No. 13 USC Stuns No. 4 Washington With 3-0 Sweep
Sept. 16, 2011
SEATTLE -- Sara Shaw and Katie Fuller recorded career highs with 15 kills each Friday as the No. 13 USC Women of Troy swept the No. 4 Washington Huskies, 3-0 (25-20, 28-26, 25-20), in Pac-12 Conference action. USC won for the first time in Seattle since 2003 and handed the Huskies their first loss of the season.
Shaw, a sophomore outside hitter (Austin, Texas/Westlake HS), hit .481 (15-2-27) while recording the double-double with 11 digs, one of her personal best. Sophomore libero Natalie Hagglund (Encinitas/La Costa Canyon HS) tied a USC school record for most digs (30) in a three-set match for a 10.0 assists-per-set average.
Senior All-America setter Kendall Bateman guided the Women of Troy (6-3, 1-1) with 41 assists. Freshman Krista Vansant led Washington (8-1, 0-1) with 10 kills, but hit .128 in the match. Both teams combined for 21 service errors.
"The other teams are focusing on our big three (Alex Jupiter, Bateman and Lauren Williams) and the other kids needed to step up," said USC head coach Mick Haley. "We weren't afraid tonight and they trusted each other and played hard. Alex had a tough night on offense, but she was good on passing and defense. Katie was really bringing the heat tonight and Sara was just exceptional. We are not celebrating. We are going to Pullman with hopefully the same intensity to face a good WSU squad and it's important that we work on getting our confidence back."
The Women of Troy opened the match with three straight points, holding the Huskies at bay towards a 17-12 lead. UW got within one at 18-17, but a USC timeout aided the Trojans as two Husky service errors kept them in the lead. Fuller's serve finished the set as Vansant's hitting error gave USC the 1-0 lead in the match.
In set two, the Trojans came out strong again to post a 12-7 advantage. Washington would pull close again at 20-19 with neither team giving in late in the set. Bianca Rowland's kill and Kylin Munoz's service ace gave set point to the Huskies at 26-25, but Fuller and Shaw answered with kills to help USC win the set. The Huskies would hold a slim lead in the third set, but the Women of Troy were able to break away from the 18-18 tie with a 7-2 run that was started by Jupiter's kill.
USC travels to Washington State tomorrow night for a 7 p.m. match with Gametracker live stats on usctrojans.com.
Notes: Natalie Hagglund's 30 digs tied the most digs in USC history for a three-set match (Debora Seilhamer on December 3, 2005, vs. Pepperdine)...Hagglund's 30 digs were a career high for her with her previous best coming last year (28 digs at Arizona State on October 15)...with nine kills, Alex Jupiter moved into seventh place on USC's all-time list for career kills, passing Katie Haller (1990-93)...Jupiter now has 1,534 career kills, needing just two kills tomorrow to tie Nancy Hillman (1985-88) for sixth place...Sara Shaw's almost doubled her previous career best for kills (eight against Minnesota on August 26) and was one dig of her career best of 12 (set last year in the Dayton Regional on December 11 against Stanford)...Katie Fuller's previous best for kills was 10, set this year against Minnesota on August 26).
USC 25-28-25 UW 20-26-20