Women's Volleyball


LINCOLN, Neb. -- The fourth-ranked Nebraska volleyball team proved to be too much for defending national champion and No. 1 UCLA on Saturday night as the Huskers beat the Bruins 3-2 (25-20, 25-23, 23-25, 19-25, 15-13).

The Huskers are now 10-5 when facing UCLA, as NU avenged a 3-2 loss to the Bruins from the 2009 season. Saturday’s win was the third time Nebraska has defeated a No. 1 UCLA team.

The Huskers beat a No. 1 team last year, taking down Illinois 3-1 on Oct. 22, 2011.

Meghan Haggerty put on an impressive display on the night as she recorded a team-high 17 kills on 25 swings for a .600 hitting percentage. She also notched three blocks. Gina Mancuso and Hannah Werth put the team on their shoulders with 15 and 12 kills, respectively.

Werth tallied 17 digs for her second consecutive double-double of the season. With that dig total, she has surpassed the 1,000 career dig mark, becoming the 11th Husker to reach that milestone.
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Led by junior outside hitter Kelsey Robinson, No. 15 Tennessee earned a 3-2 comeback victory against No. 10 Iowa State in the final match of the Comcast Lady Vol Classic.

The Vols (2-1) defeated the Cyclones 20-25, 26-24, 19-25, 25-20, 15-4, picking up their first win against a top-10 team since a 3-2 victory at No. 6 Florida on Sept. 25, 2011.

Robinson recorded her second consecutive double-double with a career-best 29 kills and 14 digs. She was also on fire behind the service line racking up five aces, tying a career best, including two to finish out the match.
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Men's Soccer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Behind two dramatic goals from Aidan Kirkbride, the fifth-ranked Charlotte 49ers rallied for a 2-1 double-overtime victory against Denver in the 49ers season opener. With the victory, the 49ers improved to 12-0-1 in home openers this century.

The 49ers game-winning goal came after Jennings Rex blasted a shot from about 15 yards out that was punched out by Denver’s goalkeeper Oliver Brown. Then, Kirkbride headed the deflection into the back of the net for the game-winner in the 104th minute.
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Women's Soccer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Frances Silva’s goal in the 83rd minute propelled West Virginia past No. 1 ranked Stanford 1-0 on Sunday in the second game of the Penn State Invitational. The win, the Mountaineers’ first against a nation’s top-ranked team, snapped Stanford’s 64-match regular-season unbeaten streak.

Freshman forward Kailey Utley earned a corner kick for the Mountaineers by serving a cross into the middle that was deflected off a Cardinal defender. Senior midfielder Bri Rodriguez drove a ball into the heart of the box that was punched out by goalkeeper Aly Gleason. WVU’s Jess Crowder quickly fired a shot at the goal that was cleared off the line by a defender. Silva settled the clearance on her thigh and lofted a ball into the upper left corner from 16 yards out.
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame suspended starting tailback Cierre Wood two games for violating team rules, leaving the Fighting Irish without their 1,000-yard rusher against Navy and Purdue.

Wood led the Irish in rushing last year with 1,102 yards and scored nine rushing touchdowns while averaging 5.1 yards per carry. Wood, a senior, played in all 13 games in 2011 with nine starts. Theo Riddick and George Atkinson III will likely be the Irish’s top two ball carriers now that Wood is out.

Coach Brian Kelly also announced Sunday that junior defensive end Justin Utupo was suspended for the games against Navy in Dublin, Ireland on Sept. 1 and the home opener the following Saturday against Purdue.
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Conference Realignment

FRISCO, Texas -- The Southland Conference and Abilene Christian announced Saturday that the institution will return to the league it helped found nearly a half-century ago. The Abilene, Texas-based university will rejoin the Southland on July 1, 2013, and will also begin the move from Division II to I at the same time.

ACU was one of five institutions that formed the Southland Conference on March 15, 1963, and its storied athletics program was a part of the league until 1972-73 when it departed for its current home, the Lone Star Conference.

When it returns to the league, Abilene Christian will participate in 16 of the Southland’s 17 sponsored championships, including men’s basketball, baseball, cross country, football, golf, tennis, and indoor and outdoor track & field. On the women’s side, ACU will compete in basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis, indoor and outdoor track & field, and volleyball.
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