No. 10 UCLA Sweeps No. 11 USC To Close Out Regular Season
Nov. 28, 2008
LOS ANGELES -- Ali Daley had 15 kills and 13 digs Friday as the No. 10 UCLA Bruins swept the No. 11 USC Women of Troy, 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 26-24), in the regular season finale for both teams at Pauley Pavilion. Daley hit .314 in the match as the Bruins evened its season series with the Trojans.
UCLA finishes the regular season with a 20-10 overall record while USC finishes with a 16-11 mark. Both teams finish with a 9-9 Pac-10 record.
On UCLA's senior day, setter Nellie Spicer recorded 33 assists, 11 digs, six kills and three blocks. Katie Camp added eight kills and four blocks while Amanda Gil had four kills and nine blocks for the Bruins.
Redshirt freshman Lauren Williams (Houston,Texas/Stratford HS) led the Trojans with nine kills, five blocks and a .389 hitting percentage. Alex Jupiter added eight kills, three digs and two blocks. Freshman setter Kendall Bateman, who replaced Taylor Carico in the third set, recorded 14 assists in the relief role.
'I think our confidence is at an edgy point right now,' said USC head coach Mick Haley. 'I challenged them to go for it, but this is something that the team will have to do. They have to believe in themselves. This schedule has worn them down mentally, but they have to learn how to fight through this. This is an opportunity for them to see if they can fight through this and stay with the process.'
Daley's kill and ace started a streak of six straight points as the Bruins jumped out to the 6-2 lead in the first set. Williams and Kimmee Roleder teamed on a block to halt the streak for the Women of Troy, which ignited them to an 8-3 run. Zoe Garrett and Jupiter registered back-to-back solo blocks as USC held the 10-9 advantage. Gysin and Daley traded kills as both teams worked to a 16-16 score. Williams and Jupiter led out with overpass kills for the 19-16 margin, but a service error and Camp/Gil block tied it at 21-21. UCLA extended the late set run to five points as Spicer's kill from the back row gave set point as a USC service error by Carico gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead in the match.
Spicer and Gil's block helped UCLA to the 5-1 score in set two. Geena Urango used her second ace of the match to bring the Trojans to within one at 8-7, but the Bruins rattled off four straight points to lead, 12-7. Another Camp/Gil block started a run of five for the Bruins to take the commanding 20-9 lead. UCLA protected its lead as Camp's kill gave the host Bruins a 2-0 match lead.
USC held the advantage in the third set at the beginning, working to the 11-7 lead as Roleder gave the Trojans a four-point lead with Bateman at setter. Spicer's dump sparked four straight points as two more blocks tied the score at 11-11. A Trojan service error and hitting error gave UCLA the 14-12 lead before Williams' kill was the start of a 5-1 run as USC retook the lead, 17-15, on a block by Jupiter and Garrett. After Jupiter made it 18-15, the Bruins came back with three straight as Lainey Gera's ace tied it. Garrett scored again and Gysin added a kill off the block as USC answered with three of its own and the 21-18 lead. USC got to set point at 24-19, but for the second straight match, the Trojans were unable to hang on as UCLA came back with seven straight points to sweep the match.
USC waits for the announcement of the 2008 NCAA Tournament bracket, which will be announced on Sunday (Nov. 30) at 7 p.m.
USC 22-16-24UCLA 25-25-26
Records: UCLA (20-10, 9-9), USC (16-11, 9-9)Kills: Ali Daley 15 (UCLA); Lauren Williams 9 (USC)
Team: USC UCLA1 .182 .2572 .000 .3163 .106 .128Match .091 .232
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