NCAA roundup: Cal, Ole Miss, Clemson get league wins, big upset for Oregon

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NCAA volleyball roundup 10/8/2018-Stephanie Williams-Pittsburgh
Stephanie Williams of Pittsburgh stretches out for a dig/Matt Hawley, Pitt Athletics

Cal, Ole Miss and Clemson won conference matches for the first time this season in Sunday’s NCAA Division I women’s volleyball.

No. 20 Oregon swept No. 12 USC.

Pittsburgh won again and stands 17-0 overall, 6-0 in the ACC after beating Boston College.

Emily Stroup had a program-record 30 kills as Ole Miss scored a five-set win over LSU. And Emma Longley had 29 kills in an Appalachian State victory.

There are eight matches on Monday’s schedule, including Evansville at Northern Iowa and Indiana State at Drake in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Three SWAC matches include Alcorn State at Mississippi Valley, Jackson State at Alabama State and Prairie View at Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

In the Big Sky, Northern Arizona is at Southern Utah and a Western Athletic match has Seattle at CSU Bakersfield. And league-leader James Madison plays a Colonial match at William & Mary.

For any NCAA Division I match that is being broadcast or streamed, go to the VolleyballMag.com listings.

Pac-12: No. 20 Oregon (11-5, 4-2) didn’t just win at No. 12 USC, it swept the Trojans 26-24, 25-22, 25-20.

“This was a great weekend for us beating two quality opponents on the road,” said Oregon coach Matt Ulmer, whose team beat No. 17 UCLA on Friday. “Most importantly for us, we needed to respond after last weekend. I told the team I learned a lot after last weekend, and I think they did too, about how we have to play and how we have to conduct business. When we do that, we’re a really good team and a really tough team to beat.”

Ronika Stone and Taylor Borup had 10 kills each for the Ducks. Stone hit .450 and had five digs and three blocks. Borup hit .312, and had 11 digs and two blocks, one solo. Willow Johnson and Lauren Paige had seven kills each.

USC (12-5, 4-2) was led by Khalia Lanier, who had 16 kills, two aces, a dig and a block. Brooke Botkin had 13 kills, eight digs, an ace and a block.

Second-ranked Stanford (14-1, 6-0) swept Colorado (10-7, 2-4) 27-25, 25-23, 25-22 as Kathryn Plummer had 23 kills, hit .400, and had an assist and five digs. Meghan McClure had 11 kills, hit .360, and had 11 digs and two blocks, and Tami Alade had 10 kills, hit .692, and had a block. Audriana Fitzmorris had nine kills, hit .316, and had three digs and a block. Stanford hit .384.

Colorado’s Justine Spann had 18 kills, hit .395, and had eight digs and a solo block. Alexa Smith had 17 kills, hit .342, and had 12 digs and two blocks.

Arizona State (13-4, 4-2) stunned No. 15 Washington (12-4, 4-2) by sweeping the visiting Huskies 25-23, 25-17, 25-22. ASU, which hit just .176, got eight kills from Carmen Unzue and seven each from Megan Beedie and Alyse Ford. Beedie had no errors in 11 swings and hit .636 and had three aces, three digs and two blocks, one solo.

“It was fun today,” Arizona State coach Sanja Tomasevic said. “We talk about this after every match, but it’s fun when our girls execute what they’re supposed to do.

“People want to say that (beating) Oregon was a fluke, but I hope people are starting to see that (losing to Washington State) Friday was the fluke. This is who we are. If we can take care of what we need to take care of, I’m not worried about what happens on the other side. I know we’ll play some really good opponents in the Pac-12, but if we play like this, we’ll make it really hard for them to beat us.”

Kara Bajema led UW with 17 kills, 11 digs, an assist and a block.

No. 22 Washington State (13-2, 4-2) beat No. 21 Arizona (14-4, 3-3) 20-25, 22-25, 25-23, 25-20, 15-13 behind 18 kills by McKenna Woodford, who hit .375 and had four blocks. Taylor Mims and Ella Lajos had 17 kills each. Lajos hit .394 and had six kills, one solo.

Kendra Dahlke led Arizona with 23 kills, 13 digs, an ace and four blocks, three solo.  Devyn Cross had 14 kills and hit .545 to go with three digs and three blocks.

And Cal (9-8, 1-5) won a league match by beating No. 24 Utah in five, its first win over a ranked opponent since 2016. The 25-23, 23-25, 9-25, 25-23, 15-10 defeat left the Utes 9-8, 1-5.

Mima Mirkovic led Cal with 16 kills. She had an assist, an ace, 3 digs and two blocks, one solo. Maddie Haynes and Preslie Anderson had nine kills had and Lauren Forte seven as the Bears hit .144. Anderson had six blocks and five digs.

