No. 4 Women of Troy Bury Beavers in Straight Sets
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Nov. 10, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The fourth-ranked USC women's volleyball team (22-3, 12-2 Pac-12) made short work of Oregon State (9-16, 0-14) as the Women of Troy beat the Beavers in straight sets, 25-21, 25-11, 25-12, at Galen Center on Sunday, Nov. 10. It was the fourth straight victory for the Trojans and their 10th in a row over Oregon State. In fact, USC has now won 29 straight sets over the Beavers since 2008.
Oregon State dropped its 14th consecutive match, which ties for the second longest losing streak in program history and remained winless in conference matches, this season.
Senior middle blocker Alexis Olgard scored 11.0 points as she logged eight kills (0e, 14att) and hit .571 on the day. Olgard also had four blocks (two solo) and four digs. Freshman outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu led all players with 13.5 points and did her damage on the offensive end with 13 kills (1e, 23att) and a .522 hitting percentage.
USC also got eight kills from sophomore outside hitter Samantha Bricio (4e, 24att, .167) who also logged 11 digs and a pair of service aces to move into a sixth-place tie for single-season aces (63) in Pac-12 history with Stanford's Ashley Ivy (2002). Bricio also moved into an eighth-place tie for career aces at USC with Tracy Clark (1982-85). She now has 106 in her two seasons at Troy.
Senior outside hitter Sara Shaw had four kills and eight digs to go with two solo blocks while senior libero Natalie Hagglund led all players with 18 digs. Trojan setters Hayley Crone (24 assists, six digs, one ace) and Alice Pizzasegola (16 assists) helped USC to a .327 hitting percentage (44k, 10e) on 104 attempts. It is the 23rd time in 25 matches that the Trojans have posted a higher hitting rate than their opponent.
For Oregon State, Kelsey Zimmerman posted nine kills (3e, 33att, .182) while Arica Nassar earned seven kills (4e, 18att, .167) and led the Beavers with four blocks. Tayla Woods dished out 20 assists and had eight digs while Becky Defoe and Darby Reeder led OSU with 10 digs apiece.
Nassar got the Beaver offense going in the first set and spurred a 5-0 run that gave Oregon State a 5-2 lead. From there, the Trojans chipped away at the Beaver lead and caught up at eight-all when Bricio went crosscourt to terminate a rally. Eight all was just the second tie of a set that saw 13 ties as the teams traded barbs all the way through a 19-all knot. Each time, Oregon State would inch ahead, but USC took a lead at 15-14 when Olgard finished on a quick set and Bricio followed with another crosscourt kill. The Beavers went up, 17-16, on a kill from Lila Toner, but the Trojans broke the 19-all tie when junior middle blocker Hannah Schraer found the ground on a quick set from Crone. USC stayed the course and carried its momentum into a 25-21 win when Olgard topped things off with the final point of the first set. The Trojans hit .275 in the opening frame with 18 kills (4e) on 51 swings and the Beavers were .208 with 14 kills (33) on 53 attacks.
The second set was a different story as the Trojans blew up for a quick 8-2 lead on three straight kills; two from Olgard and one from Nwanebu. USC posted a scorching .409 hitting percentage and needed just 22 swings (3e, 22att) to get the job done on a 25-11 win. The Trojans put up four blocks and dug up just seven balls but still managed to hold the Beavers to a negative .111 hitting percentage (6k, 9e, 27att). A kill by freshman outside Elise Ruddins made the score 11-6 and set USC off on an 8-0 run that was topped off by a pair of blocks by Bricio and Schraer. Oregon State scored a couple more points but it was too little, too late, as USC put the set to bed on a quick-set kill by sophomore middle blocker Kiara Wright.
A pair of blocks kick-started the USC offense in the third set as Nwanebu scored on three of four rallies to get the Trojans up, 10-4, in short order. The Beavers showed some fight to get within four points at 12-8, but USC went on another extended scoring run topped off with a kill by sophomore middle blocker Alicia Ogoms to get in front by 12 points, 22-10. First, Bricio showed off her versatility with a pipe-set kill out of the back row before she went off-speed with a tip shot to make the score 15-8. Nwanebu bounced a shot down the line before Bricio served up to straight aces to get the Trojans in front, 20-10. Shaw's kill gave USC set point at 24-12 before Olgard and junior outside hitter Emily Young teamed up to block Zimmerman to score the final point of a 25-12 win. The Trojans collected 14 kills (3e, 31att) and hit .355 in the final set and held the Beavers below the line again with a negative .100 hitting rate (5k, 8e, 30att).
USC will head to the Pacific Northwest for a pivotal match with No. 3 Washington (20-1, 12-1 Pac-12) at 6 p.m. PT on Friday, Nov. 15, at Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle. The match will be carried live regionally by the Pac-12 Networks with Krista Blunk and Kelli Tennant on the call. Please visit USCTrojans.com for more information and a complete schedule.