No. 15 USC Stops Fresno State With 3-0 Sweep

Sept. 19, 2009

LOS ANGELES -- Sophomore outside hitter Alex Jupiter (Hermosa Beach/Redondo Union HS) accounted for 20.5 points Saturday as the No. 15 USC Women of Troy earned the 3-0 sweep over the Fresno State Bulldogs, 25-12, 25-20 and 25-13. Jupiter posted 17 kills, eight digs, three service aces and one block while hitting .452 (17-3-31) in the match.

USC improved to 11-1 on the season while Fresno State fell to 7-5.

The Women of Troy hit .326 against the Bulldogs, who hit .000 in the match with 25 hitting errors.

Lauren Williams had another strong match in the middle for the Trojans, recording eight kills with four blocks while hitting .462 (8-2-13). Sophomore setter Kendall Bateman (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa HS) recorded 36 assists and three blocks in the victory.

Baylee Platt led the Bulldogs with eight kills while Kelly Leonardo tallied seven kills on the night.

'I feel like we did a very good job and got through the preseason after our loss at Michigan State the way we wanted to do so,' said USC head coach Mick Haley. 'Alex was very good tonight and brought the offense. She had a lot of energy.'

Geena Urango and Williams accounted for two kills early in the first set and a Bateman/Williams stuff block gave USC the 9-4 lead. After a Fresno State timeout, Urango continued her strong serving as Jupiter made it six in a row for a 12-4 score. Lacey Gera ended the streak and a mini 4-1 run made it 13-8 in favor of USC. The Women of Troy took advantage of a Bulldog serving error and used their own 4-1 run as two Jupiter kills extended the lead to 16-8. USC closed out the set with an 8-1 run for the 1-0 lead as the Trojans hit .435 in the set.

Jupiter started the second set with back-to-back kills and finished with a service ace for the 6-1 USC advantage. Platt used two kills as the Bulldogs got to within two at 12-10. Katie Fuller then started a five-point run for the Women of Troy to lead 17-10. The Trojans held set point at 24-15, but the Bulldogs rallied with five straight points before Jupiter put one down for the 2-0 lead.

It was another kill and ace from Jupiter on two straight points to help the Trojans pull away in the third set at 14-10. With the six-pack of points, USC led 20-10 and earn another sweep to finish its non-conference portion of the 2009 schedule.

USC begins Pac-10 Conference play next weekend with matches at Arizona on Friday (Sept. 25) and Arizona State on Saturday (Sept. 26).

Notes: Jessica Gysin (hamstring) and Kimmee Roleder (flu) missed their second straight match, but both are expected to play next weekend for the start of Pac-10 Conference play...the Trojans 11-1 start mirrors the 2007 season when USC opened with a 12-1 mark...USC is now 7-0 all-time against Fresno State...with 31 digs on the weekend, senior libero Alli Hillgren moved into ninth place on USC's all-time list, passing Nicole Davis (2000-03)...Hillgren now has 1,113 career digs and needs 51 to tie Antoinette Polk (1997-2000) for eighth place.

FS	  12-20-13USC	  25-25-25

Records: USC (11-1), Fresno State (7-5)Kills: Alex Jupiter 17 (USC), Baylee Platt 8 (FS)

Team: FS USC1 -.154 .4352 .064 .2703 .033 .312Match .000 .326

USC head coach Mick Haley post-match quotes

'Katie (Fuller) did a great job filling in for Kimmee did a good job. Our middles continued to produce in blocking and hitting which is very important for us.'

'We made great improvement this weekend. I really like what we did. Now, whether or not that translates into wins right away in the conference or not, I don't know just yet. I think our setting has really taken four steps up. I'm really pleased with the connection between our setters and middle blockers. Alex continues to do well. Geena got a lot of work while Jessica was down. Overall, the team spirit is really high and we are ready to go in the conference.'

'I liked the energy level tonight. We only had that one problem with the five straight points we gave up and that had a lot to do with our passing. Other then that, I thought we kept the intensity of the match where it should have been. If we can do that, we will be in good shape.'

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