No. 1 Illinois tops No. 20 Michigan
Roundup: Webster leads No. 10 Texas to sweep of Texas Tech
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - No. 1 Illinois posted 17 blocks as it went on to beat No. 20 Michigan in four sets (25-14, 25-19, 21-25, 25-20). Illinois moves to 18-0 overall and 7-0 in the Big Ten, a half game ahead of fifth-ranked Nebraska in the conference standings.
Freshman middle blocker Anna Dorn, the most recent Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, posted double digits in blocks for the second consecutive match, finishing with 10 block assists, one shy of her freshman teammate Liz McMahon who connected on a lethal block on numerous occasions. Illinois out-blocked the Wolverines, 17-3 on the night and limited Michigan (14-5, 2-5) to a .182 attack percentage.
Offensively, Illinois posted an impressive .305 attack percentage thanks to a steady performance in which the Illini hit between .273 and .333 in each set individually. Junior setter Annie Luhrsen, who engineered the offense, finished with 44 assists and eight digs. Senior Michelle Bartsch played like an All-American, hitting .341 from the outside with 20 kills and six digs. Senior Colleen Ward was strong as well, belting all 14 of her kills in the last three sets while also finishing with a double-double thanks to 10 digs.
No. 10 Texas 3, Texas Tech 0
AUSTIN, Texas -- No. 10 Texas extended its home winning streak to 23 matches on Wednesday as it swept past Texas Tech at Gregory Gymnasium. The 25-17, 25-11, 25-22 victory improved the Longhorns to 11-4 on the year and 4-1 in Big 12 play, while the Red Raiders fell to 14-6 overall and 0-5 in league action.
Sophomore outside hitter Bailey Webster headlined the Longhorns' attack with 11 kills on .320 hitting, while senior All-America middle blocker Rachael Adams connected for seven kills and hit at a .600 clip. Freshman outside hitter Haley Eckerman added nine kills, while sophomore defensive specialist Sarah Palmer and senior libero Sydney Yogi each tallied three service aces.
Texas jumped out to an early edge in the first, taking advantage of an 8-2 rally fueled by two kills from junior opposite hitter Sha’Dare McNeal that gave UT a 15-9 lead. Webster kills allowed the Horns to maintain the margin before two late Adams kills and a pair of Tech errors propelled Texas to a 25-17 set win.
In the second, the Longhorns used a rally headlined by the strong serve of Yogi to claim a 20-9 lead before eventually closing out the set 25-11 on an Eckerman kill.
The Longhorns built their lead to 19-9 on a kill by sophomore middle blocker Haley Cameron in the third and forced set point at the 24-17 mark, but had to stave off a 5-0 Tech rally to close out the set 25-22.