No. 4 Trojans Break Beaver Dam in Sweep of Oregon State
Nov. 20, 2012
CORVALLIS, Ore. - USC head coach Mick Haley logged his 311th victory with the Women of Troy as the fourth-ranked women's volleyball team (27-4, 15-4 Pac-12) defeated Oregon State (14-17, 4-15) in three sets (25-10, 25-14, 25-20) on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at Gill Coliseum. The victory gives Haley the most by any USC head coach as he passes Chuck Erbe who had 310 in 12 seasons at USC.
The Trojans won their sixth straight match and can secure a share of second place in the Pac-12 with a win over crosstown rival UCLA in Friday's (Nov. 23) regular-season finale. The Trojans defeated the Beavers for the eighth straight time and have won 23 straight sets over OSU. USC's win is also its 30th in the last 31 meetings with the Beavers to give the Trojans a 45-8 overall record against Oregon State.
Behind 25 assists by sophomore setter Hayley Crone, USC out-hit Oregon State, .293 to .101. The Trojans' middles were flawless on offense as junior Alexis Olgard logged nine kills (0e, 16att) for a .562 hitting percentage and freshman Alicia Ogoms had seven kills (0e, 9att) for a .778 hitting rate and added four blocks.
Crone herself had three kills without an error (4att, .750) and added nine digs, two service aces, and a block to her final stat line. Junior outside hitter Sara Shaw logged seven kills without an error on 22 swings to hit .318 and added 10 digs and two service aces while freshman outside hitter Samantha Bricio led all players with 12 kills (3e, 36att) for a .250 hitting percentage.
For Oregon State, Sara Almen and Arica Nassar each had seven kills to lead the Beavers and libero Becky Defoe led all players with 23 digs.
Behind five kills apiece from Bricio and Ogoms, the Trojans rolled to a 25-10 win in the first set. USC out-hit Oregon State, .395 to .000 and had 18 kills (3e, 38att) to the Beavers' four kills (4e, 30att). Oregon State led, 2-1, but a pair of kills by Ogoms put the Trojans in front, 5-3, and USC was never threatened, again. Olgard teamed with Bricio to block an attack by Nassar and extend the Trojan lead to nine points at 16-7, but Bricio showed off the hot hand as a pair of her kills set USC up with set point at 24-9. Ogoms took a quick set from freshman setter Cinnamon Sary to earn a kill and close out the first set, 25-10. The Trojans earned sideout at a 90-percent clip in the first set to out-do the Beavers' 37-percent effort.
The Beavers put up a fight to open the second set, but the Trojans began to pull away in the same way they did in the first set and took a 10-6 lead when Shaw went deep to the corner of the OSU court for a kill. Shaw served an ace to push USC ahead by seven points at 14-7 and continued to hold serve for six straight points as the Trojans built an 11-point lead at 18-7 on back-to-back kills from Olgard and Bricio. Bricio's cross-court rocket earned a kill to put USC up, 21-11, but the Beavers burrowed into that lead with a couple of strong plays to cut the deficit to seven at 21-14. An OSU error gave the Trojans life and spurred them to set point at 24-14 when Olgard terminated on a quick set from Sary. Another Beaver error closed out the set, 25-14, for USC, which had nine kills (3e, 31att) to hit .194 to another .000 set for Oregon State which had 11 kills and 11 errors on 42 swings.
With their backs to the wall in the third set, the Beavers came out and seized control. Tied at two-all, the Beavers ripped off five straight points on kills by Nassar, Alina Sopizhuk, Amanda Brown, and Almen to take a 7-2 lead. The Trojans fought to stay in striking distance and had a two-point deficit at 10-8 when Bricio served up an ace. Shaw went through the hole for a kill and then served up an ace of her own to bring the Trojans within a point at 13-12, but the Beavers continued to hold fast until Katie Fuller's ace tied the set for just the third time at 17-all. An attack error by Brown gave the Trojans their first lead at 18-17 and they never looked back. Sophomore setter Emily Young dumped a dig from Shaw to put USC up, 19-17, before she threw up a back-set to Olgard for a kill and a 23-19 lead. Olgard went quick on the final two rallies of the match to seal a 25-20 third-set win for the Trojans. USC had 16 kills (3e, 47att) in the third frame to log a .277 hitting percentage and the Beavers had their best offensive set by far with a .255 hitting rate (17k, 5e, 47att).
The Women of Troy will close out the regular season with a 6 p.m. PT match on Friday, Nov. 23, with rival UCLA. The Trojans and the seventh-ranked Bruins (21-7, 13-6 Pac-12) will meet in the newly renovated Pauley Pavilion in a match televised live on the Pac-12 Networks with Anne Marie Anderson and Holly McPeak on the call. Please visit www.USCTrojans.com for more information.