USC Readies For 2009 NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament
Nov. 30, 2009
2009 NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament - First/Second RoundsGalen Center (hosted by USC) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Friday, December 4 - NCAA First RoundNo. 12 seed Hawai'i (28-2) vs. New Mexico (20-9) - 5 p.m.USC (21-9) vs. Oklahoma (18-11) - 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 5 - NCAA Second RoundUSC/Oklahoma winner vs. Hawai'i/New Mexico winner - 7 p.m.
All times local to game siteLive video webcast on usctrojans.com for all three matches
USC Probable Starters
No. Name Yr. Pos. Ht. kps pct. dps bps pps3 Alli Hillgren Sr. L 5-8 --- --- 4.51 --- ---5 Jessica Gysin Sr. OH 6-1 3.43 .237 2.94 0.55 3.917 Alex Jupiter So. OH 6-3 4.57 .245 2.72 0.63 5.338 Lauren Williams So. MB 6-4 2.50 .359 0.17 0.92 3.0511 Audrey Eichler Jr. MB 6-2 2.15 .305 0.06 1.03 2.7712 Kendall Bateman So. S 5-11 0.13 -.101 1.94 12.51 aps21 Kimmee Roleder Jr. OPP 6-2 2.36 .205 2.00 0.60 2.93
LOS ANGELES -- The USC women's volleyball team (21-9) will host the first and second rounds of the 2009 NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament on Friday-Saturday (December 4 and 5) at the Galen Center. The Women of Troy are making their 19th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. All three matches will be broadcast through a live video webcast, free of charge, on usctrojans.com.
No. 12 seed Hawai'i (28-2) plays New Mexico (20-9) at 5 p.m. on Friday while USC will face Oklahoma (18-11) at 7 p.m. The winners of both matches will play in the second round on Saturday at 7 p.m. Saturday night's winner then advances to the Stanford Regional the following weekend.
This is the fourth straight year that USC has hosted the first and second rounds, representing every year since the Galen Center's opening in 2006.
All-session tickets for the first and second rounds will be $15 for adults and $12 for children/students/seniors while single-session tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children/students/seniors. Tickets may be purchased by calling (213) 740 GO-SC (4672) or by going online at usctrojans.com.
USC In The Postseason
USC, which has won six national championships (1976, 1977, 1980, 1981, 2002 and 2003), is 102-29 (.779) all-time in postseason play with a 58-22 (.725) mark in NCAA postseason play. The Women of Troy have reached the Final Four in five of their last nine seasons.
Oklahoma is 18-11 on the season and finished in a tie for fourth place in the Big 12 Conference with an 11-9 mark. Head coach Santiago Restrepo is 99-82 in his sixth season at Oklahoma. The Sooners have a 13.16 kills per set average, hitting .208 with a 17.60 digs per set and 2.18 blocks per set average. Sophomore right side Suzy Boulavsky has 310 kills (3.07 kps) while hitting .227 with 148 digs (1.47 dps) and 70 blocks (0.69 bps). Junior middle blocker Francie Ekwerekwu has 266 kills (2.66 kps) while hitting .284 with 93 blocks (0.93 bps).
USC is 2-0 all-time against Oklahoma with the last meeting taking place at the 2008 Trojan Invitational at the Galen Center with the Trojans winning in four sets. This is the first time USC and Oklahoma have faced each other in the postseason.
No. 12 seed Hawai'i Notes
Hawai'i is 28-2 on the season after winning the WAC regular season championship with a 16-0 mark. Head coach Dave Shoji is 1,004-175-1 in his 35th season at Hawai'i. The Rainbow Wahine has a 14.53 kills per set average while hitting .324 with a 13.26 digs per set and 2.46 blocks per set average. Sophomore outside hitter Kanani Danielson leads the Rainbow Wahine with 396 kills (4.12 kps), a .335 hitting percentage, 217 digs (2.26 dps) and 443.0 points (4.61 pps). Senior outside hitter Aneli Cubi-Otineru has 293 kills (3.12 kps) for a .325 hitting percentage and 233 digs (2.48 dps). Senior middle blocker Amber Kaufman is hitting .451 on 234 kills and 78 blocks (0.81 bps).
