NCAA roundup: BYU hits .507, Saint Mary’s upsets USD, Oregon, Washington, Cal Baptist win

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Cal Baptist celebrates its first Western Athletic Conference victory, a five-set win over New Mexico State/Nick Litwin photo

Another get-your-attention night of NCAA Division I women’s volleyball.

Talk about efficiency: BYU’s two outside hitters combined for 24 kills with no errors in 33 swings and the No. 1 Cougars hit .507 as they swept Pacific to open West Coast Conference play Thursday night.

Talk about a tough league: If Thursday is any indication, the WCC is going to be open for business this season.

Saint Mary’s upset No. 24 San Diego, Pepperdine dealt Portland its first loss, Gonzaga beat LMU. And San Francisco, which won three matches overall last season — including 0-18 in the league in each of the past two seasons — beat Santa Clara.

In the Pac-12, No. 12 Oregon beat Oregon State in four, while No. 13 Washington had to go five to beat visiting No. 22 Washington State.

Cal Baptist got a monumental victory.

And it all starts over Friday with another loaded slate.

In the Big Ten, No. 3 Nebraska is home for Michigan State, unbeaten and No. 8 Illinois goes to No. 16 Purdue, unbeaten and No. 18 Michigan is at Iowa and Northwestern plays at Indiana.

The Pac-12 has just one match, but it features two ranked teams coming off losses as No. 17 UCLA goes to No. 23 Utah.

The only Big 12 match features Kansas State at Oklahoma.

The SEC schedule shows No. 11 Florida at home for Ole Miss, LSU at Georgia, Tennessee at Auburn and Mississippi State at South Carolina.

The ACC has a seven-match schedule. Unbeaten No. 9 Pittsburgh, the league’s only ranked team and only team with a league win after beating Virginia, goes to Virginia Tech. Florida State is home for Duke, while Georgia Tech plays at Syracuse, Notre Dame goes to North Carolina, Clemson plays at Boston College and in a matchup of two teams that battled to the wire for the title last season, Louisville goes to NC State.

And Wake Forest plays at Miami, where coach Bill Ferguson joined the team a day late after his wife, Brenn, gave birth to Blake’s new sister, Emery Flynn.

Tenth-ranked Creighton opens Big East play at home against DePaul, while league foe No. 21 Marquette is at Providence before heading to Creighton on Sunday.

Also, Missouri State plays a Missouri Valley Conference match against Illinois State as coach Melissa Stokes goes for victory No. 500.

As always, has all the listings for every NCAA Division I match that is being shown.

BYU sweeps Pacific: The Cougars are 11-0 after their 25-12, 25-20, 25-14 in which they hit for the third-best percentage in school history.

Roni Jones-Perry had 13 kills in 17 swings and hit .765. She added three aces, four digs and three blocks. McKenna Miller had 11 kills in 16 attempts, hit .688, and had three digs and three blocks.

“It’s fun to start play in the West Coast Conference,” BYU coach Heather Olmstead said. “I liked how dialed in our team was. Our outsides did a great job attacking and overall our block did its job. I’m happy with the way the team competed.”

Heather Gneiting had six kills and hit .444 to go with an ace, a dig and six blocks, one solo. And Kennedy Eschenberg had seven kills, hit .429, and had three blocks.

Pacific (5-7, 0-1) got seven kills apiece from Kaitlyn Lines and Riley Ramsey, who hit .500.

Also in the WCC: Saint Mary’s not only won its eighth match in a row, it knocked off San Diego  25-22, 20-25, 22-25, 25-20, 16-14. The Gaels (9-2) matched their best start since 2005.

Lindsey Calvin led the road victory with 17 kills, three blocks and a dig. Sienna Young had 16 kills, hit .333, and had two aces, four blocks and 10 digs. Lindsey Knudsen had 13 kills, hit .333, and added six assists, an ace, two blocks and 14 digs.

“That was a battle,” Saint Mary’s coach Rob Browning said. “We have shown a lot of resiliency this season, and tonight was no different. After having a big lead in the third set and then losing it, it would have been easy to give up, but not this team. San Diego is a very good opponent. We had to earn it. They certainly didn’t hand it to us. Great job by our team.”

