No. 1 Illinois rolls, set for Penn State
Roundup: Nebraska continues hot hand against No. 11 Purdue
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Top-ranked Illinois used a multi-prong offensive attack in a consecutive sets 25-22, 25-12, 25-22 victory against No. 25 Ohio State on Friday night. Senior Colleen Ward had eight of her match-high 14 kills in the second set, pacing three Illinois players with double figure kills.
The Illini (16-0, 5-0 in the Big Ten) defeated the Buckeyes (12-6, 2-3) for the seventh consecutive time ahead of Saturday night's showdown at No. 8 Penn State, a place Illinois has won just once.
"I enjoyed watching us play tonight and I can't honestly say that every match," Illinois head coach Kevin Hambly said. "I'm excited to see what we can do offensively because it seems like we have some horses and some weapons. We were a little smoother and I thought we passed pretty well."
Illinois was especially potent in the second set, hitting .633 with a whopping 19 kills. Ward, who had four kills and four errors in the first set, exploded for eight kills in nine attacks, an .888 clip, as the Illini rolled to take the set. Senior Michelle Bartsch, who finished the night with 12 kills, had four in the second set on 11 swings.
Freshman Liz McMahon, playing in front of many of her family and friends in her home state, was impressive as well, hitting .588 with 11 kills and one block assist.
No. 3 Washington 3, Colorado 0
SEATTLE -- Washington welcomed Colorado to Seattle for the first time as a conference rival Friday, but the third-ranked Huskies were not looking to be overly hospitable. The Huskies scored the 3-0 victory against the Buffaloes behind 15 kills from junior Kylin Muñoz.
Playing in front of 2,134 fans at Alaska Airlines Arena, the Huskies earned their sixth consecutive victory by a count of 25-14, 25-21, 25-20. Washington improves to 14-1 on the year and 6-1 in Pac-12 play, and dropped Colorado to 5-11 overall and 0-8 in its new home conference.
Muñoz's 15 kills were a career-high in conference play as she hit .394 for the night. Senior Bianca Rowland had eight blocks, her third consecutive match with at least eight rejections, and also had five kills without an error. Freshman Krista Vansant led the team with nine digs, and added five kills and four block assists. Ranked second nationally in blocks per set, UW again controlled that part of the match, recording 13 blocks to help hold Colorado to just .069 on offense.
No. 4 California 3, No. 15 Oregon 0
EUGENE, Ore. -- Behind 19 kills from Tarah Murrey and 69 team digs, No. 4 California rolled to a 3-0 victory against No. 15 Oregon on Friday night. The Golden Bears swept the Ducks in front of an Oregon home-court record 6,210 fans, taking the sets 25-23, 25-22 and 25-12.
With the key conference win, the Bears now stand at 16-2 overall and 6-2 in the Pac-12 while the Ducks suffer their second Pac-12 loss to fall to 12-3 and 5-2.
No. 5 USC 3, Arizona 0
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Senior All-America middle blocker Lauren Williams had 11 kills while hitting .588 Friday as No. 5 USC earned its season-high seventh consecutive victory with a Pac-12 Conference sweep at Arizona by scores of 27-25, 25-21, 25-19. The Women of Troy recorded their seventh conescutive 3-0 sweep in conference play, the second time since the rally scoring era began in 2001 that USC has been able to win seven conescutives matches in a sweep (also 2003 national championship season).
Senior All-America outside hitter Alex Jupiter led with 16 kills, six digs and two aces while hitting .382 for the Trojans. Senior All-America setter Kendall Bateman guided the team with 39 assists as the Women of Troy (12-3, 7-1) hit .364 for the match. Katie Fuller had seven kills and six digs while freshman middle blocker Hannah Schraer added six kills while hitting .714 (6-1-7).
No. 6 Nebraska 3, No. 11 Purdue 1
LINCOLN, Neb. -- No. 6 Nebraska (12-1, 5-0) propelled itself past No. 11 Purdue in a 3-1 (25-22, 20-25, 25-14, 25-22) win Friday night at the NU Coliseum. The Huskers, who remained undefeated in Big Ten Conference play, produced one of their most balanced efforts of the season, with five plays notching more than 20 attacks for the match. NU also saw five different players tally 10 or more digs.
Gina Mancuso led NU on the night with 16 kills on 39 attacks. Morgan Broekhuis had 13 kills and three service aces, while Hayley Thramer had a career-high 12 kills for a .409 hitting percentage.
Both Mancuso and Broekhuis tabbed double-doubles on the night, marking the seventh double-double for Mancuso and the third for Broekhuis. Lauren Cook accumulated 51 assists, as the Huskers also had six team blocks. Defensively, Nebraska out-dug Purdue 84-73, marking the most team digs for NU this season.
No. 7 Stanford 3, Oregon State 1
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- No. 7 Stanford denied Oregon State its first win against the Cardinal with a 22-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-16 victory on Friday at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Ore. The Cardinal improves to 11-3 overall and 5-3 in the Pac-12, while the Beavers drop to 11-6 and 3-4 in the conference.
Sophomore Rachel Williams produced her fifth 20-plus kill match of her career, finishing with 22 kills and 18 digs for her ninth double-double of the season. Sophomore middle blocker Carly Wopat added 11 kills and four blocks, while junior setter Karissa Cook registered her ninth double-double of the year with 47 assists and 14 digs. Williams and Cook lead the Pac-12 in double-doubles this season.
Sophomore defensive specialist Mary Ellen Luck put down a career-high four service aces and tied her career best with 11 digs.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.