[Premium] NCAA: Huskies top Utah, Baylor beats Cyclones, conference titles clinched

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Danae Daron of Stephen F. Austin attacks against Brooke White, left, and Taylor Cunningham of Sam Houston State.

If you were looking for upsets, Saturday’s schedule in NCAA Division I women’s volleyball wasn’t the place to find them.

The higher-ranked teams won all their power-five conference matches but one, including No. 11 Washington at No. 15 Utah.

The lone upset was No. 24 Baylor sweeping visiting No. 19 Iowa State in the Big 12.

There were plenty of significant happenings in some mid-major conferences, including Kennesaw State taking over the top spot in the Atlantic Sun and High Point clinching the Big South regular-season crown.

And you might have this before — actually 13 times — but Colorado State won the Mountain West regular-season title again.

Recaps follow, but first a look at Sunday’s schedule, one that includes No. 2 Stanford playing host to No. 16 Oregon in the Pac-12. Also in the conference, No. 17 USC is home for Arizona and Oregon State goes to Cal.

In the Big Ten, No. 22 Purdue goes to Iowa.

Both ranked teams in the SEC play Sunday, as No. 4 Florida goes to Tennessee and No. 6 Kentucky plays host to South Carolina. Also, LSU goes to Missouri and the winner will hold third place in the conference. Georgia plays at Alabama, Texas A&M goes to Arkansas and Mississippi State plays at Ole Miss.

The three teams tied for the top of the ACC all play as Pittsburgh is home for Florida State, Louisville goes to Duke and NC State entertains Boston College. Also, Syracuse — two games off the lead — is at North Carolina, Clemson goes to Virginia Tech and Notre Dame is at Wake Forest.

The Big 12 has the day off.

No. 14 Creighton is home for DePaul in the Big East, No. 21 Wichita State has an American Athletic Conference match against Temple, and No. 25 Western Kentucky is at Middle Tennessee in Conference USA.

VCU, riding its 23-match winning streak, plays host to Duquesne in the Atlantic 10.

Albany plays host to Hartford and with a win will become the host for the America East Tournament.

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Huskies, UCLA win in Pac-12: Washington won at Utah 25-23, 20-25, 28-26, 25-22 a day after losing at Colorado as Kara Bajema had a career-high 21 kills. The Huskies improved to 19-6 and at 9-5 pulled into a third-place tie with Utah and Colorado in the Pac-12 standings.

Bajema hit .357 and had an ace and two digs. Courtney Schwan had 17 kills, hit .326 and had three blocks and 14 digs. Carly DeHoog had 15 kills, an ace, three blocks and a dig.

With Bajema at outside hitter, Tia Scambray moved back to libero and had 19 digs, two aces and seven assists.

“Really outstanding performance by Kara against a physical Utah team,” UW coach Keegan Cook said, “so I’m happy for her to have that kind of match after a while out of the lineup. We talked today about making the most of your opportunities, she’s been practicing well for the last few weeks, so we went for it and she made the most of it.”

Utah (18-7) was led by Adora Anae, who had 24 kills, 20 digs and an ace. Carly Trueman had 20 kills, hit .436 and had four blocks and three digs. Berkeley Oblad had eight kills, a block and four digs.

UCLA (15-8, 8-6) beat visiting Arizona State 25-16, 25-16, 25-21 as five Bruins had seven or more kills. ASU is still looking for its first Pac-12 win as the Sun Devils fell to 10-16, 0-14.

Reily Buechler led with 12 kills, hit .321, and had seven digs and an ace.

Madeleine Gates had 11 kills, hit .476 and five blocks, two solo, and Mac May had 10 kills and hit .474.

Griere Hughes led ASU with 13 kills as she hit .310.

Ranked B1G teams all win: For that matter, No. 1 Penn State, No. 5 Minnesota, No. 7 Nebraska and No. 9 Michigan State all had sweeps, but No. 8 Wisconsin had to go four to beat Maryland.

