Tenth-Ranked USC Defeats Volleyball 3-0

Nov. 15, 2008

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Another tough battle lay ahead of the Sun Devil Volleyball team Saturday as they took on the tenth-ranked USC Women of Troy in Los Angeles at the Galen Center. The Women of Troy emerge victorious with a 25-17, 25-18 and 25-21 win over the Sun Devils. ASU is now 12-15 overall and 3-11 in the conference as USC improves to 16-8 overall and 9-6 in the Pac-10.


Set one saw ASU come out to take the first couple points before the Women of Troy came back to tie it up and take the lead off one of their three team blocks. The Devil D was in full effect as well with four blocks, but it wasn’t enough to stave off USC who hit .220 with 30 digs to start off with a 25-17 win.


Set two saw ASU battle harder as they stepped up to hit .250 overall and forced six tie scores and two lead changes, but USC lit it up hitting an outstanding .519 throughout the set with 17 kills, most from Kimmee Roleder with seven kills to hit .625 through two sets. The Women of Troy rolled on in the set to take the 25-18 win and a 2-0 lead going into the break.


Set three proved to be a nailbiter as the Women of Troy came out and took four straight points, which ASU answered with six of their own to take the lead and push USC to an early timeout. While USC out hit ASU .262 to .135, the Sun Devils wouldn’t go away hanging in for seven tie scores and two lead changes while holding the coattails of the Women of Troy through the set. In the end USC came out of a timeout with the score at 22-21 in favor of USC and ASU couldn’t retaliate as USC rallied off three straight points in the end to finish it 25-21.


Head Coach Jason Watson post match remarked, “It’s been a tough weekend for the team, mostly because of all of the hard work that they have put into making this team a better one everyday; but not seeing it come to fruition. We’re a better team than the one that we have put on the floor the last two nights and we’re determined to make sure that team reveals itself in full extent of how Arizona State should be represented in the remainder of the season.”


The Sun Devils will return home from the road this week to host the Oregon schools in Tempe at ASU’s Wells Fargo Arena. ASU will face the Oregon State Beavers on Friday November 21 and the Oregon Ducks on Saturday, November 22. Both matches will start at 7 p.m. MT.

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