No. 4 USC Sweeps At Oregon State|
Nov. 11, 2011
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Senior All-America outside hitter Alex Jupiter recorded 16 kills, three aces and eight digs Friday as the No. 4 USC Women of Troy swept the Oregon State Beavers, 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 25-16), in Pac-12 Conference action. Senior All-America setter Kendall Bateman had 36 assists with two kills and five digs as the Women of Troy hit .327 in the match.
USC improved to 21-4 on the season and is now alone atop the Pac-12 standings with a 16-2 mark after No. 20 Oregon rallied to upset No. 1 UCLA in five sets tonight, moving the Bruins to a 15-3 conference record. Oregon State drops to 14-13 overall, 6-11 in conference.
Camille Sexton led Oregon State with 12 kills and seven digs while hitting .333 for the match. Dre Shaw chipped in 11 kills and eight digs while Megan McBride had six kills, 14 digs, five assists and three blocks.
"We just stayed consistent tonight and didn't make a lot of errors," said USC head coach Mick Haley. "I thought (Oregon State) played really well tonight. Their serving was strong tonight, but we held up well by only allowing one ace. We want to play better tomorrow night than we did tonight and we have to keep working on our blocking and overall defense."
The host Beavers played the Trojans tough in the first set as both teams played to a 16-16 tie. Williams' kill preceded Alexis Olgard's solo block on Ashley Eneliko as USC led, 18-16. After an OSU timeout, Olgard used a kill to push the lead to three points as the Trojans would maintain the cushion for the remainder of the set.
OSU opened with a 5-1 run in set two before the Trojans answered with an 8-4 run to tie it at 9-9. After Jupiter recorded eight kills in the first set, she got into a rhythm again to lead the Women of Troy to the 17-13 lead. Hagglund aced to give set point for USC, who finished the set off on a kill by Olgard.
The Women of Troy would dominate the start of the third set, jumping out to a commanding 19-9 advantage. Freshman outside hitter Emily Young finished off the sweep for the Trojans, the 18th time this season that USC has won in 3-0 fashion.
USC travels to Oregon tomorrow night for a match that starts at 8:30 p.m.
Notes: Alex Jupiter now has 4,345 career attempts and needs only 12 attempts tomorrow night to break the USC all-time record of 4,356, held by Jennifer Kessy (1995-98)...Jupiter is 44 kills away from tying Kessy's school record for career kills (1,799)...Kendall Bateman needs 22 assists to tie Taylor Carico (2006-08) for second place on USC's all-time mark for assists (Bateman currently has 4,079 career assists).
USC 25-25-25 OSU 21-18-16