Top 10 Roundup
Defending champs No. 2 Texas swept by Arizona State
No. 9 San Diego 3, No. 1 Southern California 1
SAN DIEGO -- No. 1 Southern California (6-1) was upset in four sets, 25-23, 20-25, 25-22, 25-19, by No. 9 San Diego (5-1) in the USD Tournament at Jenny Craig Pavilion. Despite 13 kills (2e, 36att, .306) from freshman outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu and 11 kills (0e, 19att, .579) and seven blocks from senior middle blocker Alexis Olgard, the Women of Troy dropped their first decision of the season.
The upstart Toreros who were unranked to open the season secured their fourth win against a top-20 team and punished the Trojans with their quick offense. USC posted a .268 hitting percentage in the match (54k, 12e, 157att) and put up 15 blocks but were still undone by a USD offense that found ways to keep plays alive and produce points out of broken plays. It is USC's first loss to USD in 10 meetings.
Arizona State 3, No. 2 Texas 1
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Arizona State (8-1) upset defending NCAA champion and second-ranked Texas in a three-set (25-18, 25-23, 25-21) sweep at the Illini Classic in Champaign, Ill., Friday.
Sophomore Macey Gardner led the Sun Devils with 17 kills and Whitney Follette recorded four aces in the stunning upset.
No. 3 Penn State 3, Marquette 0
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- No. 3 Penn State dismantled Marquette in consecutive sets (25-17, 25-12, 25-17) in the opening match the of Hilton Garden Inn Homewood Suites Classic in Alico Arena Friday afternoon.
Four Nittany Lions hit higher than .440 in the PSU victory, led by senior Deja McClendon and sophomore Megan Courtney, who both tallied a team-high nine kills in the win. Senior Katie Slay followed close behind with eight kills on 10 errorless swings for a squad-best .800 hitting clip, adding four blocks.
Junior Dominique Gonzalez led the defense with 11 digs, while Courtney tallied 10. Fellow junior Micha Hancock paced the Penn State offense to a .414 hxitting percentage, dishing out 33 assists, while also recording seven digs and three blocks.
No. 4 Minnesota 3, Louisville 0
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- It took No. 4 Minnesota approximately an hour and 11 minutes to improve to 8-0 when the Golden Gophers defeated Louisville 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-15) at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington, Ky. With the win, the Gophers improve to 8-0 this season.
Minnesota hit a season-best .514 as the Gophers committed just eight errors in 74 attempts. The Gophers held Louisville to 33 kills and .141 hitting percentage. The Gophers out blocked the Cardinals, 9.5 to 3.0, held a 28-18 dig advantage and 46-33 kill lead.
No. 6 Washington 3, No. 14 Illinois
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- No. 6 Washington knocked off No. 14 Illinois at Huff Hall by a count of 25-21, 22-25, 25-19, 25-13. Krista Vansant’s double-double led the way, as the Dawgs will now head to Chicago to cheer on the football team at Soldier Field on Saturday.
Vansant led all players with 19 kills, and made just one error on 39 swings for a .462 attack percentage. She also added 11 digs for her third double-double. Senior Jenna Orlandini led all players with 18 digs, while sophomore Lianna Sybeldon had six block assists to lead the way. Sophomore Melanie Wade had a good all-around night with eight kills on a .353 attack percentage, two aces, three digs, and three blocks.
No. 7 Michigan 3, Siena 0
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- A balanced attack led No. 7-ranked Michigan to a 3-0 win against Siena in the Wolverines' opener in the Texas A&M Invitational Friday morning inside Reed Arena. Set scores were 25-14, 25-17 and 25-17.
Sophomore Krystalyn Goode recorded a career-high 10 kills and added three blocks. Senior Lexi Erwin added nine, while classmate Jennifer Cross had seven. Sophomore Carly Warner saw her first action of the season and had 28 assists and six digs. Sophomore Tiffany Morales had a match-high 12 digs in the Wolverines' sixth win of the season.
No. 7 Michigan 3, Texas A&M 2
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- In the Wolverines' second match of the Texas A&M Invitational, junior Lexi Dannemiller contributed on U-M's final three points, including a pair of service aces, as No. 7-ranked Michigan came back to win a 3-2 thriller against the Aggies on Friday inside Reed Arena.
Dannemiller had a double-double with 49 assists and 17 digs. Senior Lexi Erwin recorded her second double-double of the season with 15 kills and 13 digs. Sophomore Tiffany Morales had a match high 25 digs, while senior Ally Sabol added 12 digs. Seniors Molly Toon and Jennifer Cross had 12 kills apiece, while freshman Abby Cole chipped in with 11. Sophomore Krystalyn Goode tallied eight kills and seven blocks, including three solos.
No. 8 Stanford 3, Yale 0
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- No. 8 Stanford defeated Yale (25-17, 25-20, 25-18) on Friday in the Service Academy Challenge at the Pentagon Athletic Center in Washington, D.C. The Cardinal improves to 5-2 on the season, while the Bulldogs fell to 2-2.
Senior Rachel Williams led the team with 11 kills and six digs, while sophomore Brittany Howard tallied 10 kills, nine digs and three blocks. Stanford’s middle blockers, Carly Wopat and Inky Ajanaku, finished with nine kills and four blocks and six kills and five blocks, respectively. Sophomore outside hitter Jordan Burgess added nine kills on a .364 attack percentage.
Yale’s Brittani Steinberg paced the Bulldogs with 10 kills in the match, while libero Maddie Rudnick led all players with 20 digs.
No. 8 Stanford 3, Army 0
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- No. 8 Stanford defeated Army (25-15, 25-17, 25-17). Howard was 9-0-21 (.429) with seven digs and a solo block to lead the Cardinal. Ajanaku hit .700 (7-0-10) with three blocks, while Williams finished with eight kills and three blocks. Burgess and sophomore middle blocker Megan McGehee each tallied six kills and two blocks.
Bugg shared time at setter with freshman Kelsey Humphreys. Bugg recorded 29 assists, seven digs and two blocks, while Humphreys notched nine assists. Gilbert led the defense with 10 digs.
As a team, Stanford hit .337, while Army posted a .097 attack percentage. It also marked just the second time this season that the Cardinal had more service aces (9) than service errors (6). Howard led the team with a career high four aces
No. 10 Hawaii 3, Portland State 0
HONOLULU -- Kalei Adolpho had 10 kills and a match-high six blocks, Emily Hartong posted a double-double with 12 kills and 13 digs and Hawaii swept Portland State (25-21, 25-20, 25-14) on opening night of the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Volleyball Challenge.
UH (6-1) had trouble finding a rhythm in the first two sets but eventually discovered its form to cruise to wins in both sets. Set three was all Hawai'i from the get-go as UH closed the set on a 7-2 run for the easy win.
Kaeli Patton had nine kills to go along with six digs to lead Portland State, who fell to 3-5 on the season. Aubrey Mitchell posted seven kills and Kasimira Clark had a team-best 10 digs.