With its 3-2 victory over California, USC extended its season-long winning streak to eight matches.
The Trojans played in and won their first five-set match of the season. They were 3-0 in five-set matches in 2012.
It was the sixth time in eight meetings at the Galen Center that USC and Cal have gone five sets in a match. The Trojans have won all eight of those matches.
USC improved to 51-11 in all-time meetings against California. It is the Trojans’ fifth straight win over the Golden Bears as they improve to 27-2 in all-time home matches with Cal.
USC won its 15th consecutive home match dating back to Oct. 5, 2012, and improved to 99-10 (.908) in all-time matches at the Galen Center.
With a 4-0 record, the Trojans are off to their best start in league matches since 2006 when they went 6-0.
USC has posted a higher hitting percentage than its opponent in all 15 of this season’s matches.
The Trojans out-blocked their opponent for the 11th time, this season. USC has only posted fewer blocks than an opponent twice, this year.
USC’s win is the 1,198th in Trojan head coach Mick Haley’s overall career including a 97-32 mark as the men’s head coach at Kellogg Community College.
Senior OH Sara Shaw put up her second straight double-double; her third of the season and the 11th of her career with a season-high 13 kills and 12 digs.
Senior libero Natalie Hagglund led the team with 28 digs and enjoyed her 13th match in double digits for digs, this season.
Sophomore OH Samantha Bricio matched her season high with 16 kills and strung together her third straight with match with double-digit kills to become the first Trojan to do that, this season. Bricio also logged 10 digs to notch her second double-double of the year; the 13th of her career.
Freshman OH Ebony Nwanebu led the Trojans in kills for the second straight match (seventh time this year) as she set a new career high with 21 kills. Nwanebu also set a new career best with 23.5 points. She has led Troy in scoring in four matches, this season.
Senior MB Alexis Olgardrecorded new career highs in kills (15) and points (19.5).