No. 5 Trojans Soar Over Eagles in 3-1 Victory
Sept. 1, 2012
LOS ANGELES - The fifth-ranked USC women's volleyball team (5-0) stayed undefeated with a four-set victory (25-13, 26-28, 26-24, 25-10) over Boston College (4-3) at the Galen Center in the Luxe City Center Trojan Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 1. The Women of Troy were once again led by senior opposite hitter Katie Fuller who matched her less-than-12-hours-old career mark of 19 kills (3e, 42att) and attacked at a .381 rate. This time, she went one step further and logged 10 digs to notch her second double-double of the season.
Two other players earned double-doubles against the Eagles. Sophomore setter Hayley Crone had 41 assists to go with a career-best 18 digs and junior libero Natalie Hagglund put up a match-high 24 digs to go with 10 assists. The Trojans also got 11 kills from freshman outside hitter Samantha Bricio (5e, 22att, .273) who earned nine of those in the final set without committing a single error.
Sophomore middle blocker Hannah Schraer also got in on the action with nine kills (1e, 15att, .533) while freshman outside hitter Kiara Wright notched seven kills (0e, 12att) for a .583 hitting percentage. For Boston College, Katty Workman had 16 kills (10e, 46att, .130) to lead the way. She also shared team-high honors for digs with 12.
The Trojans made the first set look easy as they cruised to a 25-13 victory behind eight kills from Fuller (0e, 9att, .889). Together, the Women of Troy compiled a .630 hitting rate on 27 swings for 16 kills (2e). The Eagles never threatened the USC lead and it was the Trojans who flew away when junior outside hitter Sara Shaw's kill put the last point into the books. BC hit .292 in the first set (9k, 2e, 24att) but had to endure a stretch through which Hagglund served eight straight points for the Trojans.
Hitting errors plagued the Trojans in the second set as they emerged with a .100 percentage (12k, 8e, 40att). Though BC took an early lead, USC wrestled it away for an 11-10 advantage when Schraer put a ball to the ground. The Trojans were up, 24-21, and had three set points to work with, but the Eagles scored the next three points to even the set. USC found itself on the wrong side of set point when BC blocked a Trojan attack, but freshman middle blocker Alicia Ogoms and Fuller teamed up to return the favor to tie the set at 26. Fuller rose up on the right side to finish of the set, 28-26, for USC and log her 13th kill of the match.
The two teams plodded through the third set to 17 tie scores. Shaw and Fuller earned back-to-back kills to help USC pull ahead, 22-20, but the lead was short lived as the Eagles came right back. The Trojans held their course, but a service ace by Boston College ended the set, 26-24, for the Eagles. USC hit at a .140 rate in the third with 14 kills (8e, 43att) while BC earned a .208 hitting percentage on 48 swings with 16 kills (6e).
In a dramatic turn of events, the Trojans came out of the gate churning in the fourth set as they built a 10-2 lead. USC registered an astonishing .680 hitting percentage in the final set as they claimed 17 kills on 25 attacks without a single error. Bricio was the toast of the town as she came through with nine of those kills. USC's defense was also on point as it dug up 12 balls; seven by Hagglund. The Trojans held the Eagles to a .074 hitting percentage with seven kills (5e) on 27 attacks. USC led by as many as 14 points; once at 18-4, and once more at 21-7. Wright came in and got the final kill of the match to make the score 25-10.
Mississippi State and No. 23 Northern Iowa will meet before USC is back in action with the nightcap against the Bulldogs at 8 p.m. PT to conclude the tournament.