Megan Yett had 14 kills, 13 digs and a block for Utah. Dani Drews had 11 kills, six blocks, 10 digs and two aces.

SEC: No. 11 Florida (15-3, 6-0) held off visiting Georgia 25-15, 22-25, 22-25, 25-21, 15-9 after hitting .179. Holly Carlton led the Gators with 17 kills. She had an assist, three aces, two digs and six blocks. Paige Hammons had 13 kills, an ace, 13 digs and a block and Thayer Hall had 11 kills, an assist, 11 digs and four blocks, one solo. Rachael Kramer had eight kills and seven blocks and Taelor Kellum had six kills, two digs and 12 blocks, one solo.

Georgia (12-5, 3-3) hit .101. T’ara Ceasar led with 17 kills, an assist, 19 digs and three blocks. Rachel Ritchie had 13 kills but hit negative and had two aces and nine digs. The Bulldogs had 39 attack errors.

South Carolina (14-2, 5-1) bounced back from its first loss by beating visiting Texas A&M 25-21, 22-25, 25-22, 25-14. Mikayla Shields led with 13 kills, eight digs, two aces and a block. Brittany McLean had 10 kills, two digs and two blocks, and Jess Vastine had eight kills, two assists, 10 digs and a block.

Texas A&M (10-7, 3-2) was led by Hollann Hans, who had 20 kills, three aces, eight digs and three blocks. London Austin-Roark had 22 kills, hit .526 after making one error in 19 swings, and had an assist, a dig and three blocks.

Tennessee improved to 14-4 overall, 5-1 in the SEC with a 25-22, 25-23, 25-19 sweep of Mississippi State (5-13, 1-4). Lily Felts led with 11 kills, an ace and four digs. Addisyn Rowe and Raquel Perinar had nine kills each and Erica Treiber had eight kills, two aces, and five blocks, two solo. State got nine kills from Deja Robinson, who hit .300 and had eight blocks, two solo.

Ole Miss (11-8, 1-4) beat visiting LSU (5-11, 0-5) 22-25, 25-22, 21-25, 25-21, 16-14 behind 30 kills by Emily Stroup, who hit .313 after taking 67 swings. She had an assist, two aces, 24 digs and a solo block. The kills and digs are career highs. Caitlin Wernentin added 21 kills, hit .300, and had five digs and three blocks, two solo.

Taylor Bannister had 22 kills and hit .370 for LSU and added an ace, three digs and six blocks, one solo. Jacqui Armer had 12 kills, hit .393, and had seven blocks, one solo. Milan Stokes and Sydney Mukes had 11 kills each.

ACC: Pittsburgh keeps on rolling. This time it was a 25-22, 25-22, 25-21 sweep of Boston College (12-6, 2-4) after Kayla Lund had 14 ills, an ace, two digs and a block and Nika Markovic had 10 kills, hit .350, and added three digs and two blocks. Stephanie Williams hit .429 with nine kills and no errors in 21 swings to go with two blocks and 11 digs.

BC’s Jewel Strawberry had 14 kills, hit .478, and had an assist and a dig.

No. 25 Louisville (13-4, 6-0) swept Wake Forest (6-12, 1-5) 25-15, 25-17, 25-22 to stay tied with the Panthers at the top of the league as Melanie McHenry had 16 kills, hit .448, and had six digs and a block. Amanda Green had 13 kills with one error in 18 swings to hit .667, and had two aces and nine digs. Megan Sloan had 10 kills and no errors in 17 swings to hit .588 and Emily Scott had nine kills.

Wake’s Myca Mitchell had eight kills and Olivia Sanders had seven, hit .400, and had six blocks, three solo.

Florida State (97, 5-1) stayed a game back with a 21-25, 25-17, 25-14, 25-15 win over visiting North Carolina (5-10, 1-5). Payton Caffrey led with 16 kills, hit .343, and had two aces, nine digs and two blocks. Taryn Knuth had 10 kills, hit .474, and had a dig and eight blocks, three solo. Destiny Cox and Skylar Wine had 12 kills for UNC and Ava Bell had 11.

Syracuse (9-5) also is 5-1 after sweeping Virginia (5-11, 1-5) 26-24, 25-23, 25-21. Polina Shemanova led with 13 kills and eight digs. Grace Turner had 13 kills for UVa.

Duke (8-7, 2-4) beat Notre Dame (10-6, 4-2) in five as Payton Schwantz had 12 kills in the 25-21, 28-26, 19-25, 17-25, 15-12 victory. Schwantz hit .380 and had 18 digs and four blocks. Leah Meyer and Andie Shelton had 13 kills each. Meyer hit .429 and had four digs and 11 blocks and Shelton had 11 digs, an ace and four blocks.

