NCAA roundup: Pittsburgh wins again, plenty of close calls on a busy night


Pittsburgh rolls on.

The No. 6 Panthers swept visiting North Carolina on Friday to improve to 19-0, 7-0 in the ACC.

The only other unbeaten team in NCAA Division I women’s volleyball, top-ranked BYU, has a West Coast Conference match Saturday at Santa Clara.

There were no upsets Friday but plenty of close calls, like No. 11 Florida escaping South Carolina in five and No. 13 Michigan winning in five at Ohio State as coach Mark Rosen got his 400th career victory.

The spotlight match of the night was a sweep as No. 3 Minnesota blasted visiting No. 7 Illinois.

There were no surprises in the Pac-12, including No. 2 Stanford sweeping No. 21 Washington State, but No. 15 USC had to go five at home to beat No. 25 Arizona State.

A couple of lines worth noting: Delaware’s Maria Bellinger had a night to remember with 33 kills and more, and Jordan Thompson of Cincinnati had 27 kills and then some.

Friday’s recaps and notes follow, but first a look at Saturday’s schedule that has nearly 100 matches.

There is only one meeting in the Pac-12, but it’s a good one as No. 18 Washington goes to Stanford.

There are four matches in the Big 12, including No. 4 Texas at Oklahoma. The Longhorns are coming off their first conference loss, while OU scored a big win over Texas Tech. No. 24 Baylor goes to West Virginia, TCU is at Iowa State and Kansas, likely to move into the top 25 with a victory, goes to Texas Tech.

The ACC and SEC are off on a football Saturday.

No. 10 Creighton plays a Big East match at Villanova, while league foe No. 19 Marquette is at Seton Hall. has Saturday’s schedule.

To watch any match that is being broadcast or streamed, find the link at the daily TV listings.

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Mark Rosen and his Michigan team celebrate his 400th victory

Big Ten: Minnesota (13-2, 7-0) overpowered Illinois 25-22, 25-19, 25-20.

Alexis Hart led the Gophers with 15 kills, hit .364, had an assist, three digs and a block. Stephanie Samedy had 10 kills, eight digs and two blocks, Regan Pittman had nine kills with one error in 18 swings to hit .444 and had four digs and two blocks, and Taylor Morgan had eight kills, a dig and three blocks.

Illinois (15-3, 4-3) has 33 kills, eight each by Jacqueline Quade and Megan Cooney and six each by Ali Bastianelli and Beth Prince. Quade had four digs and two blocks, Cooney hit .368, and Bastianelli had four blocks.

Michigan (16-2, 5-2) beat Ohio State (11-8, 2-5) 25-14, 25-22, 20-25, 26-28, 15-9 as Carly Skjodt and Paige Jones had 23 kills apeice. Skjodt hit .423 and had two aces and five digs and Jones hit .367 and had an ace and seven digs. Kayla Bair had eight kills, hit .438, had an assist, two digs and a block, and Sydney Wetterstrom had seven kills, four digs and two blocks. Setter MacKenzi Welsh had 56 assists and 14 digs.

Rosen and his wife, associate head coach Leisa Rosen, have been at Michigan 20 years.

Jordan Fry led Ohio State with 16 kills, hitting .324, and Lauren Witte and Vanja Bukilic had 14 kills each. Witte hit .387 and had three blocks, one solo, and Bukilic had three digs and two blocks. Setter Becca Mauer had two kills, 57 assists, three aces and 14 digs.

No. 8 Wisconsin (12-3, 5-2) steamrolled visiting Northwestern (10-9, 0-7) as Grace Loberg had 15 kills, hit .353, and had an assist and eight digs. Dana Rettke added 10 kills, hit .471, and had an ace and five blocks, one solo. Molly Haggerty had eight kills in 16 errorless swings to hit .500 and added two assist, three aces and 11 digs.

Nia Robinson had 11 kills for Northwestern.

Speaking of Haggertys, Maddie Haggerty, Mollie’s sister, had 15 kills and 12 digs for Michigan State (15-5, 3-4) in its 25-16, 25-20, 22-25, 23-25, 15-11 victory at Maryland (12-7 3-4). Haggerty hit .324, and had an assist, a solo block and 12 digs. Alyssa Chronowski led the Spartans with 19 kills, hit .429, and had a dig and seven blocks, three solo. Naya Gros and Rebecka Poljan had 13 kills each. Gros had three digs and five blocks, one solo.

Erika Pritchard led Maryland with 24 kills and three aces. Liz Twilley had 13 kills, a dig and block and Katie Myers had 11 kills, an assist, an ace, three digs and three blocks.