Hawai'i leads the all-time series with USC by a 20-16 margin as the Rainbow Wahine have won the last three meetings. USC is 3-4 all-time in the postseason against Hawai'i. The Rainbow Wahine swept the Women of Troy last year in the second round at the Galen Center and won a five-set match at the 2006 regional semifinal in Honolulu.
New Mexico Notes
New Mexico is 20-9 on the season and finished tied for third place in the Mountain West Conference with a 10-6 mark. Head coach Jeff Nelson is 58-29 in his third season at New Mexico. The Lobos have a 12.79 kills per set average and hitting .224 with a 13.59 digs per set and 2.43 blocks per set average. Junior middle blocker Taylor Hadfield leads the team with 286 kills (2.65 kps), .253 hitting percentage and 61 blocks (0.56 bps). Junior outside hitter Lisa Meeter has 268 kills (2.44 kps) with 29 aces (0.26 saps) and 300 digs (2.73 dps).
USC leads the all-time series with New Mexico, 3-1, with the last meeting taking place in 1994. The last meeting also was the only time both teams have faced each other in postseason play with USC sweeping New Mexico in an NCAA second-round match.
The Power of the Pac-10
Seven Pac-10 teams are ranked in the 2009 AVCA current poll, including No. 4 Stanford, No. 6 Washington, No. 9 UCLA, No. 10 California, No. 15 USC, No. 17 Oregon and No. 19 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.
We Meet Again
Kelly Irvin and Audrey Eichler both played college volleyball against each other in 2007. Irvin played for Virginia while Eichler played for Boston College. Both were teammates at the club level prior to playing in college.
Pride of the Pac (The Yearly Edition)
Jessica Gysin and Alex Jupiter were named to the 2009 All-Pac-10 Conference Women's Volleyball Team. It was Gysin's second selection while Jupiter earned her first All-Pac-10 honor.
Kendall Bateman earned honorable mention recognition.
Pride of the Pac (The Weekly Edition)
Sophomore middle blocker Lauren Williams earned his first-ever Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week honor on Nov. 16. In wins at home against No. 4 Washington and No. 25 Washington State, Williams recorded 33 kills while hitting .462 with 11 blocks. She had 14 kills with eight blocks (four solo) against Washington, followed by a career-high 19 kills (with no errors) while hitting .559 against Washington State.
Sophomore setter Kendall Bateman followed Williams' lead with her first-ever Pac-10 Player of the Week honor on Nov. 23. It was the first time since 2001 that USC had won back-to-back honors since Katie Olsovsky accomplished the feat (Oct. 15 and Oct. 22). Bateman recorded 80 assists and 10 digs in two 3-0 sweeps at No. 18 Oregon and Oregon State as the team hit .347 on the weekend.
Hitting The Books
Geena Urango earned 2009 Pac-10 Conference All-Academic second team honors, as announced on Nov. 23, while Kendall Bateman, Alli Hillgren and Zoe Garrett received honorable mention recognition.
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.
-- Head coach Mick Haley needs two wins for 1,000 career collegiate women's team victories.
-- USC is 51-6 all-time at the Galen Center.
-- As of Nov. 30, Kendall Bateman ranks first in the nation for assists per set (12.51) and first among Pac-10 setters.
-- Bateman's 1,351 assists on the season put her in fifth place on USC's single-season list. She needs 28 assists to tie Monika Cavaliere (1994) for fourth place and 94 to tie Taylor Carico (2006) for third place.
-- Alex Jupiter ranks sixth in the nation for points per set (5.33) and third among Pac-10 players. She is 11th for kills (4.57 kps) and third among Pac-10 players. She is fourth among Pac-10 players for service aces (33 for a 0.31 saps average).
-- Jupiter's 576.0 points puts her third on USC's single-season list. Her 5.33 pps average places her fourth on the single-season list.
-- With 494 kills, Jupiter is now tied for fifth on USC's single-season list with Jasmina Marinkovic (1998). She needs seven kills to tie Bibiana Candelas (2005) for fourth place and 60 to tie Jennifer Kessy (1998) for third place.
