Dec. 6, 1997
USC Beats San Diego in Five-Game Thriller
LOS ANGELES - In a stirring match-up of sister against sister, USC's Janice Mounts (Jr., Bakersfield, CA) served match point as the Trojans rallied to subdue an inspired Lamanda Mounts (Sr., Bakersfield, CA) and the University San Diego in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Pacific Region at the Lyon Center.
With Janice setting the Trojan (23-5) attack, outside hitter Jennier Kessey got hot in the pivotal third game and pounded out a school-record 38 kills. After dropping the first two games 7-15 and 15-17 and facing elimination, SC came from behind 15-12, 15-5, and 16-14.
Coach Lisa Love's squad was frustrated early, leading 5-0 in the first and 11-10 in the second before falling.
In fact, SC trailed San Diego (26-4) 12-9 with a sweep match on the line in the third.
The Women of Troy advance to a third-round meeting with Nebraska on either December 11 or 12.
USC Setter Janice Mounts:
USD Outside Hitter Lamanda Mounts:
USC Coach Lisa Love
Jennifer Kessey had an extraordinarily powerful match, especially since she was coming off of bronchitis.