Women's Volleyball
    It's A Top Ten Pac-10 Weekend For No. 8 USC

    Oct. 5, 2010

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    Friday, October 8 - Galen Center
    No. 1 Stanford (13-0, 4-0) vs. No. 8 USC (13-1, 2-1) - 7 p.m.
    All-time series: Stanford leads, 53-20-1
    

    Saturday, October 9 - Galen Center No. 7 California (14-0, 4-0) vs. No. 8 USC (13-1, 2-1) - 7 p.m. All-time series: USC leads, 44-10

    All times local to game site Live video webcast on usctrojans.com (subscription required) - home matches only

    LOS ANGELES -- The No. 8 USC women's volleyball team (13-1, 2-1) hosts No. 1 Stanford (13-0, 4-0) in Pac-10 Conference action on Friday (October 8) and No. 7 California (14-0, 4-0) on Saturday (October 9) with a 7 p.m. start for both matches. The matches will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com, along with Gametracker live stats.

    For both matches, all fans will receive free admission to celebrate Fan Appreciation Night by the USC athletic department. A postmatch reception will take place for Friday's match in the Founders Club while a postmatch team autograph session will take place after Saturday's match in the Hall of Fame.

    No. 1 Stanford Notes
    Stanford is 13-0 on the season and 4-0 in Pac-10 Conference play after 3-0 sweeps at home last weekend against Oregon and Oregon State. Head coach John Dunning is 275-45 in his 10th season at Stanford. Senior outside hitter Alix Klineman has 239 kills (5.56 kps) this season for a .403 percentage with 120 digs (2.79 dps) and 22 blocks (0.51 bps). Stanford leads the all-time series with USC by a 53-20-1 margin with the Cardinal winning the last five straight matches.

    No. 7 California Notes
    California is 14-0 on the season and 4-0 in Pac-10 play after earning 3-0 sweeps at home against Oregon State and Oregon. Rich Feller is 226-126 in his 12th season at Cal. Junior outside hitter and reigning Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week Tarah Murray has 225 kills (5.00 kps) this season for a .373 hitting percentage with 102 digs (2.27 dps) and 30 blocks (0.67 bps). USC leads the all-time series with California by a 44-10 margin with the Women of Troy winning seven of the last nine matches.

    On The Net
    All USC home matches this season will be broadcast on usctrojans.com, courtesy of SC TV. There is a monthly subscription fee in order to watch the webcast.

    Galen Center Promotions
    The 2010 season features many promotions at the Galen Center for home matches. Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets to any home match for only $3 per ticket by calling (213) 740-4170. Fans can call that number or go online at usctrojans.com to sign their children up for a Trojans Kids Club membership, good for free admission to all home matches (ages 12 and under).

    This season, if USC records a 3-0 sweep, all fans in attendance will receive a coupon for free admission to the next home match.

    For more information on the 2010 promotions schedule, go online at usctrojans.com under the women's volleyball page.

    The Power of the Pac-10
    Six Pac-10 teams are ranked in the current AVCA poll, including No. 1 Stanford, No. 7 California, No. 8 USC, No. 9 Washington, No. 12 UCLA and No. 13 Oregon.

    Thousand Points of Light
    Head coach Mick Haley registered his 1,000th women's collegiate victory as a head coach on August 27 against Loyola Marymount. Along with his combined NCAA wins at USC and Texas (1980-1996), Haley had 251 wins as the women's head coach at Kellogg Community College (1973-79).

    Lock and Reloaded
    USC's incoming recruiting class for the 2010 season was ranked No. 1 in the nation by Prep Volleyball. The players are 6-2 outside hitter Kirby Burnham (Newport Beach/Newport Harbor HS), 6-4 outside hitter Falyn Fonoimoana (Hermosa Beach/Mira Costa HS), 5-9 libero Natalie Hagglund (Encinitas/La Costa Canyon HS), 5-10 outside hitter Sam Hirschmann (Manhattan Beach/Marymount HS), 6-5 middle blocker Alexis Olgard (Spokane, Wash./Mead HS) and 6-3 outside hitter Sara Shaw (Austin, Texas/Westlake HS).

    The class includes five players ranked in the Top 100 nationally by Prep Volleyball, including three players in the top 11 spots and the No. 1 player in the nation (Fonoimoana).