-- Jupiter has 1,193 attacks, which places her ninth on USC's single-season list. She needs three to tie Katie Haller (1992) for eighth place, 10 to tie Staci Venski (2005) for seventh and 29 to tie Diane Copenhagen (2006) for sixth place.
-- Jupiter is posting stronger numbers in Pac-10 Conference play. She finished the season with 341 kills in 18 matches (4.94 kps) with 212 digs (3.07 dps) and 385.0 points (5.58 pps).
-- On Sept. 11 against Idaho State, Alli Hillgren moved into USC's all-time list for career digs. She is in fifth place with 1,453 career digs and needs 18 to tie Kelly Kuebler (1992-95) for fourth place.
-- Hillgren is fifth among Pac-10 players for digs (4.51 dps).
-- Lauren Williams is fourth among Pac-10 players for hitting percentage (.359) and 32nd nationally.
-- Jessica Gysin is third on USC's career list for points (1,499.0) and needs 13 points to tie Bibiana Candelas (2002-05) for second place.
-- Gysin needs one solo block (currently has 87 career solo blocks) to break into USC's career list for solo blocks.
-- Gysin is 10th among Pac-10 players for points (3.91 pps).
-- As a team, USC ranks first in the nation for assists per set (14.20), first for kills per set (15.08), 32nd for hitting percentage (.253) and 37th for blocks (2.50 bps). USC leads all Pac-10 teams in assists per set and kills per set. USC is third among Pac-10 teams for digs (15.76 dps) and fourth for opponents' hitting percentage (.195).
-- Gysin had 19 kills on Sept. 26 at Arizona State, one away from her previous career high of 20 kills set exactly three years earlier at Washington (9/26/06).
-- USC had five players record double-digit kills in a match against No. 25 Washington State (Nov. 14). It was the first time USC had five players with double-digit kills since August 25, 2007, when the Women of Troy won a four-set match at home against St. John's.
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 eligibility. Along with playing her final season of collegiate volleyball, Gysin will receive her master's degree this year in communications.
This season, she has 298 kills (3.43 kps) with 256 digs (2.94 dps), 48 blocks (0.55 bps) and 340.0 points (3.91 pps). She was named to the 2009 All-Pac-10 Conference Team, the second time she received the honor.
Gysin saved her best match for Senior Day on Nov. 28 against No. 19 Arizona when she recorded a career-high 23 kills, adding 16 digs in the four-set victory. She posted a double-double the day before against Arizona State with 15 kills and 10 digs. She had 15 kills and a career-high 20 digs in a five-set win on Nov. 13 against No. 4 Washington. She had 13 kills and 17 digs against No. 7 UCLA in a five-set loss on Nov. 6. She recorded a double-double on Oct. 30 at No. 4 Stanford with 13 kills and 15 digs in a four-set loss.
She posted 10 kills and 13 digs against No. 12 Oregon on Oct. 24 in a 3-0 sweep at the Galen Center. She had 14 kills and 15 digs in a five-set loss on Oct. 17 at No. 4 Washington. She set a season high with six blocks (three solo, three assisted) on Oct. 9 at No. 16 UCLA, adding 15 digs. She set a career high with 21 kills in a five-set win against No. 9 Cal on Oct. 2 at the Galen Center. She also had nine digs and four blocks (including three solo) in the match. She followed up with 19 kills, seven digs and three solo blocks in a 3-0 loss to No. 11 Stanford.
She posted 19 kills and tied her personal best of 19 digs on Sept. 26 at Arizona State while hitting .314 and adding three blocks. In a 3-0 sweep of No. 20 UC Irvine, she recorded the double-double with a team-high 12 kills and 10 digs. 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 494 kills (4.57 kps) this season with 294 digs (2.72 dps), 68 blocks (0.63 bps) and 576.0 points (5.33 pps) this season. In Pac-10 matches this season, Jupiter has 341 kills (4.94 kps) with 212 digs (3.07 dps) and 385.0 points (5.58 pps).
