No. 2 Southern California 3, Oregon 0
EUGENE, Ore. -- Top-ranked USC (16-1, 6-0 Pac-12) won its season-long 10th consecutive match on a 3-0 victory (25-23, 25-18, 26-24) against No. 22 Oregon (10-6, 3-3) at Matthew Knight Arena on Sunday. Trojan head coach Mick Haley recorded his 1,200th career coaching victory with the win; a mark that includes a 97-32 record as the men's coach at Kellogg Community College.
The Women of Troy are off to their best start to a season and the program's best start to league matches since 2006 when the team was 17-1 and 6-0.
Four Trojans reached double digits in points to help USC win for the eighth time in nine meetings with the Ducks. Freshman outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu led the way with 12.5 points as she had a team-high 11 kills (2e, 33att) and hit .273 to go with three blocks. Sophomore outside Samantha Bricio put up 11.5 points on nine kills (7e, 33att, .061), a service ace, and three blocks while senior middle blocker Alexis Olgard nabbed nine kills without an error (16att) for a .562 hitting percentage to go with two blocks for 10.0 points.
USC setters Hayley Crone (20 assists, 3 digs) and Alice Pizzasegola (16 assists, 4 digs) helped the Women of Troy to a .240 hitting percentage in the match (43k, 14e, 121att). USC outhit its opponent for the 17th time this season as senior libero Natalie Hagglund had 21 digs; her fifth match with over 20 this year. The Trojans also put up 10 blocks to help keep Oregon down at a .150 hitting rate (44k, 25e, 127att).
For the Ducks, Ariana Williams led all players with 13 kills (4e, 29att, .310) and was followed by Canace Finley's 12 kills (7e, 30att, .167). USC was able to slow Liz Brenner who finished with 10 kills (7e, 22att) for a .136 hitting percentage and 11 digs. Amanda Benson tied for match-high honors with 21 digs for Oregon.
No. 3 Florida 3, Georgia 0
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Second-ranked Florida used a well-balanced offensive attack to defeat Georgia 3-0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-18) for the sixth consecutive sweep in the series.
Senior middle blocker Chloe Mann notched a match-high 12.5 points, tallying 11 kills and two blocks. Reigning SEC Freshman of the Week Alex Holston also tallied 11 kills against the Bulldogs, hitting .714 on Sunday.
The Gators had three players with double-digit kill outputs, the fifth time this season that three or more players have done so. In addition to Holston and Mann’s 11 kills, sophomore Simone Antwi had 10 kills.
Senior setter Taylor Brauneis recorded her seventh double-double of her career and fourth of the season. Brauneis set Florida to a .366 hitting percentage, the 15th time the Gators have hit above .300 in 2013.
Florida has forced 14 of its 18 opponents to operate at under .200 hitting efficiency, including three offensive outputs at .000 and below. The Gators held the Wildcats to .188 on Friday and the Bulldogs to just .032 on Sunday, including -.103 in the second set.
Against Georgia, Florida is now 56-9, including 53-1 under coach Mary Wise. The Gators have not lost to the Bulldogs since 2008 and haven’t dropped a set to UGA since the 2010 season, a match in which Wise earned her 700th career win.
No. 6 Washington 3, No. 16 Arizona 0
SEATTLE – A well-balanced attack and strong defense against helped the sixth-ranked Huskies swept 16th-ranked Arizona State to improve to 13-1 on the year and 5-1 in Pac-12 play.
Senior Kylin Muñoz had 11 kills, all in the final two sets, to lead the Dawgs, while Krista Vansant and Kaleigh Nelson each added 10 kills and senior Jenna Orlandini was a rock with 21 digs.
After winning the first set, the Huskies won the final three points of the second set and then 10 of the first 12 points of the third to break things open, winning by the final count of 25-21, 25-22, 25-16. It was the third win this season for the Huskies against a ranked opponent. Arizona State (13-5, 2-4 Pac-12) made waves earlier this season with a sweep of defending national champion Texas. But UW held ASU’s hard-hitting offense in check, as the Sun Devils hit just .169, helped by Orlandini’s hustle and some tough serving.
Washington had 45 kills to 39 for ASU, and the Huskies hit .234. UW won the serving battle as well with three aces to none for ASU, and missed just five serves while ASU sent seven out.