No. 7 Trojans Crush Cougars in 3-0 Sweep|
Oct. 27, 2012
LOS ANGELES - USC women's volleyball junior outside hitter Sara Shaw enjoyed a flawless outing as her career-high 18 kills (0e, 28att) earned a .643 hitting percentage to help the seventh-ranked USC women's volleyball team (21-3, 9-3 Pac-12) complete a 3-0 sweep (25-13, 25-17, 25-18) of Washington State (10-14, 0-12) on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Galen Center. Shaw added eight digs to her final line and had a solo block for a career-high 19.0 points. Her 18 kills without an error are the most by a Pac-12 player, this season.
The Women of Troy also got 12 kills from freshman outside hitter Samantha Bricio (5e, 29att, .241) and eight kills from senior opposite hitter Katie Fuller (3e, 21att, .238). As a team, USC posted a .366 hitting rate for the evening with 53 kills (12e) on 112 swings. The Trojan defense held WSU to a .071 hitting rate (25k, 18e) on 98 swings.
Junior libero Natalie Hagglund had 20 digs to lead all players while sophomore setter Hayley Crone dished out 30 assists on the evening. For the Cougars, Ver'Leea Hardaway had eight kills to lead the way while middle Marcelina Glab added seven kills. Kate Sommer led WSU with 17 digs on the night.
The Trojans never trailed in the first set and rolled out to a 10-4 six-point lead on a quick kill by junior middle Alexis Olgard. USC was never threatened as it created a 12-point gash, 21-9, when Fuller blasted a cut shot across the court for a kill. Olgard went quick and terminated the rally for USC's 23rd point before freshman middle Alicia Ogoms rose up to block Hardaway to give the Trojans set point. The Cougars saved one set point, but Crone set up Ogoms for a kill in the middle to complete a 25-13 win. USC posted a scorching .600 hitting percentage in the first set with 20 kills (2e) on 30 swings. The Trojan defense held WSU to just five kills with four errors on 25 attacks for a .040 rate in the first frame.
The second set's outcome was never in doubt as the Trojans went ahead by five points early in the set on a kill by Shaw. The Cougars made a small push to cut the USC lead to three points at 10-7, but Bricio crushed a kill through the WSU triple block to get a point after a long rally and went high-hands to give the Trojans a 14-8 lead. Shaw's next kill stretched the USC lead to 10-points at 19-9. The Cougars continued to hang around but a kill by senior middle Natasa Siljkovic made the score 21-12 before sophomore setter/opposite Emily Young earned USC's 23rd and 24th points to give the Trojans set point. WSU did itself in with an attack error for the final rally of a 25-17 USC win. The Trojans continued to hold their hot hand in the second set with 15 kills (3e, 38att) for a .316 hitting rate while WSU managed 11 kills (8e) on 40 swings for a .075 rate.
WSU battled hard to keep the third set close, but USC earned three straight points topped off by a kill from Ogoms to hold a 15-8 lead. The Cougars mounted a short run to get within a point at 16-15, but Bricio went off WSU hands for a kill to stop the bleeding and give USC the boost it needed down the stretch. Bricio crushed another shot down the line for a 20-17 USC lead before the Trojans went on a 6-1 run to close the set, 25-18. First, Shaw went off-speed for USC's 21st point; then, she went cross-court for a 23-18 lead. After a Crone service ace, Shaw slammed an overpassed ball back to the ground for her 18th kill and a USC sweep. The Trojans posted 18 kills (7e, 44att) for a .250 hitting rate in the third.
The Trojans will now hit the road for four straight matches starting with a pair at Arizona State (Nov. 2) and Arizona (Nov. 4). Both matches will be carried live by the Pac-12 Networks. Please visit www.USCTrojans.com for more information.