As of Nov. 30, she ranks sixth in the nation for points per set and 11th for kills per set. She leads the Trojans with 15 double-doubles this season with 11 of them coming against Top 25 opponents. She has recorded 13 double-doubles in her last 17 matches.
She was named to the 2009 All-Pac-10 Conference Team, the first time she earned the honor.
Jupiter had 25 kills and 15 digs against Arizona State on Nov. 27 and finished the regular season with 23 kills and 13 digs against No. 19 Arizona in a four-set victory.
She posted 22 kills and a season-high .514 clip (22-3-37) with 10 digs, four blocks and 24.5 points in a 3-0 sweep on Nov. 20 at No. 18 Oregon. The following night at Oregon State, she had 11 kills, 10 digs and four blocks (tied a season high with three solo blocks). She recorded 21 kills and eight digs on Nov. 13 against No. 4 Washington, followed by 14 kills and 10 digs in a 3-1 win against No. 25 Washington State. She had a team-high 22 kills with 14 digs in a five-set loss on Nov. 6 against No. 7 UCLA. She tallied 17 kills and 11 digs in a four-set loss on Oct. 30 at No. 4 Stanford.
She recorded 19 kills in back-to-back home sweeps on Oct. 23 and 24 against Oregon State and No. 12 Oregon. She had 24.0 points against the Beavers, which included seven digs and five blocks (three solo), and 24.5 points against the Ducks with three service aces, seven digs and three blocks (two solo). At No. 4 Washington, she had 25 kills and 13 digs in a five-set loss and recorded 21 kills and nine digs in a three-set loss the night before at Washington State.
She posted four consecutive double-doubles from Sept. 26 through Oct. 9. She had 15 kills and 15 digs in a 3-0 loss on Oct. 3 to No. 11 Stanford and had 19 kills, 14 digs, two aces and three blocks the previous night against No. 9 California. On Sept. 26 at Arizona State, Jupiter posted career-highs with 31 kills and 20 digs in a four-set win while hitting .433 (31-5-60).
She had 20.5 points in a 3-0 sweep against Fresno State on Sept. 19 with 17 kills, eight digs and three service aces while hitting .452 (17-3-31). She recorded a career-high seven blocks (two solo, five assisted) with eight kills and nine digs against Portland on Sept. 18.
She posted 17 kills, seven digs and four blocks on Sept. 11 at Utah Valley and recorded nine kills and three aces the following day in a 3-0 sweep of the Wolverines. She 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.
Last season, she registered 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.
Take The Bait
Sophomore setter Kendall Bateman (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa HS) has 1,351 assists (12.51 aps) this season with 209 digs (1.94 dps) and 41 blocks (0.38 bps). She has handled an offense that has hit .253 this season, ranked 32nd in the nation.
As of Nov. 30, Bateman ranks first in the nation for assists per set and first among Pac-10 setters and received 2009 Pac-10 Conference honorable mention and 2009 Pac-10 Conference All-Academic honorable mention recognition.
Bateman finished the season with career highs with 62 assists (15.5 aps) and 15 digs in a four-set win on Nov. 28 against No. 19 Arizona. She had two kills with 59 assists and eight digs in a four-set win on Nov. 27 against Arizona State.
She earned her first-ever Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week honor on Nov. 23 after recording 80 assists and 10 digs in two 3-0 sweeps on the road at No. 18 Oregon and Oregon State. USC hit a combined .347 in the two matches as Bateman had 40 assists (13.33 aps) in each match.
She had 57 assists, seven digs and three block assists against No. 4 Washington on Nov. 13 in a five-set win and then posted 60 assists (15.00 aps) with eight digs in a four-set win against No. 25 Washington State. In a five-set loss to No. 7 UCLA, she had 55 assists with 10 digs and a career-high three kills against the Bruins. On Oct. 30 at No. 4 Stanford in a four-set loss, Bateman recorded 52 assists and a career-high 15 digs, followed by 43 assists and seven digs in a four-set loss at No. 14 California.
In 3-0 sweeps at home against Oregon State and No. 12 Oregon (Oct. 23-24), she had a 14.66 aps average on the weekend with 39 assists against Oregon State and 49 assists (16.33 aps) against Oregon. She had 42 assists and eight digs at Washington State on Oct. 16 and 53 assists with nine digs on Oct. 17 at No. 4 Washington in a five-set loss.
