No. 5 USC Makes It Eight With Win At Arizona State|
Oct. 8, 2011
TEMPE, Ariz. - Five different players registered double-digit kills Saturday as the No. 5 USC women's volleyball team earned a four-set win (22-25, 25-17, 25-20, 29-27) against the Arizona State Sun Devils in a Pac-12 Conference match. Alex Jupiter and Sara Shaw had 15 kills each for the Women of Troy.
With Arizona's five-set win over UCLA tonight, USC now stands in first place in the Pac-12 Conference standings with an 8-1 record. USC is now 13-3 on the season after its eighth-straight win and recording the longest win streak (eight) in conference play since the 2003 national championship season when the Women of Troy were a perfect 18-0.
Shaw (Austin, Texas) tied her career best for kills and shattered her personal high with 19 digs. Senior All-America setter Kendall Bateman recorded a season-high 60 assists (15.00 aps) with 10 digs and four blocks while Lauren Williams had 12 kills and a season-high seven blocks (two solo, five assisted) while hitting .407 (12-1-27). Hannah Schraer added 12 kills and a season-high five blocks while Katie Fuller had 11 kills and a season-high four blocks. Sophomore libero Natalie Hagglund had a career-high 33 digs tonight.
Ashley Kastl led Arizona State (4-13, 0-8) with 23 kills and 10 digs while Erica Wilson had 14 kills and hit .400 (14-4-25). Stephanie Preach led the defensive effort with 43 digs while Shannon McCready had 51 assists and 11 digs.
USC committed nine service errors, including two foot faults, but had 13.0 blocks as a team.
Kastl's two kills helped put ASU ahead, 7-4, in the first set. Shaw brought USC within one at 11-10 before the Sun Devils used their blocking for two straight points as part of a 5-2 run for the 16-12 score. Kastl recorded two more kills and Stephanie Preach later added an ace to make it 20-16 for the Sun Devils. At set point for Arizona State, the Trojans had three straight points before Kastl snapped USC's streak of 21 straight set wins with the kill.
USC raced out to a 7-3 lead in the second set. Two kills from Schraer helped the Trojans go up by six at 11-5. Williams hit the overpass and added another kill to keep the advantage at 14-8. Wilson terminated back-to-back for the Sun Devils, but Jupiter started four straight points as USC led, 18-10. Shaw later stuffed Wilson for the solo block to make it 20-11 for the Trojans. It was Arizona State's turn to stave off set point with five straight before Shaw stopped the rally to tie the match.
Jupiter provided bookend kills on a Williams/Bateman block in the third set for a 9-7 USC lead. Nora Tuioti-Mariner recorded the stuff block on Jupiter to give ASU the lead at 11-10. Fuller later made it 15-14 for the Trojans before another service error by the Trojans and kill by Malia Bachynski put the Sun Devils ahead, 16-15. After a USC timeout, the Women of Troy scored four straight as Shaw's ace make it 19-16. Tuioti-Mariner cut the deficit to one, but Bateman won a key joust at the night and teamed with Williams on a block to keep the Trojans up by three, 21-18. Williams recorded a solo block with Fuller and Shaw giving the Women of Troy the lead, 2-1, in the match.
Williams compiled three kills early in the fourth with Schraer registering her own solo block as USC held the 8-3 advantage. USC would later lead by 10 points at 15-5, but Arizona State used its defense to get back into the set. After Shaw made it 21-11, the Sun Devils reeled off seven straight points as Jenny Teslevich's ace made it a 21-18 score. Williams gave match point to USC at 24-22, but Kastl got the sideout kill and Tuioti-Mariner and Sonja Markanovich tied the set with a block. Both teams traded points to a 27-27 score on six straight sideouts. Schraer put USC ahead again and Wilson's next attempt sailed out of bounds as the Trojans were able to hold off the late Sun Devil rally.
USC returns home next weekend to host Oregon on Friday (Oct. 14) and Oregon State on Saturday (Oct. 15) with a 7 p.m. start for both matches. A live video webcast with Gametracker live stats will be available on usctrojans.com.
Notes: USC's 66 kills and 13.0 blocks in tonight's match were season highs...Alex Jupiter now has 1,635 career kills and needs one kills to tie Lonise Norfleet (1987-90) for fourth place on USC's all-time list...Kendall Bateman now has 3,946 career assists and moved into fourth place on USC's all-time list, moving past Christine Brigman (1987-89) tonight.
USC 22-25-25-29 ASU 25-17-20-27