LINCOLN, Neb. — Fourth-ranked Nebraska (17-1, 10-0) made history Saturday night, overcoming No. 1 Illinois in a 3-1 (24-26, 25-18, 25-19, 25-11) victory. With the win, the Huskers are the only remaining undefeated team in Big Ten play.
The last time a Husker team beat the No. 1 team in the country was on Sept. 6, 1990 when the No. 3 Huskers took down No. 1 UCLA in a 3-2 win.
Morgan Broekhuis led Nebraska on the night with 17 kills and a career-high-tying 11 digs for the fourth double-double of her career. She paced three other Huskers for double-digit kills as Gina Mancuso tallied 15, Brooke Delano had 11 and Hannah Werth tabbed 14. Mancuso also notched 14 digs for her ninth double-double in addition to Werth who had a team-high 17 digs for her third double-double of the year.
Hayley Thramer was on fire at the net for the Huskers, racking up a career-high 10 blocks. Lauren Cook had 54 assists in leading the NU to a .361 team hitting percentage for the match.
The Huskers out-blocked the Fighting Illini 11-5 for the match and out-dug Illinois by 20 (70-50). NU held Illinois to a .196 hitting percentage for the match. The Fighting Illini also committed 23 errors, compared to NU’s 14.
No. 2 Cal 3, Arizona 0
TUCSON, Ariz. – No. 2 California beared down on Arizona, sweeping the Wildcats 3-0 on Saturday evening at the McKale Center. In a career performance, Lillian Schonewise amassed 12 kills as did Shannon Hawari, to power the Golden Bears to victory (27-25, 25-23, 27-25).
The match completed the home-and-away series with Arizona, which the Bears swept 3-0 in both of the meetings this year. With the win, Cal improves to 21-2 overall and 11-2 in the Pac-12 while the Wildcats now stand at 13-8 and 5-7 in the Pac-12.
Schonewise hit a team-high .526 (12k, 2e, 19att) and posted three blocks. In addition to her 12 kills (3e, 27att, .333), Hawari also put up a team-best seven blocks.
No. 3 USC 3, Colorado 0
LOS ANGELES — No. 3 USC hit .371 on Saturday for the 3-0 sweep of the Colorado Buffaloes (25-18, 25-14, 25-17) for its 12th consecutive victory. Senior All-America outside hitter Alex Jupiter produced a team-high nine kills while hitting .333 with 12 digs, two aces and two solo blocks as USC improved to 17-3 on the season, 12-1 in conference play.
Kerra Schroeder led Colorado (5-16, 0-13) with 10 kills, three aces, four digs and three blocks. Alyssa Valentine had 13 assists with six digs.
Katie Fuller chipped in eight kills for the Women of Troy while sophomore middle blocker Alexis Olgard had five kills against no errors to hit .833 (5-0-6) in the match. Kendall Bateman registered 29 assists and three digs while Natalie Hagglund had 15 assists.
No. 5 Stanford 3, Arizona State 1
TEMPE, Ariz. — After dropping the first set, the fifth-ranked Stanford squad came back to defeat Arizona State, 22-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-18, Saturday, at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Ariz. The Cardinal moves to 16-3 overall and 10-3 in the Pac-12, while the Sun Devils fall to 5-16 overall and 1-11 in the conference.
Sophomore middle blocker Carly Wopat led the Cardinal with a career high 18 kills to go with eight blocks in the match. Redshirt freshman Lydia Bai finished with a season-best 16 kills, eight digs and three blocks. Junior Hayley Spelman was key down the stretch for the Cardinal, totaling a season high 13 kills on 21 swings with just one error for a .571 attack percentage. Junior libero Hannah Benjamin tied her career high with 19 digs, while sophomore Mary Ellen Luck also tied her career best with 11 digs.
No. 6 UCLA 3, Utah 0
LOS ANGELES – Junior Rachael Kidder had 23 kills and only two errors in 37 attempts for a career-best .568 hitting percentage, as the sixth-ranked Bruins swept Utah on Saturday at the John Wooden Center. Set scores were 25-12, 25-14, 27-25. Five Bruins had at least eight digs, led by 12 from senior Lainey Gera and 11 from sophomore Kelly Reeves.
