No. 5 Trojans Claim Bankers Classic Title With Five-Set Win Over Pacific
Follow, Like, and Insta with @USCWomensVolleyAug. 30, 2014 Samantha Bricio was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player and was joined on the all-tournament team by freshman outside hitter Lauryn Gillis and junior middle blocker Alicia Ogoms.
Pacific finished second in the final tournament standings and put Lexi Elman and Katrin Gotterba on the all-tournament team. Arkansas-Little Rock was third with Edina Begic taking all-tourney honors, and Rider finished fourth with Jennifer Borin on the all-tournament team.
The Trojans were facing the Tigers for the first time since Nov. 28, 1998, when the two teams also met in the Bankers Classic final. That time, Pacific pulled off a 16-14 win in the fifth set to claim the title.
USC posted 21.0 team blocks to tie a decade-old mark last reached on Sept. 25, 2004, in a five-set loss to a third-ranked Washington squad. In that match, All-American middle blocker Emily Adams recorded 18 blocks herself which stands as third most in a single match by a USC player.
Gillis had seven blocks of her own (four solo) and logged the first double-double of her career with a team-high 15 kills (7e, 49att, .163) and 16 digs. Gillis also had a service ace to finish with a match-high 21.5 points. She was just one of five Trojans to reach double digits in points.
Bricio had 16.5 points with 11 kills (4e, 40att, .175) and 13 digs to post her second double-double of the year. Bricio also added four blocks (one solo) and three service aces. It was the 20th time in Bricio's career that she has logged three service aces or more in a single match. Her total pushed her career mark to 142, ahead of Alex Jupiter (140 aces, 2008-11), and into third place on USC's all-time career ladder.
Ogoms went off to set a new career mark with eight blocks (two solo) and added eight kills (4e, 20att, .200) for 13.0 points on the night. Senior setter Hayley Crone produced her second double-double in as many matches with 32 assists and 12 digs. Sophomore setter Alice Pizzasegola added 22 assists to go with five digs to help the Trojans finish with a .193 hitting percentage in the match (61k, 24e, 192att).
Freshman outside hitter Brittany Abercrombie broke out for 16.5 points as she put up 13 kills (2e, 27att) with a .407 hitting percentage. Abercrombie added two service aces and a pair of blocks (one solo) on the night. Senior middle blocker Hannah Schraer had seven blocks (one solo) and finished with six kills (2e, 16att, .250). Sophomore libero Anne Marie Schmidt had 13 digs.
For the Tigers, Kat Schulz led the way with 16 kills (10e, 55att, .109) and 11 digs for a double-double. Libero Gotterba kept Pacific afloat with 33 digs. Elman posted 15 kills (7e, 52att, .152) and 10 digs. Alicja Wilk had nine kills (3e, 15att, .400) and led the Tigers with eight blocks (two solo).
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