Top 10 Roundup
Minnesota falls to Kentucky in 'Cats' biggest upset since 1993
No. 1 Southern California 3, UC Santa Barbara 1
SAN DIEGO -- Southern California (7-1) got back on the winning track with a 3-1 win (20-25, 25-21, 25-15, 26-24) against UC Santa Barbara (3-5) in the USD Tournament at Jenny Craig Pavilion on Saturday. In her own coming out party, freshman outside hitter Elise Ruddins powered the Trojan offense with 24 kills and hit .419. The Women of Troy also got a double-double from senior outside hitter Sara Shaw who finished with 10 kills and 12 digs.
Senior middle blocker Alexis Olgard had another strong outing with eight kills and led the team with eight blocks (one solo). Sophomore outside hitter Samantha Bricio put up eight kills to go with two service aces and 14 digs. Senior libero Natalie Hagglund dug up 28 balls to lead all players and had a service ace and five assists while Trojan setters Hayley Crone and Alice Pizzasegola paced the USC offense.
Freshman outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu contributed seven kills and had five blocks and four digs while junior outside Emily Young tallied four kills. Junior middle Hannah Schraer had three kills and four blocks.
No. 1 Southern California 3, Eastern Washington 1
SAN DIEGO -- Southern California improved to 8-1 with a 3-0 sweep (25-12, 25-23, 25-21) of Eastern Washington (3-8) in the final match of the 2013 USD Tournament at Jenny Craig Pavilion on Saturday. The Women of Troy out-hit their opponent for the ninth time in nine matches and received 14 kills from freshman outside hitter Elise Ruddins and 12 kills from sophomore outside Samantha Bricio in the win.
Ruddins led the Trojans in scoring for the second consecutive match and was named to the all-tournament team along with senior libero Natalie Hagglund. Hagglund had 14 digs in the match to lead all players. Senior outside hitter Sara Shaw collected eight kills and had nine digs.
Allie Schumacher led the Eagle attack with 11 kills and had eight digs. Melissa Waelter had nine kills and six digs for Eastern Washington.
No. 2 Texas 3, Illinois 2
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Behind a match-high 23 kills by junior All-American Haley Eckerman, head coach Jerritt Elliott picked up his 300th Texas win and the 350th of his career as No. 2 Texas downed No. 14 Illinois 3-2 (25-23, 23-25, 25-13, 24-26, 15-11) to conclude the Illini Classic Saturday night.
Freshman Chiaka Ogbogo came up big in her Texas debut with a kill followed by a block to give the Longhorns a 5-2 lead in the deciding fifth game. Ogbogo and sophomore middle blocker Molly McCage put Texas (5-2) ahead 6-2 with a stuff before Illinois (4-4) pulled back within two. Ahead 7-4 on a kill by Eckerman, Texas gave up a 6-3 run for a 10-all tie. Bailey Webster put the Longhorns on top 11-10 on her 17th kill of the night, and Amy Neal followed with her fourth before an Illinois hitting error gave Texas a 13-10 cushion en route to the win.
No. 3 Penn State 3, Central Arkansas 0
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- No. 3 Penn State (5-1) recorded its fifth 3-0 consecutive-set victory of the season with a 25-20, 25-22, 25-10 win against Central Arkansas (7-2) on Saturday morning in the Hilton Garden Inn Homewood Suites Classic.
Sophomore Megan Courtney led the PSU offense with 10 kills, while also tallying five blocks. Senior Ariel Scott followed closely behind with eight kills, adding one dig and an ace. Senior Katie Slay notched a team-best eight total blocks, including two solo blocks.
No. 3 Penn State 3, Florida Gulf Coast 0
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In front of a record crowd, Penn State capped off the weekend in the Hilton Garden Inn Homewood Suites Classic with a 3-0 victory against tournament host Florida Gulf Coast in Alico Arena.
The Nittany Lions did not lose a single set this weekend, tallying three consecutive straight-set wins to claim the tournament title.
Senior Katie Slay and sophomore Megan Courtney both led the team with nine kills each. Slay also recorded a season high .818 hitting percentage, while racking up a squad-best four blocks. Junior Micha Hancock dished out 31 assists, while registering three aces, five digs, one block and pacing the team to a .381 hitting clip. Defensively, junior Dominique Gonzalez posted a team-high 11 digs.
