Oregon State Takes Out USC Volleyball in Four Sets|
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Nov. 21, 2014
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The No. 25-ranked USC women's volleyball team (14-13, 7-10 Pac-12) dropped a four-set match (25-22, 19-25, 25-23, 25-13) to Oregon State (18-10, 8-9) on Friday, Nov. 21, at Gill Coliseum. The Women of Troy had their 11-match winning streak against the Beavers snapped and were handed their third straight loss.
Junior outside hitter Samantha Bricio scored 27.5 points for the Trojans and finished with 23 kills (9e, 57att) and a .246 hitting percentage. Bricio also scored on four service aces and a block assist. It was the 28th time in her career that Bricio has had at least three aces in the same match and brought her season total to 76. Defensively, Bricio made her presence felt with 15 digs to account for her 14th double-double of the season (36th of her career).
Sophomore outside hitter Elise Ruddins put up 14 kills (4e, 29att) to hit .345 and finished with nine digs and a solo block for 15.0 points. Fellow sophomore outside Ebony Nwanebu had eight kills and seven digs to go with two blocks (one solo). The Trojans went to their middles 29 times and got seven kills from each of them. Senior middle blocker Hannah Schraer tallied seven kills without an error (15att) for a .467 hitting percentage while junior Alicia Ogoms finished with seven kills (2e) on 14 swings for a .357 hitting rate.
The Trojans used three setters including senior Hayley Crone who appeared in a match for the first time since Oct. 17. Sophomore Alice Pizzasegola led the team with 32 assists and senior setter/hitter Emily Young had 18 assists. Sophomore libero Taylor Whittingham finished with a match-high 20 digs and sophomore defender Anne Marie Schmidt picked up nine digs.
For the Beavers, setter Tayla Woods had 45 assists and 11 digs to help OSU hit .277 in the match. Woods set four hitters to double-digit kill matches led by Katelyn Driscoll who finished with 14 (3e, 35att, .314) to go with five blocks. Mary-Kate Marshall had 12 kills (5e, 48att) for a .146 hitting percentage and added 11 digs for her own double-double. Middle hitters Amanda Brown (11k, 1e, 23att, .435) and Arica Nassar (10k, 3e, 23att, .304) had 10 kills apiece.
The Trojans came out firing and earned their first seven points to lead, 7-4, but the Beavers rolled right back to go up by two, 10-8. Bricio tooled the OSU block on back-to-back rallies to tie the score for a third time, but the Beavers used a kill from Brown to go up, 15-14, and never trailed from there on. Ruddins' tool shot brought the Trojans within one point, but the Beavers earned set point at 24-19 on a kill from Driscoll. USC saved three points and was on a 5-1 run to pull within two at 24-22, but Marshall slammed the door with the final point of the set for a 25-22 OSU win. USC hit .205 in the opening frame with 17 kills, but had eight errors on 44 swings. Oregon State also hit .205 with 12 kills (4e, 39att).
USC never trailed in the second set and rolled out to a quick 5-1 lead with two kills from Ogoms, two blocks by Ogoms, and a service ace from Bricio. The Trojans stayed on the pedal and led by four again at 15-11 when Ruddins went down the line to score. Back-to-back kills by Schraer put USC up by five at 17-12. Ruddins went wrist-away for a kill and a 22-15 lead before Oregon State mounted a short run. It was too late though as Ruddins scored for a 23-16 lead and then closed the set with a tool-shot kill and a 25-19 USC win. The Trojans earned 20 points off kills in the second set (5e, 39att) and hit .385 to outpace the Beavers' .195 outing (11k, 3e) on 41 attacks.
Oregon State seized control of the third set at 13-8, but the Trojans kept fighting and pulled within two at 18-16 when Bricio slammed an overpass to the ground. Two Beaver kills pulled OSU out in front by four again, but the Trojans used a 4-0 run on kills from Nwanebu, Ogoms, and Ruddins, and an ace from Bricio to tie the set for just the third time at 20-all. USC got a pair of kills from Ruddins, and Nwanebu won her joust at the net to give the Trojans three more points, but Marshall was the deciding factor as she earned kills down the line to secure Oregon State's 25-23 win for a 2-1 lead in the match. The Trojans had 16 kills in the third and hit .279 (4e, 43att) while the Beavers were .350 with 18 kills (4e, 40att).
The fourth set was won and lost on errors. The Trojans committed 13 errors and allowed Oregon State to finish in a flurry for a 25-13 victory. USC hit negative .030 in the fourth with seven kills to eight errors (33att) while the Beavers needed just 28 swings to post 13 kills (2e) for a .393 hitting percentage. OSU scored a quick 8-4 lead and doubled up with a 16-9 advantage that forced the Trojans to burn up their second timeout. Out of the break, the Beavers' 8-2 run claimed set point at 24-11. USC saved a pair but the road back was too long as Driscoll completed the win with her kill.
The Trojans now get set to face No. 14 Oregon (19-7, 9-7) on Sunday, Nov. 23, at Matt Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore., at 11 a.m. PT. In all, the Trojans must play four matches in eight days as the team then heads out to Tucson, Ariz., for a Wednesday-night bout with Arizona on Nov. 26, and then finishes out the season at UCLA on Friday, Nov. 28.
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