She had a career-high 13 digs with 41 assists in a 3-0 loss to No. 11 Stanford on Oct. 3 and a career-high 61 assists in a five-set win over No. 9 California on Oct. 2 at the Galen Center. For the start of Pac-10 Conference play, she registered a then career-high 60 assists (15.0 aps) in a four-set win on Sept. 26 at Arizona State. She posted 50 assists and a career-high 11 digs in a four-set loss the previous night at No. 19 Arizona.
With back-to-back sweeps against Portland and Fresno State (Sept. 18-19), she had 33 and 36 assists, respectively. In a 3-0 sweep of No. 20 UC Irvine on Sept. 8, she had 38 assists and six digs while the team hit .300 against the Anteaters. She 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 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.
Bateman 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.
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 (2007 and 2008) and received 2009 Pac-10 Conference All-Academic honorable mention recognition.
On Aug. 29 against Albany, she recorded her 1,000th career dig and on Sept. 11 against Idaho State, she moved into USC's all-time Top 10 list and now has 1,394 career digs. With a season-high 20 digs on Sept. 18 against Portland, she moved into ninth place and passed Nicole Davis (2000-03). She is currently in fifth place and needs 18 to tie Kelly Kuebler (1992-95) for fourth place.
She has 478 digs (4.51 dps) this season. Hillgren posted a season-high 34 digs in a four-set win over No. 19 Arizona on Nov. 28 at the Galen Center.
She had 28 digs in a five-set win on Nov. 13 against No. 4 Washington. She tallied 19 and 20 digs, respectively, in 3-0 sweeps of Oregon State and No. 12 Oregon (Oct. 23-24). She recorded a season-high 29 digs on Oct. 17 at No. 4 Washington. She posted 20 digs in a five-set win against No. 9 California on Oct. 2 and recorded 19 digs in a three-set loss the following night against No. 11 Stanford. On Sept. 26 at Arizona State in a four-set win, Hillgren had 24 digs (6.00 dps).
She was named most valuable player at the Wolverine Invitational (Sept. 11-12) based on her hard serving and strong defense all weekend against Idaho State and Utah Valley. She had 39 digs (3.90 dps) and four service aces on the weekend.
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.
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.
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 257 kills (2.50 kps) with a .359 hitting percentage, 95 blocks (0.92 bps) and 285.0 points (3.05 pps).
Williams recorded 14 kills in a four-set win against Arizona State on Nov. 27 and followed with 12 kills against No. 19 Arizona on Nov. 28. She had eight kills and seven blocks while hitting .467 on Nov. 20 at No. 18 Oregon in a 3-0 sweep, followed by nine kills in a .667 performance (9-1-12) at Oregon State.
She earned her first-ever Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week honor on Nov. 16 after registering 33 kills while hitting .462 with 11 blocks and 41.0 points in wins over No. 4 Washington and No. 25 Washington State. She had 14 kills and eight blocks (four solo) while hitting .364 against Washington. She followed that with a career-high 19 kills against Washington State without a single error for a .559 night (19-0-34).
She had eight kills and five blocks (three solo) in a five-set loss on Nov. 6 to No. 7 UCLA. She had a season-high 15 kills and hit .345 in a four-set loss on Oct. 30 at No. 4 Stanford. In a weekend of 3-0 sweeps against Oregon State and No. 12 Oregon, she hit .471 with eight kills against OSU and a season-high 12 kills against Oregon in a .500 match (12-2-20).
Williams recorded nine kills with no errors in a .529 performance with seven blocks (one solo, six assisted) on Oct. 9 at No. 16 UCLA. She tied a career high with eight blocks (two solo, six assisted) to go with seven kills on Oct. 2 in a five-set win against No. 9 California and recorded nine kills for a .353 night (9-3-17) on Oct. 3 in a three-set loss to No. 11 Stanford. She had 11 kills and hit .304 during the team's Pac-10 opener on Sept. 25 at No. 19 Arizona. She had nine kills and five blocks while hitting .438 (9-2-16) against Portland on Sept. 18 and eight kills with four blocks while hitting .462 (8-2-13) on Sept. 19 against Fresno State.
