No. 24 Trojans Upended by No. 21 Utah|
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Oct. 28, 2016
LOS ANGELES -- The No. 24-ranked USC women's volleyball team (14-8, 6-5 Pac-12) dropped a 3-1 match (30-32, 25-10, 25-20, 28-26) to No. 21 Utah (16-6, 7-4) at Galen Center on Friday, Oct. 28. The Women of Troy lost back-to-back matches for the third time this season and surrendered a match to the Utes at the Galen Center for the first time in the teams' series history.
Freshman outside hitter Khalia Lanier posted her 10th double-double of the season with 18 kills (8e, 57att, .175) and 13 digs. Sophomore outside hitter Alyse Ford added 11 kills, four digs, and one of USC's three service aces. Junior setter Reni Meyer-Whalley dished out 23 assists and had eight digs to go with the other two service aces. Senior libero Taylor Whittingham had 23 digs and eight assists, opposite of Meyer-Whalley, and put up the 18th double-digit digs match of her season; the eighth over 20 digs.
For the Utes, Adora Anae had 25 kills and 25 digs and hit .396 (6e, 48att) to pace the Utah attack. Berkeley Oblad had five kills and hit .077 but led the Utes with eight blocks (one solo) and added four service aces. Utah finished the night with 15.0 team blocks. Carly Trueman added 14 kills (5e, 40att, .225) to go with three blocks while Eliza Katoa had nine kills (1e, 18att, .444) to go with six blocks. Brianna Doehrmann had 14 digs and served a pair of critical aces for the Utes.
The Trojans rolled out to a seven-point lead at 19-12 in the first set when junior opposite hitter Niki Withers went crosscourt for a kill, but the Utes chipped away at the USC lead and knotted the score at 24-all when Anae earned three straight kills including four on five rallies. The teams went back and forth until the Trojans scored their second set point at 31-30 on a tool-shot kill by Lanier. Ruddins shut the door on Anae on the following rally to close out the 32-30 win for the Women of Troy.
Utah took a 6-5 lead in the second set on a tip-shot kill by Anae and never looked back. The kill broke the set's third tie and sent the Utes on a 20-5 run that ended a 25-10 win. The Trojans were shut down on four Utah blocks and were held to a negative .036 hitting rate with just five kills and six errors on 28 attempts.
The Utes never trailed in the third and opened with a 5-0 run before they led by as many as eight points at 17-9, but the Trojans began to fight back and trimmed the lead to four at 22-18 when Meyer-Whalley sandwiched a pair of Lanier kills with service aces. The USC run stalled before Anae sealed the 25-20 win with her kill down the line.
The fourth frame went back and forth and was tied 11 times before the Utes stepped ahead for a four-point lead at 20-16. The Trojans weren't done though, as USC fought and got back-to-back-to-back kills from Ford and Lanier to grab set point at 24-22. Utah responded to get a kill from Anae and then consecutive aces from Doehrmann to take back the lead and had set point at 25-24. USC had one more shot to close out the set at 26-25, but Anae's kill tied the score for the 17th time at 26-all before she knocked down her 24th and 25th kills to complete the 28-26 win.
Up next, the Trojans have just one night to regroup before they take on Colorado (12-9, 4-7) at the Galen Center on Saturday, Oct. 29. The Buffaloes are just 3-6 since they lost to the Women of Troy on Sept. 30. They fell in five sets to UCLA earlier this evening. The match will be streamed live on USC's Pac-12 Network stream portal at Pac-12.com/live/usc-2.
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