Busy Schedule On Tap For No. 15 USC
Sept. 8, 2009
Tuesday, September 8No. 15 USC (5-1) vs. No. 20 UC Irvine (6-0) - 7 p.m.USC leads all-time series, 9-0
Friday, September 11No. 15 USC (5-1) vs. Idaho State (4-2) - 1 p.m. (Orem, Utah)USC leads all-time series, 1-0
No. 15 USC (5-1) at Utah Valley (4-2) - 7 p.m.First meeting
Saturday, September 12No. 15 USC (5-1) at Utah Valley (4-2) - 1 p.m.
All times local to game siteLive video webcast on usctrojans.com
USC Probable StartersNo. Name Yr. Pos. Ht. kps pct. dps bps pps3 Alli Hillgren Sr. L 5-8 --- --- 3.11 --- ---5 Jessica Gysin Sr. OH 6-1 2.82 .239 2.64 0.55 3.557 Alex Jupiter So. OH 6-3 4.15 .290 2.30 0.75 5.008 Lauren Williams So. MB 6-4 2.50 .375 0.00 0.69 2.8412 Kendall Bateman So. S 5-11 0.00 -.500 1.40 11.20 apg21 Kimmee Roleder Jr. OPP 6-2 3.05 .319 1.90 1.05 4.0832 Zoe Garrett Jr. MB 6-3 1.39 .298 0.39 0.89 2.03
LOS ANGELES -- The No. 15 USC women's volleyball team (5-1) hosts No. 20 UC Irvine (6-0) on Tuesday (Sept. 8) at 7 p.m. before playing three matches on the road this weekend in Orem, Utah. USC will face Idaho State (4-2) on Friday (Sept. 11) at 1 p.m. before taking on host Utah Valley (4-2) at 7 p.m. USC and Utah Valley will meet again on Saturday (Sept. 12) in a 1 p.m. match. Tuesday's match at the Galen Center will be broadcast through a live video webcast on usctrojans.com.
No. 20 UC Irvine Notes
UC Irvine is a perfect 6-0 on the season after sweeping its own tournament last weekend against Montana, Northeastern and UMBC. Head coach Paula Weishoff is 6-0 in her first season at UC Irvine. Weishoff was an All-American for USC and part of the 1980 national championship squad while also serving as assistant coach for current USC head coach Mick Haley during the Women of Troy's national championships in 2002 and 2003. Kari Pestolesi leads the Anteaters with 101 kills (4.21 kps) and 87 digs (3.62 dps). USC leads the all-time series with UC Irvine by a 9-0 margin.
Idaho State Notes
Idaho State is 4-2 on the season after defeating Charleston Southern last weekend and losing to UTEP and Arizona State. Head coach Chad Teichert is 14-22 in his second season at Idaho State. Jaclyn Hone leads the Bengals with 69 kills (3.45 kps) and 47 digs (2.35 dps). USC won the only meeting with Idaho State (2-0) back in 1983.
Utah Valley Notes
Utah Valley is 4-2 on the season after upsetting then No. 17 Utah (3-1) last weekend, but losing to Missouri (3-1) and Washington State (3-0) at home. Head coach Sam Atoa is 233-117 in his 11th season at Utah Valley. Kayli Broadbent leads the Wolverines with 100 kills (4.55 kpg) and 45 digs (2.05 dps). This is the first-ever meeting between USC and Utah Valley in women's volleyball.
On The Net
All USC home matches this season will be broadcast on usctrojans.com. There is a monthly subscription fee in order to watch the webcast.
Galen Center Promotions
Fans will have an opportunity to enjoy special packages to watch USC women's volleyball this season at the Galen Center. Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets to any home match for just $3 per ticket. Kids Club members (ages 12 and under) will receive free admission to all home volleyball matches with their membership The Family-4-Pack will allow fans to get four tickets, four hot dogs and four sodas for just $30. Fans can find out more information on all promotions by contacting the USC marketing office at (213) 740-4170.
The Power of the Pac-10
Seven Pac-10 teams are ranked in the 2009 CSTV/AVCA current poll, including No. 3 Washington, No. 8 UCLA, No. 10 Stanford, No. 12 Oregon, No. 13 California, No. 15 USC and No. 25 Arizona.
