No. 16 UCLA Sweeps No. 13 USC At Pauley Pavilion
Oct. 9, 2009
LOS ANGELES -- Kaitlin Sather recorded a double-double with 15 kills and 15 digs Friday as the No. 16 UCLA Bruins swept the No. 13 USC Women of Troy, 3-0 (27-25, 25-20, 25-22), in a Pac-10 Conference match at Pauley Pavilion. Amanda Gil had 13 kills for the Bruins and hit .478 (13-2-23) while Dicey McGraw had 12 kills and hit .407 (12-1-27).
USC sophomore Alex Jupiter (Hermosa Beach/Redondo Union HS) posted her fourth straight double-double with a team-high 13 kills and 14 digs. Lauren Williams had nine kills without an error, hitting .529 (9-0-17) with seven blocks (one solo, six assisted). Kimmee Roleder had 10 kills, hitting .333 (10-2-24) for the Trojans.
UCLA improved to 13-5 on the season and 3-2 in Pac-10 play while USC fell to 13-4 overall, 2-3 in conference. The Bruins outdug the Trojans by a 73-59 margin, but the Women of Troy posted 11 blocks against 7.5 for the Bruins.
'I thought we had a good fight and played extremely hard,' said USC head coach Mick Haley. 'We made errors at the wrong time, but I thought we executed the game plan very well. We had that first set in our grasp and we let them off.'
McGraw's kills made it a 4-1 lead for the Bruins in the first set. Zoe Garrett cut it to 6-4 for the Women of Troy. Gil was able to record the kill on an overpass to start a 5-2 run as UCLA took the 11-16 lead as USC took a timeout. Williams gave a key sideout for the Trojans as Jupiter notched the hat trick with three straight kills as USC reeled off six straight points to take the lead, 12-11. Roleder found the back row with a kills for the 15-13 score. Camp provided a key block as the Bruins retook the lead, 18-17. Williams on the quick set tied it and the Trojans added three more points for the 21-18 lead. Camp and Rachael Kidder used a block to get within one at 21-20. Jupiter later put USC up, 23-21. After McGraw scored, Jupiter gave set point for the Trojans. However, on her next serve, Jupiter was called for the foot fault and Sather later tied it at 24-24. A hitting error on Roleder gave set point to the Bruins, but she came back to tie it with on the crosscourt shot. Gil gave UCLA its second set point and Sather hit off Williams in the middle as UCLA took the first set.
After a Williams block gave USC the 7-6 lead in the second set, the Bruins responded with three straight for the 9-7 score. Both teams traded points until USC called a timeout after a Sather/Camp block made it a 13-11 advantage for the Bruins. Back-to-back errors by the Bruins tied it at 13-13, but UCLA would use a 6-2 run to lead by four, 19-15. Roleder used a roll shot over the block and tallied another kill later as the Trojans cut the deficit to one at 19-18. After USC called a timeout, Gil's kill sparked five straight for the Bruins and a Trojan hitting error gave UCLA the 2-0 lead in the match.
Garrett used a kill on the overpass as USC led, 7-5, in the third set. Roleder kept the Trojans ahead by three at 10-7. Jupiter delivered from the back row as the Trojans extended their lead to 15-11. After Williams got a kill, the Bruins rattled off three straight points as USC held on by one, 16-15. Roleder gave USC the 20-19 lead, but Bojana Todorovic tied it and Sather went back-to-back for a 22-20 Bruin advantage. Gil closed out the match with two kills on UCLA's final three points as the Bruins beat the Trojans in Pauley Pavilion for the fourth straight year.
USC plays two Pac-10 road matches next weekend at Washington State on Friday (Oct. 16) and at Washington on Saturday (Oct. 17) with a 7 p.m. start for both matches. Gametracker live stats for both matches will be available on usctrojans.com.
Notes: Alex Jupiter recorded nine kills in the first set for the Women of Troy...Jessica Gysin had three solo blocks for her third straight match...with 83 career solo blocks, Gysin needs five more to break into USC's all-time list...senior libero Alli Hillgren became just the eighth player in USC history to record 1,200 career digs...with 14 on the night, she now has 1,202 digs and needs 39 to tie Keao Burdine (2001-04) for seventh place.
USC 25-20-22UCLA 27-25-25
Records: USC (13-4, 2-3), UCLA (13-5, 3-2)Kills: Kaitlin Sather 15 (UCLA), Alex Jupiter 13 (USC)
Team: USC UCLA1 .292 .2362 .041 .1713 .342 .400Match .215 .265
USC head coach Mick Haley post-match quotes
'I thought we had a good fight and played extremely hard. I thought we made errors at the wrong time, but I thought we executed the game plan very well. We had that first set in our grasp and we let them off. We have got to work on sealing the deal. If our team continues with this effort, especially in practice, we are going to be good.'
'I thought Kimmee had a good third set. I didn't think Jessica had a good match tonight, but she passed well. It wasn't a total loss. We need her passing to be like that, it's a good thing for her to build on tonight with her passing. This is something we have to do together because we are only as good as our team effort.'
'I think we have to be more aware in working on our blocking. It's the toughest skill to learn. UCLA was able to pass tonight and run their quick offense. Our blockers couldn't keep up with it, especially on the left side. We have to keep working at that.'
'Our match at Washington State next Friday is everything for us. We need to be the best we can be, it's always a hard place to play because of the long travel. We need to come out as focused as possible. We need to respect Washington State because they are a good team.'
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