San Diego (3-7) was led by Roxie Wiblin, who had 20 kills, an assist, a block and 12 digs. Megan Jacobsen had 13 kills and hit .417 to go with two digs and four blocks. Lauren Fuller had 12 kills, 11 digs and two blocks and Addie Picha had 10 kills, hit .444, and had three digs and five blocks, two solo. USD had 30 attack errors.

Pepperdine is 7-4 after its sweep at previously unbeaten Portland (12-1) 25-22, 25-21, 25-19.

Rachel Ahrens led with 14 kills and one error in 25 swings to hit .520. She had an ace, a dig and five blocks. Hannah Frohling had 13 kills, two aces and four digs. Portland, which hit .124, got 11 kills from Liz Reich, who had two digs and three blocks.

San Francisco (8-4) not only won its first WCC match in three seasons, but swept visiting Santa Clara (5-8) 25-22, 25-16, 25-15.

The Dons hit .404 as Kathya Garcia led a balanced attack with 10 kills. She hit .320, had an assist, two aces, eight digs and a block. Emily Zinger had nine kills, hit .471 and had three blocks and three digs, and Kate Ashman had eight kills, hit .583, and had a dig and seven blocks.

“We got over a few errors early and were solid to win in three,” USF coach Frank Lavrisha said.  “Kathya Garcia was a great stabilizer and we scored big with our middles. It’s a tribute to our team unity.”

Santa Clara hit .108. Allison Kantor led with nine kills, two blocks and five digs.

And Gonzaga (4-8) stunned visiting Loyola Marymount (10-2), which had won seven in a row, 25-21, 25-18, 25-21. Kaylie Loewen led the Bulldogs with 14 kills while hitting .400. She had a dig and two blocks. Sarah Penner and Chapin Gray had eight kills each and Jenna Kuehn had seven kills, eight digs and two blocks. 

Sara Kovac had 11 kills for LMU to go with four digs and a block. Tess Reid had 343 assists, five kills in seven errorless swings, and eight digs and a block.

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Washington’s Kara Bajema works off the edges of the Washington State triple block/Stephen Burns, Pacific Northwest photography

Oregon, Washington, Arizona get Pac-12 wins: Oregon (8-3, 1-0) had a balanced attack in its league opener over Oregon State 25-12, 23-25, 25-14, 25-15.

Lindsey Vander Weide had 14 kills and hit .308 to go with two assists, two aces, 15 digs and a block. Ronika Stone had 13 kills, hit .480, and had four digs and seven blocks, one solo. Lauren Page hit .500 while getting 12 kills to go with a dig and three blocks, one solo.

“This past week we really worked on increasing the tempo of our offense, playing a little bit faster,” Oregon coach Matt Ulmer said. “This was faster for us tonight than it had been. That just stresses their defense even more.”

Oregon State (10-3, 0-1), which had won five in a row, was led by Amy Underdown, who had 14 kills but hit .087 as her team hit .140. She had 11 digs, an assist, an ace and two blocks. Maddie Goings had 10 kills, two assists and 10 digs.

Both teams are 9-2 after Washington had to rally to hold off Washington State 25-18, 25-17, 19-25, 16-25, 15-9 in the league opener.

Samantha Dreschel led the Huskies with 21 kills while hitting .327. She had eight digs and three blocks, one solo. Kara Bajema had 15 kills, 13 digs, an assist and two blocks, and Lauren Sanders had 12 kills, hit .304 and had five blocks, one solo. Julye Destiny added eight kills, two aces, a dig and three blocks.

“I told them the fourth set doesn’t matter, it’s one set to 15, and we have enough good plays in us to win it,” said Washington coach Keegan Cook, whose team led 8-6 in the fifth before pulling away.

“Really good job by our group of letting that fourth set go and starting fresh in the fifth set. A lot of teams in that environment against a rival as they’re making a comeback, they let it slip away, so i gave our team some credit for that.”

Washington State got 18 kills from Taylor Mims, who had an assist, two aces, 13 digs and a block. Jocelyn Urias had 10 kills, hit .308, and had two aces, three digs and seven blocks, one solo. Ella Lajos and McKenna Woodford had nine kills each.

Arizona is 12-1 after sweeping visiting Arizona State 25-18, 25-21, 25-21.