Pac-12: Stanford (15-1, 7-0) beat visiting Washington State 25-15, 30-28, 25-12. Kathryn Plummer led with 16 kills, hit .387, and had an assist, six digs and two blocks, one solo. Audriana Fitzmorris had 12 kills, hit .385, and had six blocks. Meghan McClure and Tami Alade, who had no errors in 11 swings to hit .636, had seven kills each. McClure had four aces and Alade six blocks.

Washington State (13-4, 4-3) hit .118. Taylor Mims led with 12 kills, hitting .476, and had two digs and a block.

Khalia Lanier had career highs of 29 kills and 73 attacks as USC held off Arizona State 23-25, 25-21, 25-18, 23-25, 15-9. Lanier hit .274 and had two assists, two aces, eight digs and three blocks for the Trojans (13-5, 5-2). Brooke Botkin added 22 kills, two aces and 15 digs and Emily Baptista had 12 kills, four digs and a block. Raquel Lazaro had 59 assists, three blocks and 21 digs.

ASU (13-7, 4-4) got 17 kills from Claire Kovensky, who hit .333 and had six digs and two blocks, one solo. Ivana Jeremic had 15 kills, an assist, an ace, 19 digs and two blocks, and Alyse Ford, the former USC player, had 12 kills, five digs and a block.

No 14 Oregon won at Colorado 25-19, 32-30, 14-25, 25-16 to improve to 12-5, 5-2. Lindsey Vander Weide led with 17 kills, two assists, an ace, six digs and two blocks. Taylor Borup had 14 kills, four assists and eight digs. And setter August Raskie, who is from Colorado, had 10 kills with no errors in 14 swings to hit .714. She had 41 assists, 11 digs and a block.

Naghede Abu had 17 kills and hit .419 for Colorado (10-8, 2-5), and had a dig and five blocks, two solo. Anyse Smith led with 18 kills and had a dig and two blocks, and Alexa Smith added 13 kills, eight digs and three blocks, one solo.

No. 18 Washington (13-4, 5-2) swept Cal (9-9, 1-6) 30-28, 25-21, 25-20 as Kara Bajema had 14 kills, an ace, eight digs and a block. Avie Niece had 13 kills with one error in 18 swings and hit .667 to go with three blocks, and Samantha Dreschel had 11 kills, hit .368 and had an ace.

Four players had eight kills each for Cal, Mima Mirkovic, Lauren Forte, Maddie Haynes and Bailie Huizenga. Forte hit .462 and had six blocks, one solo.

No. 20 UCLA (10-5, 5-3) swept visiting No. 23 Arizona (14-5, 3-4) 26-24, 25-22, 25-23 as Jenny Mosser and Mac May had 11 kills each. Mosser hit .391 and added an ace, a block and 10 digs. May had three aces, 11 digs and a solo block.

Paige Whipple led the Wildcats with 11 kills, an ace and 14 digs. Kendra Dahlke had nine kills, six digs and two blocks, one solo.

ACC: Pitt made short work of UNC (5-11, 1-6) 25-13, 25-17, 25-16 as the Panthers hit .376. Chinaza Ndee led with 12 kills and one error in 15 swings to hit .733 and added an assist and five blocks. Stephanie Williams and Nika Markovic had 10 kills each. Williams, who hit .304, had an ace, seven digs and three blocks, one solo. Markovic hit .429, and added an assist, two aces, four digs and four blocks. Skylar Wine and Destiny Cox had eight kills each for North Carolina, which hit .103.

No. 22 Louisville (15-4, 8-0) stayed a half game up on Pitt in the standings with a 25-17, 25-18, 25-20 sweep of visiting Virginia Tech (12-7, 3-4). Louisville, which hit .305, got 12 kills from Megan Sloan and 11 each from Melanie McHenry and Amanda Green. Kaity Smith and Ester Talamazzi had 10 kills each for VT, which hit .112.

Syracuse and Florida State both won to get to 6-1.

Syracuse (10-5) beat Miami 24-26, 25-20, 25-15, 25-22 as Polina Shemanova had 25 kills, hit .378, and had 20 digs and four blocks. Sanita Ebangwese had 15 kills and hit .440 and had an assist, two digs and seven blocks, one solo. Ella Saada had 14 kills. The Hurricanes (9-5, 5-2) got 16 kills from Elizaveta Lukianova, who hit .375 and had three blocks.

Florida State (10-7) won at Boston College 25-21, 22-25, 25-21, 25-17 as Payton Caffrey had 17 kills and Christina Ambrose 16. Cat Balido had 16 kills for BC (12-7, 2-5) and Jewel Strawberry had 14.

