No. 1 Southern California 3, UC Irvine 0
LOS ANGELES - Fifth-ranked USC (9-1) marched past UC Irvine (7-4) in a three-set sweep (25-18, 25-15, 25-19) at Galen Center on Wednesday. It was the home opener for the Women of Troy who moved to 95-10 all-time at their home arena.
Senior outside hitter Sara Shaw anchored the Trojan offense with 10 kills (3e, 16att) as she hit .438 and picked up seven digs. All-American senior libero Natalie Hagglund led all players with 11 digs.
The Women of Troy hit .258 in the match (40k, 15e, 97att) and improved to 12-0 in their all-time series with UCI. The Trojans also spoiled a homecoming for USC legend and current Anteater head coach Paula Weishoff who fell to 0-3 all-time against her alma mater.
Sophomore outside hitter Samantha Bricio added nine kills (3e, 24att, .250) and seven digs and had two of USC's service aces. Freshman setter Alice Pizzasegola had the Trojans' other two service aces and dished out 14 assists to go with five digs. On the defensive side of the net, senior middle blocker Alexis Olgardput up six blocks including a pair of solo stuffs.
USC's freshmen hitters also contributed to the win as Ebony Nwanebu had eight kills (2e, 17att) and a .353 hitting percentage and Elise Ruddins came in to log four kills (2e, 8att) and a .250 hitting rate.
No. 4 Florida 3, No. 17 Florida State 0
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- No. 4 Florida swept in-state foe No. 17 Florida State 3-0 (25-20, 26-24, 25-23), in a thrilling match on Tuesday night at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. The Gators were bolstered by double-digit kill outputs by senior middle blocker Chloe Mann and sophomore outside hitter Živa Recek, who both had 12 kills.
Florida State jumped ahead by four early in the first two sets but impressive serving by Taylor Unroe got the Gators even with the Seminoles as she aided Florida in going on a 4-0 run in each stanza.
Under Gator head coach Mary Wise, Florida has gone 29-3 against FSU, including an undefeated 17-0 at home. The Gators recorded their 21st sweep of Florida State in program history and moved to 36-17 all-time against the Seminoles.
Sophomore middle blocker Simone Antwi tallied a career-high seven stuffs against the Seminoles, adding five kills and a service ace en route to Florida’s victory.
No. 8 Stanford 3, Cal Poly 0
STANFORD, Calif. -– In an almost perfect offensive outing, eighth-ranked Stanford downed Cal Poly (25-12, 25-10, 25-19) Wednesday at Maples Pavilion in Stanford, Calif. The Cardinal moves to 6-2 on the season, while the Mustangs fell to 4-6 overall.
Stanford went two full sets without a hitting error, ultimately collecting four in the third set to finish with a .453 attack percentage. Cal Poly was held to a .054 hitting percentage, committing 21 attack errors. The Cardinal also posted 11 blocks in the match to just one by the Mustangs.
Sophomores Jordan Burgess and Inky Ajanaku led the team with eight kills apiece. Burgess added four digs, two blocks and two aces, while Ajanaku posted a season-high six blocks. Sophomore outside hitter Brittany Howard finished with six kills and three digs, while senior middle blocker Carly Wopat had six kills and three blocks.
Sophomore setter Madi Bugg guided the offense with 23 assists and was one dig short of a double-double. She also added two blocks, a kill and a season-high three service aces. Junior libero Kyle Gilbert finished with nine digs and a season-best five assists.
No. 9 San Diego 3, San Diego State 0
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- No. 2 San Diego used a balanced offensive attack to cruise its way to a sweep of cross-town rival San Diego State on Tuesday evening at the Jenny Craig Pavilion in their final non-conference match of the regular-season.
With the 25-12, 25-20, 25-21 win, the Toreros improve to 8-1 overall and run their winning streak to seven matches. With the loss, the Aztecs fall to 5-5 overall.
The Toreros offense was paced by Sandra Lozic, who had nine kills, while also recording five digs and one solo block. Both Chloe Ferrari and Alaysia Brown recorded eight kills apiece, while Katie Hoekman recorded five kills. Jianna Bonomi recorded 19 assists, while C'era Oliveira recorded 15 digs. As a team, USD hit .229.