    "This class gives us a group of players that will add firepower to our lineup and make immediate contributions," said USC head coach Mick Haley. "These kids can play the game and we will have immense depth on the squad. There are no kids in this class that are `projects' and it's evidenced by what they are doing for their high school and club teams. I think these kids want to compete and win a championship."

    Court of Dreams
    The dream finally became reality on Oct. 12, 2006 as the brand-new Galen Center made its debut. The 10,258-seat arena is located on the corner of Figueroa St. and Jefferson Blvd., adjacent to the USC campus. The arena is named after Lou and Helene Galen, who generously donated $50 million towards the project.

    USC mourned the loss of Lou Galen, who passed away on Nov. 12, 2007, at the age of 82.

    Statapalooza
    -- USC is 57-7 all-time at the Galen Center.
    -- USC has 10 players on its roster this season who are 6-2 or taller.
    -- Alex Jupiter became the 17th player in USC history to record 1,000 kills in her career on September 24 against UCLA.
    -- As of October 4, USC is ninth in the nation for hitting percentage (.289), 13th for service aces (1.88 saps), 16th for assists (13.53 aps) and 18th for kills (14.21 kps).
    -- Lauren Williams is sixth in the nation for hitting percentage (.439).
    -- Kendall Bateman is third in the nation for assists (12.10 aps).
    -- Alex Jupiter is tied for eighth in the nation for points (5.48 pps), tied for 11th for service aces (0.52 saps) and tied for 15th for kills (4.43 kps).
    -- As of October 4, USC is second among all conference teams in aces (1.88 saps) and third in digs (14.85 dps), assists (13.27 aps), kills (14.21 kps) and opponent hitting percentage (.139).
    -- Alex Jupiter is second among all Pac-10 Conference players in service aces (0.52 saps), fourth for points (5.48 pps) and fourth for kills (4.43 kps).
    -- Kendall Bateman is first among Pac-10 players for assists (12.10 aps).
    -- Lauren Williams is second among Pac-10 players for hitting percentage (.439).
    -- Natalie Hagglund is eighth among Pac-10 players for digs (3.81 dps).
    -- USC has made 19 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.
    -- The Women of Troy made five NCAA Final Four appearances in an eight-year span (2000, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2007).
    -- USC became the 22nd program in the nation to record 800 wins. The Women of Troy recorded its 800th win on Nov. 15, 2008, against Arizona State.
    -- Head coach Mick Haley earned his 200th victory as USC's head coach on Nov. 1, 2008, against Oregon State at the Galen Center.

    Out Of This World
    Junior outside hitter Alex Jupiter (Paris, France/Redondo Union HS) became the 31st All-American in USC women's volleyball history after earning AVCA All-America third team honors in 2009. This season, she has 186 kills (4.43 kps), 22 service aces (0.52 saps), 105 digs (2.50 dps), 29 blocks (15 solo, 0.69 bps) and 230.0 points (5.48 pps).

    She recorded a team-high 23 kills with 14 digs, two aces and three blocks in a five-set loss on Oct. 1 at No. 10 Washington and followed with 19 kills and a .516 clip (19-3-31) in a 3-0 sweep at Washington State the next evening.

    On Sept. 24 against No. 11 UCLA, she registered her 1,000th career kill and became just the 17th player in USC history to accomplish the feat. She posted a team-high 21 kills to go with 12 digs in the four-set win against the Bruins. She had 14 kills and nine digs in a 3-0 sweep on Sept. 17 at Fresno State. On Sept. 10 against Virginia, she had 10 kills and hit .500 (10-2-16) with an ace, five digs and a solo block in the 3-0 sweep.

    She became the sixth player in USC history to earn AVCA National Player of the Week honors on Sept. 6 after earning most outstanding player honors at the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic in Honolulu (Sept. 3-5). She also was named Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week, the first time she earned that honor. She posted 49 kills (4.45 kps) in three matches against three teams that were receiving votes in the coaches' poll with four aces, 26 digs (2.36 dps), 10 blocks (0.91 bps) and 61.0 points (5.55 pps). She did not have one reception error in 58 attempts on the weekend. Against New Mexico, she had 10 kills, seven digs and three solo blocks in a 3-0 sweep. In another 3-0 sweep, this time against Michigan State, she had 17 kills and six blocks while hitting .483 (17-3-29). In the tournament finale against No. 4 Hawai'i, she had 22 kills and 16 digs in a five-set win over the Rainbow Wahine.

