Oklahoma (15-6) def. No. 2 Texas (15-1) 3-0
Oklahoma, only a few days after dropping a match in three at Kansas State, turned up the heat and swept No. 2 Texas, handing the Longhorns their first loss of the season and snapping their 34-match home win streak. The 26-24, 26-24, 26-24 victory was fueled in part by 16 kills from junior outside hitter Kierra Holst.
Oklahoma hit just .179 as a team compared to Texas .230, but the Sooners made up for that deficient by besting Texas in the digs category 50-44 and scoring eight aces with only 10 errors, while Texas put down just two aces with 14 errors.
No. 4 Florida State (21-0) def. Pittsburgh (18-3) 3-2
The undefeated Florida State Seminoles went down 0-2 against the University of Pittsburgh Panthers before taking the next three sets for a 24-26, 18-25, 25-17, 25-19, 15-11 victory.
The Seminoles earned a season-high 23 blocks with middle Kiara Wright contributing two solos and 10 block assists, along with six kills and a team-leading .556 hitting percentage. Junior outside hitter Nicole Walch put down 24 kills, besting the next-highest contributor, Pitt’s senior opposite Kate Yeazel, by nine.
Florida State followed up the win in Pittsburgh with a four-set victory over Wake Forest to improve its record to 21-0, tying the longest win streak in program history.
No. 9 North Carolina def. Georgia Tech 3-2
The UNC Tar Heels, who were ranked No. 9 and have lost just a single match in conference play, almost let their road battle against Georgia Tech slip away Sunday. Coming out of the mid-match break down 0-2, the Tar Heels flipped a switch and cleaned up their game to ultimately win in five 19-25, 19-25, 25-20, 25-11, 15-9.
After hitting only .200 in the first set to Georgia Tech’s .414, UNC improved to hit .365 the final three sets with 6’2″ opposite Chaniel Nelson leading the effort with 19 kills and four blocks, hitting .441. North Carolina dominated the blocking game, collecting 13 total blocks to Georgia Tech’s 5.
No. 24 Texas A&M (14-6) def. No. 16 Kentucky (18-4) 3-1
A very close match in College Station, Texas, resulted in an upset of Kentucky by SEC foe Texas A&M. A&M took a two sets to none lead over Kentucky before the Wildcats roared back to take the third 25-17. But a win in the fourth for A&M earned it the match 25-22, 26-24, 17-25, 25-16.
The Aggies freshman opposite Ashlie Reasor led her team, earning a career-high 15 kills, but it was Kentucky’s Lauren OConner who led the match with 19 kills in 38 attempts. A&M libero Amy Nettles championed the defensive effort with 26 digs.
Maryland (9-12) def. Rutgers (7-16) 3-2
Maryland earned its second-consecutive five-set win over Rutgers Saturday, boosting its conference wins to two and keeping Rutgers winless in the Big Ten. Both teams are playing in the conference for the first time this season, and with the second win over Rutgers, Maryland moved ahead of Iowa in the Big Ten standings.
Maryland and Rutgers proved to be well-matched in the kills, digs, and service ace categories but Maryland dominated at the net with 12 total blocks to Rutgers 7.5.
No. 5 Wisconsin (18-2) def. No. 14 Nebraska (12-7) 3-0
The Wisconsin Badgers continue to knock down walls and break records as they scored a 3-0 sweep of Nebraska on Sunday. The win marked the first time since 1978 that Wisconsin had beaten Nebraska. A sell-out crowd witnessed sophomore setter Lauren Carlini set her offense to a .265 hitting percentage and collect nine kills and five blocks along the way. Only senior opposite Courtney Thomas put down more kills in the match, tallying 10.
Wisconsin libero Taylor Morey matched her career-high by collecting 29 digs and served up the match-winning ace to put away the 25-19, 25-21, 25-18 conference victory. The win secured Wisconsin the No.1 spot in the Big Ten with a record of 9-1, avoiding what would have been a four-way tie for first at 8-2.