Women's Volleyball

    Oct. 24, 1997

    No. 21 Washington Women's Volleyball Downs No. 5 USC in 5-game Marathon

    Jennifer Kessy photo
    Jennifer Kessy

    LOS ANGELES - The No. 5 USC women's volleyball team was upset by No. 21 Washington, 15-11, 16-14, 13-15, 13-15, 15-11, in front of 712 on Friday at the Lyon Center in a match that took 3 hours, 21 minutes to complete. The Women of Troy fell to 16-3 overall, 8-3 in the Pac-10. The Huskies improved to 12-7, 7-3.

    USC was led by junior outside hitter Jennifer Kessy's 27 kills and 28 digs, both career highs, and junior setter Janice Mounts' 79 assists (a career high) and 16 digs.

    Washington was led by senior quick hitter Makare Desilets, 37 kills, 12 digs and 13 blocks and senior setter Michelle Patton's 85 assists and 31 digs. The Huskies outblocked USC, 22-12. After falling down a game, USC looked like it would tie the match, but let a 14-11 lead in Game 2 slip away. The Women of Troy fought back from a 13-10 deficit in Game 3 to stay alive and held in Game 4 to force a point-per-play fifth game. Washington went up quickly, 3-0, and never trailed the rest of the way.

    Other standouts for USC included junior middle blocker Jasmina Marinkovic,s 18 kills and senior opposite hitter Jeanne Vetter's career-high tying 18 kills and 23 digs.

    USC next travels to the Bay Area to take on California on Friday (Oct. 31) at 7:30 p.m. before the rematch with No. 4 Stanford on Sunday (Nov. 2) at 1 p.m. Earlier this season in Los Angeles, USC beat Cal, 3-1, but was swept by Stanford, 3-0.