No. 7 USC Serves Up Sweep Against Utah
Oct. 19, 2012
LOS ANGELES - USC women's volleyball freshman outside hitter Samantha Bricio was unconscionable as she served up seven service aces to help lead the Women of Troy (18-3, 6-3 Pac-12) to a 3-0 sweep (25-14, 25-14, 25-22) over Utah (11-12, 2-8) on Friday, Oct. 19, at the Galen Center.
Between sets two and three, the Trojans welcomed alumni to the floor and honored longtime athletic trainer Sue Lerner as part of Alumni Night. Lerner recently retired after 34 years of service at USC.
Bricio scored 13.0 points as she knocked down six kills (2e, 15att, .267) to go with her career-best seven aces. It was the most aces for a Trojan player since All-American outside Asia Kaczor had eight in a three-set match at Oregon State, on Nov. 9, 2007. Junior outside hitter Sara Shaw led all players with 10 kills (4e, 24att, .250) and had USC's two other service aces for 12.0 points.
Sophomore setter Hayley Crone dished out 26 assists and connected with her middle blockers early and often. Junior middle Alexis Olgard had seven kills (0e, 9att) for a .788 hitting percentage while freshman middle Alicia Ogoms had eight kills (2e, 11att) for a .545 hitting rate.
On the other side of the court, senior opposite hitter Katie Fuller had six kills (2e, 14att, .286). Junior libero Natalie Hagglund led all players with 12 digs. The Trojans played all 13 of the players on their roster for the first time, this season as freshman setter Cinnamon Sary saw her first collegiate action. Sary finished with seven assists and two digs. For Utah, Shelby Dalton led her team with seven kills (3e, 12att, .333).
The first set saw six ties before Ogoms earned a pair of kills on two straight overpassed balls for an 8-6 USC lead and the Trojans never trailed again. Utah rallied to force a tie at nine-all, but another Ogoms kill put USC ahead for good. A 14-11 lead quickly turned into a 17-12 advantage for the Trojans as Olgard terminated three plays on quick sets from Crone over four rallies. USC scored the next seven points as Bricio collected five service aces to complete a 10-1 run before a Utah error closed out the first set for the 25-14 win. USC posted a .571 hitting percentage in the first set with 14 kills (2e, 21att) and had six service aces. Utah's passing woes were magnified by its strong .333 hitting percentage (9k, 2e, 21att).
It was more of the same in the second set as USC put another 25-14 win in the books. The Trojans pulled ahead by six points, 9-3, on a pair of service aces by Bricio. Olgard's kill on a quick set earned the next point before Shaw earned back-to-back kills for a 12-3 USC lead. The Women of Troy grabbed their first 10-point lead at 14-4, and led by as many as 11 points but a short push by the Utes trimmed the Trojan lead. USC went up by 10 points once more when Shaw knocked down a kill out of the back row for a 24-14 lead before another Utah error sealed the set and a 2-0 lead. The Trojans maintained their torrid hitting rate with a .480 showing in the second set with 14 kills (2e, 25att) while Utah was held to 10 kills (5e, 24att, .208).
Though USC won the third set, 25-22, it was never threatened beyond a 7-6 Utah lead. The Trojans grabbed an 8-7 lead on a kill by Shaw before Crone dumped her pass for a kill and a 9-8 lead. USC began to run away with the set when Shaw served up the team's ninth service ace of the evening for a 17-10 lead. The Utes put up a couple of blocks to make a run at the Trojans, but a cross-court kill by Bricio steadied the ship. Bricio tooled a shot off the Ute block for a 23-20 lead before Shaw went high-hands to give the Trojans set point at 24-21. Shaw knocked her last offering off the Utah block to complete the three-set sweep for USC. The Trojans had 13 kills in the final frame (8e) on 39 swings for a .128 hitting percentage but held Utah to a .086 outing (11k, 8e, 35att).
The Trojans have a day between matches and will host Colorado (13-8, 3-6 Pac-12) in an 11 a.m. PT match on Sunday, Oct. 21, at Galen Center. USC will also host a special all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at the Galen Center Founders Room for paying fans. For $15, fans can enjoy pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, and beverages. Please RSVP online by visiting the USCTrojans.com women's volleyball page. Admission to the USC-Colorado match is free.