No. 6 USC Records Another Five-Set Winner At No. 9 UCLA
Nov. 26, 2010
LOS ANGELES - Freshman outside hitter Falyn Fonoimoana tied a season-high with 23 kills Friday as the No. 6 USC Women of Troy finished the 2010 regular season with a five-set win against the No. 9 UCLA Bruins (20-25, 25-21, 25-20, 20-25, 15-13) in Pac-10 Conference action at Pauley Pavilion. The Trojans registered a season-high 18 blocks against the Bruins as USC improved its record to 7-1 this season in five-set matches.
Junior All-American Alex Jupiter had another double-double for USC (25-4, 14-4) with 17 kills and 15 digs while junior setter Kendall Bateman posted 63 assists with seven digs and four blocks. Lauren Williams had 12 kills with seven blocks while freshman Alexis Olgard had eight kills and added a season-high nine blocks for the Trojans.
Bojana Todorovic led UCLA (21-8, 11-7) with 21 kills and 12 digs while hitting .366 as setter Lauren Van Orden had 63 assists with 10 digs and three blocks. Dicey McGraw had 19 kills, but hit .185 in her final home match.
The 28 digs by UCLA libero Lainey Gera and 27 digs by USC libero Natalie Hagglund was another indicator of how even the match was between both teams.
USC's attack error gave UCLA an 8-5 lead in the first set. Fonoimoana started five straight for the Women of Troy as Jupiter hit a soft shot from the back row for the 10-8 USC advantage. The Trojans would push the lead to four points at 15-11. Kidder put two down for the Bruins as back-to-back hitting errors by USC had UCLA with five straight of its own and the 16-15 lead. Foniomoana made it 18-17 before McGraw had two kills combined with two more USC hitting errors with UCLA leading, 21-18. UCLA finished the set with an 8-2 run as two more errors hurt the Women of Troy late.
In the second set, USC opened with a 6-2 run. Foniomoana pushed it to six points with a kill at 9-3. The Bruins chipped away as Todorovic made it 10-8 in favor of USC. Rachael Kidder used a kill and followed with a solo block on a slide from Olgard to tie it a 12-12. Jupiter came out of the USC timeout and sparked the 6-1 run as Williams had two kills and a solo block for the 18-13 USC lead. McGraw aided the Bruins' recovery with two kills as UCLA got within two at 21-19. Fonoimoana gave a much-needed kill for the Women of Troy as Jupiter figured for the final two kills as USC evened the match.
It was a battle in the first part of the third set with USC hanging on for the 10-8 lead. With a block and a kill, Foniomoana kept the Trojans ahead by two at the media timeout, 15-13. Bateman registered a solo block on the right side and USC leading, 17-14. Back-to-back hitting errors by the Bruins pushed the Trojan lead to five at 20-15. Fonoimoana added two more kills to finish the set with seven kills and two solo blocks as USC took a 2-1 match lead.
Set four mirrored the start of the third set with both teams working to a 12-12 tie. McGraw pushed the Bruins ahead by two at the media timeout, 15-13. Williams had a solo block to tie it at 15-15, but Todorovic hit back-to-back kills with UCLA up at 19-16. Todorovic added two smart kills for the Bruins, who went on to send the match into a fifth set.
The Bruins opened with a 3-0 start in the fifth, but Williams went back-to-back as the Trojans evened the score at 3-3. Mariana Aquino started a 4-2 run for UCLA as USC took a timeout with the Bruins ahead, 7-5. USC took advantage of two straight hitting errors by UCLA and Williams used a solo block to give the Trojans an 8-7 lead. Fonoimoana added two kills to her match total, but McGraw helped the Bruins pull ahead at 11-10. Fonoimoana answered again for the Trojans and a key joust put USC back in the lead at 12-11. Olgard and Bateman notched the Trojans' final block of the match to make it 13-11 before USC let UCLA back in with a service error. Olgard went off in the block in the middle and it was Williams who later finished off the victory for USC.
The 2010 NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament bracket will be released this Sunday (Nov. 28) at approximately noon on ESPN NEWS.
Notes: USC has recorded 25 wins in a season for the eighth time during head coach Mick Haley's 10-year tenure with the Women of Troy...with 533.5 points, Alex Jupiter is now in fifth place on USC's single-season list for points...Jupiter has 15 double-doubles this season with 12 of them coming in Pac-10 Conference play...Kendall Bateman now has 1,343 assists on the season, placing her fifth on USC's single-season list for assists...Lauren Williams, who entered the match by leading the nation with a .435 hitting percentage, hit .280 tonight against the Bruins...Natalie Hagglund was one dig away from her season high of 28 digs...Alexis Olgard's previous best for blocks this season was six (recorded twice)...with tonight's win, USC is assured of 10 points in the Gauntlet standings against USC by sweeping the season series for women's volleyball.
USC 20-25-25-20-15 UCLA 25-21-20-25-13