No. 6 Trojans Bounce Bengals in 3-0 Sweep|
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Sept. 11, 2015
LOS ANGELES -- The No. 6-ranked USC women's volleyball team (9-0) knocked off Idaho State (5-4) in three sets (25-20, 25-22, 25-18) in the fourth match of the USC Classic at the Galen Center on Friday, Sept. 11. The Women of Troy posted 13.0 blocks and hit .337 in the match to earn the team's 26th consecutive set victory and eighth straight sweep.
Senior outside hitter Samantha Bricio had 19.0 points to lead all scorers and did her damage from the pins with 17 kills (5e, 39att, .308). She also picked up five digs and four blocks. In the middle, senior Alicia Ogoms earned seven kills (1e, 10att, .600) and led all players with eight blocks. Junior middle blocker Elise Ruddins earned eight kills (1e, 14att, .500) and had four blocks (one solo).
Defensively, junior libero Taylor Whittingham led the team with 12 digs. Freshman defender Victoria Garrick had 11 digs. Each player also served one of two aces for the Trojans. Freshman setter Baylee Johnson also had 10 digs and earned her second double-double of the season with 16 assists. Junior setter Alice Pizzasegola handed out 19 assists to go with four digs. Freshman outside Alyse Ford scored six kills (1e, 9att, .556) with four blocks and sophomore opposite Brittany Abercrombie tallied five kills (2e, 18att, .167) with three blocks.
For Idaho State, Tressa Lyman and Makenzie Filer each scored 10 kills for the Bengal attack. Hayley Farrer put up 37 assists and had seven digs. Chloe Hirst had eight kills and 11 digs while Bailey Bars put up eight kills and three digs.
The Trojans had their work cut out for them in the first set and faced four ties before a 7-2 run that culminated in a double block by Ford and Bricio gave USC a 19-12 lead. The Bengals never stopped fighting and clawed to within four points at 21-17, but the teams traded points until Ruddins found the floor on a quick set from Johnson to complete a 25-20 victory.
Set two was more of the same with seven ties at nine-all, but the Trojans ripped open the set with a 6-1 run, and led, 15-10. Again, Idaho State had no plans to go quietly and fought back to tie the score at 20-all on back-to-back kills from Filer. Bricio had the answer as she scored on back-to-back plays to give USC the breathing room it needed. Ford blasted a kill off the Bengal block to get set point and Filer got one more kill, but Ford terminated through the block on the next rally and secured a 25-22 win for the Women of Troy.
The Bengals opened up with a couple of two-point leads in the third set, but USC's block came alive and finished with five in the frame to help the Trojans flip the momentum from a 13-12 deficit into a 16-14 lead on a block by Ford and Ruddins. The Trojans pushed to close the match at that point and had a 7-1 spurt for match point at 24-17 on a service ace by Garrick. The Bengals got one more point, but Bricio ended things with her kill to put a 25-18 win in the books.
The Trojans improved to 3-0 in the USC Classic and to 6-0 in home matches this season. The Women of Troy will close the tournament with an 8 p.m. PT match against New Mexico tonight, a match that will be shown live on the Pac-12 Networks with Anne Marie Anderson and Kevin Wong on the call.
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