The match between the unranked teams was the most exciting as Illinois beat visiting Michigan 25-18, 25-21, 22-25, 19-25, 17-15. It’s an outcome that could be significant when NCAA Tournament selection time comes, since Illinois (18-7, 9-5 B1G) was ranked 25th in the last NCAA RPI, while Michigan (16-10, 7-7 ) was No. 29.

Beth Prince had a big night with 26 kills, three digs and three blocks. Jacqueline Quade had 11 kills and two blocks and Megan Cooney added 10 kills and hit .333. Setter Jordyn Poulter had three kills, 50 assists, 14 digs, an ace and six blocks, one solo. Tyanna Omazic had seven kills and the ace that ended the match.

Carly Skjodt led Michigan with 11 kills and 15 digs. Katherine Mahlke added 15 kills and Claire Kieffer-Wright had 14 kills, an ace and four blocks, one solo.

Penn State (23-1, 13-1) beat visiting Rutgers 25-9, 25-9, 25-12 as Haleigh Washington had 12 kills, hit .733 to go with three digs and five blocks, two solo. Rutgers (5-21, 0-14) hit .056.

Minnesota beat Ohio State 25-22, 25-22,25-19 to improve to 23-2, 12-2 with its 11th consecutive win. Stephanie Samedy had 13 kills, hit .364, had 11 digs and a block. Alexis Hart added 12 kills, hitting .435, and had three digs and two blocks. Ohio State (13-12, 6-8) got 13 kills from Luisa Schirmer.

Nebraska lambasted visiting Indiana 25-8, 25-14, 25-13 to stay even with Penn State at 20-4, 13-1. Briana Holman had eight kills and six blocks, three solo. Mikaela Foecke had 14 kills and hit .591 to go with two aces, three digs and two blocks.

Michigan State (17-6, 10-4) beat Northwestern 25-13, 25-19, 25-18 as Autumn Bailey had 18 kills, hitting .536, to go with an ace, five digs and a block. Northwestern is 13-13, 3-11.

And Wisconsin got past pesky Maryland 5-13, 21-25, 25-14, 25-13 as the Badgers got to 16-7, 7-7 and Maryland dropped to 16-10, 5-9.

Lauryn Gillis led Wisconsin with 17 kills, hit .441 and had five digs and two blocks. Kelli Bates had nine kills, an ace, 10 digs and two blocks and Dana Rettke had nine kills and nine blocks.

Erika Pritchard led the Terps with 12 kills, nine digs and two blocks.

Baylor tops Cyclones, UT, KU win in Big 12: Baylor has swept Iowa State twice this season, including 25-19, 25-22, 25-17 Saturday. The Bears are 20-5, 10-2 in the Big 12, while ISU is 17-5, 7-4.

Yossiana Pressley led with 14 kills and she had four digs and a block. Aniah Philo had 13 kills, six digs and two blocks as Baylor continued to play without its leading attacker, Katie Staiger. Shelly Fanning added nine kills, hit .438, and had seven digs and five blocks, one solo.

“It was big because we’re just continuing to play well with great enthusiasm and great joy,” Baylor coach Ryan McGuyre said. “It was just one of the most fun matches we’ve been able to experience all year here against a very good team. They’re a top 20 team for a reason.

“Iowa State is going to go deep in the tournament. Our coaches did a great job preparing us. We looked very well trained and just excited about being out there on the court. We had good production from everyone.”

Alexis Conaway had 10 kills, five digs and two blocks for Iowa State.

No. 3 Texas had to go four to beat visiting Texas Tech 25-19, 20-25, 25-21, 25-12 as the Longhorns improved to 19-2, 11-0. Texas Tech is 14-10, 3-8.

“I thought we were very sloppy today,” UT coach Jerritt Elliott said. “Our touches weren’t good and it became contagious. It really put us in a position to be sloppy for most of the evening. I thought in game four we started controlling the ball a bit better and obviously, things went a lot smoother. We’ve got to figure out how we’re coming out in game one. We haven’t been good over the last four or five games. It’s been a struggle for us. We’re playing with fire right now in terms of how we’re playing as a team.”

