No. 9 Penn State downs No. 11 Purdue
Roundup: No. 5 Nebraska, No. 8 Hawaii roll to easy victories
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- No. 9 Penn State defeated No. 11 Purdue by a 3-1 count on Friday evening. The Nittany Lions topped the Boilermakers by set scores of 32-30, 16-25, 25-19, and 25-19.
Sophomore Deja McClendon led the Nittany Lions with 14 kills, while freshman Nia Grant posted 10. Freshman Micha Hancock paced the offense with 44 assists and led the team with four aces. Sophomore Ali Longo had a team-best 19 digs, while sophomore Ariel Scott tallied 10 of her own. Sophomore Katie Slay led the Lions at the net with four total blocks.
Penn State and Purdue both finished the night hitting .250. The Nittany Lions totaled 59 kills, 10 aces, 65 digs and 7.5 total team blocks. The Boilermakers finished the match with 57 kills, three aces, 64 digs and 8.0 team blocks.
With the victory Penn State improves its record to 12-5 on the season, including a 5-2 mark in Big Ten action. Purdue drops to 15-3 overall, with a 4-3 mark in league play.
No. 5 Nebraska 3, Wisconsin 0
Madison Wis. -- Fifth-ranked Nebraska improved to 7-0 in Big Ten play on Friday night with a 3-0 sweep of Wisconsin at the UW Fieldhouse. The Huskers rolled past the Badgers by scores of 25-21, 25-15, 25-21. With the win, Nebraska remained one of two unbeaten teams in conference play.
Hannah Werth led Nebraska on the night with 17 kills on 28 attacks for a .536 hitting percentage. Gina Mancuso had 13 kills and Morgan Broekhuis had eight of her own. Lauren Cook led NU with 38 assists, while also notching a team-high 11 digs. Werth also totaled 10 digs for her second double-double of the season.
Nebraska came out strong, posting four unanswered points for a 9-5 lead early in the first set. The Huskers forced Wisconsin to call a timeout after NU made it 14-9. Nebraska went up 17-11 on a kill by Werth, but UW cut it to 19-15 after a service ace. The Badgers kept fighting to make it 21-20 and force Nebraska to call a timeout. Wisconsin tied it up at 21, but Nebraska pulled away to secure a 25-21 first set win and lead the match 1-0.
Nebraska went ahead 8-6 in the second set on a kill by Jordan Wilberger and increased the lead to 10-6 on a block. A service error by the Badgers made it 12-9 and Nebraska capitalized to make it 14-9 on a 4-0 run and force Wisconsin to call a timeout. Errors plagued Wisconsin as the Huskers went up 19-12, eventually making it 21-13. Nebraska only allowed the Badgers two more points as the Huskers went on to win the second set 25-15 and lead the match 2-0.
In the third set the Badgers came out fighting as there were four lead changes and nine ties. NU and UW fought point-for-point and Wisconsin tied the match at seven apiece as Nebraska then came back to tie it at 10. NU gained some momentum and went up 16-13 as Wisconsin had to call a timeout. NU then went up 20-16, but the Badgers once again cut it as close as two points, last at 23-21. Nebraska hit a second gear late in the third set to win the set 25-21 and sweep the Badgers 3-0.
No. 8 Hawaii 3, Louisiana Tech 0
RUSTON, La. – Hawaii swept by Louisiana Tech on Friday evening by scores of 25-9, 25-9, 25-14. The Rainbow Wahine improve to 17-1 overall and 7-0 in the WAC, and LaTech drops to 9-14 overall and 0-7 in conference.
Jane Croson helped lead the charge for Hawaii with a match-high 11 kills to go along with seven digs. Kanani Danielson added seven kills and a match-high nine digs, and Kalei Adolpho posted three blocks, also a match-high.
UH was impressive from the first serve, as the Rainbow Wahine opened the match with a 25-9 win in the first set. The 'Bows held an early lead but broke the set wide open with a 7-0 run. A Danielson kill coupled with a series of LaTech errors helped UH to a 20-7 lead and the Rainbow Wahine cruised from there.
Set two saw much of the same as Hawaii rolled to another 25-9 victory. UH went on a 14-1 run to take a 14-4 lead, and Adolpho closed the set with a pair of kills to give the 'Bows a 2-0 advantage.
In the final set, the 'Bows went to their bench as Kaela Goodman and Monica Stauber started the set with Kristiana Tuaniga seeing significant time. LaTech was competitive early but UH eventually pulled away for a 25-14 win to complete the sweep.
No. 7 Stanford 3, Washington State 0
STANFORD, Calif. - All 14 players on the roster saw action as the No. 7 Stanford women's volleyball team swept Washington State, 25-13, 25-21, 25-6, Friday night at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal improves to 13-3 overall and 7-3 in the Pac-12, while the Cougars drop to 11-8 on the season and 3-6 in the conference.
Sophomore outside hitter Rachel Williams led the team with 13 kills, nine digs and three service aces. Redshirt freshman Lydia Bai tallied a season-best 12 kills on 22 swings with just two errors for a .455 attack percentage. Four other Cardinal players chipped in with at least four kills. Junior setter Karissa Cook finished with 36 assists and six digs, while junior defensive specialist Hannah Benjamin racked up 10 digs and two aces.
No. 6 UCLA 3, Oregon State 0
LOS ANGELES - Junior transfer Tabi Love had a team-best 13 kills, freshman Priscilla Duke-Ezeji added a career-best 11 and freshman Zoë Nightingale posted a personal-high 10, as the sixth-ranked Bruins swept Oregon State on Friday at the John Wooden Center. Set scores were 25-14, 25-17, 25-14.
The Bruins improve to 15-3 overall and 8-2 in Pac-12 play, while the Beavers fall to 11-8 and 3-6 in league action.
Love hit a season-best .423 with only two errors in 26 swings, while Duke-Ezeji posted a career-high eight digs. Defensively, senior Lainey Gera had 17 digs and sophomore Kelly Reeves added 10. Senior Lauren Van Orden added 31 assists and five digs and freshman Megan Moenoa came off the bench to record 12 assists. Sophomore Mariana Aquino had five kills and no errors in eight attempts for a .625 hitting percentage, while freshman Karsta Lowe tallied five kills in as many attempts. The Bruins hit a season-best .394 for the match.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.