No. 19 Arizona Beats No. 13 USC In Pac-10 Opener, 3-1

Sept. 25, 2009

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Tiffany Owens had 16 kills and 13 digs Friday as the No. 19 Arizona Wildcats remained perfect on the season with a 3-1 win over the No. 13 USC Women of Troy, 3-1 (25-21, 25-23, 22-25, 25-21), at the McKale Center. It was the Pac-10 Conference opener for both teams.

Arizona improved to 12-0 overall and 1-0 in the Pac-10 while USC (11-2, 0-1) saw its 11-match winning streak snapped.

Senior All-American Jessica Gysin, who missed two matches with a hamstring injury, led USC with 13 kills and eight digs. Kimmee Roleder had 12 kills while Lauren Williams added 11 kills. Sophomore outside hitter Alex Jupiter recorded 12 kills, but hit .086 in the match and struggled with nine hitting errors and three service errors.

Jacy Norton had 11 kills and hit .500 (11-2-20) for the Wildcats while Courtney Karst had 10 kills with no errors and hit .417 (10-2-24).

Arizona outblocked USC by a 9-3 margin as the Women of Troy committed 10 service errors against only two aces.

The Women of Troy had a 21-20 lead in the first set before the Wildcats reeled off a 6-0 run to earn the victory. Karst's kill snapped a 20-20 tie in the second set and she assisted on a block with Kaylen Bannister on Gysin's attempt for the 22-20 lead. Williams later made it 24-23 in favor of Arizona, but Jupiter was called for the blocking error on a set attempt for the 2-0 match lead for the Wildcats.

In the third set, USC held the lead throughout and broke away from a 20-19 lead. Bannister's attack error gave the Trojans their lone set win. A 4-1 lead at the start in the fourth was all Arizona needed. USC got close at 20-19, but the host Wildcats finished with the 5-2 run to complete the win.

USC travels to Arizona State tomorrow night for a 7 p.m. match. Arizona State upset No. 14 UCLA in a 3-0 sweep earlier this evening.

USC	  21-23-25-21UA	  25-25-22-25

Records: USC (11-2, 0-1), Arizona (12-0, 1-0)Kills: Tiffany Owens 16 (UA), Jessica Gysin 13 (USC)

Team: USC UA1 .222 .2932 .205 .3123 .257 .0864 .211 .324Match .223 .255

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