Lexi Sun led with 21 kills while hitting .378. She had an ace, three digs and four blocks. Micaya White had 10 kills, eight digs and two blocks and Ebony Nwanebu had 10 kills, three digs and three blocks. Setter Ashley Shook not only had 47 assists, she had four kills, six digs and three blocks.

And Chiaka Ogbogu, who also had nine kills, added eight blocks to become the program’s all-time block assists leader.

“We have TCU on Wednesday and then we’re at a very tough Iowa State team at their place. Then we’ve got to come home against Kansas,” Elliott said. “Our last three out of five games are against top 25 teams. As we head into the tournament, we don’t have a whole lot of time to get better. We’ve got to put some priority on our touches and get a little bit more united.”

Chandler Atwood had 12 kills for the Red Raiders.

Kansas won at TCU 25-23, 25-17, 18-25, 25-17 to improve to 20-4, 9-2 despite missing Madison Rigdon, out with an injury.

Kelsie Payne and Ashley Smith had 14 kills each. Payne, who hit .385, had an ace, eight digs and four blocks, while Smith hit .333 and had three blocks. Jada Burse had 10 kills.

“I was proud of the group and the way they rallied around each other,” KU coach Ray Bechard said. “Not having Madison out there meant that everybody had to do a little bit more. This isn’t a shock to us that Ashley would have this kind of production. We have seen good things out of her in practice. She has been pretty diligent in giving a good effort each and every day. Today was her turn to produce for us and we are pleased that what we saw in practice translated to competition.”

Also, Oklahoma (6-18, 3-8) beat visiting West Virginia (15-10, 3-8) in five. Madison Drescher led with 17 kills.

Around the nation: There was a rare Saturday match in the ACC when Georgia Tech went to Virginia and came away with a 25-21, 15-25, 25-22, 25-18 victory. Virginia (7-18, 3-11) got 18 kills from Jelena Novakovic, who hit .556 and had three digs and two blocks. Georgia Tech (12-13, 7-7) got 16 kills from Gabriela Stavnetchel, who had 12 digs …

Both ranked West Coast Conference teams won.

Veronica Jones-Perry had 24 kills, an ace, six digs and three blocks as No. 10 BYU beat visiting Saint Mary’s 25-15, 25-18, 23-25, 25-18. Cosy Burnett added 11 kills, four aces and five blocks, while Kennedy Redding had 10 kills and nine blocks. Saint Mary’s (7-17, 3-11) got 10 kills and 14 digs from Lindsey Knudsen.

No. 13 San Diego overpowered visiting Pacific 25-21, 25-12, 25-20 to improve to 19-4, 12-1. Jayden Kennedy led with 15 kills and hit .522 to go with three blocks. Lauren Fuller had 12 kills, hit .346 and had six digs and a solo block. Kaity Edwards added seven kills and four blocks, one solo. Pacific (12-13, 7-8) had nine kills from Andie Shelton, who had six digs and two blocks …

No. 14 Creighton lost at Marquette earlier this season but has won eight in a row since. The Bluejays swept this time, 25-12, 26-24, 25-15, to improve to 19-5, 12-1 in the Big East, while Marquette dropped to 17-8, 11-3. Jaali Winters led with 13 kills. She hit .367, had three assists and 11 digs. Marysa Wilkinson had eight kills, hit .375 and had two digs and two blocks, one solo. Marquette hit .099 …

Same old, same old, as Colorado State beat Boise State 27-25, 25-13, 25-22 for its 11th conference sweep and won the Mountain West regular-season title for the 14th time.

“Every match that we play from this point on and every practice we have is preparing us for the postseason,” CSU coach Tom Hillyer said. “We are still going to prepare for the Mountain West opponents and we aren’t going to overlook anybody. We are going to bring the intensity and competitiveness up in practice.”

CSU (24-2, 14-0) was led by Jasmine Hanna, who had 13 kills, hit .478 and had two blocks, one solo. Paulina Hougaard-Jensen and Kirstie Hillyer had nine kills each. Hougaard-Jensen hit .727 and had three blocks, while Hillyer had seven digs and two blocks.