For the first time in USC volleyball history, two sisters are playing on the team. Senior libero Alli Hillgren is being joined this season by her freshman sister, Carolyn.
Three Women of Troy players have major ties to the USC men's volleyball program. Freshman defensive specialist Erin Yoder's father, Bob, was a three-time All-American and played for the USC men's volleyball program from 1976-79. He would later become head coach for the men's team in 1982, leading USC to five Final Fours and the 1988 national championship. Junior setter Mychaela Miller's father, Todd, played for USC in 1981-82 (under head coach Bob Yoder in 1982). Junior setter Kelly Irvin's uncle, Greg, played on the 1980 national championship squad.
Court of Dreams
The dream finally became reality on Oct. 12, 2006 as the brand-new Galen Center made its debut. The 10,258-seat arena is located on the corner of Figueroa St. and Jefferson Blvd., adjacent to the USC campus. The arena is named after Lou and Helene Galen, who generously donated $50 million towards the project. USC mourned the loss of Lou Galen, who passed away on Nov. 12, 2007, at the age of 82.
-- USC became the 22nd program in the nation to record 800 wins. The Women of Troy recorded its 800th win on Nov. 15, 2008, against Arizona State.
-- Head coach Mick Haley earned his 200th victory as USC's head coach on Nov. 1, 2008, against Oregon State at the Galen Center.
-- USC is 40-3 all-time at the Galen Center.
-- With six digs on Aug. 29 against Albany, Alli Hillgren tallied her 1,000 career dig. She needs 21 digs to break into a tie for 10th on USC's all-time list with 1,050 (Yleana Carrasco, 1986-89).
-- Alex Jupiter has recorded double figure kills in every match this season.
-- USC registered 20 service aces at the MSU Showcase (Sept. 28-29) for a 1.82 saps average.
It took two years before USC fans could witness the exploits of senior outside hitter Jessica Gysin (Los Gatos/St. Francis HS). Hailed as one of the top high school players in 2004, Gysin battled injuries in her first two seasons. She sprained her ankle in 2004 and suffered a left knee injury in 2005. In the summer of 2008, Gysin received a sixth year of eligiblity. Along with playing her final season of collegiate volleyball, Gysin will receive her master's degree this season. This season, she has 31 kills (2.82 kps) with 29 digs (2.64 dps) and six blocks (0.55 bps). On Sept. 4 against No. 21 Pepperdine, she had nine kills, eight digs and two blocks in a 3-0 sweep. She recorded 17 kills and nine digs in a five-set loss on Aug. 28 at Michigan State. Last season, Gysin earned Volleyball Magazine All-America second team honors to become USC's 30th All-American. She had 334 kills (3.15 kps) with 245 digs (2.31 dps) and 47 blocks (0.47 bps), including 25 solo blocks while earning All-Pac-10 Conference honors, the first time she received the honor. On Dec. 6, she became the 16th player in USC history to reach the 1,000-kill mark in her career and posted double-digit kills in 12 of 13 matches from Oct. 11 through Nov. 22. She opened the 2008 season with 11 kills and seven digs against No. 7 Nebraska on Aug. 31 at the Runza/AVCA College Showcase in Omaha, Neb. She was named to the Holiday Inn LA City Center Trojan Invitational all-tournament team (Sept. 4-6) after posting double digit kills in all three matches, including 16 kills in a 3-1 win against Oklahoma. She led the team in kills (12) in a 3-0 sweep of Ohio State on Sept. 12 at the Galen Center. Gysin was named most valuable player at the West Point Challenge (Sept. 18-19) after recording 23 kills in two matches. She had 13 kills and eight digs against Dartmouth and later that evening, posted 10 kills for a .474 hitting clip (10-1-19) with six digs and a solo block. In the Pac-10 opener against No. 4 UCLA on Sept. 26, she led the Trojans with a team-high 16 kills and recorded 16 digs in the five-set victory. She tallied 16 kills and a season-high 18 digs in a five-set loss on Oct. 11 to No. 10 Washington and recorded a double-double with 14 kills and 11 digs while posting a season-high four blocks (one solo, three assists) on Oct. 19 at Arizona. She had 12 digs and 16 digs while hitting .290 (12-3-31) on Oct. 24 against No. 5 Stanford. Her season-high 18 kills aided the Women of Troy in a five-set upset over No. 4 Cal on Oct. 25 at the Galen Center. She posted 17 kills, 14 digs and a career-high 61 attempts in a five-set win over Oregon State on Nov. 1 and tallied 13 kills, 10 digs and two solo blocks on Nov. 9 in a three-game sweep at Washington State. She was second on the team in 2007 with 327 kills (3.00 kps) with 219 digs (2.01 dpg) and 54 blocks (0.50 bps). She recorded eight double-doubles during her sophomore season. She was named to the Gainesville (Fla.) All-Regional Team during the 2007 NCAA Tournament after hitting .368 in matches against No. 13 St. John's and No. 3 Texas. She had 16 kills with three digs, three solo blocks and hit .359 (16-2-39) against St. John's and had 15 kills with two digs while hitting .379 (15-4-29) against Texas. In her 2006 freshman season, she finished third on the team with 342 kills (3.03 kps) and 401 points (3.59 pps). She was second on the team with 293 digs (2.59 dps).
