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Roundup: No. 2 Toreros stunned by Cougars

BYU 3, No. 2 San Diego 0

PROVO, Utah -- No. 2 San Diego was stunned in its West Coast Conference opener, as Brigham Young University was able to take advantage of sloppy USD play to claim a 3-0 win Friday evening at the Smith Fieldhouse.

With the 20-25, 21-25, 21-25 loss, the Toreros fall to 8-2 overall, 0-1 in the WCC, saw their season-high seven-match winning streak come to an end, and were swept for the first time this season. With the win, the Cougars improve to 8-3 overall and move to 1-0 in the WCC.

Sandra Lozic led the team with 13 kills, while recording eight digs. The only other Torero in double-digit kills was Chloe Ferrari, who recorded 10, while hitting .444. Jianna Bonomi recorded a team-best 25 assists, while Hunter Jennings led the team with a career-high 13 digs. As a team, USD hit a season-low .153.

No. 3 Washington 3, Cal State Northridge 1

SEATTLE -– A prolific offensive attack and a block that revved up late powered the third-ranked Huskies to a 3-1 win against a tenacious Cal State Northridge team Friday at Alaska Airlines Arena. Washington had no blocks through the first two sets, but posted eight in the last set and a half to stop the Matadors, 25-13, 21-25, 25-14, 25-21 in front of 1,590 fans. With the win, the Huskies head into the Pac-12 conference schedule with an 8-0 record, and will trek to Washington State next Wednesday for the opener.

Washington hit .341 as a team, holding the Matadors (10-3) to .191. Moving the ball around were setters Jenni Nogueras and Katy Beals; Nogueras finished with her first double-double this season with 26 assists and 10 digs, and Beals was just one dig shy, with 24 assists and nine digs. Sophomore Cassie Strickland also had a double-double with 10 kills and 10 digs, while senior libero Jenna Orlandini had a team-high 13 digs and three aces.

No. 4 Florida 3, Marquette 0

MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- No. 4 Florida earned its seventh sweep of the season with a 3-0 victory over Marquette (25-21, 25-21, 25-13) in the opening match of the Marquette Invitational.

Senior Chloe Mann hit .579 against the Golden Eagles with 13 kills on 19 swings, adding four blocks for 15 points. Sophomore Živa Recek tallied 12 kills on the night, while freshman right-side hitter Alex Holston hit .421 with nine kills Friday.

Junior libero Taylor Unroe scooped 15 digs against Marquette, her 21st straight match with double-digit digs.

No. 5 Southern California 3, Cal State Fullerton 0

LOS ANGELES -- Behind 15 points from sophomore outside hitter Samantha Bricio, No. 5-ranked USC (10-1) claimed its fourth consecutive victory with a 3-0 sweep (25-19, 25-16, 25-23) of Cal State Fullerton (7-4) at Galen Center on Friday. Bricio led the Women of Troy with 12 kills (1e, 34att) and a .324 hitting percentage and added three service aces and seven digs.

On a night when USC honored three-time All-American middle blocker Emily Adams by raising her No. 9 jersey to the rafters, senior middle Alexis Olgard came up big with seven kills (1e, 11att) and a .545 hitting percentage to go with three blocks. Freshman outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu had 10 kills (4e, 24att, .250) and a match-high four blocks.

Senior libero Natalie Hagglund put up 17 digs and senior outside Sara Shaw added 14 digs to go with a pair of aces and three kills. Junior outside hitter Emily Young had five kills and set out of the back row in the third set to pick up five assists. Junior setter Hayley Crone had 14 assists and five digs while freshman setter Alice Pizzasegola had 17 with five digs. USC's trio of setters helped the Trojans log a .233 hitting percentage in the match with 44 kills (14e) on 129 attacks.

No. 7 Hawaii 3, Creighton 2

HONOLULU -- Emily Hartong recorded 20 kills and 16 digs and No. 7 Hawaii survived a major scare to beat No. 23 Creighton in five sets. The Blue Jays rallied from two sets down before Hawaii (10-1) won set five to take the match 25-17, 25-16, 19-25, 20-25, 15-9. 

