In last night's key matches...
No. 3 Illinois passed its biggest test of the season, winning 3-2 at Minnesota to remain undefeated. Both teams feature a number of high-percentage hitters, but last night the big guns were held in check, the Illini outhitting the Gophers only .201-.174 (box score).
Erin Johnson was the only Illinois player to record a really high hitting percentage, clocking in at .435 (11 kills with 1 error, on 23 attempts). Brianna Haugen, who had taken only 11 swings for the Gophers thus far all season, hit .500 (7-0-14), while Minnesota's stalwart, Tori Dixon, hit only .182 (13 -7- 33).
Illinois outblocked Minnesota 16-4, although the Gophers had the advantage on digs, 77-70.
On the West Coast, USC continued to look like the team people expected the Trojans to be, sweeping No. 1 Cal, while UCLA held on in five against No. 2 Stanford. For the Bruins, Rachael Kidder registered 30 kills (with 10 errors) on a make-your-arm-fall-off 77 swings, for a .260 hitting percentage.
I'm off to campus to see Iowa State at Texas Tech this afternoon!