No. 18 USC Sweeps No. 12 Oregon In Pac-10 Action
Oct. 24, 2009
LOS ANGELES -- Sophomore outside hitter Alex Jupiter (Hermosa Beach/Redondo Union HS) recorded 19 kills and 24.5 points Saturday as the No. 18 USC Women of Troy swept the No. 12 Oregon Ducks, 3-0 (26-24, 25-23, 30-28), in Pac-10 Conference action at the Galen Center. Jupiter mirrored Friday's sweep of Oregon State by adding three service aces, seven digs and three blocks (two solo) in the win today against the Ducks.
Sophomore middle blocker Lauren Williams (Houston, Texas/Stratford HS) posted a season-high 12 kills and hit .500 (12-2-20) for USC (15-6, 4-5) while sophomore setter Kendall Bateman (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa HS) recorded 49 assists (16.33 aps) and nine digs with three block assists. Senior outside hitter Jessica Gysin added 10 kills and 13 digs in a .391 match (10-1-23) while senior libero Alli Hillgren had 20 digs.
Sonja Newcombe led Oregon (14-5, 4-5) with 21 kills and 10 digs while hitting .442 (21-2-43) with Heather Meyers adding 13 kills and 13 digs. Nevena Djordjevic recorded 44 assists with 6 digs for the Ducks while Neticia Enesi had nine kills in a .467 day (9-2-15).
Oregon built a 16-9 lead in the first set before USC rallied to win. Audrey Eicher, who had eight kills for the Women of Troy, started a 7-2 run and cut the deficit to 18-16. Meyers kept the Ducks ahead by three, but the Trojans continued to chip away and Gysin's kill tied it at 22-22. USC took set point at 24-23, but Katherine Fischer tied it with a kill. Jupiter hit the sideout kill and Gysin capped the rally for the 1-0 lead.
The Women of Troy built a 17-11 lead in the second set, but this time it was the Ducks' turn to answer. Oregon took advantage of late errors by USC to get within two at 22-20. Jupiter was stuffed on a block by Enesi and Meyers, but Eichler and Bateman returned the favor on Fischer for set point. Jupiter recorded a hitting error, but USC went back to Eichler for the set-winner.
In the final set, Oregon again used a late rush to tie it at 24-24 on Haley Jacob's service ace. USC held the advantage with constant sideouts. After Gysin made it 29-28, Meyers' attempt sailed wide on the right side as USC wrapped up the match.
USC travels to Stanford on Friday (Oct. 30) and California on Saturday (Oct. 31). Gametracker live stats for both matches will be available on usctrojans.com.
Notes: Through the first half of the Pac-10 Conference season, Alex Jupiter has a 5.27 kills per set average with 198.5 points for a 6.02 points per set clip.
UO 24-23-28 USC 26-25-30
USC head coach Mick Haley post-match quotes
"I think (being down 16-9 in the first set and rallying) had a lot to do with us winning the match because we have been up in certain situations this year and come back and lost those matches. We are starting to get our confidence. We have many tough matches ahead. Now we have to go back to the hard work and prepare for Stanford and Cal next weekend. This helps us a great deal and we should feel a lot better. Kendall with 16 assists per set for us today and Alex with 19 kills again today. Jessica did a great job for us today along with both middles. When the middles block the way they did today, that is when Alli can get six digs a set. It all works when you can do what you want to do."
"We had a lot of really good performances. Lauren played the whole match. Audrey keeps getting better."
"One, we have to pick two or three areas to work on this week. We have to continue to work on the blocking and defense and not get complacent with that. We need to keep our practices shorter, but keep the intensity to make sure we are mentally alert."