    She posted her first double-double of the season on Aug. 28 in a four-set win over Cal State Fullerton with 23 kills and 10 digs against the Titans. She earned Luxe City Center Trojan Invitational all-tournament team honors after posting 29 kills (4.14 kps) with eight aces (1.14 saps), 17 digs (2.43 dps) and 39.0 points (5.57 pps).

    She led the Women of Troy in 2009 with 522 kills (4.54 kps) with 33 aces (0.29 saps), 308 digs (2.68 dps), 73 blocks (0.63 bps) and 608.0 points (5.29 pps). She also earned her first All-Pac-10 Conference honor as well as being named AVCA All-Pacific Region. Her 522 kills were the fourth-most in school history, along with her 5.29 points per set average.

    She finished seventh in the nation for points per set and 12th for kills per set during her sophomore season and recorded 15 double-doubles. She was third among all Pac-10 Conference players in points and kills and fourth for service aces. She tallied 23 kills in a 3-0 sweep over Oklahoma on Dec. 4, 2009, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. She posted 22 kills and a season-high .514 clip (22-3-37) with 10 digs, four blocks and 24.5 points in a 3-0 sweep on Nov. 20 at No. 18 Oregon.

    On Sept. 26 at Arizona State, Jupiter posted career-highs with 31 kills and 20 digs in a four-set win while hitting .433 (31-5-60). She earned Holiday Inn LA City Center Trojan Invitational all-tournament team honors after recording 41 kills, 21 digs and seven blocks (five solo) in three 3-0 sweeps.

    During her 2008 freshman season, she registered 350 kills (3.24 kps) with 12 service aces (0.11 saps), 122 digs (1.13 dps), 59 blocks (0.55 bps) and 403.0 points (3.73 pps). She was named to the Pac-10 Conference All-Freshman Team. Jupiter recorded double digit kills in 20 matches and became the third freshman at USC since 1981 to lead the team in kills (Tracy Clark in 1982 and April Ross in 2000).

    She had her coming-out party at the Runza/AVCA Showcase against No. 4 Texas and No. 7 Nebraska. Jupiter, who was a 2008 Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 selection, led the Trojans in kills for both matches with 17 against the Longhorns and 12 against the Huskers. She also had 13 digs and four service aces on the weekend.

    Take The Bait
    Junior setter Kendall Bateman (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa HS) has 581 assists (12.10 aps) this season with 113 digs (2.35 dps) and 21 blocks (0.44 bps).

    She had 53 assists and 13 digs in a five-set loss on Oct. 1 at No. 10 Washington and recorded 39 assists in a 3-0 sweep the next night at Washington State. In a four-set win on Sept. 24 against No. 11 UCLA, she had 49 assists and 12 digs.

    She was named most outstanding player for the Fresno State Invitational (Sept. 17-18) after recording 102 assists (11.33 aps) in three 3-0 sweeps against Fresno State, Cal State Bakersfield and Sacramento State. She had 17 digs (1.89 dps) and five blocks (0.56 bps). She had 41 assists and nine digs in a 3-0 sweep of Virginia on Sept. 10 at the Galen Center.

    She earned all-tournament honors at the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic in Honolulu after leading USC to a 3-0 mark with wins over No. 4 Hawai'i, New Mexico and Michigan State. She had 126 assists (11.45 aps), 17 digs (1.55 dps) and 11 blocks (1.00 bps) as she guided the team to a .302 hitting percentage on the weekend. She had a career-high six blocks in the five-set win on Sept. 5 against No. 4 Hawai'i, adding 53 assists and six digs. She posted 41 assists and guided the Women of Troy to a .407 hitting night in a 3-0 sweep of Michigan State.

    She registered career highs on Aug. 28 in a four-set win against Cal State Fullerton with 66 kills and 18 digs to earn Luxe City Center Trojan Invitation most valuable player honors after recording 130 assists (13.00 aps) and 33 digs (3.30 dps) as the Women of Troy won the tournament title.

