No. 8 Texas toughs out victory
Roundup: No. 2 UCLA takes down Colorado with ease
AMES, Iowa -- No. 8 Texas freshman outside hitter Haley Eckerman connected for a match-best 21 kills and sophomore opposite hitter Bailey Webster hammered out a career-best 16 kills to lift the Longhorns to a 3-2 win against No. 16 Iowa State at Hilton Coliseum. The 25-16, 14-25, 25-20, 21-25, 15-8 victory improved the Longhorns to 9-4 on the year and 2-1 in Big 12 play, while the Cyclones dropped to 12-3 and 3-1 in league action.
Webster tallied her 16 kills on 27 error-free swings and hit .593, while Eckerman posted her second-consecutive 20-plus kill match. Senior All-American middle blocker Rachael Adams also had double-digit kills on .368 hitting and a team-best six total blocks.
In the decisive fifth set, Texas used a kill and block by sophomore Sarah Palmer to grab an early 3-0 edge. A pair of kills by Webster and Eckerman extended the margin to 11-4 before two kills by Webster forced match point and closed out the fifth, 15-8.
No. 2 UCLA 3, Colorado 0
BOULDER, Colo. -- No. 2 UCLA swept Colorado on Sunday at the Coors Events Center. Junior Bojana Todorovic had a double-double with 12 kills and 12 digs and no errors for a .750 hitting percentage to lead the attack while senior Katie Camp added eight kills and only one error in nine swings (.778).
The Bruins improve to 13-2 and maintain a share of the Pac-12 lead at 6-1. The Buffaloes fall to 5-10 and 0-7 in league play.
Other offensive contributors for UCLA were junior Rachael Kidder with nine kills, junior Tabi Love added seven and senior Sara Sage recorded six. Senior Lauren Van Orden had 39 assists and five digs, while senior Lainey Gera notched 12 digs and sophomore Meg Norton had nine. The Bruins hit .308 for the match.
No. 5 USC 3, Utah 0
SALT LAKE CITY -- Alex Jupiter had 15 kills while hitting .407 as No. 5 USC won its sixth consecutive match Sunday with a 3-0 sweep at Utah (25-13, 25-14, 25-19). Katie Fuller registered her first double-double of the season with 12 kills and 13 digs while hitting .500.
USC remains in a first-place tie with UCLA atop the Pac-12 standings (6-1, 11-3 overall) as the Trojans have swept all six victories. Utah drops to 6-10 on the season, 1-6 in conference.
The Trojans hit .400 on the afternoon as senior All-American setter Kendall Bateman delivered 37 assists. Senior All-American middle blocker Lauren Williams chipped in 10 kills and three digs while hitting .529. The Utes were led by Erin Redd with seven kills, but Utah was only able to record 29 kills against 19 hitting errors.
No. 6 Stanford 3, Arizona 1
STANFORD, Calif. -- Sophomore Rachel Williams posted her eighth double-double of the season to lead No. 6 Stanford to a 25-21, 23-25, 25-15, 25-18, win against Arizona, Sunday afternoon, at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal move to 10-3 and 4-3 in the Pac-12, while the Wildcats fall to 10-5 and 2-4 in the conference.
Williams registered 19 kills, 12 digs and career highs of six blocks, including three solo, and three assists. Sophomore middle blocker Carly Wopat hit .480 in the match, tying her career bests with 14 kills and nine blocks. Junior setter Karissa Cook turned in a double-double with 48 assists and 11 digs. A Santa Cruz, Calif., native, she also hit a career high .545 (7-1-11). Senior middle blocker Stephanie Browne finished with seven kills on eight errorless attempts (.875) and tied her career high with seven blocks.
As a team, Stanford hit a season-best .392, while holding Arizona to a .186 percentage. The Wildcats committed 30 attack errors to just eight by the Cardinal.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.