Boise State (13-13, 6-8) got 14 kills from Sierra Nobley, who had eight digs and a block …

In a match-up of the first-place teams in the Atlantic Sun, Kennesaw State swept visiting Jacksonville 25-20, 25-12, 25-20. It left the Owls 17-4 overall and 11-1 in the ASUN, while Jacksonville dropped to 16-9, 10-2.

KSU, which finished its home schedule 10-0, got 10 kills from Lauren Chastang, who hit .360. Rachel Taylor had nine kills, hit .571 and had two solo blocks. Jacksonville’s Olga Nushtayeva had eight kills and three blocks, one solo, as her team hit .046 …

There’s a tie atop the Big Sky North as Idaho beat visiting North Dakota, leaving both teams 10-4. The 25-20, 25-16, 21-25, 27-29, 15-13 victory put Idaho at 15-10, while UND is 25-7 overall. Sarah Sharp had 24 kills, seven digs and three blocks for the Vandals, and Reece Carman added 18 kills while hitting .472. UND got 19 kills from Jordan Vail, who hit .459 and had five blocks.

On the other side of the league, Sacramento State (22-8, 13-1) built its lead to three games and won the regular-season title by beating Portland State 26-28, 18-25, 25-16, 25-21, 15-7.

Shannon Boyle had 17 kills and 10 digs as the Hornets won their first Big Sky title since 2007. Mikaela Nocetti added 15 kills and 16 digs. Portland State (19-7, 10-4) got 17 kills each from Caitlin Bettenay and Sarah Brennan …

UAlbany swept visiting UMBC 25-14, 25-19, 25-21 and at 9-13 overall, won a share of the AE title at 9-1 and can wrap it up Sunday by beating visiting Hartford. Akuabata Okenwa and Tatiana Tiangco had 10 kills each for UAlbany …

High Point clinched the Big South title for the first time by sweeping Winthrop 25-16, 25-16, 25-15. The Panthers (22-6, 15-0) were led by Katie Tylman, who had 15 kills while hitting .700. She also had two blocks …

Hawai’i (18-7, 12-2) stayed two games back of idle No. 23 Cal Poly with a sweep of Long Beach State in the Big West. Emily Maglio had 19 kills, hit .630 and had two digs and three blocks. Long Beach hit .097 …

Cleveland State swept Youngstown State and IUPUI won at Milwaukee in four and both stayed tied atop the Horizon at 11-3 … Princeton swept Dartmouth and Yale did the same to Cornell and they’re tied atop the Ivy League at 9-3 …

In the MAC, Bowling Green (15-10, 11-3) swept Kent State and Miami (19-8, 11-3) swept Ohio to stay tied atop the East. Ball State (17-10, 9-5) swept Akron to maintain its West lead …

Fairfield (19-6, 14-0) can clinch the regular-season Metro Atlantic title with a win over Rider on Sunday. The Stags swept winless Saint Peters as Megan Theiller and Skyler Day had 13 kills each …

Missouri State swept Southern Illinois to improve to 22-5, 14-0 in the Missouri Valley as Lily Johnson had 16 kills and 17 digs …

Austin Peay swept Southeast Missouri and claimed a share of the Ohio Valley regular-season title. The Govs (26-4, 13-1) got 15 kills from Ashley Slay, who hit .414 …

American (22-7, 13-1 Patriot) won its 14th match in a row with a four-set victory at Lehigh as Aleksandra Kazala had 15 kills, hit .371 and had 11 digs and two blocks, one solo … Furman kept its one-game lead over ETSU as the Paladins won in four at Western Carolina and ETSU swept Mercer …

Stephen F. Austin (25-6, 13-2) took a half-game lead in the Southland over idle Central Arkansas (23-3, 12-2) by beating Sam Houston State (14-13, 7-4). Corin Evans had 12 kills, three blocks and six digs in the 25-18, 25-22, 25-15 victory …

In the Sun Belt, Louisiana won at Troy in four to get to 19-9 and stay atop the West at 12-2 … And in the WAC, NM State (19-7, 10-2) kept its one-game lead at the top with a sweep of Seattle U as Tayana Battle had 14 kills, 10 digs and three blocks, one solo.


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