    She earned 2009 Pac-10 Conference honorable mention and Pac-10 Conference All-Academic honorable mention recognition last season after leading the nation with a 12.41 assists per set average. She recorded 227 digs (1.97 dps) and 48 blocks (0.42 bps) on the season and handled an offense that hit .248, ranking 35th in the nation. USC also finished second in the nation for assists per set and kills per set.

    She posted 49 assists and 12 digs against Oklahoma in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament at the Galen Center and finished the regular season by registering career highs with 62 assists (15.5 aps) and 15 digs in a four-set win on Nov. 28 against No. 19 Arizona. She earned her first-ever Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week honor on Nov. 23 after recording 80 assists and 10 digs in two 3-0 sweeps. She had 57 assists, seven digs and three block assists against No. 4 Washington on Nov. 13 in a five-set win and then posted 60 assists (15.00 aps) with eight digs in a four-set win against No. 25 Washington State.

    Bateman appeared in 24 matches in her freshman season and recorded 117 assists on the season (2.72 aps) with two aces (0.05 saps), 32 digs (0.74 dps) and seven blocks (0.16 bps). She had two assists and one dig in her collegiate debut on Aug. 29 against No. 3 Texas at the Runza/AVCA College Showcase in Omaha, Neb. She recorded 10 assists and two digs on Sept. 5 against Hofstra at the Holiday Inn LA City Center Trojan Invitational. She recorded 10 assists in two sets on Oct. 4 at No. 11 Oregon. At No. 10 UCLA on Nov. 28, she came into the third set and tallied 14 assists, two digs and one block assist. She made her first collegiate start in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Dec. 5 against No. 15 San Diego, recording season-highs in the four-set victory with 25 assists, 10 digs and four blocks. She got the start the next night in the second round against No. 6 Hawai'i and had 16 assists and three digs.

    During the summer of 2008, Bateman played for the U.S. Junior National Team, playing at the FIVB World Championship in Mexico. She was a two-time member of the U.S. Girls' National Team, part of the squad that finished 10th at the 2007 FIVB Girls' World Championship in Mexico and a member of the squad that won the 2006 NORCECA championship.

    She was a two-time Mizuno/Volleyball Magazine All-American at Mira Costa and led the Mustangs to a perfect 37-0 record and the school's fourth straight state championship in her senior season. She was part of the mythical national championship squads in her junior and senior seasons as named by prepvolleyball.com and named CIF most valuable player in her senior season.

    Where There's A Will, There's A Way
    Junior middle blocker Lauren Williams (Houston, Texas/Stratford HS) has 103 kills (2.51 kps) with a .439 hitting percentage, 15 digs (0.37 dps) and 40 blocks (0.98 bps) this season.

    Williams registered all-tournament honors at the Fresno State Invitational (Sept. 17-18) after hitting .421 on the weekend with five blocks (1.00 bps).

    She earned all-tournament honors at the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic in Honolulu after leading USC to a 3-0 mark with wins over No. 4 Hawai'i, New Mexico and Michigan State. She was second on the team with 31 kills (2.82 kps) while hitting .473 with 18 blocks (1.64 bps). She had 12 kills and six blocks while hitting .450 (12-3-20) in a 3-0 sweep of New Mexico and followed that up with 14 kills and six blocks while tying her career high of five assists in the five-set win over No. 4 Hawai'i.

    She garnered Luxe City Center Trojan Invitational all-tournament honors after registering 25 kills (3.57 kps) in three matches while hitting .622 (25-2-37).

    Last year, she made 30 starts in 31 matches as a sophomore. She finished fourth among Pac-10 Conference players with a .371 hitting percentage and third on the team with 281 kills (2.55 kps). Last season, she recorded 15 assists (0.14 aps), 19 digs (0.17 dps) and 343.5 points (3.12 pps) while leading the team with 105 total blocks (0.95 bps) with 20 solo blocks. She finished the season with double-digit kills in four consecutive matches.

    She had a team-high 14 kills and hit .407 (14-3-27) with a career-high eight block assists against No. 3 Hawai'i on Dec. 5, 2009, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament and recorded 10 kills and no errors for a season-high .714 clip (10-0-14) against Oklahoma on Dec. 4 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

    She earned her first-ever Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week honor on Nov. 16 after registering 33 kills while hitting .462 with 11 blocks and 41.0 points in wins over No. 4 Washington and No. 25 Washington State. She had 14 kills and eight blocks (four solo) while hitting .364 against Washington. She followed that with a career-high 19 kills against Washington State without a single error for a .559 night (19-0-34).

