Texas survives scare from Kansas
Sophomore Webster leads ninth-ranked Longhorns to victory
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Ninth-ranked Texas used a career-high 17-kill performance by sophomore outside hitter Bailey Webster to knock off Kansas 3-2 on Saturday night.
The 25-20, 18-25, 25-19, 16-25,15-8 victory improved the Longhorns to 16-4 on the season and 9-1 in Big 12 play, while the Jayhawks dropped to 13-12 and 1-11 in league action.
Webster hit at a .308 clip in the win and posted a career-high three solo blocks and equaled a season-high with six total blocks. Senior All-America middle blocker Rachael Adams and freshman outside hitter Haley Eckerman joined Webster in double figures with 12 kills apiece. Adams hit .444 and added five total blocks in the victory.
After trailing early in the first, Texas used a 3-0 run paced by a pair of Webster kills to claim a 16-15 edge that it did not relinquish. The Horns led 21-20 late in the set and closed out the frame with a 4-0 run headlined by a kill and a block by freshman middle blocker Khat Bell that ended the set 25-20.
In the second, Kansas captured an early advantage and blew the set open with a 6-0 run that gave the Jayhawks a 23-14 lead. KU then closed out the set 25-18 on a pair of kills by Caroline Jarmoc.
Webster registered two kills and two solo blocks to open the third set for the Horns and a 6-0 rally fueled by two service aces by freshman Madelyn Hutson gave UT a 17-8 edge. A kill by Adams forced set point at the 24-13 mark, but Texas was forced to fight off a 6-0 KU run before closing the stanza, 25-19.
Texas fell behind 6-1 to open the fourth and Kansas did not relent, pushing the margin to nine at the 18-9 mark before clinching a 25-16 set win.
A double-block by Allison and Adams stated Texas to a 4-1 lead to start the fifth and a pair of kills by Webster allowed UT to take hold of the set at the 12-6 mark. Another kill and a solo block by Webster sealed the set for UT and propelled it to a 15-8 win.
No. 2 Nebraska 3, Michigan State 0
LINCOLN, Neb. - No. 2 Nebraska (20-2, 13-1) outmatched Michigan State on Saturday night, sweeping the Spartans 3-0 (25-11, 25-18, 25-23) in front of 4,136 fans at the NU Coliseum.
Nebraska held MSU to a .026 hitting percentage, while hitting .263 on their own. NU out-dug Michigan State 49-36 and out-blocked the Spartans 11-5, while forcing them to commit 27 errors.
Gina Mancuso led Nebraska in the match with 13 kills on 26 attacks for a .385 hitting percentage. Hannah Werth tallied 11 kills and 10 digs for her seventh double-double on the season. Morgan Broekhuis had eight kills for the Huskers and also notched five blocks. Hayley Thramer also had five blocks of her own, while Brooke Delano tallied four.
Brigette Root guided Nebraskawith 34 assists in her second career start, while Lara Dykstra led NU defensively with 11 digs.
No. 3 Stanford 3, Utah 0
SALT LAKE CITY - Sophomores Rachel Williams and Carly Wopat led third-ranked Stanford to a 25-18, 25-22, 25-18 sweep at Utah, Saturday, at Crimson Court in Salt Lake City. Stanford moves to 19-4 overall and 13-4 in the Pac-12, while Utah drops to 9-17 on the year and 4-13 in the conference.
Williams finished with 12 kills, nine digs and three blocks to lead the Cardinal. Wopat recorded 10 kills on 18 swings with just one error for a .500 attack percentage. Wopat also recorded six blocks and three digs. Redshirt freshman Lydia Bai chipped in with nine kills, three blocks and three digs. Junior setter Karissa Cook posted her 14th double-double of the season with 36 assists and 14 digs. Junior libero Hannah Benjamin finished with 11 digs to lead the defense.
No. 4 USC 3, No. 10 Washington 0
LOS ANGELES -- Senior All-America outside hitter Alex Jupiter recorded 13 kills and 17 digs Saturday as the No. 4 USC Women of Troy swept the No. 10 Washington Huskies 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-21), in Pac-12 Conference action. A crowd of 2,612 witnessed a Trojan squad that hit .343 against the Huskies. It is the first time that USC has registered 3-0 sweeps against Washington in the season series since the 2003 national championship season.
The Women of Troy are now 20-4 overall and 15-2 in conference as USC tallied 20 wins for the 14th time in the last 16 years.
Lauren Williams finished with 11 kills for USC with three blocks while hitting .529. Williams finished the weekend with 20 kills against only two errors for a .692 hitting percentage (20-2-26). Kendall Bateman had 38 assists, eight digs and two blocks while Natalie Hagglund had 11 digs.
No. 5 Illinois 3, Indiana 1
The Illini got 15 kills and eight digs from Colleen Ward on the way to a four-set victory against Big Ten foe Indiana on Saturday in Bloomington.
IU got double-digit kills from Kelci Marschall and Samantha Thrower, with Marschall chalking up 15 kills for the second night in a row.
No. 7 Cal 3, Colorado 0
BOULDER, Colo. - No. 7 Cal closed its inaugural conference trip to Colorado with a 3-1 win over the Buffaloes on Saturday afternoon at the Coors Event Center. The Golden Bears tallied the 25-23, 30-25, 25-15, 25-20 win against CU to close the Utah-Colorado road trip.
The Bears improve to 23-4 overall and 13-4 in the Pac-12 while the Buffs drop their 20th match and 17th in conference play for a 5-20 overall and 0-17 Pac-12 records.
Correy Johnson hit a match-high .625 with 15 kills in 24 swings with no errors. In addition to the 15 kills, Johnson also added four blocks for 17 points. Tarah Murrey registered a match-best 19 kills (6e, 44att, .295) en route to 20 points. With 10 digs, Murrey also earned herself a double-double.
Robin Rostratter contributed 18 digs and Erin Freeman had nine. Elly Barrett dished out 47 assists. Kat Brown also reached double-digit kill figures with 10 (1e, 15att, .600) for 12 points.
Overall, the Bears hit .261 to Colorado's .157. Cal's best outing was in set four, in which the Bears hit .424. The Buffs out blocked the Bears, 8-6. Across the four-set match, there were 20 ties and the lead changed hands seven times. The only set in which neither occurred was set three, which Cal completely controlled.