Alex Jupiter Earns 2009 AVCA All-America Third Team Honors

Dec. 16, 2009

LOS ANGELES -- Sophomore outside hitter Alex Jupiter (Hermosa Beach/Redondo Union HS) has been named to the 2009 AVCA All-America Third Team, becoming USC's 31st All-American in the history of the women's volleyball program.

Jupiter led USC with 522 kills (4.54 kps) with 33 aces (0.29 saps), 308 digs (2.68 dps), 73 blocks (0.63 bps) and 608.0 points (5.29 pps). Her 522 kills were the fourth-most in school history, along with her 5.29 points per set average. Her 1,281 attacks on the season were No. 2 on the single-season list and her 608.0 points places her third on the all-time list. She also recorded 15 double-doubles on the season.

'I think Alex's development has been exceptional and she has the stats and the numbers to be worthy of this honor, ' said USC head coach Mick Haley. 'With being an All-American comes responsibility to keep working hard. It's a great thing for people to recognize her talents.'

She finished third among all Pac-10 Conference players for kills and points and fourth for service aces while earning All-Pac-10 Conference and All-AVCA Pacific Region honors.

Jupiter had 23 kills in a 3-0 sweep of Oklahoma in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament. She recorded 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.

Jupiter 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.

Her fellow All-American teammate, senior outside hitter Jessica Gysin (Los Gatos/St. Francis HS), finished her career with 2009 AVCA All-American Honorable Mention recognition. Gysin, who earned All-American status last season, concluded her season with 310 kills (3.30 kps) with 277 digs (2.95 dps) and 52 blocks (0.55 bps).

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