USC Opens NCAA Tournament With Sweep Of New Mexico
Dec. 3, 2010
LOS ANGELES - Junior All-America outside hitter Alex Jupiter (Paris, France/Redondo Union HS) led with 16 kills and hit .464 (16-3-28) as the No. 6 seeded USC Women of Troy swept the New Mexico Lobos (25-19, 25-8, 25-18) in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament. USC hit .330 in the match to sweep New Mexico for the second time this season (Sept. 3 in Honolulu).
Kendall Bateman had 42 assists and six digs for USC (26-4) as the Trojans used 10 service aces in the match, including eight in the first set, to set the tempo. Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Falyn Fonoimoana registered 13 kills with six digs and two blocks while senior Geena Urango started for the Trojans and rolled up four aces in the first set.
Lisa Meeter led New Mexico (20-10) with nine kills and five digs while Ashley Rhoades and Kelly Williamson posted five kills each for the Lobos.
Meeter gave UNM the 10-8 lead in the first set before USC took the lead on a 7-1 run. After the Lobos took their last timeout of the set with a 17-12 deficit, Jupiter came out with a solo block in the middle for another Trojan point. Two straight blocks by the Lobos made it 23-18 in favor of USC, but Jupiter finished off the set with another kill.
The Women of Troy came out with full force in the second set, scoring six straight for the 12-4 score. Jupiter used back-to-back kills, followed by Fonoimoana's ace to lead, 16-5. Jupiter's kill started another streak of six points as USC hit .552 (17-1-29) to take a 2-0 lead in the match heading into the intermission.
Down 4-2 early in the third, USC countered with a 10-3 run to lead by five at 12-7. Back-to-back errors by the Lobos and a Lauren Williams kill put the Women of Troy ahead by 10, 19-9. The Lobos cut the deficit to five at 20-15, but Fonoimoana sent the Trojans into the second round with a shot to the back corner.
USC will face San Diego in second-round action tomorrow at 5 p.m. with a live video webcast courtesy of usctrojans.com. San Diego swept Long Beach State in first-round action Friday (25-22, 30-28, 25-19). Amy DeGroot led the Toreros with 17 kills and 15 digs.
Notes: USC is making its 20th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance...USC has not lost a first-round match in the NCAA Tournament since 1989...15 of USC's 26 wins this season have come by the way of a 3-0 sweep...USC is now 65-8 all-time at the Galen Center...with 465 kills on the season, Alex Jupiter moved into 10th place on USC's single-season list as she passed Katie Haller (464 kills in 1993)...Kendall Bateman now has 1,385 assists this season, moving her into fifth place on USC's single-season list as she passed Monika Cavaliere (1,379 in 1994)...tonight was the fourth time this season that USC has recorded 10 or more service aces in the match...the Women of Troy's best serving came on Aug. 28 with 12 aces against Bucknell...Geena Urango tied her career high with four aces tonight, the third time she had done that in her career...Falyn Fonoimoana tied her season high for aces (two for the sixth time this season) and blocks (four for the third time).
UNM 19- 8-18 USC 25-25-25
New Mexico-USC postmatch quotes
USC head coach Mick Haley
On USC's Defense
"I thought Falyn (Fonoimoana) did a good job blocking behind. It helped us to know their players a little bit. We were a little more comfortable coming out to start with and maybe we will be again tomorrow night against San Diego."
USC senior Geena Urango
USC junior Kendall Bateman