NC State (9-8, 3-4) beat Virginia (5-12, 1-6) in four behind 15 kills and three blocks from Teni Sopitan and 14 kills and three blocks from Melissa Evens. Sarah Billiard and Jelena Novakovic had 12 kills each for UVa.

Wake Forest (7-12, 2-5) beat Georgia Tech (12-8, 1-6) in four as Caroline Rassenfoss had 14 kills and Olivia Sanders had nine, hitting .500. Mariana Brambilla had 15 kills for the Yellow Jackets.

And Duke (9-7, 4-3) swept Clemson (10-10, 1-6) as Payton Schwantz had 12 kills, hit .333 and had three aces, seven digs and a block. Brooke Bailey had 12 kills for Clemson, which hit .031.

SEC: South Carolina (14-3, 5-2) rallied from 0-2 to force a fifth, but ultimately visiting Florida (16-3, 7-0) won 25-17, 25-15, 18-25, 24-26, 15-12.

Thayer Hall led the Gators with 16 kills, an assist, an ace, 22 digs and a block. Holly Carlton had 13 kills, hit .379, and had an ace and two blocks. Rachael Kramer had 11 kills, hit .350, and nine blocks, four solo. Taelor Kellum had nine kills with one error in 18 swings to hit .444 and Paige Hammons had eight kills and nine digs.

Brittany McLean led USC with 18 kills and had two digs and a solo block. Jess Vastine had 14 kills, hit .387 and had five digs, and Mikayla Shields had 11 kills, 13 digs and three blocks, one solo. Mikayla Robinson was held to five kills and .000 hitting, but she had five blocks, three solo.

Missouri (15-4, 5-2) won at Ole Miss (11-9, 1-5) 25-16 31-29, 25-19 behind 10 kills each by Dariana Hollingsworth and Leketor Member-Meneh. Hollingsworth hit .556 after making no errors in 18 swings and had three assists, three aces, six digs and two blocks. Member-Meneh hit .529 and had three digs and three blocks, one solo. Emily Stroup had 14 kills, nine digs and three aces for the Rebels.

Texas A&M (11-7, 4-2) swept visiting Auburn (8-9, 1-6) as Hollann Hans had 16 kills and hit .444. She had an assist, an ace, five digs and three blocks, one solo. London Austin-Roark had eight kills with no errors in 13 swings to hit .615 and had three blocks.

Arkansas (8-9, 2-5) beat Mississippi State (5-14, 1-5) in four as Hailey Dirrigi had 18 kills, eight digs and two aces. Kelly O’Brien had 16 kills and three blocks and Logan Brown had 15 kills with one error in 28 swings to hit .500. Amarrah Cooks had 13 kills for State and five blocks, three solo. Paige Shaw had 12 kills.

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Iva Vujosevic hits against the Creighton block of Creighton’s Megan Ballenger, left, and Madelyn Cole/Art Pittman photo

Creighton sweeps: Georgetown (12-8, 5-3 Big East) is having its best season in years but was no match for No. 10 Creighton (15-4, 7-0) 25-17, 25-20, 25-15.

Jaali Winters and Taryn Kloth had 10 kills each for Creighton and Megan Ballenger had eight kills in 13 errorless attack to hit .615. She added four blocks.

“I thought overall we played a pretty good match,” Creighton coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth said. “Georgetown’s a much-improved team and we knew we’d need to play well to be successful. I thought we had pretty good set distribution and followed our game plan well.”

Alyssa Sinnette led Georgetown with 11 kills.

Also in the Big East on Friday, Villanova (11-9, 4-4) beat Providence (7-11, 1-6) in four and Seton Hall (7-14, 2-6) swept DePaul (5-14, 3-5).

Clare Delaplane had 20 kills, 11 digs and four blocks for Villanova. Haylee Gasser had 12 kills, hit .500, and had six digs and three blocks for Seton Hall.

Cal Poly wins again: Meredith Phillips led a balanced attack for No. 12 Cal Poly (17-1, 7-0) against UC Santa Barbara in a 25-14, 25-22, 25-19 sweep. Phillips had 12 kills with no errors in 16 swings to hit .750 and had two blocks. Torrey Van Winden had 10 kills with one error in 20 attacks and hit .450. She had nine dgs and a block. Jessica McRoskey had nine kills, two digs and a block.

UCSB (12-8, 4-4) was led by Lindsey Ruddins, who had 18 kills, an ace, three digs and a block.

