Top 10 Roundup
No. 1 Texas wins twice after falling in season opener
Saturday: No. 1 Texas 3, San Diego 2
No. 1 Texas rallied from a 2-1 deficit against San Diego to force a fifth set in its third match in 24 hours at the Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational in Honolulu before pulling off a thrilling 3-2 (19-25, 25-18, 21-25, 30-28, 15-10) victory to cap its opening weekend in the Aloha State.
Sophomore Amy Neal notched a career-high nine kills and added five digs as Texas improved to 2-1 on the young season. Senior outside hitter Bailey Webster and junior middle blocker Khat Bell recorded 12 kills each.
Taylor Hollins paced the Toreros with 19 kills and Chloe Ferrari recorded 16.
Saturday: No. 1 Texas 3, UTEP 0
Freshman outside hitter Pilar Victoria led No. 1 Texas to a 3-0 (25-13, 25-19, 25-21) win against instate foe UTEP Saturday. Victoria notched a match-high 14 kills in the Longhorns' first win of the season, while junior Haley Eckerman and senior Bailey Webster added 11 and eight, respectively.
Freshman Chloe Collins also contributed a match-leading 33 assists in her Texas debut. Down by two early in the final set, Texas put together a quick four-point rally to go up 6-4. The Longhorns used a late 6-2 rally for a 21-15 advantage, and they cruised to their eventual match-winning 25-21 game three victory.
Friday: Hawaii 3, No. 1 Texas 1
Top-ranked Texas dropped its season opener at No. 11 Hawaii, 3-1 (19-25, 25-19, 25-27, 16-25) Friday night. Senior Bailey Webster picked up where she left off in the 2012 NCAA championship game and led the Longhorns with a match-high 19 kills, while junior Haley Eckerman added 13 and freshman Pilar Victoria added 10 more in her collegiate debut.
A 6-1 run increased Texas' lead to 12-7 in the second game before Hawaii fought back with three unanswered points to trail by two, 13-11. Texas displayed its offensive prowess with a 5-1 run for a 17-12 lead before the two teams began to trade points en route to a 25-19 Texas win to tie the match. After being out-hit .212 (13-6-33) - .344 (15-4-32) in the first set, the Longhorns came back with a match-high .625 (16-1-24) performance in the second to Hawaii .391 (11-2-23).
Hawaii broke away midway in the fourth set and put away Texas 25-16 while holding the Longhorns to only 10 kills.
Friday: No. 3 Stanford 3, UC Santa Barbara 0
No. 3 Stanford swept UC Santa Barbara, 25-17, 25-23, 25-19, Friday, at the Thunderdome in Santa Barbara, Calif. It was the 2013 season opener for both teams.
Senior Carly Wopat, a Santa Barbara, Calif., native, paced the Cardinal on both sides of the ball, tallying 13 kills on a .545 attack percentage to go with eight blocks and two digs. Sophomore outside hitter Brittany Howard added 12 kills, hitting .409 in the match, while sophomore middle blocker Inky Ajanaku finished with seven kills and five blocks.
Saturday: No. 7 Michigan 3, Northern Kentucky 0
Head coach Mark Rosen earned his 500th career win and No. 7-ranked Michigan hit above .300 for the third consecutive match as the Wolverines defeated Northern Kentucky in consecutive sets on Saturday 25-19, 25-14 and 25-23.
Senior Lexi Erwin led Michigan's offense with 16 kills in the three-set win. Classmate Molly Toon added 11 kills and six digs, while freshman Gabbie Bulic had nine kills and a .529 hitting percentage. Junior and Xavier Invitational Most Valuable Player Lexi Dannemiller had 31 assists, while sophomore Tiffany Morales had 10 digs.
Michigan hit .343 for the match and committed just 11 errors in the three-set match. The Wolverines had six services aces, two each by Morales and Sabol.
Friday: No. 7 Michigan 3, Clemson 0
No. 7 Michigan opened the 2013 season with a consecutive-set win against Clemson Friday afternoon in the first match of the Xavier Invitational. Set scores were 25-12, 25-16 and 25-13.
Sophomore Krystalyn Goode was involved in eight of Michigan's 10 total blocks while adding four kills. Senior Molly Toon led the offense with 11 kills, while senior Lexi Erwi and freshman Abby Cole added nine kills apiece. Senior Jennifer Cross had seven kills and six block assists, and junior Lexi Dannemiller registered 35 kills, five digs and two blocks. On defense, sophomore Tiffany Morales and senior Ally Sabol had 15 and seven digs, respectively.
The Wolverines hit a blistering .476 in the match's first set on their way to a convincing 25-12 win. Michigan took an early 3-1 lead on a Clemson attack error, but the Tigers rattled off three consecutive points, capped on an ace. The Wolverines retook the lead at 9-8 on a bad set from Clemson and forced a timeout at 11-8 on a Dannemiller ace. That was part of a 12-2 run for Michigan as Goode's kill put the Wolverines up 19-10. Cross and Dannemiller combined for a block, one of five in the set, to give Michigan a 22-11 lead. Michigan wrapped up the set with three consecutive points that included kills from Cross and Toon.
Saturday: No. 10 Nebraska 3, St. Louis 0
No. 10 Nebraska (2-1) made quick work of Saint Louis on Saturday night, sweeping the Billikens 3-0 (25-20, 25-16, 25-16).
Amber Rolfzen and Kelsey Fien each had 10 kills for the Huskers, Fien recording just two errors for a .421 hitting percentage. Robinson had nine kills, while Cecilia Hall punched in seven hills and zero errors. Alicia Ostrander posted four kills, zero errors, a hitting percentage of .571 and six blocks to lead Nebraska at the net.
Nebraska recorded a hitting percentage of .300 or better for the first time this season, chipping in a clip of .366. The Huskers held Saint Louis to a .139 hitting percentage. Nebraska out-blocked the Billikens 7-5 and out-dug St. Louis 43-38.
Saturday: Auburn 3, No. 10 Nebraska 1
No. 10 Nebraska (1-1) dropped a 3-1 (23-25, 25-22, 23-25, 23-25) decision to Auburn on Saturday morning. One day after a dominating performance against Louisiana-Monroe, the Huskers faced a challenge in the Tiger squad.
Kelsey Robinson led Nebraska on the day with a double-double, including 18 kills and 18 digs. Kelsey Fien recorded 13 kills, while Justine Wong-Orantes also chipped in 18 digs. Mary Pollmiller paced the offense with 27 assists, while Kelly Hunter added 19 assists.
Nebraska hit .218 as a team in the match, as the Tigers hit .208. The Huskers were out-blocked 9-7 and out-dug 86-71. Nebraska recorded six service aces, but could not overcome the errors from the service line as the Huskers tallied 14 by the end of the match. Auburn had just two service errors.
Friday: No. 10 Nebraska 3, Louisiana-Monroe 0
No. 10 Nebraska opened the 2013 season with a 3-0 (25-11, 25-21, 25-4) sweep of Louisiana-Monroe at the Marcia E. Hamilton Classic on Friday.
Amber Rolfzen led the Huskers with eight kills, while Cecilia Hall and Kelsey Robinson both chipped in seven kills. Justine Wong-Orantes guided Nebraska defensively with 15 digs. Robinson also tallied 11 digs and five aces for the match. Mary Pollmiller and Kelly Hunter paced the Husker offense at setter, as each had 14 assists. Nebraska hit .222 for the match, while Louisiana-Monroe was held to a -.132 hitting clip.
The 36 points scored by Louisiana-Monroe was the fewest points allowed by a Husker opponent in a three-set match during the rally-scoring era.