Nov. 7, 1997
No. 7 USC Defeats OREGON, 3-1
LOS ANGELES--The No. 7 USC women's volleyball team began slow but finished strong, defeating upstart Oregon, 12-15, 15-10, 15-5, 15-4, in front of 855 on Friday night in a Pac-10 Conference match at the North Gym.
The Women of Troy improved to 18-4 overall, 10-4 in the Pacific-10. The Ducks dropped to 8-17, 0-13. It was USC's 15th consecutive win over the Ducks.
USC had 4 players reach double figures in kills, led by junior middle blocker Jasmina Marinkovic's 16. Junior outside hitter Jennifer Kessy had 12 kills and freshmen hitters Antoinette Polk and Kashi Cormier had 10 kills apiece. Junior setter Janice Mounts had 46 assists and also hit well, putting down 7 kills in 11 attempts with only 1 error.
Oregon was led by senior outside hitter Madeline Ernst's match-high 21 kills. The Ducks came out strong in the first game thanks to 7 kills by Ernst and surprised the sluggish Women of Troy to win only their fourth Pac-10 game of the season.
Game 2 was equally tight and the Ducks even led 10-9 before USC ran off 6 consecutive points to even the match.
USC took control in the third and fourth games, posting a .545 hitting percentage in Game 3 and .300 in Game 4.
USC next hosts Oregon State on Saturday (Nov. 8) at 7 p.m. at the North Gym.