No. 13 USC Defeats Arizona State, 3-1

Sept. 27, 2009

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Sophomore outside hitter Alex Jupiter (Hermosa Beach/Redondo Union HS) registered a career-high 31 kills and career-high 20 digs Saturday as the No. 13 USC Women of Troy beat the Arizona State Sun Devils, 3-1 (25-22, 21-25, 25-21, 25-22), in a Pac-10 Conference match. Jupiter hit .433 in the match (31-5-60) and added two service aces for a total of 33 points on the evening.

Senior All-America outside hitter Jessica Gysin also had a double-double with a season-high 19 kills and 19 digs. Sophomore setter Kendall Bateman recorded a career-high 60 assists and guided the Trojans (12-2, 1-1) to a .271 hitting percentage while senior libero Alli Hillgren had a season-high 24 digs.

Sarah Reaves led Arizona State (11-3, 1-1) with 20 kills and 10 digs while Paige Mittelstaedt added 10 kills.

Trailing 4-3 in the first set, USC used a 7-2 run to take control of the set. With set point at 24-20, USC held off a late ASU rally as Jupiter put the set-winner away. Arizona State took the 6-2 lead in the second set as USC used a timeout. After the break, a 5-1 run by the Trojans tied it at 7-7. The Sun Devils answered with a 10-4 run to tie the match at one apiece.

Both teams played to a 19-19 tie in the third set, but back-to-back kills by Jupiter and Kimmee Roleder put the Trojans up for good. Gysin gave USC the 2-1 lead with the kill. In the fourth set, it was another close battle. At 20-20, Jupiter hit the sideout kill and Zoe Garrett and Gysin followed with a block on Mittelstaedt's attempt. Reaves recorded an error and her next attempt was stuffed by Roleder as USC took the 24-20 lead. ASU scored twice, but it was Gysin who put the match away for the Women of Troy.

USC returns to action next weekend with home matches against California on Friday (Oct. 2) and Stanford on Saturday (Oct. 3). Both matches start at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Net (due to television restriction, will not be able to broadcast either match).

USC	  25-21-25-25ASU	  22-25-21-22

Records: USC (12-2, 1-1), Arizona State (11-3, 1-1)Kills: Alex Jupiter 31 (USC), Sarah Reaves 20 (ASU)

Team: USC ASU1 .260 .1582 .259 .2863 .353 .2194 .233 .095Match .271 .193

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