No. 5 USC Sets School Record With Five-Set Win Over No. 4 UCLA
Sept. 26, 2008
LOS ANGELES -- Junior outside hitter Jessica Gysin (Los Gatos/St. Francis HS) tied a season high with 16 kills and recorded a season-high 16 digs Friday as the No. 5 USC Women of Troy beat the No. 4 UCLA Bruins, 3-2 (24-26, 25-14, 20-25, 25-14, 15-5), in the Pac-10 Conference opener for both teams at the Galen Center. With the win, USC set a new school record with its 31st consecutive win to break the old record of 30 (Sept. 6, 2000-Dec. 6, 2001).
Freshman outside hitter Alex Jupiter (Hermosa Beach/Redondo Union HS) and sophomore outside hitter Kimmee Roleder (Pasadena/Pasadena HS) both posted double-doubles as Jupiter had 15 kills and a season-high 15 digs while Roleder went 12 and 11 on the kill-dig total. Jupiter recorded her first collegiate double-double tonight.
Junior All-America setter Taylor Carico (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa HS) registered 51 assists in the match for USC, adding six kills, 12 digs and four blocks (one solo, three assists).
USC won its eighth straight match, improving to 8-2 overall. UCLA had its nine-match win streak snapped as the Bruins are now 10-2 overall, 0-1 in the Pac-10.
6-6 freshman Amanda Gil led the Bruins with 14 kills, nine blocks (all assists) and four digs. Ali Daley and Dicey McGraw had 11 kills each for the Bruins while senior All-America setter Nellie Spicer had 42 assists in the match with nine digs, six block assists and three kills.
The Women of Troy out hit the Bruins by a .216-.092 margin as both teams registered 12 blocks each. USC held UCLA in the minus column in sets four and five as the Trojans hit .543 (20-1-35) in set two and .391 (10-1-23) in the final set.
UCLA held a 3-1 lead in set one before USC recorded four straight points. After two straight by UCLA to tie it at 5-5, the Women of Troy used an 8-4 run to get the lead at 13-9. USC kept the advantage at five points on a block from Lauren Williams and Roleder at 17-12 before McGraw's kill started the comeback for the Bruins. It was a 5-2 run that cut the deficit to two at 19-17 for UCLA as Juliane Piggott's two kills led the way. After a UCLA service error, the Bruins rattled off five straight points as Daley's kill capped the streak for a 22-20 advantage. USC was able to take advantage of three straight errors by UCLA to hold set point at 24-23, but it was the Bruins' blocking that paved the way. Spicer combined on blocks with Gil and Katie Camp as the Bruins earned set point and eventually took the set after a loose ball dropped in front of the Trojans for the clincher.
In set two, USC pulled away for good after gaining a 6-5 advantage. Carico's 310 kills set the tone for a 5-1 run as UCLA took at timeout, trailing by an 11-6 score. Daley and Piggott came out of the break with back-to-back kills, but Roleder started three straight for the Women of Troy. Bookend kills by Jupiter added four straight for USC and the commanding 20-11 lead. After kills from McGraw and Daley, Williams started a 5-1 run as the Women of Troy closed out the set to tie the match.
Both teams traded points early in the third set. With UCLA leading 8-6, a Bruin attack error led to four straight points as a Roleder/Zoe Garrett block put USC ahead at 10-8. McGraw's kill swung the momentum for the Bruins, who reeled off a 7-2 run as the Trojans burned a timeout, down 15-12. Camp and Piggott stuffed another USC attempt and increased its lead to five points at 19-14. Another Carico '310' kills and a Garrett solo block cut the deficit to four at 22-18, but two key errors by the Trojans helped the Bruins as they took a 2-1 match lead on a Spicer/Gil tandem block.
The Women of Troy utilized the same gameplan from set two to open the fourth set. Gysin went back-to-back terminations to pace a 6-2 start for the Women of Troy. Kills by Daley and McGraw countered the Trojan start as UCLA cut the deficit to 7-6. Jupiter started the six-pack for USC and raced to the 15-7 lead. McGraw and Gil chipped away for a 16-11 score, but USC kept up the tempo with a 6-1 run on its way to tie the match.
In the final set, USC broke away with the 3-2 lead. Williams converted on a slide and Jupiter hammered another kill as UCLA called the timeout, down 5-2. Carico won a crucial joust and kills from Jupiter and Williams made it an 8-3 advantage on the bench switch. USC went lights out as Carico and Garrett teamed up for the block as the Trojans rolled a lucky seven, for a 14-3 lead. After two points by the Bruins, Gysin sealed the victory on the left side for the Women of Troy.
USC continues Pac-10 Conference play next weekend on the road. The Women of Troy play at Oregon State on Friday (Oct. 3) at 7 p.m. and at Oregon on Saturday (Oct. 4), also at 7 p.m.
Notes: This was USC's first five-set match of the season...USC is now 31-1 all-time at the Galen Center with the only loss coming in the arena's debut in 2006 against Stanford...the Women of Troy entered the match 11th in the nation for blocks (2.83 bps) and posted a 2.40 bps clip tonight...Gysin has registered double-digit kills in eight of 10 matches this season...sophomore middle blocker Zoe Garrett (Laguna Beach/Laguna Beach HS) had a season-high nine kills and hit .400 in the match (9-1-20) while adding a team-high five blocks (one solo, four assists)...USC earns 2.5 points in the Lexus Gauntlet standings, the annual contest between USC and UCLA...tonight was Alumni Night for USC as the Women of Troy honored former libero Nicole Davis, who won a silver medal last month at the 2008 Olympics for the United States women's indoor team.
UCLA 26-14-25-14-5USC 24-25-20-25-15
Records: USC (8-2, 1-0), UCLA (10-2, 0-1)Kills: Jessica Gysin 16 (USC), Amanda Gil 14 (UCLA)
Team: UCLA USC1 .170 .0202 .156 .5433 .194 .0274 -.044 .2555 -.040 .391Match .092 .216