No. 7 USC Hands Another Loss To No. 2 Cal
Nov. 5, 2010
BERKELEY, Calif. - Freshman outside hitter Falyn Fonoimoana (Hermosa Beach/Mira Costa HS) posted 20 kills and 13 digs Friday as the No. 7 USC Women of Troy recorded a four-set upset against the No. 2 California Golden Bears (25-21, 20-25, 25-20, 25-18). Fonoimoana hit .359 (20-6-39) in the match and recorded a career-high 13 digs along with two solo blocks.
USC improved to 20-3 on the season and is now one game back of Cal and No. 3 Stanford in the Pac-10 Conference standings with a 9-3 mark. Cal is now 20-2 overall and 10-3 in conference with both of their losses this season coming at the hands of the Women of Troy.
Junior setter Kendall Bateman orchestrated a USC attack that hit .303 on the night as she had 58 assists (14.50 aps), including tying her career best with three kills. Junior All-American Alex Jupiter had 17 kills, 11 digs and five blocks (two solo) while junior middle blocker Lauren Williams had 11 kills against just two errors for a .429 match (11-2-21) with five blocks.
Tarah Murrey led all players with 21 kills for Cal with Kat Brown and Correy Johnson adding 12 kills each. Senior setter Carli Lloyd had 49 assists and 10 digs, but hit -.143 with two kills against four errors.
Bateman's service ace was part of a key five-point streak as the Trojans broke away from a 15-15 tie in the first set to take control. Two hitting errors by Fonoimoana brought the Golden Bears within three at 24-21, but Murrey's service error gave the opening set to the visiting Trojans.
Cal took charge in the second set and built a five-point lead at 17-12. Williams and Katie Fuller blocked an attempt by Adrienne Gehan to get USC within two at 18-16, but another attack error by Fonoimoana gave the momentum back to Cal. Murrey tied the match with a kill on Fonoimoana's serve.
Jupiter's kill at 12-12 in the third set gave USC a lead they would not relinquish. Williams' kill put the Trojans up by four as Cal called its final timeout of the set, trailing by a 21-17 margin. It was another service error, this time by Meagan Schmitt, which handed a set point to the Women of Troy. It was another hard-fought set for the fourth set with both teams playing to a 14-14 tie. Jupiter once again broke the tie with back-to-back kills with another kill later and a solo block from Fonoimoana on Lloyd putting USC up by four, 19-15. Fonoimoana started another streak of five straight points as the Women of Troy closed out the victory with Bateman adding the final touch with a dump in the middle.
USC travels to No. 3 Stanford on Sunday (Nov. 7) at 1 p.m. with a live audio webcast available on usctrojans.com.
Notes: Alex Jupiter moved into fourth place on USC's career list for points, passing April Ross (2001-03)...Jupiter now has 1,439.0 points in her career...Jupiter has 12 double-doubles this season with nine of them coming in Pac-10 Conference play...USC is 13-0 this season when recording more blocks than its opponent (12.0 to 7.0 margin tonight against Cal).
USC 25-20-25-25 CAL 21-25-20-18
USC head coach Mick Haley's post-match quotes
"It was our next step to be able to win on the road in the conference because we have always been splitting on the road. To come up here and win the first night is very difficult against a Cal team that has lost only once this year before tonight. I was pretty impressed. We played well in the first set. We faded a bit and let them off the hook in the second set. We really brought it in the third and fourth sets after the intermission."
"I had a talk with Falyn (Fonoimoana) last week about needing to improve to play at this level. She had a bad start tonight, but she really took charge of the match. She did a whale of a job. Each week she gets better and stronger. It's pretty exciting to watch."
"We were more alert tonight in trying to stop Carli (Lloyd) tonight. It takes away from us doubling down on them so they got what they wanted but we held them down. The other players were good and they accepted the challenge but we did hold down (Tarah) Murrey a bit. We were able to keep Carli from hurting us which was a key for us tonight."