No. 7 UCLA Pulls Out Five-Set Win At No. 17 USC

Nov. 6, 2009

LOS ANGELES -- Amanda Gil had 16 kills and seven blocks while hitting .560 (16-2-25) Friday as the No. 7 UCLA Bruins defeated the No. 17 USC Women of Troy, 3-2 (25-17, 14-25, 25-16, 17-25, 15-12), in a Pac-10 Conference match at the Galen Center.

Dicey McGraw had 15 kills and 11 digs for the Bruins (19-6, 9-3) while Kaitlin Sather had 11 kills and 13 digs. Lauren Cook recorded 46 assists and three digs.

Sophomore outside hitter Alex Jupiter (Hermosa Beach/Redondo Union HS) led USC with 22 kills and 14 digs while senior All-American Jessica Gysin had 13 kills and 17 digs for the Trojans (15-9, 4-8). Junior middle blocker Audrey Eichler tied a season high with 10 kills while sophomore setter Kendall Bateman had a career-high three kills to go with 55 assists and 10 digs. Lauren Williams had eight kills and five blocks (three solo).

After Sather tied it at 8-8 in the first set, the Bruins took advantage of three straight Trojan hitting errors for an 11-8 advantage. Gil used a solo block on Audrey Eichler to keep the Bruins as McGraw's killed made it a 15-11 score for the Bruins with USC burning its final timeout of the set. Sather tacked on back-to-back kills as part of the 6-1 run as UCLA led, 19-12. Gysin scored two straight, followed by a solo block from Lauren Williams as the Trojans trailed by six, 22-16. Sather added two more kills later as the Bruins took the first set.

Sather and Sara Sage's block finished a streak of four points as UCLA held the 7-4 lead in the second set. Gysin started four straight for the Women of Troy to take the lead at 9-7. Gil and Jupiter traded kills, but it was back-to-back solo blocks by Eichler that helped USC with the 7-1 run and a 20-12 lead. Williams tied the match with a stuff block for the Trojans.

Cook's service ace made it an 8-4 lead for the Bruins in the third set. Jupiter's backrow kill made it an 8-6 score, but the Bruins went to its blocking game for reel off seven straight points for the commanding 16-7 lead. Gil and Cook teamed up on another block to start another streak of four straight as UCLA cruised to the 2-1 lead in the match.

Eichler and Jupiter used a block as USC took a 5-1 lead in the fourth. The Bruins climbed back and took the 10-9 lead on a USC serving error. Jupiter then scored four of the next five points as USC led, 14-11. Williams terminated on the overpass as a 5-1 run put the Trojans ahead by five at 19-14. Gysin had three kills in a 6-1 run at the end of the set as USC pushed the match into the fifth and deciding set.

Gil's second kill of the final set put UCLA ahead 2-1, followed by a Gil/McGraw block. Eichler won the joust at the net and Jupiter tied it at 3-3. McGraw put the Bruins back on top, but Jupiter tied it at 4-4 and a roll shot by her got a lucky bounce as USC led, 6-4. McGraw came out of the timeout with a kill and a triple block by the Bruins tied it at 6-6. McGraw gave the Bruins the lead on the overpass, but Roleder tied it at 7-7. A ball-handling error called against the Trojans put UCLA back on top at the switch with Sather recording a kill and teaming with Katie Camp for the 10-7 score for the Bruins. UCLA got called for the lift and Williams and Bateman cut the deficit to one at 10-9 with a block. Roleder's service error gave UCLA a two-point lead and Gil later gave UCLA match point at 14-10. Jupiter kept USC alive with a kill before helping Eichler with a block at 14-12. After UCLA called a timeout, Gil hit the crosscourt shot to wrap up the match for the Bruins.

USC continues its three-match homestand next weekend. The Women of Troy hosts Washington on Friday (Nov. 13) at 7 p.m. and Washington State on Saturday (Nov. 14) at 5:30 p.m. Both matches will be broadcast courtesy a live video webcast on

Notes: Tonight's crowd of 4,619 was a season-high at the Galen Center...Alex Jupiter has 10 double-doubles this season with eight of them coming against Top 25 opponents...with 17 digs, senior libero Alli Hillgren moved into fifth place on USC's all-time digs list, passing Jennifer Kessy (1995-98)...Hillgren now has 1,327 career digs...Kendall Bateman passed the 1,000 assist mark for the season and now has 1,033 for the Women of Troy.

UCLA	  25-14-25-17-15USC	  17-25-16-25-12

Records: USC (15-9, 4-8), UCLA (19-6, 9-3)Kills: Alex Jupiter 22 (USC), Amanda Gil 16 (UCLA)

Team: UCLA USC1 .283 .1222 .029 .3643 .357 .0534 .088 .3245 .182 .125Match .189 .193

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