No. 7 Nebraska Comes Back For 3-1 Win Over No. 4 USC

Aug. 31, 2008

OMAHA, Neb. -- Jordan Larson recorded a match-high 18 kills, adding eight digs as the No. 7 Nebraska Cornhuskers rallied for the 3-1 win (25-27, 25-19, 25-17, 25-18) over the No. 4 USC Women of Troy at the 2008 Runza/AVCA Showcase. Larson hit .361 (18-5-36) in front of a Nebraska partisan crowd of 8,399 after USC (0-2) came back from a four-point lead late to take the first game.

Freshman Alex Jupiter (Hermosa Beach/Redondo Union HS) led the Trojans for the second straight match with 12 kills and nine digs. Junior Jessica Gysin (Los Gatos/St. Francis HS) added 11 kills and seven digs. Junior All-America setter Taylor Carico (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa HS) recorded 38 assists to go with two kills, 11 digs and five block assists.

The Huskers (2-0) hit .202 in the match against the Trojans' .141, bouncing back after hitting just .049 in the first set. Errors were the key for a young USC squad as the Trojans recorded 13 service errors and gave up 11 service aces.

Kori Cooper was second on the Huskers with nine kills while setter Sydney Anderson had 41 assists, two kills and a team-high five aces. Lindsey Licht had six kills and led the Huskers with eight block assists.

Nebraska took advantage of two USC serving errors to take the early 5-2 lead in set one. After Larson's backrow kill gave the Huskers a 10-7 lead, the Trojans answered with a 6-3 lead to tie the game at 13-13 on Kimmee Roleder's service ace. Cooper made it 14-13, but an attack error tied it at 14-14 before both teams traded points. Gysin put the Trojans up at 19-18, but two straight Husker blocks gave them the momentum. Nebraska reeled off five straight points, capped by Larson's kill for the 23-19 advantage. Gysin and Zoe Garrett teamed up for a block and Garrett added another solo block for a 23-21 UN score. The Trojans recorded their seventh serving error of the set to give set point to Nebraska, but Gysin put down another kill and Carico followed with a 310 kill to make it 24-23. Carico and Garrett stuffed another Husker attempt for the 24-24 tie before Cooper threw the hammer down to give Nebraska the edge at 25-24. After a Husker attack error tied the set, Lauren Williams and Carico teamed up on a block for set point and Geena Urango's roll shot from the back row found the middle of the Huskers' defense to give USC the 1-0 lead in the match.

After a 4-4 tie in the second set, back-to-back errors by the Huskers gave the slight lead as Jupiter's kill made it a 7-4 Trojan score. Cooper started a 4-1 run for Nebraska as a Amanda Gates/Tara Mueller block tied it at 8-8 apiece. Jupiter knocked a service ace in for the Trojans and Williams spiked one for the 12-10 advantage. The Huskers answered with a 5-1 run as kills from Licht and Larson put Nebraska ahead, 15-13, at the television timeout. Nebraska extended the lead to four out of the break as two broken plays made it, 19-15. Jupiter then committed two hitting errors as the Huskers led by six at 22-16. USC tried to use its blocking game to cut into the deficit, but two straight service aces by Anderson tied the match.

Nebraska raced out to a 6-1 lead in set three as Anderson's ace forced USC to burn a timeout. Roleder aided the Women of Troy as a mini 4-1 run got them back into the set. Larson's ace capped three straight by Nebraska, but USC got three straight of its own and a 10-8 score for the Huskers. Nebraska took the lead again on a 5-1 run as Anderson's kill on an overpass made it, 15-9. Williams' kill on the right side gave a little push for the Trojans as kills from Gysin and Jupiter made it 15-12 as the Huskers called their first timeout. Larson's backrow kill sparked another run for the Huskers, who took charge of the set with an 8-2 run. Licht capped the run with back-to-back kills. Garrett recorded two straight solo blocks, but it was not enough as Larson tallied two more kills and the 2-1 Nebraska match lead.

With Nebraska leading 5-4 in the fourth set, the Huskers vaulted another to a six-point lead with a 6-1 run as Cooper and Larson led the way. Anderson dumped a shot off the USC block, but the Trojans notched four straight points as Gysin's service ace made it a 12-9 score for Nebraska. Two key hitting errors added to Nebraska's cushion as a block and Cooper ace pushed the margin to 19-12 for the Huskers. Roleder later added two more kills, but Mueller finished with two kills as the Huskers took the match.

USC will host the 2008 Holiday Inn LA City Center Trojan Invitational next weekend, Thursday-Saturday (Sept. 4-6). The Trojans host Oklahoma on Thursday at 7 p.m., Hofstra on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and San Diego on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. All three matches will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com, courtesy of TrojanTV All-Access.

Notes: Nebraska won its second match all-time against USC, but the Trojans still lead the series by a 5-2 margin...Nebraska won the Runza/AVCA Showcase by virtue of its 2-0 record (Stanford 1-1, Texas 1-1, USC 0-2)...freshman Alex Jupiter recorded double-digit kills in the first two matches of her collegiate career...Jupiter was named to the Runza/AVCA Showcase all-tournament team.

UN	25-25-25-25USC	27-19-17-18

Records: Nebraska (2-0), USC (0-2)Kills: Jordan Larson 18 (UN), Alex Jupiter 12 (USC)

Team: UN USC1 .049 .1712 .235 .1253 .333 .2004 .238 .065Match .202 .141

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