Out Of This World
Sophomore outside hitter Alex Jupiter (Hermosa Beach, Calif./Redondo Union HS) has 83 kills (4.15 kps) this season with 46 digs (2.30 dps), 15 blocks (0.75 bps) and 100.0 points (5.00 pps) this season. Jupiter earned Holiday Inn LA City Center Trojan Invitational all-tournament team honors after recording 41 kills, 21 digs and seven blocks (five solo) in three 3-0 sweeps. She posted a double-double with 13 kills and 12 digs against No. 21 Pepperdine on Sept. 4. She tied a personal best with 20 kills on Aug. 28 in a five-set loss at Michigan State, adding 14 digs with one service aces and three blocks. In back-to-back 3-0 sweeps against North Carolina and Albany on Aug. 29, she posted 11 kills in each match to earn MSU Showcase all-tournament honors. She had a strong freshman season, registering 350 kills (3.24 kps) with 12 service aces (0.11 saps), 122 digs (1.13 dps), 59 blocks (0.55 bps) and 403.0 points (3.73 pps). She was named to the Pac-10 Conference All-Freshman Team. Jupiter recorded double digit kills in 20 matches and became the third freshman at USC since 1981 to lead the team in kills (Tracy Clark in 1982 and April Ross in 2000). She had her coming-out party at the Runza/AVCA Showcase against No. 4 Texas and No. 7 Nebraska. Jupiter, who was a 2008 Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 selection, led the Trojans in kills for both matches with 17 against the Longhorns and 12 against the Huskers. She also had 13 digs and four service aces on the weekend. She was named most valuable player at the Holiday Inn LA City Center Trojan Invitational (Sept. 4-6) after totaling 48 kills in 10 sets (4.80 kps) while hitting .367 for the tournament (48-12-98). She had one assist, three service aces, 10 digs, seven blocks (five solo, two assisted) and 57 points (5.70 pps). During the West Point Challenge (Sept. 18-19), she was named to the all-tournament team after recording 34 kills in three victories. She led the Trojans with 17 kills, hitting .438 (17-3-32) with six digs and three blocks in a 3-0 sweep of host Army on an ESPNU national telecast. Her first collegiate double-double came on Sept. 26 against No. 4 UCLA with 15 kills and a season-high 15 digs in the 3-2 victory. She had 10 kills and hit .320 with seven digs in a 3-0 sweep of Washington State on Oct. 10 and posted 19 kills and 10 digs in a five-set loss to No. 10 Washington the following night. She had 15 kills and four blocks against No. 7 Oregon on Oct. 31 and followed that with a season-high 20 kills and three blocks (two solo) in a five-set win against Oregon State. Jupiter hit .364 (10-2-22) with 10 kills and two blocks on Nov. 14 against Arizona. She tallied a team-high 12 kills and hit .300 (12-3-30) in the second round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament against No. 6 Hawai'i.
