No. 6 Trojans Blank Golden Bears for Bay Area Split
Oct. 12, 2012
BERKELEY, Calif. - The sixth-ranked USC women's volleyball team (17-3, 5-3 Pac-12) completed a 3-0 win over California (9-8, 3-4) on Friday, Oct. 12, at Haas Pavilion behind freshman outside hitter Samantha Bricio's sixth double-double. The Women of Troy bounced back after a loss on Wednesday to earn a sweep against the Golden Bears, 25-22, 25-21, 25-20. Bricio had 14 kills (7e, 42att) for a .167 hitting percentage and added 12 digs.
Senior opposite hitter Katie Fuller also enjoyed a double-double evening with 10 kills (3e, 25att, .280) and 15 digs; her fourth of the season. Sophomore setter Hayley Crone posted her seventh double-double with 39 assists and 10 digs.
Crone connected early and often with her middle blockers and helped junior Alexis Olgard finish with eight kills (2e, 15att, .400. Freshman middle Alicia Ogoms added five kills (2e, 14att, .214). Junior outside Sara Shaw finished the night with eight kills (4e, 36att .111) and 10 digs while junior libero Natalie Hagglund earned 18 digs to lead all players.
For Cal, opposite hitter Correy Johnson did plenty of damage on the offensive end as she led the team with 10 kills (3e, 31att, .226) and had four blocks. Outside hitter Christina Higgins had eight kills and middle hitter Shannon Hawari had seven for the Bears.
Cal controlled the opening of the match and got in front by two points, 10-8, when Higgins went crosscourt for a kill, but the Trojans tied the score for a fifth time when Shaw tooled her shot off the Cal block. USC took its second lead of the first set at 12-11 when Crone won a joust at the net, but the Bears stayed with their game plan and pushed out to a 16-14 lead on a service ace by Lara Vukasovic. Cal led until Bricio returned the favor by forcing Vukasovic to mishandle her serve for a USC ace and a 19-all tie. USC took a 21-20 lead on its third ace of the set from senior defensive specialist Erin Yoder before the Bears committed four straight errors to set the Trojans up with set point at 24-22. Ogoms and Fuller teamed up to block a shot by Higgins to close out USC's 25-22 win in the first set. The Trojans had 15 kills (6e) on 51 swings for a .176 hitting percentage while Cal had 14 kills (6e) on 54 attempts for a .148 outing.
Powered by five straight kills, USC scored the first seven points of the second set and stayed on top, 9-2, as Crone dumped her pass with two hands for a kill. The Bears chipped away at the Trojan lead and caught USC at 15-all for the first tie score of the set as Vukasovic tooled the USC block. Cal held the lead for nine rallies and went in front by as many as three points, 20-17, on a Higgins kill, but the Trojans knotted the match once more at 20-all when Higgins went long on an attack. Bricio crushed two straight cross-court balls for kills and sophomore setter/opposite Emily Young dumped a pass for a kill to put a 23-21 lead in USC's hands. Bricio knocked a kill off the Cal block to give the Trojans their final point in a 25-21 win. USC had 18 kills (6e, 46att) for a .261 hitting percentage and held the Bears to a .100 hitting rate on 40 swings with 10 kills (6e).
The Trojans took control of the third set right away and pushed out to a 6-2 lead on consecutive service aces by Yoder. She finished the night with career-high four service aces. Fuller tooled the Cal block for an 11-5 lead to force the Bears to burn a timeout, and USC went up by seven points at 13-6 as Bricio collected two straight kills on crosscourt attempts. USC maintained its distance and claimed a 21-15 lead as Ogoms notched a kill off a quick set from Crone. The Bears made one last push, but Fuller gave USC set point at 24-20 on a cross-court kill from the right side. The Trojans never trailed in the third set as Cal's attack error sealed the win for USC, 25-20. The Trojans had 15 kills (6e, 40att) in the final frame for a .225 hitting percentage and held Cal to a .079 hitting rate (9k, 6e, 38att).
The Trojans return to Galen Center to begin a four-match home stand that starts with a 6 p.m. PT match against Utah on Friday, Oct. 19. Colorado visits for an 11 a.m. match on Sunday, Oct. 21. Both matches will air live on the Pac-12 Networks. Please visit www.USCTrojans.com for more information.