Charley Niego had 15 kills, 10 digs and four blocks for the Irish. Jemma Yeadon had 14 kills, three digs and two blocks. Rebecca Nunge had 12 kills, four digs and five blocks.

Miami (9-4, 4-1) beat NC State (8-8, 2-4) 25-18, 25-21, 15-25, 25-21. Elizaveta Lukianova and Kolby Bird had 13 kills each and Chloe Brown 10. Lukianova, who hit .310, had six blocks. NC State’s Melissa Evans had 16 kills.

And Clemson (10-9, 1-5) broke through against Virginia Tech (12-6, 3-3) 25-18, 25-13, 25-22. Brooke Bailey led Clemson, which hit .369, with 12 kills. She hit .526. Alyssa Donley had nine kills and hit .500. Kaity Smith had 13 kills for VT, hitting .346, to go with eight digs and a block.

Creighton beats St. John’s: The 10th-ranked Bluejays won 25-15, 26-24, 25-19 to improve to 14-4, 6-0 in the Big East. Jaali Winters had 16 kills, hit .441 after making one error in 34 swings, and had an ace and five digs. Taryn Kloth had 13 kills, an ace, seven digs and a block. Megan Ballenger had seven kills with no errors in 12 swings to hit .583 and had six blocks and two digs.

St. John’s (15-7, 4-3) got 11 kills from Rachele Rastelli, who hit .375 and had three blocks.

Around the nation: Denver (16-1, 5-0) pulled into a tie with idle Omaha (10-7, 5-0) in the Summit League with a four-set win at North Dakota (12-10, 4-3). Becca Latham and Tina Boe had 12 kills each and Katarina Marinkovic had 11 kills.

UCF (14-3, 5-0) stayed tied atop the American Athletic with Cincinnati (14-8, 5-0). UCF swept Wichita State (8-8, 3-2) as McKenna Melville had 14 kills and 16 digs and Anne-Marie Watson had 15 kills and three blocks, two solo. Megan Taflinger had 16 kills for Wichita State. Cincy beat UConn (10-8, 2-3) in four behind 12 kills each by Maria Mallon and Jordan Thompson, who had nine digs, three blocks and an ace. Anna Petrova had 12 kills for UConn …

Kennesaw State (15-4, 6-0 ASUN) beat Liberty (7-12, 4-2) in four and stands alone in first in the league. Lauren Chastang led with a career-high 23 kills as the Owls won their ninth in a row. Lipscomb (10-8, 5-1) lost in four at FGCU (12-6, 5-1) which are now tied for second. Courtney Vanliew led FGCU with 16 kills, 10 digs and four blocks …

Rice (14-4, 5-0) is alone atop Conference USA after the Owls beat Southern Miss in five. Nicole Lennon led with 19 kills and a career-high 21 digs. She also had a solo block and an ace …

Aisha Skinner had 19 kills, 16 digs and two blocks in Hofstra’s CAA win over UNCW …

UIC beat Northern Kentucky in five, leaving both teams 4-2 in the Horizon League, as UIC’s Manuela Conte had a career-high 35 kills, which tied the program record … League leader Cleveland State (12-6, 6-0) won in four at Milwaukee as Trinniti Hall had 15 kills, six blocks, two digs and two aces …

In the Metro Atlantic, Iona (9-5, 7-1) holds a half-game lead over Fairfield (8-10, 7-2) after Iona won in four at Marist and Fairfield was swept by Niagara. Claire Archibald had 22 kills, 14 digs and a block for Iona. Nikki DeSerpa and Sarah Austin had 17 kills each for Marist (9-9, 6-2). Jaycie Roberts and Caroline Leitch had 11 kills each for Niagara (5-12, 5-3) …

Appalachian State (13-5, 5-1 Sun Belt) beat Arkansas State (10-9, 2-4) in five as Emma Longley had 29 kills. She hit .304 with eight errors in 69 swings and had five digs and a block. Carlisa May had 19 kills, 10 digs, an ace and two blocks, one solo, for Arkansas State.

Kylie Jedlicka led UT Arlington (10-7, 4-3) (with 22 kills in a five-set win over Georgia Southern (7-12, 2-3) … Coastal Carolina (5-7, 4-0 Sun Belt) beat Little Rock (11-8, 3-3) in five as Kyla Manning had 21 kills, 10 digs and a solo block. Anett Nemeth had 18 kills, 19 assists, three aces and 18 digs. Veronica Marin had 18 kills and hit .429 for Little Rock.

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