The Bruins improve to 18-3 overall and 11-2 in Pac-12 play, while the Utes fall to 8-14 and 3-10 in league action.
Kidder added nine digs and three blocks to go with her 23 kills, while Reeves posted seven kills and only one error in 15 swings for a .400 hitting percentage. Senior Lauren Van Orden produced 36 assists and eight digs and junior Bojana Todorovic tallied nine digs. Junior Tabi Love notched seven kills, while freshman Zoë Nightingale added six with only one error in 11 attacks (.455) to go with three blocks. The Bruins hit a season-best .411 for the match.
No. 18 Oregon 3, No. 7 Washington 0
EUGENE, Ore. — In critical moments at the end of the first two sets, 18th-ranked Oregon played just a bit better than seventh-ranked Washington, and what was nearly a dead even match turned into a tough 3-0 defeat for the Huskies at Matt Knight Arena. Each of the first two sets went to extra points, and UW could not take advantage of five set points in the second set, losing 27-25, 30-28, 25-18.
The Huskies (16-4, 8-4 Pac-12) and Ducks split the season series, with UW having won in three sets in Seattle earlier this season. Washington will now head home to host Arizona State next Friday night and then Arizona on Sunday after a 1-3 road string with three defeats at ranked opponents.
No. 9 Penn State 3, No. 21 Michigan 0
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Ninth-ranked Penn State (15-5, 8-2) completed the first half of the Big Ten season with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-23) victory against No. 21 Michigan on Saturday night in Rec Hall.
Sophomore Ariel Scott led the team with 11 kills, while sophomore Deja McClendon finished the match with 10 kills of her own. Sophomore Katie Slay posted nine kills on a match-high .562 hitting percentage. Freshman Micha Hancock dished out 33 assists and had three aces. Sophomore Ali Longo had a team-best 12 digs, while freshman Nia Grant and Slay put up three blocks apiece.
Senior Courtney Fletcher led the Wolverines with 12 kills on a .417 attack percentage to go with a season-high five digs and two total blocks. Sophomore Lexi Erwin, senior Alex Hunt and sophomore Jennifer Cross each chipped in eight kills for Michigan on the night. Freshman setter Lexi Dannemiller handed out 36 assists and recorded four digs and two kills.
Penn State hit .330 against Michigan and totaled 45 kills, six aces, 42 digs and 6.0 total team blocks. The Wolverines hit .237 against the Lions and had 42 kills, three aces, 41 digs and 6.0 team blocks.
No. 10 Texas 3, Missouri 0
AUSTIN, Texas — Freshman middle blocker Khat Bell hammered out 11 kills and hit a career-best .917 as No. 10 Texas swept past Missouri 3-0 on Saturday night at Gregory Gymnasium. The 25-17, 25-19, 25-14 victory extended the Longhorns current winning streak to six matches and improved their home winning streak to 24 matches. The win moved Texas to 14-4 on the season and 7-1 in Big 12 play, while the Tigers fell to 17-8 overall and 3-5 in league action.
Bell led all players with 11 kills on 12 swings and chipped in three total blocks in the winning effort. Sophomore outside hitter Bailey Webster joined her in double figures with 10 kills on .562 hitting to help the Longhorns out-hit the Tigers, .431-to-.094.
In the first set, Texas put together a 10-3 run capped by a Bell/Sha’Dare McNeal block to claim a 19-11 advantage. Missouri narrowed the margin to six late in the set before a block and a kill by senior All-America middle blocker Rachael Adams sealed the frame 25-17.
Texas’ 10-2 run early in the second stanza gave the Horns a commanding 17-8 edge. The Tigers rallied back to shrink the deficit to five, but UT bounced back to close out the set 25-19.
The Horns cruised in the third when a strong service run by senior setter Michelle Kocher was capped by a pair of service aces and handed UT an 18-5 lead. Missouri fought back to within 10 at the 21-11 mark before Texas bounced back and sealed the set 25-14 on a Kocher kill.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.