Hagglund, No. 4 Southern California knock off No. 6 Stanford
STANFORD, Calif. -- Southern California senior libero Natalie Hagglund became the program's all-time career leader in digs as No. 4 Southern California (19-3, 9-2 Pac-12) defeated No. 6 Stanford (15-5, 8-3) in five sets (16-25, 25-23, 25-18, 22-25, 15-9).
Several program milestones accompanied Hagglund's historic evening. It is the first time the Women of Troy have defeated the Cardinal on the Farm since 2006 and is only the third time in school history that the Trojans have captured a sweep of the regular-season series against Stanford. The other two were in 2000 and 2003.
Hagglund's season-high 36 digs bring her career total to 2,095 and moved her into fifth all-time in the Pac-12 record books. She also had a service ace and six assists on the night. On offense, it was freshman outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu who lit up the night and matched her career high with 21 kills (3e, 58). Nwanebu hit .310 and added seven digs and six blocks to help the Trojans hand the Cardinal its first loss at home since December of 2011.
Junior setter Hayley Crone picked up the first double-double of her season with 38 assists and 14 digs and helped the Trojans hit .257 in the match (74k, 19e, 214att). Freshman setter Alice Pizzasegola had 24 assists as the Women of Troy out-hit their opponent for the 20th time, this season.
No. 1 Texas 3, TCU 1
AUSTIN, Texas -- No. 1 Texas extended its winning streak to 12 matches by defeating TCU 3-1 (25-14, 20-25, 25-15, 25-23), Wednesday evening at Gregory Gym. Junior All-American Haley Eckerman led the Longhorns with a season-high 24 kills, while freshman setter Chloe Collins and senior libero Sarah Palmer added a match-high 33 assists and 18 digs, respectively.
Including tonight's win, the Longhorns have now won 45 consecutive Big 12 Conference matches in Gregory Gym, a streak that dates back to 2008.
The Horned Frogs jumped out to a 4-0 lead to begin game four. Following a timeout, Texas recorded its first kill of the match and were quickly able to tie the game, 8-8. From there, TCU maintained a small lead until Texas took its first lead of the game 16-15 on a forceful spike by senior Bailey Webster. TCU kept it tight, but Texas did not fall behind the rest of the game. It was tied 23-23, but a costly serving error and carry by TCU allowed UT to win the final two points and its ninth Big 12 match.
No. 8 San Diego 3, Pepperdine 0
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- San Diego cruised its way to a 3-0 win against Pepperdine on Wednesday.
With the 25-19, 30-28, 25-16 win, the Toreros improve to 18-3 overall, move to 10-2 in the WCC, and have now extended their winning streak to a season-high nine matches. With the loss, the Waves fall to 11-9 overall, and 5-7 in the WCC.
Katie Hoekman led all players with 12 kills on 21 attempts, while only committing one error to hit for a .524 clip. Hoekman also recorded four blocks. Alaysia Brown was the second player in double digit kills with 11, while hitting for a .280 clip. Rachel Alvey had all-around great match, as she recorded 22 assists, had four blocks and four kills. C'era Oliveira led the defense with 20 digs, and as a team, USD hit .300.