NCAA roundup: Illinois, Nebraska, Pitt, Cal Poly win, milestones for Hudson, Gooden

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Nebraska's Jazz Sweet hits past the block of Michigan's Carly Skjodt/Nebraska photo

Two more NCAA Division I women’s volleyball teams are no longer undefeated.

Eighth-ranked Illinois is still unbeaten after dealing No. 16 Purdue its first loss.

Michigan took its first defeat as the No. 18 Wolverines lost at No. 3 Nebraska.

But No. 9 Pittsburgh won and remains unbeaten.

Cal Poly stormed past Cal State Fullerton and the No. 15 Mustangs are 12-1.

There were milestones Friday, as Western Kentucky coach Travis Hudson got his 600th career victory and Northern Illinois coach Ray Gooden got his 300th.

Big stat of the night: Georgia’s T’ara Ceasar and Rachel Ritchie had 24 kills apiece in a five-set win over LSU.

Big lines of the night: Campbell freshman Sarah Colla had 35 kills in 73 swings, hit .301 and had 10 digs and five blocks as the Fighting Camels won at Charleston Southern. North Texas’ Valerie Valerian had 29 kills in 84 attacks in a five-set win.

The recaps and notes follow, but first Saturday’s schedule with a reminder that links for every match that is being televised or streamed can be found in the listings.

There are three Big Ten matches as No. 6 Wisconsin is home for Rutgers, No. 7 Minnesota plays host to Maryland and Purdue gets Northwestern at home.

The Big 12 has three matches as No. 19 Baylor goes to Iowa State, Texas Tech is home for West Virginia and TCU goes to Kansas.

The ACC, Pac-12 and SEC have the day off.

Top-ranked BYU is home for a West Coast Conference match against Saint Mary’s, while the WCC’s No. 24 San Diego is home for Pacific.

And Cal Poly is in action again at UC Riverside.

Big Ten: Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Indiana win — Illinois won at Purdue 25-19, 23-25, 25-23, 26-24 to improve to 12-0, 1-0 as Beth Prince had 19 kills, an assist, two digs and a block. Her kill, first called out but reversed when coach Chris Tamas challenged, ended the match.

Megan Cooney had 12 kills and two digs and Ali Bastianelli and Jacqueline Quade had 11 kills each and nine aces between them. Bastianelli had five aces, two digs and six blocks, while Quade had two assists, four aces, nine digs and two blocks.

Purdue (11-1, 0-1) got 21 kills from Sherridan Atkinson, who hit .333 and had nine digs and six blocks. Blake Mohler had 11 digs while hitting .400 to go with eight blocks, two solo. Caitlyn Newton had nine kills.

Iowa is 9-3, 1-0 after sweeping visiting Michigan State (12-2, 0-1) 25-19, 25-14, 26-24. Taylor Louis and Cali Hoye led with 10 kills each. Louis had four digs, while Hoye had an assist, an ace, six digs and two blocks, one solo. Amiya Jones has seven kills, hit .455, and had three blocks.

Michigan State hit .134. Alyssa Chronowski had 12 kills and hit .455 to go with two digs and a solo block.

“This is a great start for our group,” Iowa coach Bond Shymansky said. “It’s been a while since we started out on the top of the Big Ten.

“It was a great effort by our team and getting a win over Michigan State in a 3-0 sweep was significant. We came out early and you could feel the nerves in our group. We had five service errors in the first set, but then didn’t have any after that. That really shows our true mental toughness. Things got tight internally in the third set, but loose in terms of the volleyball and I’m glad we were able to pull it out as Michigan State started to get hot.”

No. 3 Nebraska (10-1, 1-0) pulled away from visiting No. 18 Michigan (11-1, 0-1) 25-19, 25-27, 25-17, 25-12 as Mikaela Foecke had 21 kills, hit .391, and had an assist, nine digs and four blocks. Lexi Sun had 14 kills, two assists, four blocks and a career-high 16 digs. Jazz Sweet had 11 kills, an assist, three digs and three blocks. Lauren Stivrins had seven kills, an ace, three digs and six blocks, one solo, and Callie Schwarzenbach had four kills and eight blocks. Setter Nicklin Hames had 44 assists, three kills in eight errorless swings, three aces and 10 digs.

Michigan’s Carly Skjodt had 13 kills, two assists and seven digs on a night when her team hit .135. Paige Jones had nine kills, nine digs and a block.

And Indiana (10-2) beat visiting Northwestern (10-3) 25-18, 23-25, 25-18, 25-18 to win their B1G opener. Kendall Beerman led Indiana, which hit .336, with 16 kills, an ace, 10 digs and two blocks, Deyshia Lofton had 14 kills in 20 errorless swings to hit .700 and had a dig and four blocks, and Breana Edwards had 11 kills, two digs and three blocks, one solo.

Ella Grbac had 14 kills and three blocks for Northwestern. Alana Walker added 10 kills and two blocks.