She earned all-tournament team honors at the Wolverine Invitational after posting 23 kills and six blocks while hitting .559 on the weekend. She had six kills and hit .625 (6-1-8) against No. 20 UC Irvine on Sept. 8 in the 3-0 sweep. 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.
You're Like Butter...'Cause You're On A Roll
Junior outside hitter Kimmee Roleder (Pasadena/Pasadena HS) has 234 kills (2.36 kps) this season with 24 service aces (0.24 saps), 198 digs (2.00 dps), 59 blocks (0.60 bps) and 290.5 points (2.93 pps).
Roleder had 12 kills and eight digs on Nov. 14 against No. 25 Washington State. She recorded a career-high seven assists to go with 13 kills and 16 digs (tying a career high) on Oct. 17 at No. 4 Washington. The night before at Washington State, she had 15 kills and seven digs in a three-set loss while hitting .414 (15-3-29).
She tied a personal best with 18 kills, including six in the fifth set, in the five-set win on Oct. 2 against No. 9 California. She opened Pac-10 play with 12 kills, two aces and three digs on Sept. 25 at No. 19 Arizona in a four-set loss and nine kills and five digs the following evening at Arizona State. Her first double-double of the season came on Sept. 11 in a four-set win at Utah Valley with 11 kills and a career-high 16 digs.
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.
I Like Eich
Junior middle blocker Audrey Eichler (Pacific Palisades, Calif./Harvard-Westlake HS/Boston College) has been seeing time in the starting lineup as of late.
Eichler has 155 kills (2.15 kps) this season with a .305 hitting percentage and 74 blocks (1.03 bps).
She had nine kills without an error for a .500 night, adding six blocks (three solo) on Nov. 27 in a four-set win over Arizona State. She registered six kills and five block assists on Nov. 20 at No. 18 Oregon in a three-set sweep and 13 kills for a .524 performance (13-2-21) at Oregon State. She had a season-high 15 kills with four blocks on Nov. 13 against No. 4 Washington, followed by 13 kills and five blocks against No. 25 Washington State.
She tied her previous season high with 10 kills and added five blocks (two solo) in a five-set loss on Nov. 6 to No. 7 UCLA. In back-to-back matches at No. 4 Stanford and No. 14 California (Oct. 30-31), Eichler recorded eight kills and four blocks.
She had a season-high 10 kills and hit .471 (10-2-17) in a 3-0 sweep on Oct. 23 against Oregon State and followed it up with eight kills and five blocks for a .389 day (8-1-18) in the sweep against No. 12 Oregon. On Oct. 17 at Washington, Eichler had eight kills and five blocks in a five-set loss. 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.
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 79 kills (1.27 kps) this season while hitting .291 with 27 digs (0.44 dps), 45 blocks (0.73 bps) and 110.0 points (1.77 pps). She received 2009 Pac-10 Conference All-Academic honorable mention recognition.
Garrett earned all-tournament team honors at the Wolverine Invitational (Sept. 11-12) after getting 20 kills and seven blocks while hitting .474. She had nine kills while hitting .500 at Utah Valley (9-1-16) on Sept. 11 with four block assists. She 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 69 kills (0.80 kps) with 17 aces (0.20 saps) and 102 digs (1.19 dps).
On Nov. 23, Urango earned 2009 Pac-10 Conference All-Academic second team honors, posting a 3.69 grade-point-average in communications.
She led the Trojans with a season-high 17 kills while hitting .469 on Sept. 11 against Idaho State at the Wolverine Invitational in Orem, Utah.
Last season, 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.
The Pattern Is Full
Freshman outside hitter Katie Fuller (Olivenhain, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS) filled in admirably during the Portland and Fresno State matches (Sept. 18-19). Fuller led the team with 10 kills against Portland with two digs and one block while hitting .471 (10-2-17) in the 3-0 sweep. The following night against Fresno State, she had five kills with seven digs and two service aces.