King Of The Hill
Senior libero Alli Hillgren (Rancho Santa Fe/Francis Parker HS) is one of USC's co-captains this season. On the academic scene, she has been named Pac-10 Conference All-Academic second team two straight years. On Aug. 29 against Albany, she recorded her 1,000th career dig and needs 21 digs to move into a tie for 10th on USC's all-time list with 1,050 (Yleana Carrasco, 1986-89). As a junior, Hillgren played in every match and recorded 449 digs (4.16 dps), 30 assists (0.28 aps) and 16 service aces (0.15 saps) and earned Pac-10 Conference honorable mention recognition. She named to the Holiday Inn LA City Center Trojan Invitational all-tournament team (Sept. 4-6) after recording 50 digs in three matches (5.00 dps). In a 3-0 sweep of Dartmouth on Sept. 19, she had 18 digs (6.00 dps) and registered 24 digs in a five-set win over No. 4 UCLA on Sept. 26 at the Galen Center. On Oct. 11 in a five-set loss to No. 10 Washington, she recorded a season-high 34 digs (6.80 dps). She recorded 25 digs in a four-set win on Oct. 17 at Arizona State and posted 18 digs in four sets on Nov. 21 at No. 2 Stanford. She tallied 15 digs in a 3-0 loss on Nov. 28 at No. 10 UCLA. King Of The Hill (cont.) She recorded 508 digs (4.38 dpg) as a sophomore, playing in every match. She had a career-high 36 digs (7.20 dps) on Oct. 26, 2007, against No. 9 Cal and followed it with 26 digs (6.50 dps) against No. 3 Stanford. She had 31 digs in a four-game win against No. 9 UCLA on Nov. 2 at the Galen Center. Against No. 5 Washington on Nov. 16, she posted 26 digs in the five-game victory. In the first round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament against Pepperdine, she had 20 digs in a three-set sweep. She had one ace and 26 digs in last night's five-game win over St. John's. In the five-set loss to Stanford in the NCAA Final Four, she tied a season high with two service aces and added 34 digs. As a defensive specialist in 2006, Hillgren played in 24 matches. She recorded four service aces (0.11 sapg) and 18 digs (0.47 dpg) overall and registered a season-high five digs on Aug. 25, 2006, against North Texas.
Take The Bait
Sophomore setter Kendall Bateman (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa HS) takes over this season as USC's No. 1 setter. She has 224 assists (11.20 aps) this season with 28 digs (1.40 dps) and five blocks (0.25 bps). Bateman was named most valuable player for the 2009 Holiday Inn LA City Center Trojan Invitational (Sept. 3-5) after she had 102 assists (11.33 aps) and captained an offense that hit .326 on the weekend. She had 41 assists and nine digs in a 3-0 sweep on Sept. 4 of No. 21 Pepperdine as the Trojans hit .302 for the match. She had a career-high 55 assists in a five-set match on Aug. 28 at Michigan State with five digs and two blocks. She had 36 assists and six digs the following day against North Carolina and 31 assists and five digs against Albany. She appeared in 24 matches in her freshman season and recorded 117 assists on the season (2.72 aps) with two aces (0.05 saps), 32 digs (0.74 dps) and seven blocks (0.16 bps). She had two assists and one dig in her collegiate debut on Aug. 29 against No. 3 Texas at the Runza/AVCA College Showcase in Omaha, Neb. She recorded 10 assists and two digs on Sept. 5 against Hofstra at the Holiday Inn LA City Center Trojan Invitational. She recorded 10 assists in two sets on Oct. 4 at No. 11 Oregon. At No. 10 UCLA on Nov. 28, she came into the third set and tallied 14 assists, two digs and one block assist. She made her first collegiate start in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Dec. 5 against No. 15 San Diego, recording season-highs in the four-set victory with 25 assists, 10 digs and four blocks. She got the start the next night in the second round against No. 6 Hawai'i and had 16 assists and three digs. Over the summer, Bateman played for the U.S. Junior National Team, playing at the FIVB World Championship in Mexico. She was a two-time member of the U.S. Girls' National Team, part of the squad that finished 10th at the 2007 FIVB Girls' World Championship in Mexico and a member of the squad that won the 2006 NORCECA championship. She was a two-time Mizuno/Volleyball Magazine All-American at Mira Costa and led the Mustangs to a perfect 37-0 record and the school's fourth straight state championship in her senior season. She was part of the mythical national championship squads in her junior and senior seasons as named by prepvolleyball.com and named CIF most valuable player in her senior season.
