No. 4 Stanford Wins In Four Over No. 16 USC
Oct. 30, 2009
PALO ALTO, Calif. - Janet Okogbaa had 13 kills and seven blocks Friday while hitting .455 (13-3-22) as the No. 4 Stanford Cardinal defeated the No. 16 USC Women of Troy, 3-1 (18-25, 25-18, 25-13, 25-23), in Pac-10 action at Maples Pavilion. Alix Klineman added a team-high 16 kills while Cassidy Lichtman recorded 11 kills and 14 digs.
Sophomore middle blocker Lauren Williams (Houston, Texas/Stratford HS) had a career-high 15 kills for USC (15-7, 4-6) and hit .345 (15-5-29). Senior All-American Jessica Gysin had 13 kills and 15 digs for the Women of Troy. Alex Jupiter had 17 kills, including 10 in the first set, and 11 digs in the loss. Jupiter had 10 kills in the first set alone, but finished the match with 11 hitting errors and a .130 clip.
Stanford (15-5, 8-2) used a 13.0-to-7.0 margin in blocks to aid its effort with serve receiving being the key. The Cardinal served up seven aces with the Trojans unable to record an ace with both team recording seven service errors each.
Sophomore setter Kendall Bateman, who entered the match as the nation's top player for assists, had 52 assists and a career-high 15 digs for the Women of Troy.
Down 18-16 in the first, USC closed out the win with a 9-3 run before Stanford hit .438 in the second set and used its blocking game to force 11 USC errors in the third set. The Cardinal had match point at 24-20 in the fourth before USC rallied with three straight points. Klineman closed out the victory with her final kill of the evening for the Cardinal.
USC travels to No. 14 California tomorrow for a 7 p.m. match with Gametracker live stats on usctrojans.com.
USC 25-18-13-23STAN 25-25-25-25
Records: USC (15-7, 4-6), Stanford (15-5, 8-2)Kills: Alex Jupiter 17 (USC), Alix Klineman 16 (STAN)
Team: USC STAN1 .357 .2382 .250 .4383 .029 .3854 .200 .200Match .213 .293
USC head coach Mick Haley post-match quotes
'We had great preparation and focus at the start. We picked it up and took charge in the first set. We lost our concentration in set two with our passing slip. We couldn't get back in once they got a lead. In the third set, we were not good from the start. We got reduced to little offense. We seem to play more comfortable when we are behind.'
'There were some good things in the match. If we could have won the fourth set, it would have been interesting to see what would have happened.'
'There is no question we are getting better in being more balanced offensively. I thought we had more opportunities to get digs tonight. It's the serving and passing game that's hurting us right now. I thought we had a good game plan tonight, but didn't bring enough intensity with that. The players just have to stick with it.'