[Premium] NCAA: Utah rebounds, BYU, USD, Colorado State win

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Dalianliz Rosado and her Minnesota teammates play host to Maryland on Friday night

Fifteenth-ranked Utah manhandled visiting Washington State on Thursday night in the Pac-12 in one of four matches on the NCAA Division I women’s college-volleyball scoreboard involving ranked teams.

The West Coast Conference’s two ranked teams, No. 10 BYU and No. 13 San Diego, both scored sweeps.

And No. 20 Colorado State won its 13th in a row as it swept Utah State in the Mountain West.

In the Big Sky, all the leaders won, Sacramento State and Portland State in the South and  North Dakota and Idaho in the North.

The recaps follow, but first a look at Friday’s busy schedule that includes 106 matches.

Start with the Big Ten, where No. 5 Minnesota plays host to Maryland, No. 7 Nebraska entertains No. 22 Purdue, No. 8 Wisconsin is home for Ohio State and Indiana goes to Iowa. Top-ranked Penn State, a half game up on Nebraska for the B1G lead, is idle.

In the Pac-12, No. 2 Stanford, which holds a four-game lead over Utah, Washington and USC in the loss column, plays host to Oregon state. No. 11 Washington is at Colorado, which has won three in a row and six of seven. No. 16 Oregon is at Cal, No. 17 USC is home against Arizona State and No. 18 UCLA entertains Arizona.

Neither of the SEC’s ranked teams, No. 4 Florida nor No. 6 Kentucky, play Friday. LSU goes to Arkansas, Missouri entertains Texas A&M, South Carolina goes to Tennessee and Mississippi State plays at Georgia.

No. 21 Wichita State is home for an American Athletic Conference match with Connecticut.

Big West leader Cal Poly, ranked 23rd, is home for UC Santa Barbara while second-place Hawai’i is at CSUN.

No. 25 Western Kentucky, holding the nation’s longest winning streak of 21 matches, has a Conference USA match at Rice. Second-place North Texas is at Marshall.

The ACC has no ranked teams but quite a battle going on at the top. Louisville, tied with Pittsburgh and NC State for the lead is idle, but Pittsburgh plays host to Miami, which is two games back, and NC State is home for Syracuse, which is only a game back. Also in the ACC, Georgia Tech goes to Virginia Tech, Boston College goes to North Carolina, Clemson plays at Virginia and Notre Dame goes to Duke.

The Big 12 has the night off.

To see the complete schedule of Friday matches and where to watch, go to the VolleyballMag.com daily TV and streaming listing.

Utah routs reeling Cougars: The Utes (18-6, 9-4 Pac-12) held Washington State (14-12, 3-9) to .065 hitting in the 25-18, 25-11, 25-18 victory.

Adora Anae led Utah with 15 kills, hit .345, and had 12 digs and a block. Carly Trueman had 11 kills and hit .320. Berkeley Oblad had eight kills, hit .316 and had five blocks, three solo, to go with an ace and a dig.

“We had great preparation and practices  this week,” said Utah coach Beth Launiere, whose team had lost three in a row after winning the previous six. “We executed at a high level after struggling the last few matches.”

Washington State’s Taylor Mims and Casey Schoenlein had seven kills each.

“Again way too many hitting errors and way too many unforced errors in general,” WSU coach Jen Greeny said. “We are trying to find something that works and we still are searching for that. Back to the drawing board. We have to be better offensively and our hitters just need to do a better job of keeping the ball on the court.

“We were doing an OK job, especially in that first set, of holding them to under 200 (hitting percentage) but if your offense isn’t working as well then it’s hard to win ball games. Definitely nothing was working in that second set. They were serving really well and our passing broke down.”

WSU has lost three in a row and eight of nine.

“We talk about not being streaky and not letting the other team have any runs. A run of one or two points is all they should get but it’s been runs of four and five and six points in a row and there’s not a lot we can do as a coaching staff when that’s happening,” Greeny said. “We can only try to break the momentum so much. We have to find a way to side out and then score some points.”

BYU, USD win in WCC: Veronica Jones-Perry led again for BYU (22-2, 11-1 WCC), this time with 12 kills, five digs and a career-high nine blocks, one solo. Teammates Cosy Burnett and McKenna Miller had eight kills each in the 25-21, 25-17, 25-17 victory. Burnett hit .400 and had eight blocks. Kennedy Redding had five kills, hit .444 and had four blocks.

“I’m really proud of the way the team played tonight,” BYU coach Heather Olmstead said. “I thought we served tough and that resulted in some big blocks. Our energy was great and overall it was a great team win.”

Pacific (12-12, 7-6) got 15 kills from Emily Baptista, who had six digs and two blocks.

