No. 12 USC Topples No. 1 Cal With 3-0 Sweep
Sept. 23, 2011
LOS ANGELES - Senior All-America outside hitter Alex Jupiter (Paris, France/Redondo Union HS) recorded a match-high 16 kills Friday as the No. 12 USC Women of Troy handed the No. 1 California Golden Bears their first loss of the season with a 3-0 sweep (25-23, 25-20, 25-22) in Pac-12 Conference action.
USC improves to 8-3 overall with a 3-1 mark in conference play while Cal, which lost only one set all season prior to tonight, falls to 13-1 on the season and 3-1 in conference.
Jupiter had eight digs and season-high four blocks (two solo) while hitting .343 (16-4-35) while junior outside hitter Katie Fuller added 10 kills, seven digs and two blocks. Senior All-America setter Kendall Bateman had 42 assists (14.00 aps) with seven digs and two blocks while sophomore libero Natalie Hagglund registered 19 digs (6.33 dps).
The Women of Troy received a strong effort from their middles, senior All-American Lauren Williams and freshman Hannah Schraer with 18 combined kills (nine kills each) with no errors. Schraer hit .600 (9-0-15) while Williams tied a season high with four blocks.
Tarah Murrey led Cal with 14 kills and 15 digs while Shannon Hawari hit .360 (12-3-25) on 12 kills for the Golden Bears. Elly Barrett had 33 assists with three kills and eight digs while Robin Rostratter added 20 assists.
Three kills from Jupiter helped USC get to an 11-7 advantage in the first set. Murrey used two kills and teamed up with Brown on a block as a 5-1 run tied the set at 12-12. Schraer put two down in the middle with the Golden Bears scoring two straight to keep it tied at 14-14. Two Cal hitting errors led to three straight points for the Women of Troy, but USC returned the favor with two errors as the score stayed even, 17-17. Schraer and Williams provided more from the middle as USC retook the lead, 20-18. After Shannon Hawari terminated, Williams added a kill followed by Shaw's kill on the overpass for a 23-20 USC score. Correy Johnson and Brown blocked, followed by a kill from Johnson on set point before Shaw finished the set with a kill for the Trojans.
Cal took the momentum in the second set with a 5-2 lead with two serving errors by the Trojans. Jupiter hammered a kill from back row, which started a 5-1 run as the Women of Troy took a 7-6 lead, thanks to Jupiter's solo block. Brown brought down a kill for the Golden Bears to tie it at 9-9, but Fuller hit back-to-back kills with Shaw adding an ace for the 14-11 USC advantage. Fuller's kill made it four straight points as USC pushed its lead to six, 18-12. A back row attack against the Trojans made it 20-15 before Fuller added two more kills with USC opening up an eight-point cushion, 23-15. Schraer closed out the 2-0 lead in the match for USC as the Women of Troy hit .405 in the second set with 39 kills as a team through the first two sets.
Murrey gave Cal a 13-12 lead in the third set as the Golden Bears looked to avoid the sweep. Schraer won a joust to start three straight for USC and the 15-13 score. Two Cal blocks put them back in the lead at 17-16 before Bateman used a solo block to put the Trojans ahead, 18-17. Murrey delivered again from the back row as Cal led by two, 20-18. A USC timeout helped the host team as Jupiter and Williams would record two blocks with the Trojans retaking the lead, 21-20. Barrett snuck a kill in the middle to tie it at 21-21, but Williams started the late 4-1 run. A Cal service error gave match point to USC as Fuller completed the sweep.
USC hosts No. 2 Stanford tomorrow in a Pac-12 Conference match beginning at 6 p.m. A live video webcast, along with Gametracker live stats, will be available on usctrojans.com. Former USC All-American and two-time Olympic setter Kim Ruddins will be honored as well for All-Time Great Night.
Notes: Tonight was USC's first win over a top-ranked opponent since the 2004 NCAA Regional in Louisville, Ky., when the Women of Troy defeated No. 1 Nebraska in five sets during the regional final...USC defeated Cal for the seventh straight year at home with the last loss coming in 2004 (3-0 loss)...with 1,560 career kills, Alex Jupiter needs 16 kills to tie April Ross (2000-03) for fifth place on USC's all-time list...Kendall Bateman has a 12.08 assists per set average in four conference matches this season...Natalie Hagglund now has 77 digs in four conference matches this season for a 6.42 digs per set average...Hannah Schraer registered a season-high nine kills (previous best: eight at Florida Gulf Coast on Sept. 3).
CAL 23-20-22 USC 25-25-25