No. 16 USC Loses In Four Sets At No. 14 Cal
Oct. 31, 2009
BERKELEY, Calif. - Hana Cutura registered 22 kills Saturday as the No. 14 California Golden Bears defeated the No. 16 USC Women of Troy, 3-1 (25-19, 25-16, 24-26, 25-20), in a Pac-10 match at Haas Pavilion. Cutura hit .356 on the evening (22-6-45) while teammate Mindi Wiley chipped in 13 kills while hitting .391 (13-4-23).
Cal improved to 13-8 on the season and 6-5 in Pac-10 play while USC fell to 15-8 overall and 4-7 in conference.
Senior All-American Jessica Gysin had a team-high 14 kills for the Women of Troy while Alex Jupiter had 12 kills and 11 digs, but had 13 hitting errors for a minus .022 in the match. Zoe Garrett came off the bench and had seven kills while setter Kendall Bateman had 43 assists and seven digs.
The Women of Troy rallied down match point in the third set with three straight points, but the Golden Bears used a late surge in the fourth set to finish the victory.
USC hosts UCLA on Friday (Nov. 6) in a 7 p.m. match at the Galen Center with a live video webcast on usctrojans.com.
USC 19-16-26-20CAL 25-25-24-25
Records: USC (15-8, 4-7), California (13-8, 6-5)Kills: Hana Cutura 22 (CAL), Jessica Gysin 14 (USC)
Team: USC CAL1 .111 .3102 .000 .2863 .189 .1714 .140 .231Match .114 .241
USC head coach Mick Haley's post-match quotes
'I was really pleased with the team tonight. We didn't play that bad in the first two sets. (Hana) Cutura was on fire. They were hitting shots and we got a little disorganized. I tried to get everyone settled down at halftime, but the key was Jessica (Gysin) did a good job of having fun and it kept the mood up. We inserted Zoe (Garrett) in for Kimmee (Roleder) and it really confused Cal after she scored five straight points.'
'I think this is a good weekend. We haven't backed off. We came out and did well against Stanford and I appreciated the way the team fought both nights. I know a lot of people will only settle for winning, but we need to get our confidence going which I think we are doing. The next step is to start to win.'