You're Like Butter...'Cause You're On A Roll
Junior outside hitter Kimmee Roleder (Pasadena/Pasadena HS) had 61 kills (3.05 kps) this season with nine service aces (0.45 saps), 38 digs (1.90 dps), 21 blocks (1.05 bps) and 81.5 points (4.08 pps). She earned Holiday Inn LA City Center Trojan Invitational all-tournament team honors (Sept. 3-5) after posting 33 kills and 19 digs. She had nine kills and nine digs against No. 21 Pepperdine on Sept. 4 and followed that with 11 kills and a career-high seven blocks against Northern Arizona while hitting .526 (11-1-19). She started off the 2009 season in good fashion after earning MSU Showcase all-tournament team honors. For the weekend, she recorded 28 kills, six assists, six service aces, 19 digs and eight blocks. Roleder had eight kills, 11 digs and five blocks in the season opener on Aug. 28 at Michigan State. Against Albany, she tied for the team lead with 11 kills while hitting .526 (11-1-19) with two assists, four digs and two blocks. She played in every match as a sophomore last season, recording 239 kills (2.21 kps) with 25 service aces (0.23 saps), 183 digs (1.69 dps) and 65 blocks (0.60 bps). She earned Pac-10 Conference honorable mention recognition. On Sept. 4, 2008, against Oklahoma, she had 14 kills with six digs and two aces and the next night against Hofstra, she posted 10 kills with three aces and six digs. She hit .474 on Sept. 12 against Ohio State (9-0-19) with two assists, two aces and four digs in the 3-0 sweep. At the West Point Challenge on Sept. 19, she had 10 kills and hit a season-high .692 (10-1-13) with three digs and one block against Darmouth. Later that evening on an ESPNU broadcast at Army, she had six kills and no errors for a .600 hitting night (6-0-10) with four digs and a block assist. In the Pac-10 opener against No. 4 UCLA, she registered a double-double with 12 kills and 11 digs. At Oregon State on Oct. 3, she led the Trojans with 15 kills, hitting .306 in the match (15-4-36). She recorded a career-high six blocks (all assists) on Oct. 25 against No. 4 Cal and had a season-high 17 kills on Oct. 31 in a five-set win over No. 7 Oregon, hitting .382 (17-4-34) with three digs and two blocks. On Nov. 15 against Arizona State, she tied for the team lead with 14 kills and hit .407 (14-3-27), adding eight digs and one block. She made 10 starts in 26 matches as a freshman, recording 195 kills (2.71 kps) with 118 digs (1.64 dps) and 40 blocks (0.56 bps). She recorded her first collegiate double-double on Sept. 1, 2007, with 17 kills and 14 digs in a 3-0 sweep of Mercer. In her first career Pac-10 match, Roleder had a season-high 18 kills and hit .469 (18-3-32) in a 3-0 sweep of Arizona State. She hit .316 on Sept. 28 at No. 10 Cal, recording 18 kills with seven digs and two solo blocks. Roleder played last summer on the 2008 Women's A2 National Team and was a member of the 2007 U.S. Junior National Team that finished fourth at the Junior World Championship. She was the fifth-best spiker, recording 60 kills and a .389 hitting percentage and finished seventh overall among all players in scoring with 76 points.
Where There's A Will, There's A Way
Sophomore middle blocker Lauren Williams (Houston, Texas/Stratford HS) is coming off her redshirt freshman season where she earned Pac-10 Conference honorable mention recognition and was named to the Pac-10 Conference All-Freshman Team. This season, Williams has 40 kills (2.50 kps) with a .375 hitting percentage, 11 blocks (0.69 bps) and 45.5 points (2.84 pps). On Sept. 4 against No. 21 Pepperdine, she had 11 kills and two blocks while hitting .529 (11-2-17) in the 3-0 sweep. She posted 10 kills in her first two matches of the season (Aug. 28 at Michigan State and Aug. 29 vs. North Carolina) with six blocks in the season opener against the Spartans. In her first collegiate season, Williams had 209 kills (2.11 kps) with a .323 hitting percentage and a team-leading 103 blocks (1.04 bps) with 15 solo blocks and 88 block assists. She recorded 11 blocks (two solo, nine assisted) in her first two collegiate matches at the Runza/AVCA Showcase against No. 4 Texas and No. 7 Nebraska. She had seven kills along with four blocks (two solo, two assisted) in a 3-1 win against Oklahoma on Sept. 4. On Oct. 3 at Oregon State, she had 13 kills and hit .545 (13-1-22) in the five-set loss against the Beavers. On Oct. 11 in a five-set loss to No. 10 Washington, Williams recorded a season-high 16 kills with six block assists while hitting .462 (16-4-26). She hit .477 in two matches at Arizona State and Arizona (Oct. 17 and 19) and had 13 kills in both matches. Against the Wildcats on Oct. 19, she recorded kills in her first 11 attempts and added six blocks (one solo, five assisted). She recorded 12 kills and eight blocks (one solo, seven assists) in a five-set upset over No. 4 Cal on Oct. 25 at the Galen Center, capping a season-long stretch of five matches with double-digit kills. She had nine kills and six blocks against No. 7 Oregon on Oct. 31, followed by a match with 15 kills and seven blocks against Oregon State. She had a combined 15 kills without recording an error in 30 attempts (.500) in matches at No. 5 Washington and Washington State (Nov. 7 and 9). Williams hit .550 (12-1-20) on Nov. 21 at No. 2 Stanford and followed it with a .455 match (11-1-22) with four blocks at No. 7 Cal. She played on the 2008 U.S. Women's A2 National Team and played on the 2007 Junior National Training Team.
