Arizona upsets No. 2 UCLA
Roundup: No. 1 Illinois holds on in thriller at No. 8 Penn State
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona defeated No. 2 UCLA for its first victory against a team ranked in the top two since 1993 on Saturday night at McKale Center. The last time the Wildcats defeated a team ranked as high as No. 2 was Nov. 10, 1993, when it defeated No. 1 UCLA 3-2 at McKale Center.
Arizona (11-6, 3-5) handed UCLA (14-3, 7-2) only its third loss of the season -- also Pepperdine and Washington -- and second loss in the Pac-12.
“They responded exactly how I would want my team to respond,” Arizona head coach David Rubio said. “UCLA didn’t come in here juiced and we are good enough to push a team like that.”
Freshman Madi Kingdon recorded her fifth double-double of the season and the led the team in kills for the 12th time with 16 kills and 11 digs. Seniors Cursty Jackson and Courtney Karst also posted kills in the double-digits with 13 and 14, respectively.
“We knew we have been struggling towards the end of games,” Karst said. “We tried to jump on them and stay up when we were up. They are the number two team in the country, so we knew they would do the same to us if they went up.”
In addition, sophomore Candace Nicholson recorded a career-high 24 digs for Arizona, more than any Wildcat this season.
No. 1 Illinois 3, No. 8 Penn State 2 -- Full Recap
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The match will go down as one of the best regular season contests in Big Ten history. More than 5,200 fans watched the eighth-ranked and four-time defending national champion Penn State Nittany Lions battle No. 1 ranked Illinois at Rec Hall and in the end the visiting Illini came away with an epic five-set victory 21-25, 25-21, 23-25, 25-21, 15-12. The victory pushes the Illinois overall record to 17-0, keeps the Illini tied with Nebraska for first place in the Big Ten at 6-0 and ends Penn State’s 68-match Big Ten home winning streak. The Lions fall to 11-5, 4-2 in the league.
The victory also marked just the second victory by the Illini at Penn State in 22 tries with the other win coming in 1995. A pair of freshmen came up huge for Illinois, especially at the end of the match. Liz McMahon had 14 kills and six block assists while hitting .270. Penn State, who had the big block going in the taking the first set, saw that fortune turn late in the match when freshman Anna Dorn tied an Illinois record with 13 block assists, four of which came in the final set.
No. 3 Washington 3, Utah 0 -- Box Score
SEATTLE -- Washington capped a perfect four-match homestand with a 3-0 win against new conference foe Utah at Alaska Airlines Arena in front of 3,009 fans. Washington (15-1, 7-1 Pac-12) pulled out a tough second set and then cruised in set three to finish off the sweep 25-17, 28-26, 25-14.
UW's defense was stellar, holding the Utes (7-11, 2-7 Pac-12) to just .081 on offense and mounting 10 blocks. The Huskies out-dug an opponent for the first time in conference play, 57-55, with freshman Summer Ross picking up a season-best 15 digs. Junior Kelly Holford also had her season-high with 13 digs, and sophomore Jenna Orlandini added 14 more.
Freshman Krista Vansant led the team with 14 kills, racking up seven in the third set alone, and junior Kylin Muñoz added 11 kills.
No. 5 Southern California 3, Arizona State 1 -- Box Score
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Five different players registered double-digit kills Saturday as No. 5 USC earned a four-set win (22-25, 25-17, 25-20, 29-27) against the Arizona State Sun Devils in a Pac-12 Conference match. Alex Jupiter and Sara Shaw had 15 kills each for the Women of Troy.
With Arizona's five-set win against UCLA, USC now stands in first place in the Pac-12 Conference standings with an 8-1 record. USC is 13-3 on the season after its eighth consecutive win. It is the longest win streak in conference play since the 2003 national championship season when the Women of Troy were a perfect 18-0.
Shaw tied her career best for kills and shattered her personal high with 19 digs. Senior All-America setter Kendall Bateman recorded a season-high 60 assists with 10 digs and four blocks while Lauren Williams had 12 kills and a season-high seven blocks (two solo, five assisted) while hitting .407.
Hannah Schraer added 12 kills and a season-high five blocks while Katie Fuller had 11 kills and a season-high four blocks. Sophomore libero Natalie Hagglund had a career-high 33 digs.
No. 6 Nebraska 3, Indiana 0 -- Box Score
LINCOLN, Neb. -- No. 6 Nebraska (13-1, 6-0) came out in dominant fashion Saturday afternoon with a 3-0 sweep (25-19, 25-14, 25-13) of the Indiana Hoosiers in front of 4,091 fans at the NU Coliseum.
Hannah Werth paced the Huskers with a match-leading 13 kills on .550 hitting. Werth's mark tied her season best for the third time this year. Lara Dykstra finished with 17 digs, while Lauren Cook had 33 assists and NU totaled eight team digs. The Huskers hit .330 for the match and held Indiana to a .022 hitting percentage.
Indiana was led by Kelci Marschall's seven kills and Caitlin Cox tabbed 11 digs for the Hoosiers.
No. 7 Stanford 3, Oregon 1
EUGENE, Ore. -- In a complete team effort, seventh-ranked Stanford topped No. 15 Oregon 22-25, 25-20, 25-21 25-23 Saturday at Matthew Knight Arena. The Cardinal moved to 12-3 overall and 6-3 in the Pac-12, while the Ducks fell to 12-4 overall and 5-3 in the conference.
Sophomores Rachel Williams and Carly Wopat each tallied 15 kills to lead the Cardinal. Redshirt freshman Lydia Bai added 10 kills and three blocks.
Freshman Morgan Boukather chipped in with eight kills and three blocks while junior setter Karissa Cook posted her ninth double-double of the year with 45 assists and 15 digs. Freshman libero Kyle Gilbert led the defense with 17 digs.
As a team, Stanford out hit Oregon .260 to .189.
No. 9 Hawaii 3, San Jose State 0
HONOLULU – Hawaii made quick work of San Jose State, sweeping the Spartans on Saturday 25-21, 25-8, 25-19. The Rainbow Wahine improve to 15-1 overall and 5-0 in the Western Athletic Conference, with SJSU dropping to 6-12 overall and 1-4 in conference.
Jane Croson had a match-high15 kills to lead the Bows, and Kanani Danielson added nine kills and 14 digs. Brittany Hewitt recorded six blocks and Mita Uiato had 27 assists.
Savanah Leaf led the Spartans with 10 kills and seven digs.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.