November 15, 1996
No 12 USC Defeats CaliforniaLOS ANGELES, CA -- The No. 12 USC women's volleyball team defeated California tonight 15-8, 15-8, 15-9 in front of 489 at the North Gym. With the win, USC improved to 17-6 overall and 11-4 in the Pacific-10 Conference. California fell to 7-16, 3-12.
USC was led by senior outside hitter Vesna Dragicevic's 20 kills and five blocks and sophomore middle blocker Jasmina Marinkovic's 11 kills and eight blocks. Sophomore setter Janice Mounts also had 46 assists.
California was led by junior outside hitter Jessica Dinaberg's 12 kills and freshman middle blocker Kellie Alva's 10 kills and four blocks.
USC scored the first five points of the match and used an 8-0 run to put the opening game away. The Women of Troy started fast again in the second game, using a 9-0 run to open up a 12-2 lead. California fought back with a 6-1 run, but ran out of gas.
Cal enjoyed its first lead of the match at 4-3 in the third game. But with the game tied at 5-5, USC went on another run, outscoring Cal 8-0 to put away the game and the match.
USC hosts No. 2 Stanford at the North Gym, while Cal travels to UCLA tomorrow. Both games begin at 7 p.m.