No. 4 USC Registers Another Sweep Against No. 10 Washington
Nov. 5, 2011
LOS ANGELES - Senior All-America outside hitter Alex Jupiter recorded 13 kills and 17 digs Saturday as the No. 4 USC Women of Troy swept the No. 10 Washington Huskies, 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-21), in Pac-12 Conference action. A crowd of 2,612 witnessed a Trojan squad that hit .343 against the Huskies. It is the first time that USC has registered 3-0 sweeps against Washington in the season series since the 2003 national championship season.
The Women of Troy are now 20-4 overall and 15-2 in conference as USC tallied 20 wins for the 14th time in the last 16 years.
Lauren Williams finished with 11 kills for USC with three blocks while hitting .529. Williams finished the weekend with 20 kills against only two errors for a .692 hitting percentage (20-2-26). Kendall Bateman had 38 assists, eight digs and two blocks while Natalie Hagglund had 11 digs.
Bianca Rowland led Washington (18-6, 10-6) with eight kills and a .368 hitting night. USC held UW freshmen Krista Vansant to a negative .032 night (7 kills, 8 errors) and Summer Ross to a .000 performance (4 kills, 4 errors) with the Huskies hitting .106 as a team.
The key sequence in the first set came with the score knotted at 9-9. A Husky attack error started a 5-1 run for the Women of Troy as Williams earned three kills for the 14-10 lead. Gabbi Parker cut the deficit to two at 15-13, but Jupiter delivered from the back row to spark an 8-1 run to take the opening set.
Jupiter hammered back-to-back kills as USC took the 9-5 lead in the second set. Rowland kept the Huskies close at 19-15, but Williams went down the middle again as Sara Shaw followed with two straight kills as a 6-1 streak wrapped up a 2-0 lead in the match for the Trojans.
UW came out of the intermission with some fire, sprinting out to a 7-3 lead. Shaw's ace capped three straight points as USC got within one. Vansant hit the overpass to put UW up by four at 12-8. Shaw hit one from the back row as USC gained the momentum with a 5-1 run tying the set at 13-13. At 16-16, USC scored four straight with Williams finishing it off with a block. The Huskies scored four straight to tie it at 20-20. Jupiter hit the overpass kill and a UW hitting error made it 22-20. Rowland and Kylin Munoz stuffed a USC attempt for the point, but Williams and Bateman returned the favor for the 23-21 score. Williams and Shaw closed the match out with kills for the Women of Troy.
USC travels to Oregon State next Friday (November 11) and Oregon on Saturday (November 12) with a 7 p.m. start for both matches.
Notes: Tonight was the 1,300th match in the 35-year career as a women's head coach for USC head coach Mick Haley...he now has an overall record as a women's head coach of 1,048-251-1 (his record at the Division I level is 797-200)...Alex Jupiter now has 4,307 career attempts, shy of the school mark held by Jennifer Kessy (4,356 from 1995-98)...Lauren Williams now has 983 career kills and needs 17 kills to become only the 18th player in USC history to record 1,000 kills in her career...tonight's crowd of 2,612 was the second largest at the Galen Center this season, thanks in part to the successful Dads and Daughters Night promotion.
UW 15-16-21 USC 25-25-25