No. 16 USC Wipes Out No. 21 Pepperdine With 3-0 Sweep
Sept. 4, 2009
LOS ANGELES -- Junior outside hitter Kimmee Roleder (Pasadena/Pasadena HS) had 13 kills with six digs and four blocks while hitting .333 Friday as the No. 16 USC Women of Troy swept the No. 21 Pepperdine Waves, 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-18), in day two action at the 2009 Holiday Inn LA City Center Trojan Invitational. Sophomore Alex Jupiter (Hermosa Beach/Redondo Union HS) added her second double-double of the season with 13 kills and 12 digs with two solo blocks for the Trojans.
USC (4-1) got a monster performance from sophomore middle blocker Lauren Williams (Houston, Texas/Stratford HS) after recording 11 kills and hitting .529 (11-2-17) with two block assists. Senior All-America outside hitter Jessica Gysin chipped in nine kills with eight digs while sophomore setter Kendall Bateman had 41 assists and nine digs.
Lilla Frederick led Pepperdine (4-1) with 10 kills and eight digs. USC hit .302 as a team while holding the Waves to a .143 hitting clip in the match.
'This is the Kimmee Roleder we have been waiting for,' said USC head coach Mick Haley. 'If she brings it like this every night, we are going to be pretty good. We did a good job of spreading it out and we wore Pepperdine down at the end.'
'Kimmee worked so hard in the summer. I'm tickled for her because if she keeps her confidence going, she can be that great right-side blocker we need. Her serve receive was great tonight. Man, she passed on the money every time tonight. We are so fortunate to have four or five people that can really pass and serve like that. I don't think I have ever had a team where I could put out up to six players like this on the court. I think that's the one thing that will let us do well.'
Roleder's solo block gave USC a 4-1 lead in the first set. Williams and Gysin added kills as the Women of Troy led, 11-5. Rachel Grochmal and Kim Hill used a block to get the Waves within four at 16-12, but Roleder answered and a Gysin/Williams block pushed the advantage back to six points. USC finished with a 6-1 run on Jupiter's solo block after the Women of Troy hit .364 in the set.
Pepperdine took the 5-2 lead to start the second set. Roleder's kill from the back row sparked five straight points as USC took a 7-5 lead. A 6-3 run by the Waves put them back on top at 11-10. Williams went back-to-back and Gysin's service ace made it a 13-11 score in favor of the Trojans. At 15-14, it was another kill from Roleder that ignited six straight points for the home team. Williams scored the last two points as USC took a 2-0 lead.
Frederick used several kills to put the Waves on top at 9-5 after the break. A service error by the Waves gave the momentum back to the Trojans as USC reeled off a 7-1 run for the 12-10 advantage. Back-to-back attacking errors tied it at 12-12, but Garrett's kill on the slide started another 7-1 run for the Women of Troy to put the score at 19-13. During the run, Garrett and Roleder recorded two blocks and Garrett added another solo block for good measure. Roleder later added two straight kills as USC closed out the sweep.
USC concludes the tournament with a match tomorrow against Northern Arizona, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Galen Center. The match will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com with a video webcast.
Notes: Alex Jupiter has recorded double figures in kills for all five matches this season...she has 71 kills in 2009 for a 4.18 kps average with 41 digs (2.41 dps)...USC is now 37-8 all-time against Pepperdine with a 17-1 record sincd 1992...with 1,029 career digs, senior libero Alli Hillgren needs 21 more digs to break into USC's all-time list...since a five-set loss at Michigan State to open the season, USC has recorded four straight 3-0 sweeps.
Records: USC (4-1), Pepperdine (4-1)
Kills: Kimmee Roleder/Alex Jupiter 13 (USC), Lilla Frederick 10 (PEP)
Team: PEP USC
1 .129 .364
2 .154 .234
3 .143 .333
Match .143 .302
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