Tai Manu-Olevao drilled 14 kills for Hawaii to eclipse her career-high she set just a day ago. Ali Longo posted a match-high 23 digs and Kalei Adolpho added 13 kills and hit a team-best .480. Hartong recorded her sixth double-double of the season.

Leah McNary led Creighton (7-3) with 12 kills and Kelli Browning had a match-high eight blocks. CU won the battle at the net with 26 total stuffs compared to UH's eight.

No. 8 Stanford 3, Saint Mary's (Calif.)

STANFORD, Calif. –- In a complete team effort, No. 8 Stanford defeated Saint Mary’s, 25-17, 23-25, 25-21, 25-22, Friday, in its final non-conference match at Maples Pavilion in Stanford, Calif. The Cardinal improves to 7-2 on the season, while the Gaels dropped to 5-4 overall.

Four Stanford players finished with double-digit kills, while three tallied double-doubles on the night. Senior middle blocker Carly Wopat led the team with a season-high 16 kills to go with five blocks and three aces. Sophomore outside hitter Jordan Burgess registered her first double-double of the season with 13 kills and 14 digs. Sophomore outside hitter Brittany Howard added 12 kills and 11 digs for her second double-double of the season, while senior outside hitter Rachel Williams finished with 10 kills, 12 digs and four blocks for her team-leading fourth double-double of the year.

No. 10 Michigan 3, Marshall 0

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- No. 10-ranked Michigan defeated Marshall 3-0 on Friday in the Wolverines' second annual "Block Out Bullying" match. Set scores were 25-20, 25-13, 25-17 inside Crisler Center.

Senior Jennifer Cross led U-M's attack with 10 kills while adding four blocks. Junior Lexi Dannemiller had 27 assists and nine digs, while senior Ally Sabol and sophomore Tiffany Morales had 13 and 11 digs, respectively.

Michigan had 22 digs and used five service errors by the Thundering Herd to take the first set 25-20. The Maize and Blue jumped out to a 7-1 lead off Sabol's serve and a Dannemiller kill. Marshall cut the lead to 8-6, but a Marshall attack error put the Wolverines on top 11-7. The Maize and Blue pushed the advantage to 16-12 helped by a Cross solo block. A kill from senior Lexi Erwin made it 18-15 U-M, and a Cross termination put the Wolverines on top 20-16. Freshman Abby Cole collected set point on a kill, giving the Maize and Blue the first-set victory.

Michigan forced Marshall into a -.200 hitting percentage in set two, taking the 25-13 win. A Dannemiller kill gave U-M the early 8-3 lead. Michigan went up 12-7 and 15-8 on a pair of Cole kills. Sophomore Ally Davis put U-M up 18-10 on a termination, and a Cross kill made it 20-13. Cross then served out the set as five consecutive Marshall errors put the Wolverines up 2-0.

Marshall hit negative for the second consecutive set, and the Wolverines put down 12 kills to take the consecutive-set victory. Marshall had a lead as late as 11-10 before kills by Cross and Davis gave the Maize and Blue the lead. Michigan went up 16-12 on a Thundering Herd error and built an 18-15 lead on Davis' termination. Back-to-back service aces from Dannemiller made it 20-15, and back-to-back kills from sophomore Kelly Murphy gave Michigan the 3-0 win.

No. 10 Michigan 3, Maryland 0

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan had a .429 hitting percentage and made just five errors in downing Maryland, 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-17), in match four of the Michigan Invitational Friday night in Cliff Keen Arena.

Senior Jennifer Cross hit .722 on the night, garnering 13 kills with no errors on 18 attack attempts. She also had seven total blocks. Seniors Molly Toon and Lexi Erwin had eight kills apiece, while junior Lexi Dannemiller had 21 assists and seven digs.

The Maize and Blue held Maryland to a .116 hitting percentage in the final set. Cross joined Erwin for a block to put U-M up, 6-2. It was 10-5 after an Erwin kill and 13-7 on Cole's solo block. Michigan went up 17-10 on another assisted block from Cross and Erwin and made it 20-11 on Toon's termination. Michigan set up match point after a kill from sophomore Ally Davis and closed out the match on a kill from Cross with an assist to sophomore Carly Warner.

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