It's Greek To Me
Junior middle blocker Zoe Garrett (Laguna Beach/Laguna Beach HS), whose first name is derived from a Greek word meaning 'life', enters the 2009 season as the lead middle blocker for the Women of Troy. She has 25 kills (1.39 kps) this season while hitting .298 with seven digs (0.39 dps), 16 blocks (0.89 bps) and 36.5 points (2.03 pps). Garrett recorded six kills and three blocks on Sept. 4 against No. 21 Pepperdine. She had nine kills with four blocks while hitting .571 (9-1-14) on Aug. 29 against North Carolina. Later that afternoon against Albany, she had five kills with no errors and four blocks in the 3-0 sweep. As a sophomore, Garrett started in all but one match during the season, recording 171 kills (1.71 kps) for a .305 hitting percentage with 19 service aces (0.19 saps), 61 digs (0.61 dps), 90 blocks (0.90 bps) and 241.5 points (2.41 pps). She tallied six kills, six digs and four blocks in a 3-1 win on Sept. 4 against Oklahoma and hit .455 (5-0-11) with two assists, one dig and one block in a 3-0 sweep on Sept. 12 against Ohio State. She tied her previous best of nine blocks on Sept. 18 against Hartford with one solo block and eight block assists in the 3-0 victory at the West Point Challenge, also tied a season high with three service aces. On Sept. 19, she had six kills and two blocks while hitting .385 (6-1-13) against Dartmouth and later hit .417 with no errors (5-0-12) and tying a season-high three aces against Army. In the Pac-10 opener against No. 4 UCLA, she had nine kills and hit .400 (9-1-20) in the five-set win with six digs and five blocks. In a 3-0 sweep of Washington State on Oct. 10, she tied her career high with 13 kills, hitting .476 (13-3-21) in the process. She had nine kills and eight digs on Oct. 17 at Arizona State and followed with nine kills, six digs and four blocks on Oct. 19 at Arizona. She recorded nine kills and seven blocks while hitting .438 (9-2-16) in a five-set win on Oct. 25 over No. 4 California and hit .389 (8-1-18) with eight kills, four assists, two digs and two blocks in a 3-0 sweep over Arizona State on Nov. 15. She tied her season and career highs with 13 kills and nine blocks on Dec. 5 in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament against No. 15 San Diego and hit a season-high .478 (13-2-23) against the Toreros in the four-set win. Garrett received All-Pac-10 Freshman Team honorable mention honors in 2007 after recording 210 kills (1.81 kps average) and 118 blocks (1.02 bps avg) while hitting .262. A 10-kill performance came on Oct. 18 at Washington State where she also registered a season-high nine blocks (one solo, eight assisted). Garrett had six blocks in back-to-back wins against No. 5 Washington and Washington State on Nov. 16 and 17 at the Galen Center. She recorded six block assists and one solo block on Nov. 23 at Arizona. In the Trojans' five-game win on Dec. 1 against No. 25 Long Beach State in the second round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament, she had 12 kills with five assists, eight blocks and three digs while hitting .526 in the match (12-2-19). She posted seven kills and seven blocks on Dec. 7 in the Gainesville (Fla.) Regional against No. 13 St. John's and four kills (no errors) and two blocks the following night against No. 3 Texas.
