Nov. 8, 1997
Women's Volleyball Makes Quick Work of Oregon State
LOS ANGELES- the No. 7 USC women's volleyball team played on of its top matches of the year, hitting a season-high .465 as a team, and defeated Oregon State, 15-2, 15-3, 15-7, in front of 611 at the North Gym on Saturday night in a Pacific-10 Conference match.
The women of Troy improved to 19-4 overall. 11-4 in the PAC-10, good for sole possession of second place behind Stanford. The Beavers dropped to 14-13, 5-9.
USC was led by Junior middle blocker Jasmina Marinkovic, who had 14 kills in 19 attacks without an error, good for a hitting percentage of .737, the third-highest percentage in USC history (minimum of 15 attempts). She also owns the second-highest spot with a .765 outing earlier in the year. Marinkovic's match against Oregon State marked her forth errorless performed this year and the 11th time she hit .500 or higher this year.
The women of Troy also got 10 kills from junior outside hitter Jennifer Kessy (she hit .471) and 9 kills from freshman outside hitter Antoinette Polk. Junior middle blocker Alaina Kipps had 7 kills and a match-high 5 blocks.
USC opened the match by scoring the first 6 points and led 12-1 before taking the first game. The women of Troy then used a 9-0 run to end game 2. The third game was equally uneventful as USC went up 14-3 before ending the match at 15-7.
Oregon State was held to a hitting percentage of .071 with senior outside hitter Pia Ahlengard's 7 kills serving as the high for the team.
USC next hosts UCLA on Friday (Nov. 14) at 7 p.m. at the North Gym.