Also in the Big West on Friday, Hawai’i (10-6, 6-1) beat visiting Long Beach State (11-9, 3-4) 25-22, 25-19, 23-25, 25-20. Norene Iosia and Angel Gaskin had 12 kills each for the Rainbow Wahine. Iosia had 26 assists, 11 digs and two blocks. The other setter, Faith Ma’afala, had 29 assists, an ace, 11 digs and two blocks.

Tyler Springs had 17 kills for Long Beach State. She hit .351 and had three digs and five blocks, one solo.

Around the nation: In the Colonial Athletic Association, Delaware beat visiting Northeastern in five as Maria Bellinger had 33 kills in 89 attacks. She had eight errors and hit .281. And not only did she surpass the 1,000-kill mark, the junior from Paramus, N.J., had an assist, two aces, seven digs and four blocks.

League-leader James Madison (15-3, 7-0 Colonial) beat College of Charleston in four behind 19 kills from Briley Brind’Amour. She hit .313 and had two digs and two blocks …

Conference USA wasn’t boring on Friday. Rice (15-4, 6-0 Conference USA) had six players with 10 kills or more in a five-set win over visiting Marshall that left the Owls a game up on Florida Atlantic and UTSA. UAB beat WKU in four for its first win over the Lady Toppers since 1990. UTSA (13-5, 5-1) kept pace with a five-set win over FIU as Hannah Lopez had 16 kills, 11 digs, two blocks and an ace …

We featured Ball State here on Friday and the Cardinals beat visiting Ohio to take sole possession of the MAC West lead at 6-1. Ellie Dunn had 19 kills, 15 digs and a block for Ball State …

Cincinnati is 15-4 overall and 6-0 in the American Athletic Conference after winning in four at Tulsa as Jordan Thompson had 27 kills, hit .392, and had 18 digs and three blocks. Erika Hansel had 20 kills and hit .364 in Tulane’s five-set American Athletic Conference win over SMU. Also in the AAC, Caylee Parker had 25 kills for UConn in a five-set loss at South Florida …

Karlie Taylor had 25 kills and Northern Iowa (13-6) improved to 8-0 in the Missouri Valley for the first time since 2011 with a four-set win over Southern Illinois. Taylor hit .442 and had 15 digs …

Paolo Rojas hed 20 kills, hit .400, and added an assist, an ace, four digs and three blocks, one solo, in UMBC’s America East win at Hartford. Also in the AEC Stony Brook (11-8, 5-0) won its seventh in a row …

VCU (11-7, 6-0) swept George Mason to stay on top of the Atlantic 10 as Tori Baldwin led with nine kills. Mason hit negative .009 …

Kennesaw State (16-4, 7-0) kept its half-game lead on FGCU in the ASUN with a sweep of Jacksonville. Lauren Chastang led with eight kills and three teammates had seven kills. FGCU (14-6, 7-1) got past Liberty in five as Cortney Vanliew had 22 kills, six digs and four blocks, two solo …

High Point keeps rolling. The Panthers (12-8, 7-1 Big South) kept their league lead by sweeping USC Upstate as Madison Smith had 11 kills and hit .409 with two blocks and Molly Livingston had eight kills with no errors and had 11 blocks, three solo … 

Green Bay (11-8, 6-1) pulled into a tie with Cleveland State (12-7, 6-1) atop the Horizon League with a five-set win after falling behind 0-2. Taylor Wolf led with 20 kills, 24 digs, an ace and two blocks …

Maryland Eastern Shore won a five-setter at Coppin State and Miajavon Coleman had 28 kills in the MEAC victory …

Iona (10-5, 8-1 Metro Atlantic) came up huge against defending-champion Fairfield (8-7, 4-3). Iona not only won its sixth in a row, it broke a six-match losing streak to Fairfield. Claire Archibald led with 18 kills, nine digs, an assist and an ace …

Belmont (2-17, 2-5) stunned Austin Peay in five sets, dealing the Govs (16-3, 6-1) their first Ohio Valley Conference loss. Taylor Floyd led the winners with 16 kills, nine digs and three blocks …

Aleksandra Kazala had 14 kills and American swept Army West Point to finish the first half of the Patriot League season 13-9 overall, 8-0 in the conference …

Denver and Omaha both won to improve to 6-0 atop the Summit standings. Denver (17-1) swept Purdue Fort Wayne. Omaha (11-7), featured here this week, beat South Dakota in four …

UT Arlington (11-7, 5-3) dealt Coastal Carolina (6-8, 5-1) its first Sun Belt loss as Zhanelle Geathers had 11 kills and hit .400. League-leader Texas State (17-5, 8-0) swept Appalachian State. Cheyenne Huskey had 18 kills, hit .455, and added three digs and two blocks.


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