No. 4 USC Silences No. 20 Oregon, 3-0|
Nov. 12, 2011
EUGENE, Ore. -- Senior All-America outside hitter Alex Jupiter registered 21.5 points on 14 kills, 15 digs, three blocks and a career-high five service aces Saturday as the No. 4 USC Women of Troy silenced the No. 20 Oregon Ducks in a 3-0 sweep (25-21, 25-17, 25-23) in Pac-12 Conference action. Sophomore outside hitter Sara Shaw led USC with a career-high 17 kills while hitting .538 (17-3-26).
Jupiter broke Jennifer Kessy's (1995-98) school record for career attempts tonight and is 30 kills away from tying Kessy's school mark for career kills.
USC (22-4, 17-2) played in front of a raucous crowd of 1,692 fans in a match that was pushed back to an 8:30 p.m. start for a football watch party at Matthew Knight Arena to view the Oregon-Stanford game, but the Women of Troy came out swinging early by hitting .486 in the first set.
Senior All-America setter Kendall Bateman posted a 15.33 assists-per-set average with 46 assists, two aces and seven digs as the Trojans hit .359 as a team.
Alaina Bergsma led Oregon (18-8, 11-7) with 13 digs, three aces, five digs and two blocks while Ariana Williams had eight kills with four blocks.
"(Oregon) was hitting away from (libero) Natalie (Hagglund) tonight, so Alex carried a lot of the workload on the serve receive," said USC head coach Mick Haley. "We were down in the third set, but Alex's serving was the big difference in the match. I thought it was a really good team effort. Oregon did not make a lot of hitting errors, but we got a good performance from a lot of players. Our middles did a good job of creating a lot of one-on-one situations which allowed Sara to get free a lot. Katie (Fuller) really put some balls down tonight and Bria (Russ) came in and served very well as a freshman."
After USC built a 12-9 lead in the first set, Bergsma used two of her aces to help the Ducks score five straight to take the 14-12 lead. The Trojans came back to tie it at 16-16 and turned to Jupiter with a 19-19 score. Jupiter recorded a kill and then utilized her hard serving to score four straight points as Shaw would close out the set win.
Jupiter opened the second set with back-to-back aces with the Women of Troy scoring six straight points on Russ' serve to open a 13-4 advantage. Oregon recorded back-to-back stuffs to get within four at 16-12. USC kept the pressure on a Bateman ace and Shaw kill gave a 2-0 match lead to the visitors.
Oregon came out of the intermission with a 10-5 run before the Trojans answered to tie it at 12-12. At 17-17, Milica Krstojevic and Liz Brenner blocked Fuller with a kill by Lauren Plum putting the Ducks up by three at 20-17. The Trojans trailed 22-19 before Jupiter once again headed to the service area where USC was able to score five straight times for match point at 24-22. Bergsma got the side-out kill, but Shaw finished off the sweep for the Women of Troy.
USC concludes the home portion of its regular season schedule next weekend against Arizona State on Friday (Nov. 18) and Arizona on Saturday (Nov. 19) with a 7 p.m. start for both matches. Saturday's match against Arizona will offer free attendance as well as a tape-delayed broadcast on FOX Sports Net.
Notes: Alex Jupiter now has 4,375 career attempts after passing Jennifer Kessy's school record of 4,356 tonight...Kendall Bateman moved into second place on USC's all-time list for career assists, passing Taylor Carico (2006-08)...Bateman now has 4,089 career assists and needs 169 assists to tie the school record of 4,258, held by Janice Mounts (1995-98)...Jupiter currently has a 0.53 service aces per set average, barely ahead of the current school record of 0.52 (set by April Ross in 2003)...Jupiter's five aces beat her previous career best of four aces (set four times)...Bateman had two aces in a match for the fifth time in her career, tying the most she has had in a match...Sara Shaw's 17 kills broke her previous career best of 15 kills (set twice)...Bria Russ tied her season high for aces (two against Oregon State on Oct. 15)...with three conference matches remaining, USC can clinch a share of the Pac-12 Conference title with two victories (vs. Arizona State, vs. Arizona and at UCLA)...USC remains in first place in the Pac-12 standings, one win ahead of UCLA (16-3).
USC 25-25-25 UO 21-17-23