No. 1 Trojans Trounce Beavers in Straight Sets for Ninth Straight Win|
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Oct. 11, 2013
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Behind 16.0 points from sophomore outside hitter Samantha Bricio, the top-ranked USC women’s volleyball team (15-1, 5-0 Pac-12) took out Oregon State (9-7, 0-5) in three sets (25-11, 25-15, 25-15) at Gill Coliseum on Friday, Oct. 11. The Women of Troy won their season-high ninth straight match and are off to their best start since the 2006 squad went 17-1 to open the season.
Bricio scored 10 of her points on kills (1e, 21att) as she posted a .429 hitting percentage. She also had six service aces and served long strings of rallies to help keep the Beavers off balance. It is the third time in her career that she has had six aces or more in a single match. It is also the seventh time this season that she has had at least three in a match. Bricio’s 43 aces this season ties her freshman total and also ties for the seventh most in a single season in USC history.
The Trojans also had seven kills from senior middle blocker Alexis Olgard (2e, 15att, .333) who added four blocks. Freshman outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu put up seven kills (3e, 14att, .286) and three blocks and junior middle blocker Hannah Schraer had six kills (1e, 10att, .500) to go with a match-high six blocks. Junior outside hitter Emily Young added four kills (0e, 11att, .364) and three blocks for USC.
Defensively, USC got 15 digs from senior libero Natalie Hagglund and seven from senior outside hitter Sara Shaw. Trojan setters shared the load as junior Hayley Crone dished out 17 assists and freshman Alice Pizzasegola had 13.
For Oregon State, Laura Schaudt led the team with 10 kills (2e, 22att, .364) while Arica Nassar had six kills (2e, 11att, .364). Two Beavers posted negative hitting percentages as OSU finished with a .065 hitting rate in the match (26k, 20e, 93att). USC had 38 kills (11e, 93att, .290) to post a higher hitting percentage than its opponent for the 16th time.
The Trojans were relentless in the first set as they rolled out to a 5-0 lead on Bricio’s serves. Oregon State earned points, but USC earned a five-point lead at 10-5 when Bricio tipped a ball for a kill out of the back row. Olgard went quick for a kill to make the score 13-5, but a pair of errors by Lila Toner put the Trojans up by 10 at 15-5. USC continued to hold its lead and extended to 13 points at 22-9 when Bricio unloaded for her first ace of the match. Bricio served up another ace for a 24-9 lead and set point, but the Beavers saved two with a kill and a Trojan error, before they committed their own error on a serve to seal a 25-11 USC win in the first set. The Trojans posted a .226 hitting percentage in the opening frame with 10 kills (3e, 31att) and held Oregon State to a negative .029 rate (7k, 8e, 35att).
The second set opened to a different tune as the Beavers took control for an early lead, but USC tied the score at six-all when Bricio terminated a rally. The Trojans went up by two, 11-9, on Olgard’s kill off Crone’s quick set, but Oregon State fought back to knot the score at 12-all on Nassar’s kill. The Trojans went ahead by three, 17-14, when Schraer connected on a slide play for a kill, and never looked back. Bricio served her fourth ace of the match and flew out of the back row for a kill before Shaw stuffed Amanda Brown at the net for a 22-14 lead. On the next rally, Hagglund set Nwanebu for a kill before Shaw went down the line off a set from Nwanebu for a 24-15 Trojan advantage. Olgard and Schraer teamed up to block Nassar on the final rally to complete a 13-3 USC run and a 25-15 win for USC. The Women of Troy hit .370 in the second set with 13 kills (3e) on 27 swings and put up five blocks to keep the Beavers down at .069 (10k, 8e, 29att).
USC broke the seventh tie of the third set with a 3-0 run that earned it an 11-8 lead on a pair of back-to-back kills from Bricio. The Beavers fought to get within two points at 12-10, but USC made another run to get ahead by five at 20-15 when Schraer and Young teamed up for a block. Bricio went through a hole for another crosscourt kill to spark the final five points of the match as the Trojans ran away with a 25-15 win in the third frame. USC posted a .286 hitting rate in the final set with 15 kills (5e, 35att, .286) and out-hit the Beavers who hit .172 (9k, 4e) on 29 attempts.
The Trojans are back in action on Sunday afternoon in Eugene, Ore., where they will take on No. 22 Oregon (9-5, 2-2) at Matt Knight Arena at 3 p.m. PT. Please visit USCTrojans.com for more information and a complete schedule.