San Diego (18-4, 11-1) beat visiting Saint Mary’s 25-19, 25-18, 25-23 for its eight win a row.

Kaity Edwards had 11 kills with no errors in 16 attacks to hit .688. She also had three aces and three digs. Jayden Kennedy had 15 kills, hitting .367. Roxie Wiblin had nine kills and 11 digs.

Saint Mary’s (7-6, 3-10) got nine kills each from Sienna Young, Morgan Hughes and Lindsey Knudsen, who had eight digs and two blocks.

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Colorado State setter Katie Oleksak delivers against Utah State/Tomás Redondo photo

Colorado State whips Utah State: The Rams rolled 25-16, 25-18, 25-14 to improve to 23-2 overall and 13-0 in the Mountain West. Breanna Runnels had 14 kills with one error in 26 swings and hit .500. She also had three digs and a block.

“I think we all just get riled up,” Runnels said. “Tom (Hilbert) just kept telling me to be patient and keep swinging. We had a week to rest our bodies and I think that showed tonight in everyone.”

Teammate Kirstie Hillyer had 13 kills, also hit .500 in a match when the Rams hit .404, and had three aces and six blocks, one solo.

“I think we had four games in seven days last week, so having that time off gave us the rest that we needed,” Hillyer said. “We were able to come in on Monday and really practice hard and I think that made a difference.”

Jasmine Hanna added 10 kills and three blocks, one solo.

“Offensively, we were really good and we were good in the first two sets,” Colorado State coach Tom Hilbert said. “I was very pleased. We blocked the ball well in set one and we felt like we found a weakness in their row one. That was the difference in that set. We scored seven or eight points on row one. They made a change and ended up taking a small lead in set two, but we eventually ended up taking a huge lead. We came out in the third set and didn’t make a lot of mistakes.”

Setter Katie Oleksak had 45 assists, two aces, a kill and three blocks.

“She was making great decisions,” Hilbert said. “She had some tempo issues early, but ended up figuring those out. She moved the ball around a lot, so that everyone was seeing it and that is what I like to see. I want to keep everyone fresh and everyone mentally into every set. She did a great job.”

Utah State’s Lauren Anderson had 10 kills, six digs and four blocks as her team dropped to 13-12, 5-8.

Top teams win in Big Sky: Sacramento State (21-8, 12-1) beat Montana State in four as Shannon Boyle had 12 kills, hit .321 and had 17 digs plus an ace and a block. Mikaela Nocetti had 15 kills and 12 digs as their team kept a two-game lead in the South. Second-place Portland State (18-6, 9-3) beat Montana in four as Caitlin Bettenay had 17 kills, 14 digs, two aces and a block, and Katy Wilson had 13 kills, hit .648 and had two blocks.

In the North, North Dakota (24-6, 9-3) kept its one-game lead over Idaho (13-10, 8-4). North Dakota swept Eastern Washington as Jordan Vail had 12 kills and hit .667 and Faith Dooley had 11 kills and hit .611. Idaho swept Northern Colorado behind 18 kills from Sarah Sharp, who hit .325.

MAC and more: Ball State maintained a half-game lead atop the Mid-American West by beating Toledo in four. Ball State (16-10, 8-5) got 15 kills and three blocks from Ellie Dunn, while Brooklyn Goodsel had 13 kills and 14 digs …

Coastal Carolina had to go five to beat Georgia Southern, but the Chanticleers (15-7, 12-1) built their lead in the Sun Belt Conference to 1.5 games over idle South Alabama (15-7, 10-2) with a 21-25, 25-15, 26-24, 24-26, 15-8 victory. Leah Hardemann had 26 kills, hit .333 and had three aces, 10 digs and three blocks. Kinga Windisch had 14 kills, hit .314 and had an ace and eight digs. …

Alabama State won its 38th Southwestern Athletic Conference match in a row as the Hornets swept Alabama A&M (13-18, 13-4) 25-20,25-11,25-20. Alabama State, 24-9 overall and 17-0 in the SWAC, got 10 kills each from Krysta Medearis, Bayle’ Bennett — who had 10 digs — and Ni’Yesha Brown.

“I have a great team with great chemistry and they really trust each other they work hard,” said seventh-year Alabama State coach Penny Lucas-White.

“The way I look at every match and I emphasize to them is that every match is our first match of the year. And when we approach our next match on Monday, it’s the first match of the season. And expect to come out 1-0.”

It actually happens to be the last of the SWAC’s regular season when Alabama goes to Jackson State. Then the Hornets will play a non-conference match against Florida A&M before the SWAC Tournament, November 11-19 at Jackson State.

Alabama State has won three of the last four SWAC titles and lost to Florida in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament.


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