AUSTIN, Texas — Ninth-ranked Texas rode freshman middle blocker Khat Bell’s second consecutive error-free performance to a 3-0 victory against No. 14 Iowa State.
The 25-14, 28-26, 25-21 win gave the Longhorns sole possession of first place in the Big 12 and improved Texas to 17-4 overall and 8-1 in league action. The Cyclones’ loss dropped ISU to 15-4 on the season and 8-2 in Big 12 play.
Bell hammered out 13 kills on 18 swings to hit .812 in the match, while notching six total blocks. Sophomore outside hitter Bailey Webster recorded 13 kills and hit .323 to bolster the offense and freshman outside hitter Haley Eckerman joined them in double figures with 10 kills on .318 hitting.
Texas limited the Cyclones to .062 hitting in the first set and ISU was never able to recover. Jeny Carlson led the Cyclones with 11 kills, the only ISU player to reach double digits.
No. 5 Stanford 3, No. 4 USC 0
STANFORD, Calif. – The No. 5 Stanford women’s volleyball team stopped a two-match skid to USC by sweeping the No. 4 Trojans 25-18, 25-14, 25-23 on Friday, at Maples Pavilion in Stanford, Calif.
The Cardinal improved to 17-3 overall and 11-3 in the Pac-12. The Trojans, who saw their 12-match win streak come to an end, drop to 17-4 overall and 12-2 in the conference.
Sophomores Rachel Williams and Carly Wopat led the team in the win. Williams posted her 12th double-double of the year with 14 kills and 13 digs. Wopat hit a season-best .611 (11-0-18) while also recording eight blocks. Junior Hayley Spelman added nine kills and two blocks, while redshirt freshman Lydia Bai posted eight kills and five blocks. Junior setter Karissa Cook controlled the offense with 41 assists while collecting 12 digs for her conference-leading 13th double-double of the season.
Defensively, Stanford registered 13 blocks to just four by USC. Both teams posted 54 digs. Junior libero Hannah Benjamin tallied 12 digs for Stanford, marking her 14th game of the season with double-digit digs. As a team, the Cardinal hit .339, while holding the Trojans to a .161 clip. USC entered the match with the highest team hitting percentage in the Pac-12 (.284).
No. 10 Washington 3, Arizona State 2
SEATTLE – The 10th-ranked Huskies were not at their best, but found a way to outlast the Sun Devils 25-20, 22-25, 25-14, 22-25, and 15-13 in the deciding set in front of 2,217 fans at Alaska Airlines Arena.
It’s the first five-set win for the Dawgs since a home match last year against Arizona, who the Huskies will face next on Sunday afternoon at 12 noon. Washington (17-4, 9-4 Pac-12) added to its NCAA-leading blocks tally with a season-high 21 tonight, its most total blocks since 2007, when UW had 22.5 in a five-set win against Missouri. The blocks helped UW overcome a deficit in kills (52-60), though UW was more efficient, hitting .185 to .117 for Arizona State (5-17, 1-12 Pac-12).
The Huskies swept the season series with the win and has now won 19 in a row against ASU.
“We need to have that experience going to five and we got it, and we pulled it off,” said Head Coach Jim McLaughlin. “I don’t think we played that well but we found a way to get it done, which is good. We were inconsistent … I just don’t think we were killing balls in transition. But we pulled it off, and (Arizona State) played well.”
Senior Bianca Rowland led the blocking efforts with a career-high 11, while also hitting .455 with 10 kills and zero errors. Freshman Summer Ross had a very unorthodox double-double, posting a career-high 10 blocks to go with 10 digs. Fellow freshman Krista Vansant had a more conventional double-double with a team-leading 14 kills and 11 digs. Sophomore Jenni Nogueras and senior Evan Sanders each had 23 assists to direct the offense.
On his senior middle blocker, McLaughlin said, “She was awesome … and I liked her energy at the end, it was contagious with some of the kids, but she can play like that all the time.”
No. 1 Nebraska 3, No. 23 Ohio State 1
COLUMBUS, Ohio — No. 1 Nebraska fought off a pesky Ohio State Buckeye squad for a 3-1 (19-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-17) victory Friday night at St. John’s Arena. The Huskers overcame a 0-1 deficit to top the No. 23 Buckeyes.
Morgan Broekhuis led NU (18-1, 11-0) on the night with 18 kills on 39 attacks (.359). Gina Mancuso had 14 kills, while Hannah Werth tallied 11. Werth also had a team-high 13 digs for her sixth double-double of the year.
Lauren Cook had 47 assists while leading the Huskers to a .281 hitting percentage. Ohio State hit .262 on the night led by Mari Hole’s 15 kills.
No. 3 Illinois 3, Wisconsin 1
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Fitting that on a night dubbed “Dig Pink” for breast cancer awareness, third-ranked Illinois out-dug the second-leading digs team in the Big Ten. The Illini moved to 21-1 overall and 10-1 in the Big Ten after posting a four-set 25-21, 20-25, 25-17, 25-20 victory against Wisconsin (13-10, 5-6).
After both teams hit for a high percentage in the first set, the rest of the match saw a lot of long rallies, one of which saw Illinois reach near its bench to send over a free ball and eventually to win the point. Illinois won the digs battle 67-65 and also out-blocked Wisconsin 12-4.
Sophomore libero Jennifer Beltran led three Illinois players with double figure digs with 19. Senior Rachel Fledman added 14 while senior outside hitter Colleen Ward had a double-double with 12 kills and 13 digs.
Michelle Bartsch had 19 kills to lead the Illini while Colleen Ward added 12. Redshirt freshman Anna Dorn had nine kills and eight blocks while hitting .571.
No. 8 Penn State 3, Iowa 1
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Eighth-ranked Penn State earned a 3-1 (25-23, 18-25, 25-16, 25-20) win against Iowa Friday night at Rec Hall. Three Nittany Lions posted double-digit kills, while four recorded double-digit digs.
Sophomore Ariel Scott led the Lions (16-5, 9-2 Big Ten) with a match-high 20 kills, while sophomore Maddie Martin and Katie Slay had 10 kills apiece. Freshman Micha Hancock dished out 47 assists and had a match-best four aces.
Penn State hit .242 against the Hawkeyes (11-13, 1-10 Big Ten) while totaling 58 kills, nine aces, 81 digs and 11.0 total team blocks. Iowa hit .191 and had 50 kills, five aces, 78 digs and 6.0 team blocks.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.