Nov. 14, 1997
No. 7 USC Beats UCLA, 3-0
LOS ANGELES - The No. 7 USC women's volleyball team swept No. 24 UCLA, 15-2, 15-8, 15-13, on Friday night at the North Gym in front of 1,023, marking the first time the Women of Troy have swept the Bruins in a season series since 1987.
The Women of Troy improved to 20-4 overall, 12-4 in the Pac-10, good for sole possession of second place in the Pacific-10 Conference. The Bruins dropped to 12-11, 7-9, in sixth place.
USC, led by junior middle blocker Alaina Kipps' 11 blocks and junior middle blocker Jasmina Marinkovic's 11 kills, has won 3 in a row over UCLA for the first time since a 3-match span in 1981-82 and swept the Bruins in a 3-game match at home for the first time since 1982.
"This was a very emotional match and not an easy match to sweep," USC Coach Lisa Love said. "We executed our gameplan in Games 1 and 2 as fine as we could have.
"Alaina Kipps continues to ignite the house with her blocking. She really sparks the team when she's blocking that big."
USC jumped out early on UCLA in the first game, going up 5-1 before scoring the last 10 points to take a 1-0 lead. The Women of Troy got out fast in the second game as well, turning a 4-3 edge into a 12-3 lead with 8 consecutive points. UCLA made it close with a 5-0 run, but couldn't complete the rally.
UCLA saw its best chance at getting back in the match in Game 3, fighting back from deficits of 6-0 and 10-4 to tie the final game at 13-13. A Kipps kill, however, put USC up by one and a Lyn Embree hitting error ended the match.
UCLA was led by senior outside hitter Kara Milling's match-high 16 kills and senior setter Kim Coleman's 36 assists. With her performance, Coleman became only the fourth Bruin ever to surpass 3,000 career assists and now stands at 3,029.
USC, which also got 10 kills apiece from junior outside hitter Jennifer Kessy and freshman outside hitter Antoinette Polk and 41 assists from junior setter Janice Mounts, hit a blazing .538 in the first game and outblocked UCLA overall, 15 to 4.
USC next travels to Arizona on Friday (Nov. 21) and to Arizona State on Saturday (Nov. 22) to finish out the Pac-10 season. Both of USC's matches are at 7 p.m.