    In her first collegiate season, Williams earned Pac-10 Conference honorable mention recognition and was named to the Pac-10 Conference All-Freshman Team. She had 209 kills (2.11 kps) with a .323 hitting percentage and a team-leading 103 blocks (1.04 bps) with 15 solo blocks and 88 block assists. She recorded 11 blocks (two solo, nine assisted) in her first two collegiate matches at the Runza/AVCA Showcase against No. 4 Texas and No. 7 Nebraska. On Oct. 11, 2008, in a five-set loss to No. 10 Washington, Williams recorded a season-high 16 kills with six block assists while hitting .462 (16-4-26). She hit .550 (12-1-20) on Nov. 21 at No. 2 Stanford and followed it with a .455 match (11-1-22) with four blocks at No. 7 Cal.

    She played on the 2008 U.S. Women's A2 National Team and played on the 2007 Junior National Training Team.

    No Harm, No Foul
    Freshman outside hitter Falyn Fonoimoana (Hermosa Beach/Mira Costa HS) was ranked as the No. 1 high school senior in the nation by Prep Volleyball and has been regarded by some as one of the best players ever at the high school level.

    This season, she has 123 kills (3.00 kps) with 11 aces (0.27 saps), 63 digs (1.54 dps), 12 blocks (0.29 bps) and 143.5 points (3.50 pps).

    On Oct. 1 at No. 10 Washington, she had 16 kills, nine digs and two solo blocks in a five-set loss. She had a season-high 17 kills, hitting .371 (17-4-35) on Sept. 24 in a four-set win against No. 11 UCLA.

    She posted her first collegiate double-double on Sept. 18 against Sacramento State with 10 kills and 11 digs in a 3-0 sweep, hitting .381 (10-2-21) with two aces and one block. She hit .800 (8-0-10) on Sept. 17 at Fresno State and for the weekend at the Fresno State Invitational (Sept. 17-18), she led the Trojans with 32 kills and 17 digs.

    Fonoimoana was a finalist for the Prep Volleyball National Player of the Year honor and a 2010 Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 selection. She earned 2009 All-CIF Southern Section first team honors and was named Daily Breeze Player of the Year after recording 664 kills and 311 digs on the season with 63 blocks and 34 aces. She was named 2007 National Sophomore of the Year by Prep Volleyball after teaming with current USC setter Kendall Bateman to lead Mira Costa to the CIF-Southern Section I-AA title with 17 kills in the final over Redondo Union.

    Her mother, Debbie, played beach volleyball and trained with her sister, Lelei, who swam in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, placing seventh in the 100m Butterfly at 17 years old. Her uncle, Eric, won a gold medal in 2000 in Sydney for beach volleyball and was a longtime standout on the AVP Tour.

    The Pattern Is Full
    Sophomore outside hitter Katie Fuller (Olivenhain, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS) has 95 kills (2.26 kps) this season with 64 digs (1.52 dps) and 22 blocks (0.52 bps).

    She had a team-high 11 kills in a 3-0 sweep on Sept. 10 against Virginia, including 10 in the first set alone. She hit .500 on the evening (11-2-18) with an ace and five digs. On Sept. 5 in a five-set win at No. 4 Hawai'i, she posted career highs with 17 kills, six digs, six blocks and 20.5 points while hitting .382. She had eight kills and hit .312 in a 3-0 sweep on Sept. 4 against Michigan State.

    She filled in admirably during the Portland and Fresno State matches (Sept. 18-19) as a freshman last season. She led the team with 10 kills against Portland with two digs and one block while hitting .471 (10-2-17) in the 3-0 sweep. The following night against Fresno State, she had five kills with seven digs and two service aces.

    Surf's Up
    Freshman libero Natalie Hagglund (Encinitas/La Costa Canyon HS) was rated the top incoming libero by Prep Volleyball and 27th overall recruit. Along with her volleyball prowess, Hagglund is an accomplished surfer, winning the 2007 San Diego County High School Girls' Long Board Surfing championship.

