November 16, 1996

    No 12 USC Falls To No. 2 Stanford

    LOS ANGELES, CA -- The No. 12 USC women's volleyball team fell to No. 2 Stanford on Saturday night (Nov. 16), 15-6, 15-12, 15-5, in front of 632 at the North Gym.

    With the win, Stanford clinches at least a tie for its third consecutive Pac-10 title. It also marks the first time USC has been swept this season.

    USC fell to 17-7 overall, 11-5 in the Pac-10. Stanford improved to 23-2, 15-1.

    Stanford was led by freshman middle blocker Kerri Walsh's 16 kills and senior middle blocker Eileen Murfee's 13 kills. Junior outside hitter Kristin Folkl added 11 kills and a team-high 9 digs.

    USC had no one with more than 7 kills. Sophomore setter Janice Mounts had 28 assists and senior outside hitter Vesna Dragicevic and sophomore outside hitter Sara Stephen had 9 digs apiece.

    USC was up 5-3 in Game 1 when Stanford used a 10-0 run to open a 13-5 lead, putting away the game.

    The Cardinal jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the second game but the Women of Troy came storming back, tying the game at 10-10 and taking a 12-11 lead. But after a timeout, the Cardinal scored 4 consecutive points to take a 2-0 lead.

    USC enjoyed an early 4-2 lead in game 3, but Stanford put together another backbreaking run, outscoring the Women of Troy, 10-0, en route to the game and the match.

    USC next plays at Oregon State on Thur. (Nov. 21).