No. 2 Tampa 3, Rollins 1
WINTER PARK, Fla. –- With a torrid offensive effort, No. 2 Tampa downed Rollins 3-1. Reigning AVCA National Player of the Week Berkley Whaley torched the Tars with 20 kills to give Tampa the victory. The outside hitter posted a career high in kills (20) in a double-double effort for the UT squad.
The Spartans improve to 19-1 with a pristine 7-0 tally in Sunshine State Conference matchups while the Tars dip to 17-5 with a 4-3 record in SSC play.
In addition to Whaley, two other UT players reached double-digit kills, as right side hitter Marissa Lisenbee and outside hitter Holly Reschke swatted 12 and 11 respectively. Junior Meagan Burke swung 9-for-16 at a .438 attack percentage while Whaley hit at a .349 clip.
Setter Kahey Patrick tuned the offense with a 44 assist night, including a pair of kills to round out the Spartan attack.
Outside hitter Whaley flashed her defensive skill with a 15 dig showing. Libero Jen Scholz led the floor with 19 digs while senior Frances Cardenas picked up 11. Sophomore Lisenbee blocked six attacks as freshman Allee Stelogeannis mirrored with four.
Emporia State 3, No. 3 Central Missouri 1
Emporia State had 19.0 blocks to dominate at the net in a 20-25, 25-20, 25-22, 30-28 win against No. 3 Central Missouri in MIAA action in White Auditorium on Wednesday night.
Courtney Haring led the Hornets with 11 kills on .500 hitting with nine blocks. She had 11 kills on 22 attempts with no errors. She was joined in double figures by Paige Vanderpool with 10 kills, 20 digs and four blocks. Carly Spicer and Brianna Kaiser each added nine kills with Spicer recording seven blocks and Kaiser getting 10 digs. Kelly Holden matched Vanderpool with 20 digs. Sydney Hartman had 21 assists and Macki Pankratz added 20 assists as the Hornets outhit the Jennies .213 to .136 on the night.
Taylor Goodness led Central Missouri with 27 kills while Annie Reilly had 33 digs and Julia Bates dished 47 assists.
No. 5 BYU-Hawaii 3, Fresno Pacific 0
LAIE, Hawaii -– Shih Ting (Stella) Chen's 16 kills helped lead No. 5 BYU-Hawaii past the No. 23 Fresno Pacific Sunbirds in a 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-22) victory on Wednesday night.
Chen's 16 kills tied the match-high to go along with two aces and 11 digs. Erica Willes added 11 kills and one solo block while Noel Pauga was big at the net with three solo blocks on the night.
The first set was tightly contested early on at 11-11, however once the Seasiders (16-1, 11-1) found their groove there was no turning back. BYU-Hawaii went on to close out the first set 25-18.
BYU-Hawaii found itself in trouble in the second set down 17-11, but managed to fight back erasing the deficit down to just one point. The Seasiders took the lead for the first time in the set at 21-20 and then put the pedal to the metal closing out the second set 25-22.
The Sunbirds (10-7, 5-5) fought hard all through the third set to avoid the sweep but could not seem break away from the home team. Despite taking a 12-9 lead, every time Fresno Pacific slugged the Seasiders, BYU-Hawaii was able to punch right back and retake control. The Seasiders tied it up a 21-21 and finished strong winning the third set 25-22.