No. 4 USC Sweeps Washington State|
Nov. 4, 2011
LOS ANGELES - Senior All-America middle blocker Lauren Williams was a perfect 1.000 with nine kills on nine attempts Friday as the No. 4 USC Women of Troy swept the Washington State Cougars, 3-0 (25-21, 25-8, 25-16), in Pac-12 Conference action at the Galen Center. The other two senior All-Americans on USC's roster had a solid effort as Alex Jupiter led both teams with 11 kills with four digs, one ace and a solo block while Kendall Bateman recorded 36 assists.
Sophomore libero Natalie Hagglund had 22 digs for USC (19-4, 14-2). Rachel Todorovich led Washington State (12-13, 4-11) with nine kills and a .471 match (9-1-17). USC held WSU's Meagan Ganzer, the current Pac-12 Conference points leader, to 7.5 points on the evening while hitting minus .105 with seven kills against 11 hitting errors.
After Hannah Schraer made it a 5-3 lead in the first set for the Women of Troy, the Cougars responded with seven straight points with two blocks helping the visitors to a 10-5 lead. Jupiter's solo block capped a brief 4-1 run as the Trojans got within two, 11-9. Two attack errors by USC put Washington State on top by five at 14-9 before the Trojans unleashed a streak of their own with six straight. Williams and Katie Fuller finished the streak for a 15-15 USC advantage with back-to-back blocks on Ganzer. At 18-18, Sara Shaw recorded a kill and followed with a service ace for the 20-18 USC score. Marcelina Glab earned the overpass kill for WSU, but Bateman's kill started three straight as the Women of Troy would go on to take the first set.
USC dominated the second set, hitting .429 as a team on only two errors while WSU hit a negative .138 with five kills against nine errors. The Women of Troy opened with a 13-3 run and held the Cougars to only eight points for the set as Kirby Burnham and Natasa Siljkovic used a block to finish a 7-1 run in the set. Todorovich used back-to-back kills to make it 9-8 for USC in the third set before the Trojans pulled away with a 5-1 run. Burnham's kill and ace paced the way to USC's 16th sweep of the season.
USC hosts No. 10 Washington tomorrow in a 7 p.m. match at the Galen Center. The match will be broadcast live through a video webcast on usctrojans.com.
Notes: Alex Jupiter moved into second place on USC's career list for total attempts, passing Katie Haller (1990-93)...Jupiter now has 4,274 career attempts, shy of the school mark held by Jennifer Kessy (4,356 from 1995-98)...Jupiter now has 109 career solo blocks, good for fifth place alone after being tied on the USC all-time list before tonight's match with Stefanie Bodison (1988-91)...Kendall Bateman became just the third player in USC history to record 4,000 career assists and now has 4,005 in her career...she is 96 assists away from second place on USC's career list, held by her former Mira Costa High teammate, Taylor Carico...with six service aces tonight against Washington State's two, USC is now 16-0 this season when recording more service aces than its opponent.
WSU 21-8 -16 USC 25-25-25