No. 8 San Diego tames Lions, increases win streak to 10 games
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Behind a balanced offensive attack that saw five Toreros record double-digit kills, paced by Taylor Hollins' 15 kills, eighth-ranked San Diego picked up a 3-1 win against Loyola Marymount on Saturday afternoon in a West Coast Conference match.
With the 25-19, 25-27, 25-23, 25-19 win, the Toreros improve to 19-3 overall, improve to 11-2 in the WCC and run their winning streak to a season-high 10. With the loss, the Lions fall to 11-11 overall and 6-7 in the WCC.
Hollins led the team with 15 kills, while also recording 12 digs to record a double-double. Sandra Lozic also recorded a double-double with 14 kills and 10 digs, while hitting for a .394 clip. Chloe Ferrari recorded 13 kills, while hitting for a.417 clip and recorded three blocks.
Alaysia Brown recorded 12 kills, while hitting .400 and Katie Hoekman recorded 11 kills and hit .529. Jianna Bonomi (34 assists) and Rachel Alvey (22 assists) helped steer the USD offense to a .325 attack percentage, while C'era Oliveira recorded 15 digs.
No. 1 Texas 3, No. 25 Oklahoma 1
NORMAN, Okla. -- Texas took down No. 25 Oklahom 3-1 (25-15, 25-17, 25-27, 25-21) Saturday evening at McCasland Field House behind a match-high 19 kills by junior All-American Haley Eckerman and a season-high 52 assists from senior Hannah Allison. The victory increased the Longhorns' win streak to 13 matches and kept their perfect Big 12 Conference record intact.
Eckerman added 11 digs on the night for her fifth double-double of the season and 12th as a Longhorn. Senior libero Sarah Palmer led both squads with 16 digs, while sophomore middle blocker Molly McCage and Allison had eight blocks each.
The Longhorns improved to 5-1 this season against ranked opponents.
No. 2 Penn State 3, No. 14 Michigan 0
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Seniors Deja McClendon and Ariel Scott led No. 2 Penn State (20-2, 11-1) to a consecutive-set victory (25-14, 25-18, 25-20) win at No. 14 Michigan (18-6, 7-5) Saturday evening at Jenison Field House. The triumph extends the current winning streak to 11 consecutive matches and marks the 37th time in program history that the Nittany Lions have reached 20 wins in a season.
McClendon led the offense with 14 kills on .423 hitting, adding eight digs and one block. Scott followed closely behind with 13 kills, recording a .462 hitting clip, while also tallying six digs and four blocks. Defensively, Dominique Gonzalez led the team with 11 digs, while senior Katie Slay posted five blocks, including one solo stop.
Junior Micha Hancock paced four Nittany Lion attackers to .400 or better hitting, while guiding the squad to a .451 overall attacking percentage. Hancock dished out 35 assists, adding nine digs and one block.
No. 9 Colorado State 3, Utah State 2
LOGAN, Utah -- By winning the final three sets against Utah State (15-8, 8-4 MW) at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Saturday, Colorado State (21-0, 12-0) did what no other team in the history of the program has ever accomplished: begin a season 21-0.
At first, it looked as if history would not happen, as CSU dropped the first two sets by scores of 25-20 and 25-21. It marked the first regular-season match since Nov. 10, 2011 – a span of 50 matches – that CSU has fallen behind 0-2 in.The Rams then took the next three sets 25-18, 27-25 and 15-8.
Marlee Reynolds led all players with 16 kills. Joining her in double figures was Kelsey Snider (14), Adrianna Culbert (12) and Michelle Lawrence (10).
Jaime Colaizzi posted a career-high 25 digs – her fourth 20-plus dig match of the season. Culbert (17), Deedra Foss (16) and Cassidy Denny (15) were also effective from the back row, as CSU posted 91 digs. Foss also added 53 assists.
While the back-row defense played well, so did the Rams’ play at the net, limiting the Aggies to .139 hitting and recording 21 team blocks, a season high and the most since CSU tallied 26 vs. Cal State Fullerton in the 2010 NCAA tournament.
Senior Samantha Peters had a career-high 12, while four others had at least five, including Snider (career-high 9), Culbert (season-high 6), Reynolds (6) and Foss (season-high-tying five).
In addition to establishing a program record for wins to start a season, the 21-match winning streak is the second-longest overall. Additionally, CSU extended its program-best true road winning streak to 14 matches, and improved to 12-0 in Mountain West play for the second time since the league’s inception in 1999.
No. 10 Minnesota 3, Indiana 0
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Minnesota swept the Indiana Hoosiers 3-0 tonight. With the win, the Golden Gophers improve to 21-4 this season and 9-3 in the Big Ten action.
As a team, the Gophers hit .410 as they committed just five attack errors. With 39 kills, the Gophers had 83 attempts and five errors. Indiana had 37 kills, 21 attack errors in 105 attempts to hit .152 in the match. Minnesota had seven blocks to Indiana's five and held a 41-32 ratio in digs. The Gophers hit .545 in the first set, .184 in the second and .652 in the third.
Minnesota was led by Adrianna Nora, who had nine kills in 17 attempts and hit .529. Daly Santana had 10 kills in 20 swings for a .450 clip, while Tori Dixon had nine kills in 17 attempts and hit .471.