Top 10 Roundup
No. 3 Southern California beats TCU in four sets
No. 3 Southern California 3, TCU 1
MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- Third-ranked USC (4-0) rose to the challenge and held off TCU (3-2) in four sets (25-9, 25-18, 24-26, 28-26) at the Al McGuire Center in the Marquette Challenge.
Sophomore outside hitter Samantha Bricio carried the Women of Troy to victory with a match-high 23.0 points on 16 kills (5e, 40att) and six service aces to go with two blocks. Bricio also had 15 digs to log the first Trojan double-double of the year.
For the Horned Frogs, Ashley Smith led the way with 17 kills (4e) on 44 swings for a .295 hitting percentage and logged a double-double with 19 digs. Setter Alexia Heist had 22 assists and 12 digs for TCU while Yvonne Igodan put up eight kills (3e, 30att, .167) and Stephanie Holland had seven kills (2e, 20att, .250).
No. 3 Southern California 3, Marquette 0
MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- Behind strong performances from its outside hitters, third-ranked USC defeated host Marquette in three sets 25-16, 25-19, 25-14 in the Marquette Challenge.
The Women of Troy remained undefeated (5-0) as the Golden Eagles fell to 1-2. Trojan freshman outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu hit .320 as she led all players with 10 kills (2e, 25att) in the match.
No. 7 Michigan 3, Oregon State 1
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Freshman Abby Cole, in her first home match in a Michigan uniform, had 16 kills and nine blocks to lead No. 7-ranked Michigan past Oregon State 3-1 on Friday night in the first match of the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge. Set scores were 25-18, 25-14, 22-25 and 25-13.
Michigan hit .500 (19-3-32), with Erwin putting down six kills as the Wolverines took set one 25-18. A three-point run put the Maize and Blue up 13-10, and Goode and senior Molly Toon combined on a block to make it 15-11.
The Maize and Blue led for most of the second set, taking a 2-0 advantage into the locker room after a 25-14 victory. Cross served a 5-0 rally, which was capped by an OSU error.
There were 12 ties and seven lead changes in the third set, which the Beavers won, 25-22. Oregon State had a 23-21 lead on a Michigan attack error and took the set on a Laura Schaudt kill.
Dannemiller had 13 assists and served out the last nine points of the match for the four-set victory.
No. 10 UCLA 3, New Mexico State 0
HONOLULU, Hawai’i -- Nine different Bruins recorded kills on Friday, including a match-best 10 from junior Karsta Lowe, who hit .533 with only two errors in 15 attempts to go with four blocks, as No. 10 UCLA swept New Mexico State, 25-15, 25-22, 25-12 at the Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic.
The Bruins win their fifth in a row to start the 2013 season, while the Aggies fall to 1-4.
Redshirt freshman Haley Lawless, who made her collegiate debut on Thursday against Santa Clara, posted seven kills and only one error in nine swings for a .667 hitting percentage, adding four blocks in just two sets. Senior Kelly Reeves also had seven kills to go with five digs and two aces. Senior Mariana Aquino recorded five kills and no miscues in seven attacks (.714) with five blocks.
Juniors Megan Moenoa and Monica Stauber handled the setting duties and set the Bruins to a .395 hitting percentage. Moenoa recorded 17 assists, while Stauber added 11 assists and six digs. In the backcourt, sophomore Rachel Inouye had eight digs and two aces.