USC Women's Volleyball Preview




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TEAM QUICK FACTS

2009 Overall Record: 22-10

2009 Pac-10 Record/Finish: 10-8/5th



Starters Returning/Lost: 6

Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 9/6

Newcomers: 7



Head Coach: Mick Haley

Alma Mater: Ball State '65

Record at USC: 226-54 (9 years)

Assistant Coaches: Cookie Stevens, Tim Nollan

 

PREVIEW

Head coach Mick Haley and the Women of Troy are poised for a successful season with the return of six starters, including All-Pac-10 junior outside hitter Alex Jupiter. Jupiter led the team in kills (4.54 kps) last season. Junior setter Kendall Bateman tallied 1,431 assists (12.24 aps) in 2009, tops in the nation. She will continue to be one of the Conference's top setters this season. USC welcomes an outstanding freshman class, ranked No. 1 by PrepVolleyball.com. The Trojan freshman class includes five players ranked in the Top 100 nationally, including three players in the top 11 spots and the nation's top player in outside hitter Falyn Fonoimoana. The class may be the best for the Women of Troy since 2000, when future three-time All-American April Ross headlined a group of players that went on to win back-to-back national championships in 2002 and 2003. USC led the Conference in both kills and assists last season, and has both veterans and newcomers who will put up big numbers for the team this year.




KEY MATCHUPS

Sept. 4 - USC vs. Michigan State, 5 p.m. HT

    Hawai'i Invitational - Honolulu, Hawaii

Sept. 5 - USC at Hawai'i, 5 p.m. HT

    Hawai'i Invitational - Honolulu, Hawaii

Sept. 24 - UCLA at USC, 7 p.m.

Oct. 8 - Stanford at USC, 7 p.m.



USC travels to Honolulu for the Hawai'i Invitational to face two teams it fell to last season. The Women of Troy opened the 2009 season with a loss at Michigan State in the MSU Tournament. Hawai'i eliminated USC, 3-1, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season. The Women of Troy lost both matches to UCLA last season. Stanford and USC have been picked to finish first and second in the 2010 Preseason Coaches Poll, with one point separating the teams. 


 

PLAYER TO WATCH

#7 Alex Jupiter

Junior, Outside Hitter, Hermosa Beach, Calif.




Alex Jupiter became the 31st All-American in USC women's volleyball history after earning AVCA Third Team All-America honors in 2009. She also earned All-Pac-10 and AVCA All-Pacific Region honors after leading the Women of Troy with 522 kills (4.54 kps). Jupiter also tallied 33 aces and 308 digs (2.68 dps). Her 522 kills were the fourth-most in school history. She recorded 15 double-doubles last season. Jupiter finished seventh in the nation for points per set (5.29 pps) and 12th for kills per set. She ranked third among all Pac-10 players in points and kills. Jupiter earned all-tournament honors at both the Holiday Inn LA City Center Trojan Invitational and Michigan State Showcase.

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