No. 4 USC Goose Eggs Ducks For Third Straight Victory
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Nov. 8, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The fourth-ranked USC women's volleyball team (21-3, 11-2 Pac-12) ran its winning streak to three matches with a 3-0 win (25-20, 25-20, 25-18) over Oregon (13-10, 6-7) at Galen Center on Friday, Nov. 8. The Women of Troy were powered by 10 kills (1e, 20att) and a .450 hitting percentage from freshman outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu.
Senior libero Natalie Hagglund tied for match-high honors with 16 digs and moved into a fourth-place tie with Stanford's Gabi Ailes (2007-10) for career digs in Pac-12 history. She needs just 51 to move into third place.
Senior middle blocker Alexis Olgard logged 11.5 points with eight kills (1e, 16att) and hit .438 to go with a match-high seven blocks. The Trojans also got a strong match out of junior middle Hannah Schraer who posted six kills (1e, 10att) for a .500 hitting percentage. On the outside, sophomore Samantha Bricio had eight kills (0e, 30att) and a .267 hitting rate to go with 15 digs while senior Sara Shaw put up six kills (3e, 20att, .150), six digs, and three blocks.
Trojan setters Alice Pizzasegola (22 assists) and Hayley Crone (18 assists) kept the USC offense humming to a .284 hitting percentage (45k, 12e) on 116 attacks. The Trojans out-blocked the Ducks, 9-6, and held the Oregon offense to a .130 hitting rate (37att, 22e) on 115 attempts. It is the 22nd time in 24 matches that USC has out-hit its opponent.
For Oregon, Liz Brenner led the way with 12 kills (4e, 33att) and a .242 hitting percentage to go with nine digs. Libero Amanda Benson had 16 digs for the Ducks. Ariana Williams (.125) and Martenne Bettendorf (.095) each added six kills.
The Trojans moved swiftly to create a four-point lead at 7-3 in the first set when Olgard claimed a kill off a quick set from Pizzasegola. Schraer got in on the action and terminated on three of four rallies to get USC out to an 11-7 lead, but the Ducks never batted an eye. Oregon fought back to get within a point on three straight kills at 14-13, but the Trojans had an answer and built a six-point lead, 20-14, when Schraer found the ground on a quick-set kill from Crone. The Ducks cut the lead to three, but Bricio pushed it back to four when she went down the line for a kill. Nwanebu sandwiched a block with a pair of kills to bring the Trojans to set point at 24-18. Oregon saved a pair before its own error sealed a 25-20 win for the Trojans. USC was efficient in the first set and produced 19 of its 25 points on kills (2e, 42att) while hitting .405. The Ducks posted 15 kills (4e) on 36 swings for a .306 hitting rate in the opening frame.
USC created its first sizeable lead of the second set when Nwanebu and Schraer teamed to block Bettendorf and Crone followed up with a service ace for a 10-6 lead. The Ducks closed to within two points at 12-10, but Shaw's roll shot down the line stopped the Oregon rally and helped spark a 4-0 USC run that put the Trojans up, 16-10. Oregon wouldn't back down though, and pulled within four at 20-16 on back-to-back kills by Bettendorf. Kills by Canace Finley and Williams helped spur the Ducks but a pair of back-to-back points from Naya Crittenden completed a 6-1 Oregon run. Out of a timeout, Bricio cut a shot to the ground for a point before Nwanebu went crosscourt for the kill and a 23-20 lead. USC played its game and forced the Ducks into two errors to close out a 25-20 win in the second set. The Trojans had 13 kills (4e) on 39 swings to hit .231 and posted four blocks to hold Oregon to a .070 hitting rate (12k, 9e) on 43 attempts.
The Women of Troy rolled out to a 4-0 lead to open the third set as Shaw's solo block of Williams forced an early Oregon timeout. USC seized early control and was unrelenting as it drove out to an 11-point lead at 20-9 off three straight kills; one by Emily Young and a pair by Shaw. The Trojan lead was short-lived though as the Ducks reeled off a 6-0 run. Olgard rose up to crush a quick set from Pizzasegola and stemmed the tide, but Oregon kept on pushing and got within four points at 22-18 when Ashen dumped her set for a kill. Ruddins flew in from the right side to earn a kill before Crone served up a pair of aces to cement USC's 3-0 sweep on a 25-18 third-set win. The Trojans posted 13 kills (6e) on 35 swings for a .200 hitting rate in the third and held Oregon below the line for much of the way before the Ducks finished with a .028 hitting percentage with 10 kills (9e) on 36 attacks.
The Trojans get a day off between matches and will host Oregon State (9-15, 0-13 Pac-12) on Sunday, Nov. 10, at Galen Center at 11 a.m. PT. The match will be broadcast regionally on Pac-12 Networks with Kevin Barnett and Kelli Tennant on the call. Please visit USCTrojans.com for more information and a complete schedule.