No. 10 Minnesota earns 3-1 road victory against No. 16 Purdue
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- No. 10 Minnesota earned a 3-2 win against No. 16 Purdue on Friday in West Layfayette, Ind. With the win, the Golden Gophers improved to 20-4 overall and 8-3 in the Big Ten.
Tori Dixon led the Gophers when she had 19 kills in 40 attempts and hit .350. Ashley Wittman contributed her third consecutive double-double when she had 16 kills, 18 digs and four blocks. In the fifth set alone, Wittman had five kills, an assist and two digs. Adrianna Nora added 15 kills in 36 swings. Hannah Tapp had four kills in seven attempts and a career-best nine blocks.
No. 2 Penn State 3, No. 17 Michigan 1
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- No. 2 Penn State (19-2, 10-1) extended its winning streak to 10 consecutive matches, defeating Michigan (14-8, 4-7) in four sets (16-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-16) on the road Friday evening at Cliff Keen Arena.
Sophomore Megan Courtney propelled the Nittany Lions offense to victory with a career-high 17 kills, while seniors Ariel Scott and Deja McClendon also registered double digit kills. McClendon posted her sixth double-double of the season, recording 14 kills and 12 digs, adding one block and one ace. Scott tallied 11 kills, while also notching eight digs and four blocks.
Senior Katie Slay led the blocking unit with seven total blocks, while junior Dominique Gonzalez anchored the defense with a team-high 18 digs.
No. 3 Washington 3, Utah 1
SEATTLE -- The second half of Pac-12 play began with yet another high-drama slugfest for the Huskies tonight, but the Dawgs were able to push past an upset-minded Utah squad by a 25-16, 22-25, 26-24, 25-22 score. Juniors Krista Vansant and Kaleigh Nelson came up with kill after kill on the pins for Washington, which improved to 18-1 on the season and 10-1 in Pac-12 play.
Vansant led the way with 22 kills tonight, and Nelson had a new career-high with 20 while hitting .357, most of her kills over, around, and through the blockers on the right side. The Huskies had more kills, 64-53, but Utah hit for a higher percentage tonight, .270 to .246, and out-blocked the Huskies, 9.5 to 7.0. The Huskies were more dangerous at the service line, dealing seven aces and missing six serves while Utah had five aces but 11 errors.
No. 4 Southern California 3, No. 22 California 0
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Powered by a 25-point outing from sophomore outside hitter Samantha Bricio, fourth-ranked USC (20-3, 10-2 Pac-12) completed a Bay Area sweep for the first time since 2006 as the Women of Troy took out No. 22 California (13-7, 6-5) in four sets (25-23, 24-26, 25-12, 25-23). It is the first time since 2003 that the Trojans have claimed the regular-season series against both Stanford and California and just the third time in program history (2000, '03, '13).
Bricio filled up the stat sheet with her fifth consecutive double-double outing on 14 kills (6e, 30att, .160) and 13 digs. It is her seventh double-double of the season and the 18th of her career. On the defensive side of the net, Bricio posted career highs in solo blocks (4), block assists (4), and total blocks (8.0).
While she was outstanding at the net, Bricio also did plenty of damage from behind the service line where she collected five aces to seize first place in USC's single-season record books. In one stretch, she served four aces in six rallies and passed Trojan greats Alex Jupiter (57 aces in 2011), Nancy Hillman (59 in 1988), and April Ross (59 in 2003). Bricio also moved into a ninth-place tie with Keao Burdine (2001-04) for career aces at USC with 104.
No. 5 Florida 3, LSU 1
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Florida had one of its most balanced matches of the year, defeating LSU in four sets (25-19, 25-20, 23-25, 25-16) on Friday evening at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
Sophomore outside hitter Živa Recek led all players with 16.5 points on the evening, tallying 13 kills and 15 digs for her 16th career double-double and the seventh of 2013. Senior Class Award finalist Chloe Mann registered a match-high .522 hitting percentage with 14 kills on 23 swings. Junior libero Taylor Unroe matched her season high with 21 digs, while sophomore defensive specialist Nikki O’Rourke scooped a career-high 19 digs Friday evening.
No. 6 Stanford 3, UCLA 1
STANFORD, Calif. -- Stanford got back on track Friday with a 28-26, 25-19, 22-25, 25-11 win against UCLA at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal moves to 16-5 on the season and 9-3 in the Pac-12, while the Bruins fall to 12-9 overall and 3-8 in the conference.
Sophomore outside hitter Brittany Howard led the team with 12 kills and a career-high seven blocks. Sophomore middle blocker Inky Ajanaku registered 10 kills and five blocks on a .450 attack percentage, while senior Carly Wopat added 10 kills and six blocks. Sophomore Jordan Burgess also recorded 10 kills and added 15 digs for her fourth double-double of the season. Senior Rachel Williams finished with nine kills, 15 digs and tied her season-high two aces.
Sophomore setter Madi Bugg recorded her sixth double-double of the year with 46 assists and 11 digs, while also tallying a career-high six blocks. Junior libero Kyle Gilbert finished with 25 digs. As a team, Stanford finished with 14.0 blocks and a .309 hitting percentage. On the season, the Cardinal is hitting .317 and is the only team in the conference hitting above .300.
No. 7 Missouri 3, Mississippi 0
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Senior All-American Lisa Henning became Missouri's school record holder in career kills with 1,661 as the No. 7 Tigers improved to 26-0 and 10-0 in SEC play after defeating Ole Miss 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 25-18) on Friday night at the Hearnes Center. Henning posted a match-high 13 kills on .357 hitting to pass Shen Danru who had 1,658 kills from 2002-05. The 26 wins for Mizzou are the most for Wayne and Susan Kreklow since they took over at Mizzou in 2000, matching the 2002 team that finished 26-8.
"Obviously all of that stuff, the records, all the individual things, are great but we don't think a lot about it right now," head coach Wayne Kreklow said. "Ole Miss played really well tonight and they have a lot of athletic kids, so this is another good win for us. We weren't quite as sharp tonight as we have been, but in the end we still hit close to .400 and beat a very good team. We need to get back into the gym tomorrow and prepare for a great Kentucky team on Sunday."