-1 Big Ten) rolled to a 3-0 sweep of No. 10 Minnesota (8-4, 1-2) on Friday night in front of 1,575 fans in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes downed the Golden Gophers by a 25-23, 25-20, 28-26 count in their Big Ten home opener.
Mari Hole led the Ohio State’s offensive charge by posting a team-high 17 points with 16 kills (.467) and one ace. Emily Danks added 10.5 points with seven kills (.300), three aces and one assist block while Mariah Booth contributed 10 points with nine kills (.500) and two assist blocks. Minnesota’s Ashley Wittman recorded a match-high 18.5 points with 18 kills (.295) and one assist block. Katherine Harms added 12 points with 10 kills (.231) and four assist blocks and 10 from Ariana Filho with four kills (.333), two ace serves, two solo blocks and four assist blocks.
For the match, Ohio State hit .312 to .269 for Minnesota. The Buckeyes had a 50-47 edge in kills while the Gophers had a 46-44 advantage in assists. Mia Tabberson posted a match-high 45 assists for the Gophers with OSU’s Peterson recording 41. Ohio State had a 6-2 advantage in ace serves. OSU’s Danks posted a match-high three aces. The Gophers gave up seven service errors to three for OSU.
Defensively, Ohio State had a 46-40 margin in digs with OSU’s Mignin and Minnesota’s Jessica Granquist sharing match-high honors with 14 each. OSU’s Host added 11 digs for a double-double with her 16 kills. At the net, the Gophers had an eight to six margin in team blocks. Minnesota’s Filho produced a match-high six total blocks with two solos and four assists. OSU’s Barhorst and Peterson shared team-high honors with four assist each.
No. 1 Illinois 3, Indiana 1
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Illinois struggled offensively, but used aggressive serving and a strong defensive effort to overcome visiting Indiana in four sets, 25-15, 21-25, 25-19, 25-14 on Friday night. The victory keeps Illinois undefeated at 14-0, 3-0 in the Big Ten.
Junior Michelle Bartsch reflected the Illini effort on the night, hitting .333 with six kills in the opening set; serving eight consecutive points, including five on aces in the second set, and coming up with the play of the night, a diving dig that caught the Hoosiers by surprise, landing safely on the Indiana side for an Illinois point. That gave Illinois a 15-11 advantage in set three. However, the reigning Big Ten Player of the Week also had 11 hitting errors to go along with her 14 digs and team-high 16 kills.
Illinois executed well in the first set and picked up steam as the frame went on, out-scoring Indiana 9-3 to win it going away. The second set was a different story as the Illini hit -.091 with six kills and nine hitting errors. The set itself was one of streaks. The Hoosiers darted to a 9-4 lead, saw the Illini off the arm of Bartsch score nine straight, then the Hoosiers rattle off six straight and 11 of 14 overall, to take set two.
No. 2 UCLA 3, Utah 0
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Senior Lauren Van Orden had a double-double with 39 assists and 10 digs and juniors Rachael Kidder (18) and Bojana Todorovic (10) each had double figures in kills and just missed out on double-doubles, as the second-ranked Bruins swept Utah on Friday at Crimson Court. Set scores were 25-12, 25-20, 25-17.
The Bruins improve to 12-2 overall and 5-1 in Pac-12 play, while the Utes fall to 6-9 and 1-5 in league action.
Van Orden added four blocks and three kills, as she posted her team-best sixth double-double of the season. Todorovic and Kidder almost got double-doubles too, but settled for nine and eight digs, respectively. Junior Tabi Love added eight kills, sophomore Mariana Aquino was a perfect 7-for-7 on kill attempts and senior Sara Sage posted five kills and five blocks. Senior Lainey Gera (13) and sophomore Meg Norton (10) were each in double figures in digs. The Bruins hit .352 for the match.
No. 5 USC 3, Colorado 0
BOULDER, Colo. — Senior All-America outside hitter Alex Jupiter had 14 kills with nine digs and two solo blocks while hitting .344 as USC earned a 3-0 Pac-12 Conference sweep against Colorado 25-21, 25-21, 25-18 on Friday night. It was USC’s fifth consecutive sweep as the Trojans are now in a first-place tie in the conference with UCLA. USC is 10-3 overall and 5-1 in conference with Colorado dropping to 5-9 overall, 0-6 in conference.
Freshman middle blocker Hannah Schraer added a season-high 11 kills for the Women of Troy while hitting .529 (11-2-17). Senior All-America setter Kendall Bateman had 33 assists and a career-high 12 digs while sophomore Sara Shaw also recorded a career-high with 12 digs.
The Women of Troy hit .271 in the match, including a match-high .364 in the third set (16-4-33) while holding Colorado to a .195 night.
No. 7 Nebraska 3, Michigan State 2
EAST LANSING, Mich. — No. 7 Nebraska outlasted Michigan State by a 3-2 count (27-25, 16-25, 21-25, 25-17, 16-14) on Friday night in front of 2,024 fans at Jenison Fieldhouse. The Huskers rallied to win the final two sets in a 27-25, 16-25, 21-25, 25-17, 16-14 victory against the Spartans.
Morgan Broekhuis led Nebraska on the night with a career-high 22 kills on 33 attacks for a .545 hitting percentage. Hannah Werth tabbed 13 kills on 27 attacks, while Gina Mancuso had 12 kills of her own. Mancuso tabbed the sixth double-double of her career with an additional 10 digs. The Huskers hit .279 on the match, while Michigan State hit .296. Lauren Cook notched 50 assists for Nebraska, while Lara Dykstra had 16 digs on the night.
The Huskers improved to 10-1 on the season, including 3-0 in conference play, while the Spartans fell to 12-3 and 1-2 in Big Ten action.
No. 9 Penn State 3, Wisconsin 0
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — No. 9 Penn State (9-4, 2-1 Big Ten) swept past conference foe Wisconsin (9-6, 1-2 Big Ten) on Friday night. The Nittany Lions made quick work of the Badgers winning by scores of 25-18, 25-20, 25-22.
Sophomore Ariel Scott led the Nittany Lions with a match-high 12 kills. Sophomore Katie Slay posted eight kills on .778 hitting, while sophomore Deja McClendon also tallied eight. Freshman Micha Hancock dished out 29 assists and had a match-high four aces. Sophomore libero Ali Longo recorded nine digs, while Slay had a team-best five total blocks.
The Nittany Lions hit .202 against the Badgers and totaled 39 kills, 10 aces, 34 digs and 11.5 total team blocks. Wisconsin registered a .105 hitting percentage and finished the match with 32 kills, four aces, 42 digs and 7.5 team blocks.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.