No. 8 Trojans Stampede Buffaloes For Third Straight Win
Nov. 10, 2012
BOULDER, Colo. - The No. 8-ranked USC women's volleyball team (24-4, 12-4 Pac-12) earned a 3-0 sweep (31-29, 25-19, 25-17) against Colorado (14-14, 4-12) on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Coors Events Center. Senior opposite hitter Katie Fuller had 11 kills (1e, 32att, .312) and added three service aces and five block assists for a match-high 16.5 points to lead the Women of Troy to their third straight victory.
Freshman outside hitter Samantha Bricio led all players with 12 kills (8e, 40att, .100) and had eight digs to go with three block assists while junior outside Sara Shaw added 10 kills (3e, 23att) and hit .304 to go with nine digs and two service aces. Freshman middle blocker Alicia Ogoms tallied six blocks (two solo) and hit .417 with five kills (0e) on 12 swings as the Trojans notched 12 blocks against the Buffalo offense.
For Colorado, Neira Ortiz Ruiz had 11 kills (8e, 34att) to lead her team but was held to a .088 hitting percentage by the USC defense. The Buffaloes also got nine kills (8e, 33att, .030) from Alexis Austin and eight kills each from Nikki Lindow and Anna Pantovic.
The first set was easily the most competitive of the three as the Buffaloes ran ahead by as many as three points at 13-10. A kill by Fuller followed by three straight Colorado errors put the lead back in USC's hands at 14-13, but the teams traded leads 10 times and saw the score tied 23 times before a winner was decided. The Trojans earned set point, first, at 24-23 as Ogoms stuffed an attack by Kelsey English, but Colorado stayed the course to take set point at 26-25 on a kill by Ortiz Ruiz. USC fought off four set points before a kill by Bricio knotted the score at 29-all. Sophomore setter/opposite hitter Emily Young and Fuller teamed up to block Austin before a Pantovic error sealed USC's 31-29 win in the opening frame. The Trojans hit .229 with 16 kills in the first set (5e, 48att) and held Colorado to .167 (21k, 12e) on 54 swings.
Colorado led the second set by a pair of points on several occasions, but got caught at 15-all as Young set Bricio for a kill. A solo block by Young followed by one of Fuller's three service aces preceded a kill by Young before Bricio terminated the next rally to cap a 5-0 USC run that put the Trojans up, 20-15. The Buffaloes tried to catch up, but errors led to a USC set point at 24-18 on a kill by Shaw. Two points later, Shaw topped the set off with another kill to sew up the 25-19 victory. The Trojans attacked 34 times but earned just 10 kills (6e) to post a .118 hitting percentage while the Buffaloes struggled to find offense with a negative .034 hitting rate on 29 swings (9k, 10e).
Unlike the first two sets, the Trojans took control early and led, 8-4, on consecutive service aces by Fuller. Bricio earned a kill off a set from sophomore setter Hayley Crone to make the score 10-5 before a kill by Fuller extended the Trojan lead to six points at 15-9. A kill by Bricio stretched the USC lead to eight points at 20-12 and a service ace from Shaw supplied the point for a 24-14 set-point lead for the Trojans. Colorado staved off three set points before a kill by Fuller put the finishing touches on a 3-0 sweep. USC posted a .351 hitting percentage with 15 kills (2e) on 37 attacks to outpace a Colorado attack that earned 12 kills (6e) on 37 swings for a .162 hitting rate.
The Trojans return home for their final two regular-season home matches, this weekend. USC and the Galen Center will host top-ranked Stanford (24-2, 16-0 Pac-12) on Thursday, Nov. 15, and California (14-12, 8-8) on Friday, Nov. 16. Both matches are set to start at 7 p.m. PT. In the regular-season home finale against the Golden Bears, the Women of Troy will celebrate Senior Night and the contributions of Natasa Siljkovic, Erin Yoder, and Katie Fuller in pre-match ceremonies. Please visit www.USCTrojans.com for more information.