Pac-12: UCLA wins at Utah — Both teams were coming off losses to open Pac-12 play. The No. 17 Bruins (6-3, 1-1) won 25-21, 18-25, 29-27, 25-13 as No. 23 Utah (8-5, 0-2) drew its second largest crowd ever, 4,068.

Mac May led UCLA with 16 kills, two aces and 10 digs. Jenny Mosser added 11 kills, an ace, a block, and eight digs, and Madeleine Gates had 10 kills, hit .300, and had two digs and five blocks, one solo. Kyra Rogers had eight kills, three assists, a dig and five blocks, two solo.

Dani Drews had 18 kills for Utah to go with two aces, 20 digs and two blocks. Lauga Gauta had 15 kills, four assists, 13 digs and a block. Utah hit .133.

ACC: Pitt stays unbeaten, Louisville tops NC State — Pittsburgh (13-0, 2-0) won at Virginia Tech 25-16, 25-18, 25-20 as Nika Markovic had 14 kills and hit .440 to go with an ace, two digs and three blocks. Kayla Lund had 12 kills, two assists, eight digs and two blocks and three others had four kills each. Virginia Tech (9-4, 0-1) hit .092. Jaila Tolbert led with 10 kills and three blocks, one solo.

Louisville (8-4, 1-0) won at NC State 25-19, 28-26, 20-25, 25-18 as four players had 10 or more kills, led by Melanie McHenry. She had 17 kills, nine digs and four blocks, one solo. Amanda Green had 13 kills, hit .333, and had an assist, all three of Louisville’s aces, 14 digs and a block. Jasmine Bennett had 12 kills and seven blocks and Megan Sloan had 10 kills and three blocks.

NC State (6-5, 0-1) saw its 14-match home winning streak end. Melissa Evans led with 16 kills, an ace, five digs and a block and Jade Parchment and Teni Sopitan had 11 kills each.

Boston College is 11-2 after sweeping Clemson (9-5) 25-17, 25-17, 25-19 in the ACC opener for both teams. BC hit just .147. Cat Balido led with 11 kills while hitting .444. She had four blocks, three solo. Brooke Bailey had 12 kills for Clemson, which hit minus .013.

Florida State (5-6, 1-0) swept Duke (6-4, 0-1) as the Seminoles hit .438. Christina Ambrose led with 14 kills while hitting .400 to go with nine digs, a block and an ace. Payton Schwantz had 15 kills and hit .448 for Duke …

Syracuse (5-4, 1-0) beat visiting Georgia Tech (11-3, 0-1) as Polina Shemanova had 15 kills, hit .308 and had 12 digs and four blocks. Brambila Mariana had 13 kills for GT, which hit .120 …  Notre Dame (7-4, 1-0) swept North Carolina (4-6, 0-1) as Sydney Bent had 15 kills, hit .419 and added an assist and four blocks. Jemma Yeadon had 14 kills. Destiny Cox led UNC with 12 kills … And Miami (5-3, 1-0) swept visiting Wake Forest (5-8, 0-1) as Chloe Brown, Elizaveta Lukianova and Kolby Bird had 10 kills each.

Big 12: Oklahoma sweeps Kansas State — The Sooners (9-5, 1-1) won 25-19, 25-19, 25-21 as Paige Anderson led with 16 kills while hitting .556. She had a dig and six blocks. Alyssa Enneking had 13 kills, 13 digs and a block and Brianna Kadiku had 11 kills, hit .529, and had three digs and three blocks. Setter Kylee McLaughlin had 41 assists, two aces, eight digs and five blocks.

K-State (9-5, 0-2) was coming off a near upset of Texas. The Wildcats got 12 kills from Gloria Mutiri, who had four digs and three blocks.

Big West: Cal Poly sweeps Fullerton, Hawai’i, UCSB win — The Mustangs trailed 17-13 in the first set and then blew past the home team 25-19, 25-10, 25-11 to improve to 12-1, 2-0 in the Big West.

Torrey Van Winden lit it up again, this time with 17 kills while hitting .500. She had two errors in 30 attacks. Van Winden also had an assist, eight digs and two blocks. Fullerton (6-8, 0-2) hit .063. Tyler Fezzey led with nine kills, hitting .348.

Hawai’i (5-5, 1-0) swept at UC Davis (8-6, 0-1) as Natasha Burns had 13 kills and three blocks and McKenna Granato and Casey Castillo had 10 kills each … UCSB (9-5, 1-1) won in four at UC Riverside (5-8, 0-2) behind the Ruddins sisters. Lindsey, a junior, had 25 kills, 17 digs and two blocks, while Gigi, a freshman, had nine kills, an assist, an ace, and nine digs. Nailah Jones had 20 kills and seven digs for Riverside.