Kendra Dahlke led with 14 kills and 11 digs. Katie Smoot added nine kills with no errors in 14 swings to hit .643. She had three digs and five blocks, one solo.

“In a young season, getting that first win in the conference is a big deal. It is always nice to do it against your in-state rival,” Arizona coach Dave Rubio said. “But, we have a tall order now. We are on the road now for the next three matches. We will see what we do.

“Right now everyone is chasing Stanford in the conference. They look like they are in post-season form at this point. But, we will give it a shot. The following week we are at the Oregons, and they are very good as well. I was watching their matches last night. There is not going to be a match that we can walk in and expect to win.”

ASU (9-4) hasn’t won a Pac-12 match since 2016. The Sun Devils, who hit .144, got 14 kills from Alyse Ford.

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Oregon State’s Amy Underdown hits into the Oregon block of Willow Johnson, left, and Ronika Stone/Eric Evans Photography

Cal Baptist gets historic win: Cal Baptist is not only off to a 10-3 start in its first year of Division I, it opened Western Athletic play with a 25-23, 25-23, 19-25, 20-25, 15-11 home victory over New Mexico State.

“We have been looking forward to this one for a while, to have the top team in your conference as your first match in the WAC,” CBU coach Brandon Higa said. “We were looking forward to seeing where we’re at in the conference because you just don’t know until you play some of these teams. We wanted to get a measure of where we were.”

Tessa Oaks led with 19 kills to go with 13 digs, two aces and a block. Megan Sester had 17 kills, four digs and four blocks, and Avery Summer had 14 kills, 12 digs and four blocks. Sydney Marks added seven kills and eight blocks, two solo.

“It was crazy coming in, seeing the crowd and realizing this is our WAC debut,” said Yagoda Jedrzejczak, who had four kills and seven blocks, two in the fifth set. “We really wanted to make a stand as the newbies, and to make a statement against such a good team on our first night is incredible.”

NMSU (10-4) was led by Tatyana Battle, who had 17 kills, 12 digs and a block. Savannah Davison had 15 kills, five digs and a block and Ashley Anselmo had 12 kills, hit .400, and had two digs and two blocks, one solo.

Around the nation: Also in the WAC, CSU Bakersfield beat visiting UT Rio Grande Valley in four as Desiree Sukhov had 12 kills and 11 digs. Ragni Steen Knudsen had 13 kills, 18 digs and a block for UTRGV … The UMKC Kangaroos opened with a four-set win at Grand Canyon. Alicia Harrington led with 19 kills, five digs and three blocks and Melanie Brecka had 18 kills, hit .471, and had five blocks … And Chicago State won in five at Utah Valley as Lauryn Dela Cruz and Beatriz Palmieri had 15 kills each …

The Mountain West saw Colorado State, Wyoming and UNLV come away with victories.

Colorado State (9-4) got 18 kills from Breana Runnels, who hit .361 and had 10 digs, two assists and two blocks in the four-set victory. Kirstie Hillyer had 12 kills, hit .423 and had four blocks, one solo. Camryn Rocha and Jamila Minor had 11 kills each for Nevada (7-5) …

Wyoming (9-4 beat San Jose State (5-5) in three and UNLV swept Boise State (8-4) to improve to 10-3 as Mariena Haden had 17 kills while hitting .520, and had 14 digs and three aces …

In the Colonial, James Madison beat Northeastern in four as M’Kaela White had 14 kills, hit .500 and had two digs and six blocks …

There were two MAC matches as Eastern Michigan beat Central Michigan in four and Ohio did the same to Kent State. Jordan Smith had 15 kills, nine digs and three blocks for EMU, while Ohio’s Jaime Kosiorek had 14 kills, 12 digs and two aces …

And in the Southland, New Orleans beat Houston Baptist, Sam Houston beat McNeese State, Northwestern State beat Incarnate Word, Texas A&M Corpus Christi beat Nicholls State and Abilene Christian beat Lamar. The lines of the night went to Sam Houston’s Taylor Cunningham, who had 21 kills, hit .463, and had 16 digs and three blocks, and New Orleans’ Brianna Vega, who had 20 kills, hit .436, and had an assist, three aces, 11 digs and a block.


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