No. 19 Trojans Stumble in Seattle|
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Oct. 1, 2014
SEATTLE – The 19th-ranked USC women’s volleyball team (7-6, 0-3 Pac-12) suffered a 3-0 setback (25-15, 25-20, 25-19) to No. 4 Washington (14-0, 3-0) at Alaska Airlines Arena on Wednesday, Oct. 1. The Huskies maintained their undefeated record and sent the Women of Troy to a third straight conference loss; USC’s sixth in seven matches overall.
Washington put up a big block and came away with 15.0 blocks in the match to hold the Trojans down at a .108 hitting percentage (32k, 21e, 102att). On the other side of the net, the Huskies finished with 43 kills (12e, 94att) and a .330 hitting rate.
Junior outside hitter Samantha Bricio led Troy with 12 kills (5e, 38att, .184) and added a service ace and a solo block for 14.0 points. Senior outside hitter Emily Young added seven kills (2e, 11att, .455). Sophomore libero Taylor Whittingham had 15 digs to tie for match-high honors with UW’s Cassie Strickland.
For the Huskies, Krista Vansant led the way with 14 kills (3e, 33att, .333) while Lianna Sybeldon earned seven kills (1e, 14att) for a .429 hitting rate and ran the Husky defense with nine blocks. Tia Scambray added eight kills (4e, 15att, .267) for the Huskies. Washington also got seven kills on 10 swings (0e) from Crissy Jones who finished with a .700 hitting rate to go with four blocks.
What was a tight opening to the match quickly turned into a nine-point Husky lead, 12-3, as Washington scored seven points on eight rallies off of USC errors. The Trojans pushed back to get within seven points at 16-9 when Bricio tooled the block, but Washington fired back to go up by nine when USC committed another pair of errors. Freshman outside hitter Lauryn Gillis got the kill before freshman middle blocker Jordan Dunn knocked down a ball, then Bricio went crosscourt for a kill to get USC within six, 21-15, but that was as close as it would get as the Huskies closed out the win with four straight points; the last on a service ace by Vansant. The Huskies posted 13 kills (2e) on 24 swings for a .458 hitting percentage and held USC to negative hitting for much of the set. The Trojans finished above the line with nine kills (8e) on 33 attacks for a .030 percentage.
The Trojans led, 5-3, briefly to open the second, but the Huskies wrestled that lead away and went up, 9-8, on a kill by Jones. Young dumped her set for a kill and Bricio tooled the Husky block to pull the Trojans within a point at 11-10, but Melanie Wade scored back-to-back points with a kill and a service ace to give Washington a 15-11 lead. Young earned three kills over five rallies to help get USC within four at 21-17, but two UW kills and a big block gave Washington set point at 24. The Trojans fought off three with a kill by Bricio, an ace by Bricio, and a shot down the line by Gillis. The Huskies called a timeout to stop the bleeding and got what they needed to finish up a 25-20 win. The Huskies hit .355 in the second with 13 kills (2e) on 31 swings. USC dealt with nine Husky blocks for a .229 hitting rate (16k, 8e, 35att).
The Huskies used six straight points to flip an 8-7 deficit into a 13-8 lead in the third set. The Trojans couldn’t break out of the Washington hold and stared a six-point deficit in the face when a USC serve went long. Junior middle blocker Alicia Ogoms cut down a quick set from sophomore setter Alice Pizzasegola to pull the Trojans within five at 16-11, but Scambray and Vansant put together back-to-back kills to give the Huskies a 20-12 advantage. USC got within six at 22-16 on a kill by Young and fought off one match point when Bricio earned the kill, but Scambray went down the line for the final point of the set and sealed the 3-0 sweep. The Huskies put up three blocks and kept the Trojans down at a .059 hitting percentage in the final frame (7k, 5e). Washington put up 17 kills (8e) on 39 attempts for a .231 hitting rate in the last set.
The Women of Troy will make the trek into the Palouse to face Washington State (9-5, 0-2) on Friday (Oct. 3) at 6 p.m. PT at Bohler Gymnasium in Pullman, Wash. The USC-WSU match will be broadcast on Pac-12 Networks with Greg Mescall and Al Scates on the call. Last year, the Trojans and the Cougars went five sets before WSU completed the upset with a 21-19 win in the fifth.
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