MINNEAPOLIS — No. 5 Nebraska (15-1, 8-0) posted a 3-2 (28-30, 19-25, 25-10, 25-12, 15-11) victory against No. 14 Minnesota Saturday night at Williams Arena. The Huskers overcame a feisty Gopher squad in their fifth five-set win of the season.
Gina Mancuso led Nebraska for the match with 18 kills on 46 attacks. Morgan Broekhuis and Hannah Werth both had 15 kills, with Werth notching her second double-double of the weekend with 17 digs. Mancuso also tallied a double-double as she had 15 digs. Lauren Cook tabbed 45 assits for Nebraska while Lara Dykstra had a team-high 23 digs.
Nebraska hit .243 for the match while Minnesota hit .111. The Huskers out-blocked the Gophers 17-8 and had 85 team digs.
No. 1 Illinois 3, Michigan State 2
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Colleen Ward had 22 kills and hit .538 as top-ranked Illinois survived a five-set battle with Michigan State 25-22, 25-21, 18-25, 23-15, 15-9 in front of 4,021 fans at Huff Hall.
Three of the five Big Ten matches went five sets on Saturday with Illinois the only home team to come out on top. It marked the sixth time this season that Illinois has gone five sets, with the Illini coming out on top in all six to remain undefeated at 19-0 overall and tied with Nebraska for first place with identical 8-0 marks.
Although unranked, Michigan State (15-5, 4-4) posed one of the most physical and offensive-minded teams on the Illini schedule. The Spartans now have taken both Big Ten co-leaders to five sets, having lost to Nebraska in five earlier this year in East Lansing.
No. 7 Stanford 3, No. 2 Washington 0
STANFORD, Calif. — Seventh-ranked Stanford swept No. 2 Washington 25-19, 25-16, 25-23 Saturday night in front of more than 4,200 fans at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal now stand at 14-3 overall and 8-3 in the Pac-12 at the halfway mark, while the Huskies fall to 15-3 on the season and 7-3 in the conference.
Sophomore outside hitter Rachel Williams led the team with 15 kills and five digs. Sophomore middle blocker Carly Wopat chipped in with 10 kills on 18 swings with just one error for a .500 hitting percentage while freshman Morgan Boukather added seven kills and three blocks. Junior setter Karissa Cook now leads the team with 11 double-doubles after recording 30 assists and 13 digs.
As a team, Stanford held Washington to a .108 hitting percentage in the match.
No. 3 USC, Oregon State 0
LOS ANGELES — Junior outside hitter Katie Fuller had nine kills while hitting .692 (9-0-13) as No. 3 USC swept the Oregon State Beavers 3-0 (25-12, 25-14, 25-15) on Saturday at the Galen Center.
USC won its season-high 10th consecutive conference match, the most by the Trojans since the 2003 national championship season when the Women of Troy were a perfect 18-0 to win the conference title. The Trojans hit .356 with only nine hitting errors as a team and holding the Beavers to .042 hitting.
USC is now 15-3 overall and 10-1 in conference while Oregon State is now 11-9 overall and 3-7 in conference.
The Women of Troy were able to use 14 players in the match as several players off the bench registered season highs. Sophomore Alexis Olgard had two kills and four blocks while freshman outside hitter Emily Young had five kills with two blocks. Freshman setter Hayley Crone had a season-high 10 assists while freshman Bria Russ had two aces. Senior All-American Alex Jupiter tied Fuller with nine kills, hitting .320 (9-1-25) with three aces, 11 digs and three blocks.
No. 4 California 3, Washington State 0
BERKELEY, Calif. — No. 4 California continued its roll with a 3-0 sweep (25-22, 25-19, 25-18) of Washington State on Saturday night at Haas Pavilion, where the Golden Bears remain flawless.
Cal closed the first half of Pac-12 play with a 9-2 conference record, going 19-2 overall. The Cougars — who were swept in each of their matches this weekend — fell to 11-9 overall and 3-7 in the Pac-12.
After falling behind in set one 6-2, the Bears rattled off seven kills and then capitalized on six Cougar errors to notch the 25-22 victory. Cal easily surpassed its .243 first-set outing by hitting .379 in set two en route to the 25-19 win. Eight unanswered points helped secure a 21-11 lead for the Bears in set three, leaving no possibility for a Cougar comeback.
The Bears out hit the Cougars .309-.074, making them a perfect 19-0 when out hitting their opponents this season. Cal handily out blocked Washington State 11-5 with Kat Brown, Correy Johnson and Lillian Schonewise putting up three blocks apiece.
Overall, Correy Johnson paced the Bears by hitting .538 with eight kills.
No. 6 UCLA 3, No. 16 Oregon 1
LOS ANGELES — Senior Lainey Gera posted 27 of her 28 digs in the final three sets, senior Lauren Van Orden had a double-double with 47 assists and 11 digs and juniors Rachael Kidder and Tabi Love produced 17 and 16 kills, respectively, as sixth-ranked UCLA beat No. 16 Oregon in four sets (25-21, 22-25, 25-23, 25-19) on Saturday at the John Wooden Center.
The Bruins improve to 16-3 overall and 9-2 in Pac-12 play, while the Ducks fall to 12-6 and 5-5 in league action.
Kidder added seven digs and two blocks, while Love recorded four roofs and a .387 hitting percentage. Sophomore Kelly Reeves was also in double figures in kills with 10, adding six digs and four blocks.
Junior Bojana Todorovic notched 10 digs and sophomore Mariana Aquino added eight kills and six blocks while helping the Bruins hit .224 for the match.
No. 9 Penn State 3, Indiana 0
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — No. 9 Penn State (13-5, 6-2 Big Ten) earned a 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-21) sweep of Indiana (8-12, 0-8 Big Ten) on Saturday.
Sophomore Deja McClendon led the Nittany Lions with 13 kills, while sophomore Ariel Scott was second on the team with 12. Freshman Micha Hancock dished out 31 assists, while sophomore Ali Longo had a match-high 11 digs. Freshman Nia Grant tied for the team lead with sophomore Katie Slay with five blocks.
Penn State hit .221 and held the Hoosiers to .023. The Lions totaled 37 kills, four aces, 32 digs and 10.0 total team blocks. Indiana finished the match with 27 kills, two aces, 26 digs and 9.0 team blocks.
No. 10 Texas 3, Kansas State 0
MANHATTAN, Kan — No. 10 Texas posted a season-high .463 team hitting percentage as it rolled past Kansas State 3-0 on Saturday at Ahearn Field House. The 25-17, 25-15, 25-20 victory improved the Longhorns to 12-4 on the season and 5-1 in Big 12 play, while the Wildcats dropped to 14-6 overall and 3-3 in league action.
Sophomore outside hitter Bailey Webster headlined the Longhorns’ attack with 15 kills on .778 hitting, while freshman outside hitter Haley Eckerman joined her in double figures with 12 kills and a .310 attack mark. Freshman middle blocker Khat Bell and senior All-America middle blocker Rachael Adams added nine kills apiece and junior opposite hitter Sha’Dare McNeal posted five kills on five swings.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.