Michigan, Minnesota and Penn State Join Illinois in NCAA Regionals




Dec. 4, 2009

Michigan, Minnesota and Penn State won their second-round matches on Saturday and will join Illinois in NCAA Regional competition. Ohio State saw its season come to an end with a close, four-match loss to California.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3
No. 5 ILLINOIS (25-5) def. IPFW (20-12), 3-0 (25-16, 25-15, 25-12)

Illinois advances to the second round of the NCAA Volleyball Championship with a sweep over IPFW. Michelle Bartsch led all players with 15 kills, while Laura DeBruler tallied 11 hits on .400 hitting. As a team, the Illini out-hit IPFW, .333-.106, and out-blocked the Mastadons, 6-2.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4
No. 1 PENN STATE (33-0) vs. Binghamton (15-16), 3-0 (25-9, 25-13, 25-14)

Megan Hodge led all players with 13 kills on .545 hitting, while Arielle Wilson added 12 at a blistering .800 clip as Penn State swept through the first round. Alisha Glass tallied 32 assists and led the Nittany Lions to a .507 hitting percentage, while the squad combined for 7.5 total blocks.

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OHIO STATE (25-9) def. Cincinnati (25-11), 3-1 (25-20, 16-25, 25-15, 25-23)

Katie Dull and Emily Danks led the Buckeye offense with 16 and 13 kills, respectively, as Ohio State out-hit Cincinnati, .320-.205. Chelsea Noble led all players with 15 digs, and Ashley Hughes tallied 40 assists.

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No. 13 MICHIGAN (25-9) def. Niagara (23-9), 3-0 (25-4, 25-12, 25-15)

Alex Hunt led all players with 14 kills on .500 average as the Wolverines out-hit Niagara, .446 to -.081. Sloane Donhoff led Michigan with 17 digs, while Megan Bower had 10, and setter Lexi Zimmerman tallied 24 assists.

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Kentucky (28-4) def. MICHIGAN STATE (17-16), 3-0 (25-23, 25-23, 25-20)

Becca Zlabis led Michigan State with 10 kills as the Spartans dropped three close sets to Kentucky to end their season on the first round of the NCAA Championship. Allyson Karaba had 18 digs, while Natalie Emro tallied 32 assists.

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No. 11 MINNESOTA (25-8) def. Louisville (21-11), 3-1 (25-20, 24-26, 26-24, 25-22)

Tabitha Love, Hailey Cowles and Lauren Gibbemeyer tallied 19, 18 and 17 kills, respectively, to lead Minnesota in a 3-1 win. Three Gophers finished the night with double-digit blocks, led by Christine Tan's total of 21. Megan Wilson had 15 and Jessica Granquist had 14, while Taylor Carico had 59 assists.

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No. 5 ILLINOIS (26-5) def. Dayton (30-4), 3-1 (26-28, 25-8, 25-17, 25-18)

Laura DeBruler led all players with 22 kills on .455 hitting as Illinois downed Dayton to earn a berth into the Stanford Regional. Johannah Bangert put up 10 blocks as the Illini out-blocked the Flyers, 18.5-7.0. Hillary Haen had 52 assists, and Rachel Feldman set a school record for digs in an NCAA match with 26.

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5
No. 1 PENN STATE (34-0) def. Penn (23-6), 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-16)

Arielle Wilson led all players with 13 kills on .571 hitting as Penn State swept Penn to advance to the Gainesville, Fla., Regional.  The Nittany Lions out-hit their opponent, .349-.091 as setter Alisha Glass assisted on 28 of her squad’s 38 kills.

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No. 11 MINNESOTA (26-8) def. Tennessee (24-8), 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-18)

Minnesota earned the right to return home for regional action with a sweep over Tennessee. Lauren Gibbemeyer led the Gophers with 13 kills, while Ariana Filho tallied eight hits at a .533 clip. Taylor Carico had 40 assists, 12 digs and five block assists in the effort.

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No. 13 MICHIGAN def. Ohio, 3-2 (30-32, 26-24, 25-13, 25-20, 15-13)

Michigan advances to regionals for the third straight season with a come-from-behind win over Ohio. Juliana Paz, Alex Hunt and Veronica Rood had double-digit kills for the Wolverines, led by Paz’s 18. Lexi Zimmerman had 51 assists as Michigan out-hit the Bobcats, .237-.157.

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No. 9 California def. OHIO STATE, 3-1 (25-13, 18-25, 25-23, 25-20)

Ohio State’s season came to a loss with a close, four-set loss to ninth-seeded California. Three Buckeyes finished the night in double-digit kills, led by Katie Dull’s 18. Ashley Hughes had 42 assists, and Chelsea Noble had 10 digs.

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