SEC: Florida sweeps Ole Miss, Tennessee, UGA, USC win — The No. 11 Gators (10-3, 1-0) beat Ole Miss (10-5, 0-1) 25-17, 25-12, 25-15 as Holly Carlton had 10 kills with no errors to hit .833. She had two assists, an ace, a block and two digs. Taelor Kellum had seven kills with one error and hit .600 as Florida hit .363 as a team. Ole Miss hit .094.

LSU (5-7, 0-1) came back from being down 0-2 but lost at Georgia (10-2, 1-0) 25-21, 34-32, 18-25, 16-25, 15-11. T’ara Ceasar had 24 kills in 60 swings and had an assists, two aces, nine digs and two blocks, while Ritchie had 24 kills in 58 swings and two digs. Majesti Bass had 12 kills.

LSU’s Taylor Bannister had 23 kills, six digs, an ace and four blocks. Olivia Beyer had 11 kills with no errors to hit .500. She had six blocks.

Tennessee is starting to get everyone’s attention. The Vols (10-3, 1-0) hit .404 as they won at Auburn (7-4, 0-1). Tessa Grubbs had 17 kills in the four-set victory, hitting .414. Addisyn Rowe had 13 kills and hit .571 and Alyssa Adreno had 12 kills and hit .550. Auburn got 15 kills from Brenna McIlroy and 11 from Taylor Rowland.

South Carolina (10-1, 1-0) got 13 kills and two blocks from Mikayla Shields in a sweep of Mississippi State (4-10, 0-1).

Big East: Creighton, Marquette sweep — No. 10 Creighton (9-4, 1-0) beat visiting DePaul (2-10, 0-1) 25-13, 25-12, 25-15 as Taryn Kloth had 11 kills and hit .409 to go with an ace, four digs and a block. Jaali Winters had eight kills, hit .400 and had an ace, a block and four digs.

No. 21 Marquette (10-3, 1-0) won at Providence (6-6, 0-1) as Allie Barber had 16 kills, hitting .393. Anna Haak had 12 kills, hit .409 and had four digs and four blocks, one solo.

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His Western Kentucky team helps coach Travis Hudson celebrate his 600th victory/WKU Athletics

Milestones for Hudson, Gooden: Western Kentucky swept visiting Middle Tennessee and coach Travis Hudson got win No. 600, all with the Lady Toppers.

“A lot goes through your mind when you realize how long you’ve been at this,” Hudson said. “When you realize where this program has come from and all the amazing kids who have come through here and I’ve watched grow up and grow into young women and my mind’s racing through all those people that have come through here over my time and I’m certainly appreciative.”

WKU (10-5, 1-0 Conference USA) got nine kills from Lauren Matthews, who had five blocks, two solo. Rachel Anderson had eight kills and hit .500 to go with five digs and four blocks, one solo.

NIU (3-13, 1-0 MAC) swept visiting Toledo and Ray Gooden got his 300th victory.

“Everyone’s been so supportive about my 300th win,” said Gooden, who became the sixth coach in MAC history to reach the mark. “It means I’ve been here a long time and I’ve had really good support from my family, from friends, colleagues, alums, so many different people. Most importantly, the players and staffs I’ve been around, along with the administrators, to support me throughout this journey here in my 17th year.”

Meg Wolowicz led NIU with 16 kills and hit .344 and Jori Radtke had 15 kills and 10 digs.

Around the nation: Freshman Sarah Colla tied the Fighting Camels program record with 35 kills as Campbell won in five at Charleston Southern in their Big South opener for both teams. Colla had 13 errors in 73 swings and hit .301. She had an assist, five blocks and 10 digs as her team improved to 3-8 …

North Texas won its Conference USA opener at Louisiana Tech as Valerie Valerian had 29 kills in 84 swings, hitting .284. She had 18 digs and five blocks, one solo … 

Cincinnati is 10-4 after winning its American Athletic Conference opener over East Carolina as Carly Nolan had 19 kills, hit .421 and had two aces and 10 digs, and Jordan Thompson had 18 kills, hit .548 and added an ace and 10 digs …

Dayton (10-4) won its Atlantic 10 opener over George Mason as Ali Papesh had 17 kills and Lauren Bruns 16 …

Kennesaw State is 10-4 after winning its ASUN opener, a sweep at NJIT as Lauren Chastang had 14 kills … Bradley swept Southern Illinois to open with a Missouri Valley road victory for the first time since 2005. What’s more, it made Bradley 11-2, its best start in program history and one more win than it had all of last year … Austin Peay is 11-2 after beating Southeast Missouri in its Ohio Valley opener …

North Dakota won its first Summit League match as it beat Western Illinois in five. Kayla Williams had 17 kills, 11 digs, an assist and a block … Also in the Summit, South Dakota won at North Dakota State as Hayley Dotseth had 23 kills and 13 digs.

Loyola of Chicago (9-4) defeated Evansville (6-8) in both teams’ MVC opener 25-14, 23-25, 20-25, 25-17, 15-11. Elle Van Grinsven had a career night with 21 kills, 10 digs, and six blocks, hitting for .556.


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