Fresh Take Keeps No. 5 Trojans Undefeated in Sweep of Bobcats|
Aug. 25, 2012
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - It was a youth movement for the fifth-ranked USC women's volleyball team (3-0) as a trio of freshman carried the Women of Troy to a 3-0 victory (25-18, 25-19, 25-22) over Texas State (0-3) at Reed Arena in the Texas A&M Invitational on Saturday, Aug. 25. In the win, the Trojans got 16 kills from freshman outside hitter Samantha Bricio (3e, 31att, .419) who also posted her first double-double with 10 digs.
At the conclusion of her first three collegiate matches, Bricio was named the MVP of the A&M Invitational. The freshman phenom logged 37 kills (3.70 kps) while hitting .322 and had 26 digs. Senior opposite Katie Fuller and junior libero Natalie Hagglund were also selected to the all-tournament team along with Bricio.
First-year middle blocker Alicia Ogoms got the second start of her young career and made a splash as she logged nine kills (1e, 13att) for a .615 hitting percentage. Freshman Kiara Wright provided a spark for USC in the third set as it closed out the Bobcats and finished with six kills (2e, 12att, .333) and the Trojans' only solo block.
For Texas State, Ashlee Hilbun and Morgan McDaniel each had 11 kills apiece while libero Caylin Mahoney led her squad with 10 digs. USC held the Bobcats to a .212 attack percentage on 104 swings (37k, 15e).
Right out of the gate, the Trojans put their youth on display as a pair of freshman carried the team to a 25-18 win in the first set. Ogoms and Bricio each had five kills apiece without error as USC posted a .424 hitting percentage to open the match (3e, 33att). Bricio's fourth kill of the set made the score 15-10 and the Trojans maintained their distance from that point on; never allowing the Bobcats to get closer than three points. Sophomore middle blocker Hannah Schraer got her two first-set kills on the final two plays. The first was a quick set from Hayley Crone to give USC a 24-18 set-point lead. The second kill secured the win as Schraer terminated on a set from Fuller.
USC cruised out to a 10-3 lead to open the second set as its offense continued to click. The Bobcats made a little push to get back into the set, but the Trojans pulled away again and led by nine points, 16-7, on a service ace by Crone. Bricio logged her 10th kill of the night to set USC up with a 20-13 lead heading down the stretch of the second set, but Texas State made one last push to tack up four straight points before USC put the set away on a pair of kills by Wright. The Trojans had 15 kills (5e, 31att) for a .323 hitting percentage in the second set. Texas State had 12 kills (6e, 31att, .194).
Texas State claimed the first three points of the third set to get the Trojans' attention, but USC caught the Bobcats at 10-all on senior Erin Yoder's second service ace. In all, Troy finished with six service aces in the match. A block by Wright gave the Trojans a brief lead, 12-11, but Texas State responded to go up, 17-13. That was before Bricio returned to the match and notched four straight kills to bring the teams to an 18-all tie. She terminated a fifth play to put the lead into the Trojans' hands for good at 19-18. A kill by Wright gave USC set point before Ogoms came up with the final point of the day to seal a 25-22 win for the Women of Troy.
The Women of Troy return home to host the Jiangsu Chinese Team in an exhibition match at Galen Center on Tuesday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. PT. It will be the first-ever women's volleyball event to be carried live on the new Pac-12 Networks. Please check your local listings for availability.
2012 Texas A&M All-Tournament Team