No. 16 USC Beats Arizona State In Four

Nov. 27, 2009

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LOS ANGELES -- Alex Jupiter (Hermosa Beach/Redondo Union HS) posted 25 kills and 15 digs Friday as the No. 16 USC Women of Troy defeated the Arizona State Sun Devils, 3-1 (25-16, 25-16, 22-25, 25-18), in Pac-10 Conference action at the Galen Center. Jupiter hit .340 (25-7-53) in the match for 26.5 points in the match.

USC (20-9, 9-8) won its fifth straight conference match, matching its longest win streak in conference play since a similar five-match streak to finish the 2007 season.

Sophomore setter Kendall Bateman recorded 59 assists (14.75 aps) with two kills and eight digs for the Trojans, including 18 assists in the first set. Lauren Williams finished with 14 kills and four block assists while Jessica Gysin had 15 kills and 10 digs. Audrey Eichler had nine kills without an error for a .500 match (9-0-18) with six blocks (three solo).

Sarah Reaves led Arizona State (13-16, 3-14) with 16 kills and 11 digs. Camri Zweisler had eight kills in two sets while Sofie Schlagintweit and Erica Wilson had seven kills each for the Sun Devils.

The Women of Troy snapped a 5-5 tie in the first set with an 8-2 run. Eichler and Bateman stuffed Ashley Kastl's attempt for a 20-12 lead as ASU called its final timeout. After Cat Highmark served up an ace, Jupiter and Williams went back-to-back as USC hit .486 in the set.

Bateman's serve in the second set helped the Trojans jump out to the 9-1 advantage. ASU cut the deficit to five before Williams and Kimmee Roleder used a block to keep USC ahead, 19-13. Jupiter later gave USC the 2-0 lead the match heading into the intermission.

ASU put USC in a hole early in the third set with a 6-1 lead. The Trojans tried to rally and got to within one at 21-20, but Zweisler kept the Sun Devils ahead and Reaves hit off Jupiter to give Arizona State its lone set victory. USC snapped a 10-10 tie in the fourth set with six straight points and would cruise to their 28th consecutive win in the all-time series against Arizona State.

USC's final regular season match takes place tomorrow at 2 p.m. against Arizona at the Galen Center, prior to the USC-UCLA football game at 7 p.m. at the Coliseum. Tomorrow's match will be Senior Day as Gysin, Alli Hillgren and Emilie Stewart play their final regular season home match to end their playing careers.

Notes: USC recorded 20 wins in a season for the seventh time in nine years for head coach Mick Haley...USC is now 50-6 (.893) all-time at the Galen Center...with 25 kills, Alex Jupiter now has 471 kills on the season which places her ninth on USC's single-season list...Jupiter is just two kills away from Tracy Clark (1984) for eighth place and six from Jennifer Kessy (1997) for seventh place...Jupiter now has 551.5 points which places her fourth on USC's single-season list and needs 23.5 points to tie Bibiana Candelas (2005) for third place...Kendall Bateman has 1,289 assists on the season which places her eighth on USC's single-season list and needs 30 to tie Janice Mounts (1996) for seventh place.

ASU	  16-16-25-18USC	  25-25-22-25

Records: USC (20-9, 9-8), Arizona (13-16, 3-14)Kills: Alex Jupiter 25 (USC), Sarah Reaves 16 (ASU)

Team: ASU USC1 .241 .4862 .032 .3533 .267 .0604 .178 .333Match .187 .287

USC head coach Mick Haley post-match quotes

'I don't think there was concern at the start of the third set as much as disappointment because we couldn't maintain our focus. I have done this long enough to know that when you are playing two straight matches during a holiday weekend, the kids are with their families...there are bound to be a slight letdown. The kids came out and had a sterling performance in the first two sets in keeping Arizona State to 16 points both times. We just couldn't come out and maintain that consistency. Honestly, we were having to generate the energy ourselves and that was very draining. I just wish our block and defense was a little bit better.'

'It would be great if we could win tomorrow and build momentum for the postseason.'

'If Arizona gets a win tomorrow then they will tie us for fifth place so if we can generate a win tomorrow, we can finish the season with a 21-9 record which would make a great statement for the NCAA committee. I think from our standpoint, we just want to go out and beat Arizona after they beat us earlier in Tucson. They didn't have (Whitney) Dosty playing in that match so I think they will use that against us. I think we are a lot better than when we played earlier so it should be an interesting match. They are not going to want to go 0-2 on the road this weekend. Our passing broke down a bit in the third set, so Alex and Kendall had to work a little harder today.'

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