Oct. 24, 1996

    USC Volleyball Sweeps Rival UCLA

    LOS ANGELES -- The No. 12 USC women's volleyball team swept rival UCLA at Pauley Pavilion Thursday night 15-11, 15-7, 15-11. The Bruins have been swept at home three consecutive matches. The win was the second time in two years that the Women of Troy defeated UCLA at home and the first time USC swept UCLA at home since 1987. The Bruins have now lost five of its last six matches. The Trojans, who have won six of their last seven, pushed their record to 13-5 on the year.

    Three USC players had double figure kills, led by Jennifer Kessy's 13 kills. Sara Stephen grabbed a game-high 17 digs for USC, while Janice Mounts set up powerful kills from Kessy and Vesna Dragicevic (11) and Jasmina Marinkovic (12). Kirsti Olson's three service aces added to UCLA's woes. UCLA junior recorded her fourth double-double of the season with a match-high 14 kills and 12 digs. Fellow junior Tanisha Larkinn notched her 12th double-double with 13 kills and 12 digs.

    The Bruins jumped to a 6-2 lead in the contest's first game before the Trojans rallied to win 15-11. Several tough points and side outs were won by both squads, playing with the tenacity and courage indicative of the USC/UCLA rivalry. The Women of Troy won the battle at the net with superior blocking, stopping numerous Bruin attackers and holding the Bruins to a .161 attack percentage in the match.

    In the second game, USC again capitalized on its opportunities at the net winning 15-7. The Bruins continued to hurt their own cause with costly errors. UCLA entered the final game of the evening trying to avoid its third consecutive home sweep, but unforced errors and USC's 23 total blocks in the match, put the Bruins away 11-15.