Creighton laid down the hammer against visiting Marquette and created a three-way tie atop the Big East as the resurgent Bluejays won their ninth in a row.
Purdue got an important Big Ten victory over visiting Penn State in a match in which three players had 24 or more kills.
The Huskers road show brought out the best in New Jersey as Rutgers drew its biggest crowd by almost 5,000 fans, but still got swept by top-ranked Nebraska.
USC had the surprise of the day as it swept visiting Arizona State.
And they stayed winless: Saint Peter’s is 0-28 after getting swept by Canisius in the MAAC and Hampton is 0-18 after getting swept at Campbell in the CAA.
ACC: All four teams tied for first won. No. 3 Louisville (21-3, 12-2), coming off its lost at Georgia Tech, won 19-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-15 at Clemson (15-11, 6-8. Aiko Jones had 15 kills with two errors in 25 attacks to hit .520 and had two aces, two blocks and six digs. Anna DeBeer had 14 kills, hit .370 and had an assist, two aces and four digs … No.11 Georgia Tech (21-3, 12-2) swept visiting Notre Dame (10-12, 4-10), hitting .351. Tamara Otene had 16 kills, hit .448 andhad two aces, nine digs and a block … No. 7 Pittsburgh (21-4, 12-2) won in four at Miami (16-8, 9-5) behind 18 kills from Olivia Babcock, who had four aces, eight digs and five blocks … Unranked Florida State (18-8, 12-2) beat visiting Virginia (9-15, 2-12) by the unusual scoreline of 28-26, 25-14, 12-25, 25-8. Audrey Koening had 15 kills, an assist, 14 digs and two blocks …
Duke (17-8, 8-6) swept visiting Virginia Tech (12-13, 12-2), NC State (18-7, 8-6) swept visiting Syracuse (2-22, 0-14) and Wake Forest (17-8, 8-6) came away with an important five-set win at North Carolina (11-12, 5-9) as Paige Crawford had 18 kills, an assist, two aces, five digs and a block.
BIG EAST: AVCA No. 17 Creighton (21-4, 12-2) has won nine in a row — all sweeps — and has dominated since the return of Norah Sis. Against AVCA No. 25 Marquette (16-9, 12-2), the Bluejays hit .387 as Ellie Bichelmeyer had 14 kills with two errors in 21 attacks, Sis had 12 kils, two assists, an ace, a solo block and 11 digs, and Kiana Schmitt had 12 kills with one error in 17 swings. Creighton and Marquette are tied with idle St. John’s for first…