No. 16 USC Wins In Four On Senior Day
Nov. 28, 2009
LOS ANGELES -- In her final regular season home appearance, senior All-American Jessica Gysin (Los Gatos/St. Francis HS) had a career-high 23 kills to go with 16 digs Saturday as the No. 16 USC Women of Troy defeated the No. 19 Arizona Wildcats, 3-1 (23-25, 25-22, 36-34, 25-23), in a Pac-10 Conference match at the Galen Center.
Senior libero Alli Hillgren (Rancho Santa Fe/Francis Parker HS) recorded 34 digs, two away from her career best for USC (21-9, 10-8), who finished the regular season with a six-match winning streak and a fifth-place finish in the Pac-10.
Sophomore setter Kendall Bateman recorded career-highs with 62 assists and 15 digs. Sophomore outside hitter Alex Jupiter had 23 kills with 13 digs while Lauren Williams had 12 kills against one error for a team-high .393 clip (12-1-28).
Tiffany Owens led Arizona (19-10, 8-10) with 22 kills and 14 digs while Whitney Dosty had 20 kills and 10 digs with four block assists. Paige Weber posted 59 assists for the Wildcats while Courtney Karst added 11 kills. Senior libero Alanna Resch had 22 digs.
Arizona took the 10-7 lead in the first set with a 4-1 run. USC would tie it at 15-15 on Owens' hitting error, but the Wildcats would swing out ahead and take the 21-18 lead. Kimmee Roleder made it 22-20, but a USC hitting error put the Wildcats ahead by three. Audrey Eichler stuffed Stephanie Snow's attempt for a 24-23 score before Owens gave the Wildcats the first set victory.
Both teams played evenly to an 11-11 score in the second set. Jupiter's service error gave the Wildcats a four-point lead at 16-12. USC would compile a 5-1 run to even the set again at 17-17. At 20-20, Jupiter used back-to-back terminations to give the Trojans the lead. Courtney Karst's hitting error gave set point to the Women of Troy and Williams tied the match with the kill.
Down 12-11 in the third, Arizona rolled out four straight points to lead, 16-13. Norton kept the Wildcats ahead by two with a kill for the 19-17 score. Jupiter brought USC back to the 19-19 tie. Owens hit an overpass to keep Arizona ahead by two at 23-21, but an Eichler/Roleder block and Gysin kill tied it at 23-23. Jupiter knocked in a kill from the back row for set point, but Dosty sent the set into some extra play. Owens then gave UA set point, but Gysin tied it at 25-25. Owens put Arizona back on top with a kill, but a Wildcat error and Williams put set point in favor of the Trojans. Owens tied it and Jupiter used a solo block to put the advantage back to USC, 28-27. Dosty delivered from the back row and Weber went cross court and the 29-28 Arizona lead. Roleder and Jupiter went back-to-back and a 30-29 score for the Trojans. Two straight backrow kills by Owens swung the momentum back to the Wildcats before Gysin tied it at 31-31. An Arizona hitting error gave USC its fifth set point before Dosty tied it at 32-32. Snow stuffed Eichler to give the Wildcats their fifth set point, but UA faltered with a service error on the next play. Owens recorded another kill, but Gysin tied it once more at 34-34. Jupiter then came back with two straight kills to end the draining set for a 2-1 lead in the match.
In the fourth set, back-to-back errors gave Arizona the 5-2 lead. Gysin responded with two straight kills, followed by another Eichler/Roleder block for a 7-7 tie. Bateman snuck a kill for the 10-9 Trojan advantage. Owens tied it at 11-11 before the Women of Troy scored three straight points, capped by Geena Urango's service ace. The Trojans would not relinquish the lead although the Wildcats fought back and kept the deficit at one throughout the latter part of the set. A service error by the Wildcats gave match point at 24-22. Dosty put her final kill down before Gysin wrapped up the win with one down the line.
USC will find out its postseason fate tomorrow when ESPNEWS announces the 2009 NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament bracket at noon Pacific time.
UA 25-22-34-23USC 23-25-36-25
Records: USC (21-9, 10-8), Arizona (19-10, 8-10)Kills: Jessica Gysin/Alex Jupiter 23 (USC), Tiffany Owens 22 (UA)
Team: UA USC1 .184 .1402 .255 .2933 .225 .2904 .222 .324Match .224 .261