No. 19 Kentucky 3, No. 4 Minnesota 2
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Behind a dominating 15-8 fifth-set victory, Kentucky upset Minnesota 3-2 (25-18, 22-25, 25-19, 23-25, 15-8) in front of 1,586 fans in Memorial Coliseum on Saturday. The win against the Gophers is the biggest upset in head coach Craig Skinner's nine seasons.
Kentucky (6-3) not only handed Minnesota (8-1) its first loss of the season, the Golden Gophers lost their first three sets of the 2013 campaign. Minnesota started the season with eight consecutive 3-0 sweeps. In each of their previous 24 sets, no opponent had scored more than 19 points against them. Saturday night, the Wildcats reached at least 22 points in all four possible sets.
The win against the fourth-ranked Gophers bested UK's win against No. 5 Florida during the 2009 season as the highest in the Skinner era. The victory is the biggest win against a ranked opponent since the Blue and White downed No. 3 Texas at home in 1993. The win tied the all-time series with Minnesota at three wins apiece and is the first time the two schools have met when UM is ranked.
No. 16 Florida State 3, No. 7 Michigan 2
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- In its second five-set match in less than 24 hours, Michigan won the first two sets but lost 3-2 to No. 16 Florida State on Saturday morning in the final match of the Texas A&M Invitational inside Reed Arena. Set scores were 21-25, 23-25, 25-17, 25-19 and 15-13.
Michigan had four players with double-figure kills, led by senior Lexi Erwin's 15 terminations. Junior Lexi Dannemiller had a double-double with 52 assists and 10 digs, while sophomore Tiffany Morales had a team-high 20 digs. Sophomore Krystalyn Goode registered seven block assists.
No. 9 San Diego 3, UC Santa Barbara 0
SAN DIEGO -- Behind 13 kills from junior opposite Alaysia Brown, San Diego claimed the championship of the USD Tournament with a 3-0 win against UC Santa Barbara on Saturday evening at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
With the 25-15, 25-19, 25-19 win, the Toreros ran their winning streaks to six, as they improved to 7-1 overall. With the loss, the Gauchos fell to 3-6 overall.
Brown led all players with 13 kills on 26 swings, while only committing one error, to hit for a .423 clip. Sandra Lozic also had a good offensive match, as she recorded eight kills, while Chloe Ferrari was a perfect six kills on six swings, to hit for a 1.000 clip. C'era Oliveira led the defensive side of things with 14 digs, while Jianna Bonomirecorded 21 assists with 12 digs to post another double-double. As a team, USD hit for a .382 clip.
No. 10 Hawaii 3, Northwestern 0
HONOLULU -- Emily Hartong posted a match-high 13 kills, Nikki Taylor added six blocks and No. 10 Hawaii overwhelmed Northwestern in consecutive sets, 25-12, 25-13, 25-19 at the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Volleyball Challenge.
Hawaii (7-1) hit a scorching .451 for the match with Kalei Adolpho leading the way with a .667 attack percentage (6-0-9). Northwestern, who fell to 4-4 with the loss, hit at just a .042 clip.
Stephanie Holthus led the Wildcats with seven kills, seven digs, and three blocks and Caroline Niedospial added a team-best nine digs.
No. 10 Hawaii 3, Arizona 1
HONOLULU -- Hawaii captured the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Challenge with a four-set victory against Arizona in the championship match Saturday night. Set scores were 25-20, 25-17, 22-25, 25-23.
The Rainbow Wahine (8-1) extendeds its win streak to six before a crowd of 9,000-plus at the Stan Sheriff Center. UH also captured its third tournament this season along with Chevron Invitational and Hawaiian Airlines Classic titles.
Emily Hartong led four Rainbow Wahine in kills with 21 and her fourth double-double of the season (13 digs). Kalei Adolpho (14), Tai Manu-Olevao (11), and Nikki Taylor (11) each posted career-highs in kills while libero Ali Longo added a team-high 14 digs.
Arizona (7-2) was led by Madi Kingdon's 19 kills and 23 digs.