Top 10 Roundup
No. 6 Texas rallies for upset victory, No. 8 Florida beats No. 2 Stanford
No. 6 Texas 3, No. 1 Penn State 2
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas rallied to a 3-2 (25-27, 25-17, 13-25, 25-21, 15-10) win against No. 1 Penn State Saturday afternoon in front of a record 4,373 fans at Gregory Gym in the opening match of the Nike Volleyball Big Four Classic.
The Longhorns had 52 kills on a .271 hitting percentage and were led by junior All-American Haley Eckerman with 15 kills. Sophomore Amy Neal added a career-high 10 kills in the win, Texas' first home victory against a No. 1 opponent since topping Nebraska in three sets on Oct. 24, 1997. Texas had 13 blocks, including a match-high six from sophomore middle blocker Molly McCage.
The announced attendance marks the highest in Gregory Gym's current configuration, topping the previous record of 4,324 vs. Nebraska on Nov. 19, 2008. It is the fifth sellout since the 2007 season.
In a back-and-forth opening set that saw 14 ties and eight lead changes, neither team held more than a two-point advantage. Tied at 25-25, Penn State used consecutive kills from Deja McClendon and Micha Hancock to earn a 27-25 set victory. The Nittany Lions recorded a .364 hitting percentage in the opening frame and were paced by six kills by McClendon.
The Longhorns started off strong with an 11-4 lead in the second set and never looked back. Trailing 23-14, the Nittany Lions had a 3-1 run before a service error by McClendon gave Texas the 25-17 win. The Longhorns logged a .286 hitting percentage in the set, paced by four kills apiece by Neal and Eckerman.
No. 8 Florida 3, No. 2 Stanford 1
AUSTIN, Texas -- The No. 8 Gators kicked off the final Nike Big Four Classic in stunning fashion, upsetting the No. 2 Stanford Cardinal, 3-1 (28-26, 25-17, 18-25, 25-22). Florida received double-digit kill contributions from sophomore outside hitter Živa Recek with 19, senior middle blocker Chloe Mann with 15 and sophomore middle blocker Simone Antwi tallying 13.
Senior setter Taylor Brauneis dished out 50 assists against the Cardinal, directing the Gator offense to a .326 hitting percentage. Brauneis also scooped 11 digs for her fifth career double-double and second of the season in as many matches.
Saturday was a game of runs with Florida taking advantage early in the match. The Gators went on a 4-0 run early in the first to lead 4-1 and took off on a 5-0 streak to come back from down 8-9 to leading 13-9. The Gators then went on a 5-0 tear to open the second stanza.
No. 3 Southern California 3, Northern Illinois 1
DEKALB, Ill. -- Southern California outside hitter Samantha Bricio powered the Trojan offense with 20 points on 16 kills, two service aces and two solo blocks as the Women of Troy moved to 6-0 on the season with a 3-1 win against Northern Illinois (25-22, 25-22, 19-25, 25-16) at Victor E. Husky Court on Saturday. The Huskies fell to 3-3.
The Trojans also got eight kills from each of their freshman outside hitters. Ebony Nwanebu had eight on 21 swings and added three blocks while Elise Ruddins had eight (4e, .211) on 19 attempts and two solo blocks. USC also got seven kills from senior middle blocker Alexis Olgard who had a match-high four blocks and five digs.
Junior middle blocker Hannah Schraer earned five kills with a .625 hitting percentage and picked up a solo block while home-state heroine Emily Young had five kills including the final point of the match and hit .250 in front of friends and family from nearby Schaumburg, Ill.
No. 4 Minnesota 3, Ball State 0
MINNEAPOLIS -- No. 4 Minnesota opened the 2013 home season with a three-set win against Ball State, in front of 3,262 fans. With the win, the Golden Gophers improve to 5-0 and have won all five in three-set fashion.
As a team, Minnesota hit .333 and outblocked the Cardinals, 11.0-7.0, had a 45-33 dig advantage and produced 45 kills to Ball State's 26. Minnesota was led by seniors Tori Dixon and Ashley Wittman. Dixon had 15 kills and hit a match-best .667, while Wittman had a double-double with 13 kills and 10 digs. Alexandra Palmer had 35 assists and 10 digs, while Karlie Hauer had a career-high six kills.
No. 7 Michigan 3, No. 12 Oregon 0
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan completed a sweep of the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge with a straight-set win against No. 12 Oregon Saturday afternoon inside Cliff Keen Arena. Set scores were 25-22, 25-22 and 25-21 as the Maize and Blue stayed undefeated on the season.
Senior Molly Toon had 11 kills on a .321 hitting percentage while adding seven digs, two blocks and three services aces. Freshman Abby Cole led the team with 12 kills, while senior Lexi Erwin added 10. Junior Lexi Dannemiller had 34 assists and six digs, and sophomore Tiffany Morales and senior Ally Sabo had 17 and 12 digs, respectively.
Michigan hit .296 for the match, compared to .191 for the Ducks. The Maize and Blue had a 51-45 dig advantage, while both teams had six blocks.