Women's Volleyball
    No. 7 Trojans Trample Buffaloes in Three Sets for 900th Win

    Junior middle blocked Alexis Olgard had nine kills against Colorado.

    Oct. 21, 2012

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    LOS ANGELES - The seventh-ranked USC women's volleyball team (19-3, 7-3 Pac-12) earned the program's 900th all-time victory as the Women of Troy took out Colorado (13-9, 3-7 Pac-12) in three sets, 25-16, 25-19, 25-18, in a Sunday-morning matinee at Galen Center.

    The Trojans improved their all-time record to 900-304-4 (.745) with today's win. 303 of those wins belong to head coach Mick Haley who is just eight victories from taking the reigns as the program's most successful coach. Troy's first-ever coach Chuck Erbe recorded 310 wins in 12 seasons.

    Freshman outside hitter Samantha Bricio powered the Trojan attack, again, as she scored 18.0 points with 12 kills and four service aces to go with three blocks (one solo). Junior middle blocker Alexis Olgard knocked down nine kills (2e, 16att) for a .438 hitting percentage and junior outside Sara Shaw posted eight kills (3e, 23att, .217). Senior opposite hitter Katie Fuller had six kills (2e, 12att, .333) and served up two aces for 8.5 points.

    Used in the latter two frames, senior middle blocker Natasa Siljkovic came in and earned four kills on just five swings for a .800 hitting rate. Sophomore setter Hayley Crone split time with freshman setter Cinnamon Sary as the two dished out 40 assists to run the Trojan attack. USC posted a .255 hitting percentage in the match (43k, 16e, 106att).

    For Colorado, outside hitters Neira Ortiz Ruiz and Alexis Austin shared team-high honors with nine kills apiece.

    The Trojans hit .231 (14k, 5e, 39att) in the first set and scored on a pair of service aces to claim a 25-16 win. Olgard's kill off a quick set broke a four-all tie before Bricio came up with three kills in four rallies to push the Trojans ahead, 8-5. Bricio's service ace gave USC a 10-5 lead and forced a Colorado timeout. The Buffaloes fought back to claim a couple of points but USC took a 15-8 lead when Shaw knocked a shot off the CU block. The Trojans continued to roll and went up by nine points, 22-13, as Olgard collected consecutive kills. The Buffaloes gave up the next two points to put USC at set point but scored the following three points to save set point until Bricio went cross-court to terminate the set. Each team had three blocks but Colorado only hit .032 in the set with seven kills (6e) on 31 swings.

    A pair of service aces by Fuller put the Trojans up, 6-3, in the second set; a lead USC never relinquished. Fuller provided the firepower again when she crushed a cross-court shot for a kill and a 15-8 Trojan lead. USC went up by nine points on two straight Bricio kills and earned a 10-point advantage, 20-10, when Bricio tooled the Buffalo block for a kill. Colorado made a push and rallied to trim the USC lead to four points, 20-16, before Bricio went cross-court again to stop the Buffalo stampede. Siljkovic came in and scored twice on slide plays to give USC a 23-18 lead before Colorado scored its last point. Fuller gave the Trojans set point at 24-19 before Ogoms knocked down a ball on an overpass for a kill and the 25-19 win. USC posted a .314 hitting percentage in the second set with 16 kills (5e) on 35 swings while Colorado had eight kills (5e, 28att) for a .107 rate.

    The final set was tied three times before Bricio's cross-court shot put USC ahead for good at 4-3. Colorado stayed within striking distance and was as close as one point at 11-10 when Austin earned a kill. The Buffs got within one point just one more time before the Trojans erupted for an 8-0 run capped by Bricio's fourth service ace to lead, 22-13. An Ortiz Ruiz kill tripped the USC streak but Olgard blocked an Austin offering to put the Trojans up, 23-15, before a Colorado error put set point in USC's hands. Sophomore opposite hitter Emily Young had the final point of the day when she tooled the Buffalo block to seal a 25-18 win for the Trojans and a 3-0 USC sweep. The Women of Troy had 13 kills in the final set (6e, 32att) for a .219 hitting percentage and held the Buffaloes under 10 kills (6e, 30att) for a .100 hitting rate.

    The Trojans remain home to host Washington (Oct. 26) and Washington State (Oct. 27) at the Galen Center to complete a four-match home stand. Please visit www.USCTrojans.com for more information.