No. 3 Washington 3, UCLA 1
LOS ANGELES -- Every Pac-12 road win is precious, and the third-ranked Husky volleyball team withstood a great effort from a talented UCLA team to pull out a big win in Pauley Pavilion tonight in front of 1,075 fans. Washington (16-1, 8-1 Pac-12) claimed two down-to-the-wire sets before running away with the fourth set to close out a 25-23, 21-25, 25-23, 25-13 victory, its first at UCLA since 2009.
The Huskies had one of their best road offensive showings in conference play, hitting .309 for the night with 16 kills from junior Krista Vansant, and two hot-handed performances from Kaleigh Nelson, who had 13 kills and hit .500, and Lianna Sybeldon, who put away 12 kills on a .400 attack percentage. UCLA (11-8, 2-7 Pac-12) was led by 21 kills from Karsta Lowe.
Washington had a big edge in blocks, 15.0 to 7.5, as Melanie Wade had eight block assists, Sybeldon had seven, and Vansant and Kylin Muñoz had five apiece. Senior Jenna Orlandini’s 16 digs led the way, as UW outdug the Bruins, 43-39. Jenni Nogueras set 25 assists and Katy Beals had 22. The Dawgs also had a 6-2 edge in service aces.
No. 4 Southern California 3, Washington State 0
LOS ANGELES -- USC (18-2, 8-1 Pac-12) rebounded from its first loss in conference play by taking out Washington State (15-7, 2-7) in three sets (25-18, 25-13, 25-19). The Women of Troy were led by sophomore outside hitter Samantha Bricio who posted her fourth double-double of the season (15th of her career) with 12 kills (3e, 28att, .321) and 12 digs. Bricio also moved into a fourth-place tie in USC's single-season record books with Janice Johnson (1982) as she collected three service aces to total 53 this season.
The Trojans got 12.0 points from freshman outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu who put up 11 kills (1e, 26att) with a .385 hitting percentage. Senior middle blocker Alexis Olgard had another clean outing with no errors and eight kills on nine swings (.889). Senior outside hitter Sara Shaw (4-2-16, .125), junior middle blocker Hannah Schraer (4-1-8, .375), and junior outside hitter Emily Young (4-1-10, .300) each had four kills for USC while senior libero Natalie Hagglund claimed match-high honors with 19 digs.
USC out-hit its opponent for the 19th time in 20 matches (.310 to .088) as setters Hayley Crone (23 assists, nine digs) and Alice Pizzasegola (20 assists, seven digs) kept the offense rolling.
No. 6 Stanford 3, Oregon State 0
STANFORD, Calif. -- In a complete team effort, sixth-ranked Stanford swept Oregon State 25-14, 25-15, 25-19. The Cardinal, which is now 57-0 all-time against OSU, moves to 15-4 on the season and 8-2 in the Pac-12, while the Beavers drop to 9-11 overall and 0-9 in the conference.
Stanford is now 8-0 at Maples Pavilion and extends its home-winning streak to 24 matches, dating back to the beginning of the 2012 season. Thirteen of the Cardinal’s 15 wins this year have come as 3-0 sweeps.
Sophomore outside hitter Jordan Burgess led the team with 10 kills and seven digs, hitting .364 in the match. Sophomore middle blocker Inky Ajanaku totaled eight kills on 10 errorless swings to hit .800, while sophomore outside hitter Brittany Howard finished with eight kills on nine attempts with no errors (.889). Redshirt junior Lydia Bai registered a season-best six kills, all in the second set.