TEMPE, Ariz. – No. 2 California earned a 3-0 victory against Arizona State (25-22, 25-20, 26-24) on Friday evening at Wells Fargo Arena to sweep the 2012 series with the Sun Devils. Both Christina Higgins and Tarah Murrey notched nine kills.
Cal moves to 20-2 overall and 10-2 in the Pac-12 while ASU drops to 5-15 and 1-10 in conference play.
After eight ties and seven lead changes in set one, the Bears pulled ahead for good, taking the set with a 7-1 run at its close. Things were much different in set two, for things were only tied once before the Bears regained control, hitting .296 to ASU’s .083.
Set three proved difficult for either team to take command with 17 ties and nine lead changes. A pair of Christina Higgins’ kills and a Sun Devil attacking error handed Cal the 26-24 set victory and 3-0 match decision.
“The team had to gut it out a little bit and learn a little bit about themselves,” Cal head coach Rich Feller said. “It was all good to see that we can adapt and still win. That being said, we still have some things to figure out.”
Returning to her first match since dislocating her ankle against Colorado on Sept. 16 was sophomore Adrienne Gehan.
“That was one of the good things we saw,” Feller said on Gehan’s return. “Adrienne was able to serve, play some defense and pass. Lillian was also great in going front row in a position she’s not used to but still did very well. Erin went at libero and was all.”
In terms of percentage, Kat Brown led the attack by hitting .385 (6k, 1e, 13att). Higgins and Murrey posted a team-high nine kills. Robin Rostratter had 14 digs and Murrey had 12 of her own. Elly Barrett put up 34 assists.
No. 3 USC 3, Utah 0
LOS ANGELES – Senior All-America middle blocker Lauren Williams had a team-high 10 kills while hitting .500 with three blocks Friday as the No. 3 USC Women of Troy swept the Utah Utes, 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-14), in a Pac-12 Conference match at the Galen Center.
USC improved to 16-3 overall by winning its 11th consecutive match and maintained its first-place conference lead with an 11-1 mark. Utah is now 8-13 overall and 3-9 in conference.
Freshman middle blocker Hannah Schraer had nine kills against only one error for a .667 night (9-1-12) with senior All-America setter Kendall Bateman recording 43 assists, two kills and four digs.
Morgan Odale led the Utes with eight kills, three digs and two blocks while Danielle Killpack had five kills for a .500 night while leading both teams with seven blocks.
No. 5 Stanford 3, Arizona 1
TUCSON, Ariz. – The No. 5 Stanford women’s volleyball team topped Arizona, 25-23, 25-22, 22-25, 25-17, Friday, at the McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz. The Cardinal improves to 15-3 overall and 9-3 in the Pac-12, while the Wildcats fall to 13-7 on the season and 5-6 in the conference.
Sophomore outside hitter Rachel Williams led the team with 18 kills and 12 digs for her 11th double-double of the year. Sophomore middle blocker Carly Wopat tallied nine kills, six digs and two blocks, while redshirt freshman Lydia Bai and freshman Morgan Boukather each put down seven kills. Junior setter Karissa Cook totaled 39 assists, 17 digs, four kills and four blocks, while maintaining her conference lead with her 12th double-double of the year. Junior Hannah Benjamin, who took over at the libero spot in the third set, registered 12 digs and two aces.
As a team, Stanford hit .224, while holding Arizona to a .201 attack percentage. The Cardinal is now 8-0 on the season when winning the first two sets of the match.
No. 6 UCLA 3, Colorado 1
LOS ANGELES – Colorado put sixth-ranked UCLA to the test on Friday night at the John Wooden Center, but the Bruins held on for a four-set victory. Set scores were 25-17, 25-15, 19-25, 25-23. Junior Rachael Kidder had a double-double with 13 kills and 12 digs, while senior Lainey Gera added 16 digs.
The Bruins improve to 17-3 overall and 10-2 in Pac-12 action, while the Buffaloes fall to 5-15 and 0-12 in league play.
Senior Lauren Van Orden and freshman Megan Moenoa each saw time at setter, recording 23 and 15 assists, respectively, with Van Orden adding eight digs. Sophomore Kelly Reeves notched 12 digs and five kills, while junior Bojana Todorovic posted eight. Freshman Zoë Nightingale had eight kills and six blocks and sophomore Mariana Aquino tallied seven kills and only one error in 12 attacks for a .500 hitting percentage. Also chipping in on offense were freshmen Priscilla Duke-Ezeji and Karsta Lowe, who had nine and five kills, respectively. The Bruins hit .127 for the match.
No. 7 Washington 3, Oregon State 0
CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Huskies came into tonight’s match against the Beavers leading the NCAA in blocks per set. Seventh-ranked Washington will only build on that lead after setting a school record for blocks in a three-set match with 17.5, as the Huskies turned away Oregon State, 25-14, 25-21, 25-18 at Gill Coliseum.
The win marks 20 in a row for the Dawgs against the Beavers and ups the Huskies to 16-3 on the season and 8-3 in Pac-12 play. Freshman Krista Vansant had a double-double with a team-leading 12 kills and 12 digs. Senior Evan Sanders dished 33 assists and had the Huskies hitting .237 for the night compared to just .062 for the Beavers. Sanders got going with senior Bianca Rowland, who hit .467 with seven kills without an error. Sophomore Jenna Orlandini also had a strong night with 18 digs and two aces.
No. 8 Hawaii 3, Utah State 0
HONOLULU – Hawai’i swept Utah State on Friday, 25-16, 25-21, 25-11. The Rainbow Wahine improve to 20-1 overall and 8-0 in the Western Athletic Conference, while the Aggies drop to 9-13 and 4-5 in the WAC.
Emily Hartong posted a match-high 15 kills to go along with eight digs and four blocks. Jane Croson recorded five kills and a team-high 14 digs, and Kalei Adolpho added five blocks.
Shay Sorensen had a team-high seven kills for Utah State with Laurel Bodily posting 16 digs.
UH and USU played each other even to start set one, but the ‘Bows gained control midway through with an 8-1 run. A pair of kills by Hartong helped Hawai’i to the comfortable lead. The momentum did not subside, as strong serving and defense by Croson paced UH to the win.