Penn St. extends win streak dating back to 1982 to 25 consecutive matches
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State (21-2, 12-1) knocked off No. 14 Purdue (16-8, 7-6) in consecutive sets (25-18, 25-22, 25-21) Friday evening in Rec Hall, marking the 12th consecutive victory for the Nittany Lions.
The triumph also extends the PSU home court winning streak against the Boilermakers to 25 consecutive matches, as Penn State has not lost a home contests to the Boilermakers since 1982.
McClendon led the offense with 13 kills, posting four digs and one block. Senior Katie Slay and junior Nia Grant followed with nine kills each. Grant registered a squad-best .727 hitting percentage, while Slay notched a team-high five blocks. Junior Micha Hancock paced the team to a .316 attacking percentage, dishing out 35 assists, two blocks and one ace, while leading the squad with nine digs.
No. 4 Southern California 3, Oregon 0
LOS ANGELES -- Fourth-ranked USC (21-3, 11-2 Pac-12) ran its winning streak to three matches with a 3-0 win (25-20, 25-20, 25-18) against Oregon (13-10, 6-7) at Galen Center on Friday. The Women of Troy were powered by 10 kills (1e, 20att) and a .450 hitting percentage from freshman outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu.
Senior libero Natalie Hagglund tied for match-high honors with 16 digs and moved into a fourth-place tie with Stanford's Gabi Ailes (2007-10) for career digs in Pac-12 history. She needs just 51 to move into third place.
Senior middle blocker Alexis Olgard logged 11.5 points with eight kills (1e, 16att) and hit .438 to go with a match-high seven blocks. The Trojans also got a strong match out of junior middle Hannah Schraer who posted six kills (1e, 10att) for a .500 hitting percentage. On the outside, sophomore Samantha Bricio had eight kills (0e, 30att) and a .267 hitting rate to go with 15 digs while senior Sara Shaw put up six kills (3e, 20att, .150), six digs, and three blocks.
No. 6 Stanford 3, Colorado 0
BOULDER, Colo. -- Sixth-ranked Stanford became the first Pac-12 team to defeat Colorado in Boulder this season, defeating the Buffaloes 25-19, 25-15, 25-20, Friday, at the Coors Events Center in Boulder, Colo. The Cardinal improves to 17-5 on the season and 10-3 in the Pac-12, while the Buffaloes drop to 15-8 overall and 7-6 in the conference.
Sophomore middle blocker Inky Ajanaku hit .667 in the match, posting 10 kills on 12 attempts with just two errors. She also recorded four blocks for the Cardinal. Senior middle blocker Carly Wopat also recorded 10 kills and led the team with five blocks. Senior Rachel Williams added eight kills, four blocks and three digs, including the 700th of her career.
Sophomore setter Madi Bugg controlled the offense with 35 assists, while junior libero Kyle Gilbert tallied a match-high 15 digs. Sophomore outside hitter Jordan Burgess finished with six kills and eight digs, while sophomore Brittany Howard posted five kills and six digs.
No. 7 Missouri 3, Auburn 0
AUBURN, Ala. -- Seventh-ranked Mizzou rode the production of its pin hitters to sweep Auburn 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-22), on Friday night (Nov. 8) to improve to a national-best 28-0 and 12-0 in SEC play. Mizzou remains atop the SEC standings and is one of just two unbeaten teams in the nation. The Tiger pin hitting trio of All-American Lisa Henning, freshman Carly Kan and junior Emily Wilson combined for 40 kills on .407 hitting as Henning led Mizzou with 17 on .382 hitting. Kan added 12 kills on .400 hitting while Wilson pitched in 11 on .455 hitting, seven of which came in the clinching third set.
Senior setter Molly Kreklow was great as usual in the sweep, spreading 42 assists on 52 Tiger kills, guiding Mizzou to .357 hitting. She also picked up 10 digs to go along with her 42 assists for her 10th double-double of the season. Kan also had a double-double with 10 digs with her 12 kills. Junior All-SEC middle Whitney Little had six kills on .400 hitting with seven total blocks, two of which were solo as she is now tied for second place in Mizzou history with 37 solo blocks this season. Junior libero Sarah Meister led the way with 11 digs in the sweep.
No. 9 Minnesota 3, Iowa 0
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota defeated Iowa 25-21, 25-18, 25-20 tonight at the Sports Pavilion in front of 4,021 fans. With the win, the Golden Gophers improve to 22-4 this season and 10-3 in the Big Ten Conference.
Adrianna Nora led the Gopher offense when she had 14 kills, committed just one error in 31 attempts to hit .419. Ashley Wittman, Tori Dixon, Daly Santana and Hannah Tapp all had eight kills. Alexandra Palmer produced a double-double when she had 37 assists and a match-high 14 digs. Lindsey Lawmaster had 13 digs, while Wittman followed with 11. Despite Iowa out-blocking the Gophers, 8-4, Minnesota led in kills (47-36) and outhit Iowa, .256 to .184.