    She has 183 digs (3.81 dps) this season for the Women of Troy.

    On Sept. 24 against No. 11 UCLA, she had 19 digs in the four-set win against the Bruins. She had a season-high 22 digs in a five-set win on Sept. 5 at No. 4 Hawai'i. Her previous high of 21 digs came on August 28 against Cal State Fullerton (4 sets).

    She earned 2009-10 Under Armour All-America first team honors and played for the La Costa Canyon High squad that won the San Diego Section Division I championship in four sets. Hagglund played for the 2009 U.S. Under-19 Beach Volleyball squad as part of the No. 2 team and was part of the youngest team ever to qualify for the main draw of the AVP Manhattan Beach Open (2009). In high school, she was a member of the 2008 La Costa Canyon High squad that was named national champions by Prep Volleyball and Max Preps.

    Standing Guard
    Freshman middle blocker Alexis Olgard (Spokane, Wash./Mead HS) has 56 kills (1.56 kps) this season while hitting .336 with 11 digs (0.31 dps), 10 aces (0.28 saps) and 29 blocks (0.81 bps).

    She was third on the team with 26.0 points during the Fresno State Invitational (Sept. 17-18) with 16 kills and a team-high five service aces.

    She was rated as the No. 5 recruit in the nation by Prep Volleyball and played for the 2009 U.S. Women's Junior National Team while being an alternate for the 2008 squad. She was a finalist for the Prep Volleyball National Player of the Year honor and 2010 Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 selection. At the 2009 FIVB Junior World Championship in Mexico, she finished fourth in blocks among all players and 20th in scoring. She was an integral part of three state championship squads (2006, 2007 and 2009) and was named 2009 Gatorade State Player of the Year as well as 2009 Inland Northwest Junior Female Athlete of the Year.

    That's G
    Senior defensive specialist/outside hitter Geena Urango (Los Alamitos/Los Alamitos HS) has seven kills (0.19 kps) and nine service aces (0.25 saps) this season.

    She had a season-high 11 digs on Sept. 24 in a four-set win against No. 11 UCLA.

    Urango made seven starts in 30 matches last season, recording 69 kills (0.74 kps), seven assists (0.08 aps), 20 service aces (0.22 saps), 107 digs (1.15 dps) and 93.5 points (1.01 pps). She earned 2009 Pac-10 Conference All-Academic second team honors, posting a 3.69 grade-point-average in communications. Her best match came on Sept. 11 vs. Idaho State, leading the Trojans with a season-high 17 kills while hitting .469 on Sept. 11 against Idaho State at the Wolverine Invitational in Orem, Utah.

    She played in every match during her 2008 sophomore season, recording 36 kills (0.35 kps), 11 assists (0.11 aps), 13 aces (0.12 saps), 158 digs (1.52 dps), five blocks (0.05 bps) and 52.0 points (0.50 pps). She had a season-high nine kills and added two aces and two digs against Hartford on Sept. 18 and posted eight kills and a season-high 14 digs on Oct. 3 at Oregon State.

    Urango recorded 112 kills (0.90 kps) and 347 digs (2.80 dpg) in her freshman season, earning All-Pac-10 Freshman Team honorable mention honors. She finished in a tie for sixth place in the Pac-10 Conference with 40 service aces (0.32 saps) and recorded four aces in a match twice (Sept. 1 vs. Mercer and Sept. 15 vs. Purdue).

    She recorded 21 digs on Sept. 7 at Utah in a four-game victory and posted a season-high 31 digs in a five-game win on Sept. 14 at No. 20 Ohio State. On Oct. 11 against Oregon State, she tallied a season-high 10 kills, hitting .304 in the match and adding nine digs. She recorded a season-high 21 kills, taking 47 swings against No. 9 Cal in a 3-2 win on Oct. 26 at the Galen Center. Urango posted her first collegiate double-double on Nov. 2 against No. 9 UCLA with 17 kills and 12 digs in the 3-1 victory.

    She was on the 2008 U.S. Beach Volleyball Training Team for the SWATCH FIVB World Championship. She also played two years for the U.S. Youth National Team (2005-06) and also played on the Junior National Team.