Junior libero/outside hitter Geena Urango (Los Alamitos/Los Alamitos HS) played in every match last season, recording 36 kills (0.35 kps), 11 assists (0.11 aps), 13 aces (0.12 saps), 158 digs (1.52 dps), five blocks (0.05 bps) and 52.0 points (0.50 pps). In 2009, she has 29 kills (1.71 kps) with six aces (0.35 saps) and 34 digs (2.00 dps). She recorded a season-high nine kills and added two aces and two digs against Hartford on Sept. 18 and posted eight kills and a season-high 14 digs on Oct. 3 at Oregon State. She tallied four kills with six digs and a career-high three block assists on Oct. 4 at No. 11 Oregon. She tied her season high with 14 digs on Nov. 1 against Oregon State. She had a kill and 11 digs in a four-set loss at No. 2 Stanford on Nov. 21. Urango recorded 112 kills (0.90 kps) and 347 digs (2.80 dpg) in her freshman season, earning All-Pac-10 Freshman Team honorable mention honors. She finished in a tie for sixth place in the Pac-10 Conference with 40 service aces (0.32 saps) and recorded four aces in a match twice (Sept. 1 vs. Mercer and Sept. 15 vs. Purdue). She recorded 21 digs on Sept. 7 at Utah in a four-game victory and posted a season-high 31 digs in a five-game win on Sept. 14 at No. 20 Ohio State. She had three aces and 10 digs on Sept. 28 at No. 10 Cal. On Oct. 11 against Oregon State, she tallied a season-high 10 kills, hitting .304 in the match and adding nine digs. She posted nine kills in back-to-back matches on Oct. 18 at Washington State and Oct. 19 at No. 5 Washington, recording 19 digs against the Cougars and 10 digs against the Huskies. She recorded a season-high 21 kills, taking 47 swings against No. 9 Cal in a 3-2 win on Oct. 26 at the Galen Center. Urango posted her first collegiate double-double on Nov. 2 against No. 9 UCLA with 17 kills and 12 digs in the 3-1 victory. She was on the 2008 U.S. Beach Volleyball Training Team for the SWATCH FIVB World Championship. She also played two years for the U.S. Youth National Team (2005-06) and also played on the Junior National Team.
I Like Eich
Junior middle blocker Audrey Eichler (Pacific Palisades, Calif./Harvard-Westlake HS/Boston College) will be part of the rotation along with teammates Lauren Williams and Zoe Garrett. Eichler has 18 kills (1.64 kps) this season with a .273 hitting percentage and 14 blocks (1.27 bps). She had four kills and nine blocks (one solo, eight assisted) on Sept. 5 against Northern Arizona. She recorded eight kills in a .429 match (8-2-14) with two blocks against Albany on Aug. 29 in the 3-0 sweep. She played in 14 matches as a sophomore last season after missing the first half with a lower back injury. She transferred to USC prior to the start of the 2008 season from Boston College and had 17 kills (0.85 kps) with four assists (0.20 aps), 14 blocks (0.70 bps) and 24.0 points (1.20 pps) on the season. She made her Trojan debut on Oct. 10 against Washington State and recorded her first kill of the season on Oct. 25 against No. 4 California. She had a season-high five kills on 12 attempts (5-2-12) on Nov. 14 in a 3-0 sweep of Arizona and registered three kills with no errors in five attempts on Nov. 21 at No. 2 Stanford. She started both NCAA Tournament matches (Dec. 5 and 6) at the Galen Center. On Dec. 5 against No. 15 San Diego, she recorded four kills and a season-high six blocks in the 3-1 win and had three kills and three blocks in the NCAA second-round loss to No. 6 Hawai'i.
New Kids On The Block
The USC program has added four newcomers for the 2009 season, headlined by junior transfer setter Kelly Irvin (Pacific Palisades, Calif./Marymount HS/University of Virginia). Irvin played two seasons at Virginia, making 14 starts in 31 matches last season for the Cavaliers. The three freshmen are outside hitter/opposite Katie Fuller (Olivenhain, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS), who was a Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 Freshman, defensive specialist Carolyn Hillgren (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif/Francis Parker HS) and defensive specialist Erin Yoder (San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente HS).