Seventh-Ranked Volleyball Sweeps Third-Ranked USC In Tucson
Oct. 25, 2001
TUCSON, Ariz. - The seventh-ranked Arizona volleyball team exacted a measure of revenge Thursday night, as the Wildcats (14-3, 9-3) swept third-ranked USC 30-25, 30-15, 30-28 in front of 1,633 fans in McKale Center. Arizona's win snapped USC's 13-match winning streak and handed the Women of Troy (14-2, 8-1 Pac-10) their first loss in conference play this season. The sweep was payback for the 3-0 drubbing USC handed Arizona in Los Angeles earlier this season.
Outside hitter Shannon Torregrosa played the match of her Arizona career. The junior swatted a match-high 19 kills on a career-high .405 attack percentage. Known for her power, Torregrosa showed deft touch during the match, placing the ball in open areas all night long. She also added five digs and four total blocks, including one solo effort.
Arizona dominated from the start of the first game. The Wildcats tallied seven more kills than USC in the first frame and hit .372 to Southern California's .156. Setter Dana Burkholder established a rhythm to the Wildcat offense, tallying 15 of her match-high 47 digs in game one.
Game two went much the same way as the opening frame, as Arizona opened a big lead and handed the Women of Troy their worst loss in a game this season. The Cats doubled their kill total in the set while hitting an impressive .571, but the real star was Torregrosa. With eight kills on 12 attempts and no errors she hit .667 in the second game alone.
USC came to life in the third game, matching UA point for point, but could not overcome the power of Torregrosa and the defensive play of senior Jill Talbot. Talbot notched a match- and season-high 22 digs and picked up her team-leading sixth double-double of the season with 10 kills.
Including Torregrosa's hitting performance, five Arizona players hit .400 or better for the match. Junior Stefani Saragosa recorded six kills on 10 swings with no errors (.600 hitting) to lead the way. Erin Sebbas (.467), Talbot (.450) and Burkholder (.417) all went .400-plus on the evening.
The win over USC stretched Arizona's home winning streak to 17 matches and marked the second season in a row Arizona has swept the higher ranked Women of Troy at home. However, the Wildcats will not have long to savor the victory as sixth-ranked UCLA comes to the Old Pueblo on Friday for a 7 p.m. match.
The Bruins swept Arizona in Los Angeles earlier this season, but might have to face the Cats one player short. Outside hitter Kristee Porter, the all-time kills leader in the Pac-10, has been indefinitely suspended by the school and did not play in UCLA's 3-0 win over Arizona State, Thursday night. Porter was unable to travel to Tempe, having to remain in Los Angeles to await word from the NCAA on her suspension.