    It's Greek To Me
    Senior middle blocker Zoe Garrett (Laguna Beach/Laguna Beach HS), whose first name is derived from a Greek word meaning "life", has 44 kills (1.69 kps) this season white hitting .348 with 15 blocks (0.58 bps).

    Garrett made 16 starts in 24 matches as a junior last season for the Women of Troy. She recorded 81 kills for a 1.27 kps average and a .288 hitting percentage with 16 assists (0.25 aps), six service aces (0.09 saps), 27 digs (0.42 dps), 45 blocks (0.70 bps) and 112.0 points (1.75 pps). She received 2009 Pac-10 Conference All-Academic honorable mention recognition

    She earned all-tournament team honors at the 2009 Wolverine Invitational (Sept. 11-12) at Utah Valley after getting 20 kills and seven blocks while hitting .474. She had nine kills while hitting .500 at Utah Valley (9-1-16) on Sept. 11 with four block assists and had nine kills with four blocks while hitting .571 (9-1-14) on Aug. 29 against North Carolina.

    As a sophomore in 2008, Garrett started in all but one match during the season, recording 171 kills (1.71 kps) for a .305 hitting percentage with 19 service aces (0.19 saps), 61 digs (0.61 dps), 90 blocks (0.90 bps) and 241.5 points (2.41 pps). She tied her previous best of nine blocks on Sept. 18 against Hartford with one solo block and eight block assists in the 3-0 victory at the West Point Challenge, also tied a season high with three service aces. In the Pac-10 opener against No. 4 UCLA, she had nine kills and hit .400 (9-1-20) in the five-set win with six digs and five blocks. In a 3-0 sweep of Washington State on Oct. 10, she tied her career high with 13 kills, hitting .476 (13-3-21) in the process. She tied her season and career highs with 13 kills and nine blocks on Dec. 5 in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament against No. 15 San Diego and hit a season-high .478 (13-2-23) against the Toreros in the four-set win.

    Garrett received All-Pac-10 Freshman Team honorable mention honors in 2007 after recording 210 kills (1.81 kps) and 118 blocks (1.02 bps) while hitting .262. A 10-kill performance came on Oct. 18 at Washington State where she also registered a season-high nine blocks (one solo, eight assisted).

    Burn Notice
    Freshman outside hitter/opposite Kirby Burnham (Newport Beach/Newport Harbor HS) was rated as the No. 49 incoming recruit in the nation by Prep Volleyball and was a 2010 Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 selection, along with earning All-America honors by Prep Volleyball.

    This season, she has 34 kills (1.26 kps) while hitting .221 with 35 digs (1.30 dps).

    She was the team captain for the Newport Harbor squad that won the 2009 CIF-SS Division 1-AA championship as Burnham earned 2009 All-CIF Southern Section first team honors. She was named most valuable player in the CIF Division I state championship match after posting 12 kills in the 3-0 sweep of Salinas. Burnham was a member of the National Charity League where she completed 50-100 hours of community service a year and created her own neighborhood food drive in her community while she was in high school.

    The Shawshank Redemption
    Freshman outside hitter Sara Shaw (Austin, Texas/Westlake HS) has 18 kills (0.69 kps) this season with 43 digs (1.65 dps) and six blocks (0.23 dps).

    She was rated No. 11 nationally by Prep Volleyball and played for the 2009 U.S. Women's Junior National Team. She also was a finalist for the Prep Volleyball National Player of the Year honor and 2010 Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 selection. Shaw earned 2009-10 Under Armour All-America first team honors after leading Westlake to its third straight Class 5A state final and was named 2009 Gatorade State Player of the Year.

    All-Time Great Night
    Since the Galen Center's opening, the USC women's volleyball program has honored its former players with a banner ceremony with the individual having their number and name listed in the rafters for a full year.

    During the September 24 match against UCLA, the Women of Troy honored Dana Smith (1980-83), who was a three-time first team All-American. Smith, a native of 29 Palms, Calif., was a member of two national championship squads (1980 and 1981). Her best season came in 1982 when she had 385 kills with 24 aces and 30 digs.

    Smith is one of only four USC women's volleyball players to earn an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship (1984).

    Injury Report
    Senior outside hitter Kimmee Roleder injured her right knee during spring practice and will be out for the entire 2010 season.