No. 3 USC Sweeps Utah For 11th Straight Win
Oct. 21, 2011
LOS ANGELES - Senior All-America middle blocker Lauren Williams (Houston, Texas) had a team-high 10 kills while hitting .500 with three blocks Friday as the No. 3 USC Women of Troy swept the Utah Utes, 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-14), in a Pac-12 Conference match at the Galen Center.
USC improved to 16-3 overall by winning its 11th consecutive match and maintained its first-place conference lead with an 11-1 mark. Utah is now 8-13 overall and 3-9 in conference.
Morgan Odale led the Utes with eight kills, three digs and two blocks while Danielle Killpack had five kills for a .500 night while leading both teams with seven blocks.
The Women of Troy opened the match with an 8-0 run to set the tempo. Schraer figured in four straight points as USC led, 15-5. Alex Jupiter finished the set with a kill to begin the sweep. One of Jupiter's four service aces on the night was part of four straight points as USC took the 17-8 lead in the second set. After Williams got a kill on the overpass to make it 23-12, the Utes would respond with a 9-1 run. Staring at set point, Utah reeled off seven straight points before Williams halted the rally.
After a Utah block made it a 6-4 score for USC in the third set, the Women of Troy pulled away with a 10-4 streak as Jupiter tallied four kills in the latter part of the set for the win.
USC hosts Colorado tomorrow in a 7 p.m. match that will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com.
Notes: Kendall Bateman moved into third place on USC's career list for assists, passing Toni Anderson (2000-03)...Bateman now has 3,853 career assists and behind Taylor Carico (2006-08) for second place...Janice Mounts (1995-98) holds the school record for career assists with 4,258...Alex Jupiter tied a career high with four service aces, a feat she has accomplished four times in her Trojan career.
UTAH 15-21-14 USC 25-25-25