No. 18 USC Records 3-0 Sweep Over Oregon State
Oct. 23, 2009
LOS ANGELES -- Sophomore outside hitter Alex Jupiter (Hermosa Beach/Redondo Union HS) posted a team-high 19 kills and 24.0 points Friday as the No. 18 USC Women of Troy snapped a four-match losing streak with a 3-0 sweep (25-17, 25-15, 25-22) over the Oregon State Beavers. Jupiter hit .429 (19-4-35), adding seven digs and five blocks (three solo).
Junior middle blocker Audrey Eichler (Pacific Palisades/Boston College) registered a season-high 10 kills for USC (14-6, 3-5) while hitting .471 (10-2-17). Sophomore middle blocker Lauren Williams (Houston, Texas/Stratford HS) chipped in eight kills for a .429 match (8-2-14) with four blocks (two solo, two assisted). Sophomore setter Kendall Bateman, who entered the match ranked fifth in the nation for assists, had 39 assists as the Trojans hit .337 for the match.
Rachel Rourke led Oregon State (11-9, 2-6) with 11 kills and five digs while Jill Sawatzky had nine kills. Lexie Rathgeber added seven kills and hit a team-high .333 (7-2-15) while setter Camilla Ah-Hoy had 28 assists.
Eichler figured in three kills early as the Trojans sped out to the 7-2 lead in the first set. Both teams swapped points until Gysin and Williams recorded kills for the 15-9 score as Oregon State called a timeout. Bree Knitter and Kiersten Sambrailo combined a block to get within four at 17-13, but Jupiter used two kills and a solo block to help the Trojans pull away for the set victory.
In the second set, Rourke went back-to-back to give OSU the 8-7 lead. Williams sparked a 5-1 run as Jupiter and Williams teamed on a block for the 12-9 USC advantage. After an OSU timeout, Rathgeber recorded a kill before took over with three straight kills followed by a solo block as the Women of Troy reeled off five straight points for the 17-10 score. Rourke tallied a kill, but Kimmee Roleder started another four straight as the 9-1 run for the Trojans essentially put the set away.
Rathgeber gave the Beavers a 6-5 lead in the third set with back-to-back kills. Williams figured for a kill and a solo block for the 8-7 USC lead. After Knitter tied it, Jupiter hit the go-ahead kill followed by a win on the joust as the Trojans built an 11-8 lead. Oregon State used a 5-2 run to tie it at 13-13. Eichler then registered a kill, but Rourke got the Beavers going with four straight points to lead, 17-14. Gysin put the momentum back on USC's side to start a streak of five as Roleder's service ace had USC retaking the lead at 19-17. Jupiter knocked one down from the back row and used another solo block for the 21-18 lead. Sawatzky and Ashley Eneliko blocked an attempt to get within one at 21-20, but it was Jupiter's set as she added three more kills with a boomer to wrap up the match.
Notes: Alex Jupiter recorded eight kills in tonight's third set...in eight Pac-10 matches this season, Jupiter has a 5.17 kills per set average and 174.0 points for a 5.80 points per set clip...Audrey Eichler's previous season high for kills was eight (two times)...with 19 digs, senior libero Alli Hillgren moved into seventh place on USC's all-time career digs list and now has 1,260 career digs...Hillgren needs 36 digs to tie April Ross (2000-03) for sixth place.
OSU 17-15-22USC 25-25-25
Records: USC (14-6, 3-5), Oregon State (11-9, 2-6)Kills: Alex Jupiter 19 (USC), Rachel Rourke 11 (OSU)
Team: OSU USC1 .077 .3552 .179 .4643 .171 .231Match .147 .337
USC head coach Mick Haley's postmatch quotes
'There is no question we need to get back into the win column. Losing four in a row really had an effect on these kids. This is a pretty devastating conference and as you saw from Oregon State...they had been playing well, but came in here and really struggled. I think we are starting to get it. Tomorrow, we will be severely tested with Oregon.'
'I thought our passing was good which allowed us to run the middle a lot. I thought Kendall was really good tonight. Lauren particularly blocked their middles well and that was very important for us tonight. With Kendall playing so well and Alex getting all those kills for us...that's about three weeks now that Alex has been major league for us. Alex is really coming into her own and will be something special if she keeps going on like this.'
'Alex is relaxing a lot. She is so alert. She knows every rotation and every play that the other team is running. It's really like night and day. Her growth spurt has been phenomenal. She is even better at this point in her career than we thought she would be.'
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