No Treat For No. 7 Oregon As No. 12 USC Rallies In Five
Oct. 31, 2008
LOS ANGELES -- Sophomore outside hitter Kimmee Roleder (Pasadena/Pasadena HS) had a team-high 17 kills, including two for the final four points Friday, as the No. 12 USC Women of Troy rallied to defeat the No. 7 Oregon Ducks, 3-2 (25-21, 15-25, 12-25, 25-21, 23-21), in a Pac-10 Conference match. Oregon held a 2-1 lead in the match after scorching USC by hitting .467 in set two and .517 in set three.
USC (12-7, 5-5) has tallied back-to-back five-set wins at the Galen Center, beating No. 4 Cal last Saturday.
Roleder hit .382 (17-4-34) for the Trojans with three blocks and two assists. Freshman Alex Jupiter had 15 kills on the night with three digs and four blocks (two solo) while senior Jessica Gysin recorded 14 kills, nine digs and two solo blocks. Taylor Carico recorded 51 assists with 14 digs and six blocks while Lauren Williams had nine kills and six blocks.
Neticia Enesi put up big numbers for Oregon (18-5, 6-4) with a match-high 23 kills, 12 block assists and a .594 hitting performance (23-4-32). Gorana Maricic chipped in 17 kills, 12 digs and five blocks while Kristen Forristall had 11 kills, four blocks and a .400 night (11-3-20). Heather Meyers had seven kills and nine blocks for the Ducks while Sonja Newcombe earned the double-double with 12 kills and 14 digs. Setter Nevena Djordjevic had four kills, 60 assists, seven digs and four blocks.
Williams' slam on the overpass gave USC a 13-10 lead in the first set. After Djordjevic's service ace, Maricic tied it at 13-13 with a kill for the Ducks. USC responded with three of their own. Oregon called a timeout and came out of the break with four straight points, capped by a block to retake the lead at 17-16. Jupiter put down two kills as USC answered Oregon with four straight points and the 20-17 score. Zoe Garrett had a kill sandwiched by kills from Newcombe as the Trojans kept the lead at two. Jessica Gysin helped the Trojans' cause with two straight as Kimmee Roleder would cement the set for USC with a kill.
Oregon came out smoking in set two, utilizing an ace by Maricic for a 6-2 lead. The Ducks later extended their lead to six as Meyers and Kristen Forristall made it a 17-11 advantage. After USC cut the deficit to four, Maricic started the six-pack as the Ducks took command at 24-14 with Enesi evening the match with her ninth kill on the night.
In the third set, the Ducks stayed hot with a 5-2 start. USC inched its way back into the set, trailing 9-8. Two USC errors started a run for Oregon as three kills by Maricic helped in a 6-1 stretch with the Ducks leading, 15-9. After Williams recorded a solo block, the Ducks returned the favor with back-to-back blocks from Enesi and Maricic and five straight for the commanding 10-point lead. Forristall finished it as Oregon took the lead in the match.
Gysin came out with a kill and solo block as USC led, 7-3, at the start of set four. UO would erase the four-point deficit and later take the lead, 10-9, on Marija Milosevic's ace. Jupiter helped USC retake the lead as a Carico/Williams stuff put the Trojans up, 15-13. Carico would figure in two more points as the Trojans maintained the three-point lead at 18-15. Neither team would be able to record two points in a row as another Carico/Williams block made it a 23-20 lead for the host Trojans. Enesi put down another kill, but it was a block from Jupiter/Garrett and a kill from the backrow by Roleder that sent the match into a deciding fifth set.
Jupiter concluded a 4-1 run to start off the final set for the Trojans. Enesi was in the mix again as the Ducks stormed back as she teamed again with Meyers to tie it at 5-5. UO made it four in a row as another block put them ahead by two, 7-5. Jupiter sparked a 5-1 run as Carico and Garrett teamed for a stuff and the 10-8 USC advantage. Forristall came back with two kills and Maricic tied it at 12-12. Williams and Enesi traded kills and Jupiter gave match point to the Trojans. Maricic gave extra life to the Ducks and Meyers put UO on match point with the kill. Jupiter would come back and tie it as both teams held match point through the latter part of the final set. Roleder made it a 21-21 tie, followed by the play of the match as Jupiter went one-on-one with Enesi and registered the solo block on the left side for USC's fifth match point. A hard shot in the middle by USC forced a lift call against Oregon as the Trojans improved to 8-2 at home this season.
USC concludes its four-match homestand tomorrow night with a 7 p.m. contest against Oregon State. The match will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com, courtesy of TrojanTV All-Access. Fans are advised to allow extra time on Saturday, due to the USC-Washington football game at the Coliseum which starts at 3:30 p.m.
UO 21-25-25-21-21USC 25-15-12-25-23
Records: USC (12-7, 5-5), UO (18-5, 6-4)Kills: Neticia Enesi 23 (UO), Kimmee Roleder 17 (USC)
Team: UO USC1 .250 .3512 .467 .1353 .517 .0004 .081 .2505 .139 .222Match .274 .200
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