Colorado 3, No. 1 Washington 1
BOULDER, Colo. -- The Buffaloes, who upset UCLA at home just last weekend, played giant-killers again, handing the No. 1-ranked Huskies their first loss of the season at the Coors Events Center. Aside from a strong third set, Washington (10-1, 2-1 Pac-12) was unable to put much consistent pressure on Colorado (10-3, 2-1 Pac-12), and its comeback attempt was cut short by the count of 25-17, 26-24, 15-25, 25-19.
Playing its third consecutive road match to start Pac-12 play, the Huskies suffered their first loss to Colorado since the Buffs joined the league. Washington did not have many advantages statistically, as it hit just .135, well under its previous season-low of .262 and under the .337 average coming in. Colorado, conversely, hit .282, the first time this season UW has been outhit.
Despite the loss, sophomore Lianna Sybeldon had an excellent night, carrying the offense for several stretches and finishing with 12 kills, matching junior Krista Vansant for the team high. Sybeldon also hit .440, making just one error on 25 swings. Taylor Simpson led Colorado with 17 kills and added 19 digs.
No. 2 Southern California 3, No. 7 Stanford 0
LOS ANGELES -- Four Trojans scored in double digits as second-ranked USC (13-1, 3-0 Pac-12) upended No. 7 Stanford (10-3, 3-1) in three sets (25-21, 25-15, 27-25) at Galen Center on Friday. The Women of Troy outpaced the Cardinal attack, .358 to .245, and posted seven blocks to come up with their seventh consecutive victory and snapped an eight-match streak held by Stanford. The win is the 1,100th in USC head coach Mick Haley's career as a women's collegiate head coach.
Freshman outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu led all players with 13 kills (3e, 28att) as she hit .357 in the match and added a service ace for a match-high 15.0 points. Sophomore outside Samantha Bricio posted 14.0 points as she had 11 kills (2e, 28att) with a .321 hitting rate. She also notched three service aces to mark the sixth time that she has recorded at least three in a single match, this season.
USC's seniors were key to the Trojans' victory as middle blocker Alexis Olgard dropped nine kills (0e, 14att) to register a .643 hitting percentage and led the team with five blocks; one solo. Senior libero Natalie Hagglund had a match-high 14 digs while senior outside Sara Shaw posted her second double-double of the season with 10 kills and 10 digs. USC's setters had the Trojan offense humming as junior Hayley Crone handed out 25 assists to go with five digs and freshman Alice Pizzasegola recorded 18 helpers.
No. 3 Florida 3, Texas A&M 0
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Behind a strong night for Florida’s middles and double-digit kills for two Gator underclassmen, No. 3 Florida swept Texas A&M 3-0 (25-9, 25-23, 25-17) in front of a season-high 3,533 Gator faithful Friday night at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. The victory gave Florida head coach Mary Wise her 700th win at the helm of the Gator program.
Sophomore middle blocker Simone Antwi tallied a match-high 12 kills on 19 swings for a .632 hitting percentage, adding two blocks to lead all players with a match-high 13.5 points. Senior middle blocker Chloe Mann was also errorless on the night, hitting a match-high .643 with nine kills on 14 swings for her seventh error-free performance of 2013.
Freshman Alex Holston turned in her eighth match of the season hitting at .400 and above. The Gator rookie hit .474 with 10 kills on 19 swings.
No. 6 Hawaii 3, Long Beach State 0
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Hawaii made quick work of Long Beach State in a 25-11, 25-21, 25-16 win on Friday night at the Walter Pyramid. Emily Hartong posted her seventh double-double (14 kills, 11 digs) and hit an impressive .414 to help Hawaii improve to a perfect 3-0 in the Big West Conference and 14-1 overall.
A plethora of Rainbow players got in on the action. Nikki Taylor had 11 kills and hit for a .421 clip, Tai Manu-Olevao posted 10 kills and four blocks, and Mita Uiato had 36 assists, 11 more than the 49ers had as a team.
Delainey Aigner-Swesey and Chisom Okpala shared team-high honors with nine kills a-piece for LBSU (8-8, 1-2 BWC).
No. 10 Nebraska 3, No. 8 Minnesota 0
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Minnesota fell to No. 10 Nebraska in front of 8,223 fans at the Devaney Center in Lincoln, Neb. With the loss, the Golden Gophers drop to 14-2 this season and 2-1 in the Big Ten, while Nebraska improved to 3-0 in league action and 10-2 this season.
Tori Dixon had 12 kills, while Daly Santana had 10. Alexandra Palmer had 32 assists, as Minnesota had four players with a team-best six digs. Nebraska led the match in hitting percentage (.385 to .226), blocks (9.5 to 2.5) and a three-dig margin (39 to 36).
No. 9 Michigan State 3, Illinois 0
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State improved to 14-1 overall and 3-0 in the Big Ten with a sweep of visiting Illinois 3-0 on Friday night at Jenison Field House. Reigning Big Ten and AVCA national player of the week Lauren Wicinski posted a game-best 17 kills, four digs, and two blocks, while hitting .519 on the night (17-3-27).
Freshman Chloe Reinig had her third conseuctive Big Ten game with double-digit kills, registering 11 to go with two blocks. Kori Moster led all players with 18 digs.
Senior Kristen Kelsay had a game-best 21 assists on the nightand also added eight digs; she faced off across from her sister, Illinois freshman McKenna, for the first time in a competitive game. The younger Kelsay entered the game in the second set and had 14 assists, a dig, and a service ace for her team.