No. 6 USC Records 3-0 Sweep At UC Irvine|
Sept. 21, 2010
IRVINE, Calif. - Junior All-America outside hitter Alex Jupiter (Paris, France/Redondo Union HS) posted 13 kills with no errors for a .520 hitting night (13-0-25) Tuesday as the No. 6 USC Women of Troy swept the UC Irvine Anteaters, 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-11). Jupiter had her third double-double on the season, adding 10 digs.
Junior setter Kendall Bateman had 41 assists with two kills and one ace for USC (11-0) while freshman middle blocker Alexis Olgard was perfect with eight kills on eight swings. Sophomore opposite Katie Fuller had eight kills and 10 digs while recording a career-high four service aces while freshman libero Natalie Hagglund added 17 digs.
Kari Pestolesi led UC Irvine (4-8) with nine kills. The Women of Troy hit .366 in the match while holding UCI to a .138 clip.
USC jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the first set with Lauren Williams picking up the kill on the overpass. UC Irvine responded with a 9-3 run to tie it at 11-11, thanks to a team block. Fonoimoana stopped the Anteater momentum as the Trojans rattled off four straight points for the 15-11 score. After the Anteaters scored twice, Fonoimoana did it again as USC took charge with six straight points. Bateman snuck a kill to clinch the set for the Women of Troy.
Jupiter figured for two kills and a solo block as USC took a 4-3 lead in the second set. Both teams traded points until Kristin Winkler's ace gave UCI the 12-10 lead with USC taking a timeout. Riley Cropper served up an ace as the Anteaters led by three, 17-14. Alexis Olgard scored a kill as the Women of Troy would close out the set with nine straight points with Jupiter nailing one from the back row for the 2-0 match lead.
Olgard figured for three kills as USC opened the third set with an 8-1 lead. Alexandra Hauser brought UCI within five at 12-7. Fuller's kill on the overpass started another seven straight for the Women of Troy as Lauren Williams went back-to-back, giving USC its fifth straight 3-0 sweep.
USC opens Pac-10 Conference play on Friday (Sept. 24) against No. 11 UCLA at the Galen Center. Friday's match begins at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast by FOX Sports Net.
Notes: UC Irvine head coach Paula Weishoff played for USC and was a member of the 1980 national championship team...Weishoff also served as assistant coach for seven years at USC including the back-to-back national championship squads in 2002 and 2003.
USC 25-25-25 UCI 16-18-11